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How to Feel Good About Your School Shoes Shopping

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014

Donate old shoes for back-to-school shoppingFor those little feet that always seem to be growing, it can feel like you’re constantly buying new shoes. But rather than throwing out his old shoes the next time you need a new pair, you can now do some good (and save some green) in the process.

Through Sept. 30, as part of the “Big Hearts, Little Shoes” campaign, Stride Rite is teaming up with the international charity, Soles4Souls to donate as many shoes as they can collect to children in need both here in the U.S. and abroad.

For every pair donated in-store throughout September customers will get 20 percent off a same-day purchase of new shoes. And as a bonus with that purchase, families will also receive a certificate for a free class at The Little Gym. (You can also donate online and still receive the 20 percent off.)

Hundreds of millions of children live in extreme poverty throughout the world, and these kids might not have access to adequate footwear, which leaves them more susceptible to disease and often, unable to attend school. Soles4Souls has provided shoes to kids in nearly every state in the U.S. at homeless shelters and disaster areas, among others areas, as well as to dozens of other countries around the world.

Back to School: British Rock
Back to School: British Rock
Back to School: British Rock

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Schoola: Your Kids’ Clothes = Money for Your School

Wednesday, September 10th, 2014

Sending your kids back to school involves buying new school supplies and possibly a new wardrobe (or at least it feels that way). Your kids continue to grow, and styles continue to change, but what do you do about the clothes that no longer fit? Donate them, of course!

Not only can you donate your child’s gently-worn clothing, but you can donate to their school as well by purchasing or donating like-new clothes through

How it works? It’s as simple as the ABCs! Gather your child’s outgrown clothing, enter your address and school on, and wait for the pre-paid donation bag to arrive in your mail. Fill it, then leave it for the postal service to pick up. Schoola tags, photographs and posts the clothing in its online store–obviously at thrift-store prices. For each purchase made, $2 of every $5 in sales goes to the school designated by the donor. It’s a win-win situation!

Stacey Boyd, founder and CEO, has these tips on cleaning out your kid’s closet before school:

  • “Kids grow so quickly, it’s important to refresh their closets every school year. I try to clean out my daughters’ closets at least twice a year, as that’s how fast she seems to outgrow her clothes!”
  • “Remember what your child wore and didn’t wear last year. If your kid hasn’t worn something in the past year, they probably won’t wear it this year–if they still fit into it.”
  • “Always consider donating the clothes your kids no longer wear, and if you can find a store like Schoola that gives the proceeds back to organizations in need–even better!”

Want more tips on how to save on back-to-school clothes?


Back to School: Save on School Clothes
Back to School: Save on School Clothes
Back to School: Save on School Clothes

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Project Night Night: Give a Stuffed Animal or Blanket to a Child in Need

Friday, August 22nd, 2014

Project Night Night Care PackageEvery parent knows the soothing comfort that a security blankie or stuffed animal can offer a child at bedtime. But many children around the country don’t have that simple luxury.

Each year, 1.5 million children go to sleep at night without a home, and the nonprofit, Project Night Night, is trying to make those long nights feel a little more secure by providing care packages made up of a blanket, children’s book and stuffed animal for children in need.

“Project Night Night strives to give children something they can call their own, something that can give them that little bit of comfort, and confidence, to deal with what’s in front of them,” the organization states.

To help, the organization lets you give back in several ways.

  1. Donate items: you can mail-in or, if you live near a drop-off location, you can give new blankets and new (or like-new) children’s books and stuffed animals.
  2. Donate money: You can make a tax deductible donation online.
  3. Or, for $25 you can provide a fully prepared “Night Night Package” that will be distributed to one homeless child.
  4. To learn more about how you can contribute, visit

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How to Establish a Bedtime Routine
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Photo of care package courtesy of Project Night Night.

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Kid Heroes: 3 Kids Who Have Helped Feed Their Friends

Monday, June 30th, 2014

school lunchSchool workers in Salt Lake City seized school lunches from about 40 elementary students earlier this year because their parents were deficient on meal payments. Meet a few inspiring kids who have taken matters into their own hands to help feed their friends.

Boy Wonder

When Cayden Taipalus, a Michigan 8-year-old, saw another student being denied a hot meal because he had no money in his lunch account, he started a “Pay It Forward: No Kid Goes Hungry” campaign by collecting donations and recycling cans and bottles. He’s raised more than $35,000 so far.

Birthday BFFs

Gabbie St. Peter and Alice Willette, 8-year-old best friends in Maine, asked for donations to stock their school’s pantry with food, in lieu of gifts at their joint birthday party. Their ongoing efforts have raised over $40,000—more than 800 percent of its annual budget!

Backpack Buddy

While on spring break, Vir Derola, a kindergartner in Georgia, decided to collect donations for Backpack Buddies of Pooler, Georgia, a local organization that gives a weekend backpack filled with nutritious food to kids in need. He raised more than $1,000 with help from others.

—Sabrina James

Lunch Monitor: What Are Kids Throwing Away?
Lunch Monitor: What Are Kids Throwing Away?
Lunch Monitor: What Are Kids Throwing Away?

Try our Recipe Finder for easy school lunch ideas.

