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Good Deed Monday: My Fair-Trade Valentine

Monday, February 8th, 2010

Card.JPGI am a lover of holidays, especially the holiday of love. So it’s no surprise that in the years I was single I started my own Valentine’s Day tradition, sending messages to say “I love you,” to all the honeys in my life: both my grandmas, my sister, my best friend (living two cities away), you get the idea.

This year I’m happy to say I found the perfect Fair Trade Cards, made in Haiti by members of the sewing cooperative, Cooperative d’Artisanat. Not only are they gorgeous and hand-beaded but when you buy these or any Haitian product through eBay World of Good, 10% of the proceeds go to UNICEF.

Spread the love!

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Good Deed Monday: Clean Out Your Closets

Monday, February 1st, 2010

3865908802_3cbc8cfa5fI’ve got another great way you can help in Haiti and help yourself make some extra space at home. One of our favorite kids’ clothing companies, Tiny Revolutionary is sending a donation of their tees to schools and orphanages and they’d love to include any gently used items you can spare.

Please send, this week, to:

Tiny Revolutionary

6256 Providence Club Drive

Mableton, GA 30126

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Good Deed Monday: Help Your Kids Help Haiti

Monday, January 25th, 2010

kidsworldHappy Monday GoodyBloggers! Over the past week the amount of outreach and creativity that has gone into countless Haiti relief efforts got us thinking. Why wait til Friday to get our good deed’in on? Why not start strong on Monday and make a difference all week long? So, welcome to Good Deed Monday.

This week’s deed: Empower your kids to help in Haiti. Kids have empathy in spades and sometimes the only way to help them feel okay is the same way we do it–by acting. Need some ideas? Check out this truly awesome help Haiti site Nickelodeon launched, full of tips on what kids can do;  a list of organizations you can reach out to as a family (such as Kids Care Clubs); and message boards for kids to connect, discuss and share thoughts.

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Good Deed Friday: Homegrown Help for Haiti

Friday, January 15th, 2010

I’m sure you’ve all been reading news stories about the slow struggle in Haiti continuing.

Maybe you’ve already donated to one of the great organizations suggested yesterday by our senior editor, Jane. So what’s next?

We’ve been hearing from a lot of our friends who are taking part in more homegrown and targeted (but completely legit) relief efforts. Check them out and let us know what you and your loved ones are doing to help!

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  • Our friend Casey (that’s her with all those cute kids) spent Thanksgiving working at the Fondation Rose-Mina de Diegue orphanage—which provides food, housing and love to about 70 kids. Casey just got word that the kids are safe, an unbelievable blessing. So she’s asking that donations to the orphanage be made through Partners in Progress. If you’d like to check them out or donate, click here, select “Make a Donation” and choose “Little Flower / Rosa Mina” in the first pull down menu.
  • The nice folks at at the cloth diaper company, Happy Heinys need reusable diapers and baby clothes, which they will bring directly to orphanages they have worked with in the Port-au-Prince area. Please send as quickly as possible to:

Happy Heinys
1529 N Cuyamaca St
El Cajon CA 92020
please mark box for donation

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You and Your Car Can be in Parents!

Tuesday, January 12th, 2010

gal_lg9Who has a newer Ford Fusion Hybrid? How about a Chevy Equinox? A Toyota Rav 4? A Honda Insight, CRV or Accord?

If you have any of these cars, email me at wendy.toth@meredith.com so you can be in an awesome upcoming story.

Pretty please?

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Good Deed Friday: Buy a Hat, Change a Life

Friday, January 8th, 2010

thomas.femaleI know you’ve been cold lately, and I’m here to show you how to warm your head and your heart. The head part is easy; buy a hat. But to include your heart in all the coziness, you can’t just buy any hat. You have to go to Krochet Kids, find a hat that speaks to you (We like the Thomas. Ear flaps and jaunty pom-poms keep the cold out in their own ways.) and pay a bit more than you might normally ($30). But know that these super-warm hats were hand-made in Uganda by women who are crocheting for a reliable income.

Proceeds from hat sales are infused back into the very communities from which they came, to promote further development and aid in Northern Uganda. In that case, why not get a whole bunch of hats? One for each day of the week, or member of your family? The families benefitting will thank you, and your warm self will thank them.

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Good Deed Gifting

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2009

3018-WoodenLacingShoeJust in case you’re still scrambling for gifts, or if you’re in the mood for some do-good consumerism, check out all the Melissa & Doug toys available through St. Jude Children’s Hospital, here. One hundred percent of the proceeds go to St. Jude, the only pediatric cancer research center where families never pay for treatment not covered by insurance. No child is ever denied treatment because of the family’s inability to pay. And all the better that you can get a sweet learning toy, like a sporty red lacing sneaker, for someone you love while you give a little to someone in need.

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Good Deed Friday: The Hershey Legacy

Friday, December 4th, 2009

imageGuess what? You already did today’s good deed! It’s true, as long as you’ve purchased any Hershey’s chocolate in the past 100 years. And if you’re anything like me, you’ve picked some up in the past 24 hours.

One hundred years ago Milton Hershey, who only had a fourth grade education, and his wife Kitty established the Milton Hershey School in Pennsylvania to house and teach kids in serious financial need. Over his lifetime he transferred most of his personal wealth to the school’s fund, which is now being managed by the Hershey Trust company.
In celebration of the school’s 100th anniversary, the newest batch of Hershey’s bars show off the Milton Hershey School’s centennial logo along with a simple “Thank you.” Check out more about the school and where it’s alumni are today. Then get a bar, bite in, and feel appreciated.
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