Image: School lunch via Meredith Corporation

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6 Ways to Help Families of Sandy Hook Victims and the Newtown Community

Tuesday, December 18th, 2012

In the wake of the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary, several funds have been created to help families of the victims and the community cope and recover.

We’ve rounded up a few of the ways people can send their condolences, thoughts, and donations:

1. On Monday, the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) created an address where people can send condolences to those affected by the shootings. Send notes to:

Messages of Condolence for Newtown
PO Box 3700
Newtown, CT 06740

2. My Sandy Hook Family Fund donations will help families meet immediate expenses, including funeral services, food, mortgage payments, day care, insurance, and fuel. To make a donation, visit the website or send a check to:

My Sandy Hook Family Fund
c/o Union Savings Bank
1 Commerce Dr.,
Newtown, CT 06470

3. The Newtown Memorial Fund has three missions: to provide financial support to families for funeral services, to assist the town in creating a memorial for the victims, and to create an annual college scholarship for students of the Newtown public schools. To make a donation, visit the website or send a check to:

Newtown Memorial Fund
PO Box 596
Botsford, CT 06404

4. The Sandy Hook School Support Fund was set up by the United Way of Western Connecticut to provide support services to those affected. To make a donation, visit the website or send a check to:

Sandy Hook School Support Fund
c/o Newtown Savings Bank
39 Main Street
Newtown, CT 06470

5. American pop rock band OneRepublic has created a page for Sandy Hook on popular fundraising site indiegogo. The band will accept donations through January 14; as of press time they raised $71,000 to benefit the families of the victims. To make a donation, visit OneRepublic’s Sandy Hook page.

6. The National Parent Teacher Association (PTA) has organized a snowflake-making effort for students of Sandy Hook who will resume their education in a new building. Parent-volunteers are working to decorate that building with a winter wonderland theme and encourage volunteers to send their own creative snowflakes. The deadline to send snowflakes is January 12, 2013. As well, donations will be accepted to the Connecticut PTSA Sandy Hook Fund to provide support to the community. Snowflakes and donations can be sent to:

Connecticut PTSA
60 Connolly Parkway
Building 12, Suite 103
Hamden, CT 06514

For more information and resources on coping with the Sandy Hook tragedy, visit the following on

Image: candle flame via Shutterstock

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Participate in Secret Sandy This Holiday to Aid Hurricane Victims

Monday, December 3rd, 2012

One month after Hurricane Sandy hit the Northeast, many families are still struggling to recuperate from the damages they suffered from the storm.

To help, two women (Joy Huang and Kimberley Berdy) launched Secret Sandy, a Secret Santa-type endeavor for affected families who need extra help this holiday season.

Children and their families can register on the site and write letters to Secret Sandy with their wish lists, which will be sent to registered people who wish to donate. This is one example of a letter by a 3-year-old boy from Gerritsen Beach, N.Y.:

When we were hit by Hurricane Sandy, I was so scared.

The first thing I thought was the water was coming in my house fast.

When Hurricane Sandy was over, all I saw was all my toys broken. All I felt was sadness.

For the past few weeks, we have been living in different places & now a hotel.

The thing that I miss most is my Thomas & friends scooter & Thomas trains.

The one thing I really want for the holidays is to be back home, in my own room. 

To get a Secret Sandy or to give a gift, register today at To read letters and receive more information, check out Secret Sandy on Facebook and Twitter.

Image: Pile of gift boxes of various colors isolated on white background, via Shutterstock

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Consider Giving to Non-Profits on #GivingTuesday

Tuesday, November 27th, 2012

Giving TuesdayEncourage your child’s giving spirit for #GivingTuesday, “a campaign to create a national day of giving at the start of the annual holiday season.”  The first-time campaign launches today (as an antidote to Black Friday and Cyber Monday) and hopes to spread a “great tradition of generosity.”

Visit to learn more about the campaign and read about various non-profit organizations.  You can also consider the child- and family-focused foundations below that various editors have mentioned before on Goodyblog.

Reading Is Fundamental – brings free books and literacy resources to children across the U.S.

WhyHunger - gives access to healthy, affordable food to impoverished communities in the world

Soles4Souls – collects new and gently-used shoes to people in over 125 countries

88bikes – provides new bicycles to children, in particular girls rescued from human trafficking, in Africa and Asia

Pencils of Promise – builds schools and encourages education in Africa, Asia, and South America

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An Easy Way to Help Families

Monday, June 13th, 2011


Last week I wrote about our story in the July issue called The Hungry Home, which is about the hunger crisis affecting 18 million Americans. In it, we talk about the importance of donating food (and money) to pantries–and not just any food, but the stuff you’d want your own family to eat. In the video we created to accompany the story, a mom named Tangela describes how her pantry is often filled with castoffs such as dented cans and even items simply labeled “FOOD.” (??)

I got an email over the weekend about a program that connects families with something else they need: socks. I’d never thought about socks as a need, and I guess I’m not alone: Socks are among the least-donated items of clothing. In response, the company No Nonsense has created a program called Socks for America. Over the next year, working with K.I.D.S. (Kids In Distressed Situations), they’ll donate 1 million pairs of socks to people in need.

You can get that number higher than 1 million. Become a fan of No Nonsense on Facebook or purchase a pair of specially-marked socks, and another pair of socks will be donated.

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