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Giveaway week starts today!

Since I started my blog five years ago, I've hosted a week of giveaways each year to celebrate my business anniversary.  (Usually in May, but this year I waited till smack dab in the middle of summer.)  Each day this week I'll post a giveaway prize with a question.  Just click on the comment button above the photo, write your answer to the day's question, and you'll be entered to win that day's giveaway.  You can enter every day during the week, anytime through Sunday.  Be sure to check back here on Monday, July 22nd, when I post the winners. TODAY'S GIVEAWAY:  My new Zoe Gift Tag Stamp.  I've got two new personalized gift tag stamp designs in the shop, which can be used over and over to make your own gift tags. TODAY'S QUESTION:  Speaking of giving...what charity is near and dear to your heart?  I ask this question every year and learn something new each time. Good luck!
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54 Responses to Giveaway No. 1

  1. chel says:

    I’m a sucker for Best Friends Animal Sanctuary, as well as our local shelter- For the Love of Cats (located on Marco Island). I also love Donors Choose- I like to help teachers fund art projects.

  2. Deb Paterson says:

    Raising A Reader

  3. Christine says:

    Enchanted Makeovers
    They are a group I was introduced to through my work on the Creative Connection Event, and I continue to work with them. Through the unique vision and gritty determination of the founder, the organization does makeovers at womens’ shelters….giving the women a lovely place, filled with handmade items, to call “home”.

  4. Bethany says:

    Compassion International! Their mission is “releasing children from poverty in Jesus’ name”.

  5. Aine says:

    Several rescues are near and dear to my heart… Wisconsin Chihuahua Rescue, Bichon & Little Buddies Rescue, Seniors Rock – Saving the Seniors, and Save-A-Bull. They all do wonderful work on behalf of our canine friends.

  6. Sarah Goehringer says:

    My family actually started our own fund for the Dana Family Cancer Institute. It is the Lindsay Family Fund for Multiple Myeloma. My dad passed away from multiple myeloma a couple of years ago and donating to this cause has been something I’ve been doing for awhile. My sorority (while I was in college) actually held a Vera Bradley event! Shop for a cause and it was very successful.

    The Jimmy Fund at Dana Farber is also another one I feel is near and dear to my heart as well.

  7. Christina says:

    Ronald McDonald House! They provide a home away from home for families of children who are enduring long-term hospital stays.

  8. Barb Sekelsky says:

    Living Well Cancer Resource Center in Geneva,Il. They offer so many things to both the cancer patient and also the family

  9. Emily Bent says:

    The OC Walk to Remember is a nonprofit organization that supports parents who have lost a baby in pregnancy or infancy. It’s more than just a walk, it is a great place for women to get support, answers, and discover they are not alone after suffering a miscarriage, or infants death.

  10. Pam Sheehan says:

    Smile Train is very dear to my heart. Everyone deserves a great smile.

  11. Mallory says:

    Wounded Warriors Project is one of my favorites! Being an active duty spouse, I find it very important to spread the word on this wonderful organization that works to raise awareness and provide aid to our injured service members. This organization also provides different types of programs for current or retired military members and families to be involved in the close knit community of those men and women who were unable to leave the battle field uninjured. If you are looking to give back, please consider volunteering with the WWP!

  12. Jessica says:

    The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. My school does “Pennies for Patients” each year and we raised over $12,000 last year in just over a week for this charity. Also near to my heart. My grandmother passed away from Leukemia years ago, and a good friend recently passed from cancer as well.

  13. CJ says:

    Save the Children is a charity that is always worth supporting I think.

  14. Michael says:

    Hooray for your anniversary!!!

    St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital
    Lupus Foundation of MN ~ I do volunteer work for them
    Breast cancer foundations ~ in honor of my mom, a survivor

    I’m getting more interested in causes that further girls in terms of confidence, skills, leadership, technology etc. but haven’t found an ideal “cause” yet. … it’s just brewing… 🙂

  15. Megan says:

    I support our local animal shelter. All our critters are adopted, too.

  16. Megan says:

    Providence House – a crisis nursery (the first of it’s kind started here in Cleveland OH). When parents are unable to take care of their children for whatever reason Providence House is able to take care of them, any day any time. PH also helps the families get back together. With donations they were able to construct a new house to be able to take older children up to 10 years now! My sister introduced me to this great organization. Where I work, we have done a couple of Christmas’ buying much needed supplies, toys and clothing for the kids.

    My friend’s daughter has NF (Neurofibromatosi) which is a genetic disorder of the nervous system that causes tumors to form on the nerves anywhere in the body at any time. This progressive disorder affects all races, all ethnic groups and both sexes equally. NF is one of the most common genetic disorders in the United States (one in every 3,000 to 4,000 births), even though not many people are familiar with it.

    We are trying to raise awareness and just did a walk for the charity a couple of weeks ago.

  18. Carol says:

    The one nearest and dearest to my heart is “Meals on Wheels”. My mom and a friend used to be volunteer drivers/deliverers for meals supplied to homebound seniors. When I was on a break from school, I would sometimes be a “sub”. Seeing the faces of people who looked forward to the only friendly face of the day, let alone a meal, was often overwhelming. Even though I support 3 children around the world and just about every animal rescue/charity, the faces of those seniors can be haunting.

  19. mandy says:

    dachshund rescue of North America! 🙂

  20. Vanessa Colquhoun says:

    United Spinal Association

  21. Carolyn says:

    I have recently enjoyed donating to the Arbor Day Foundation. You can purchase greeting cards and the Arbor Day Foundation will plant a tree for each card.

  22. Natalie says:

    Any charity that can help teachers do their job. I love Donors Choose!

  23. Kathy says:

    Make A WIsh Foundation! They grant a wish for a child diagnosed with a life-threatening medical condition. The children are heroes, the stories are inspiring, and the whole foundation makes you want to be a better person.

  24. Gretchen says:

    The “friends” of our local public library.
    When our girls were young, it was a place of inspiration and delight. Now, I so appreciate that it is there for everyone in our community and offers a place for language instruction, tutoring, computer access, meetings and more in addition to the wonderful selection of books.

  25. Amy says:

    Jazz 88, MPR and tpt… media that supports community, creativity and learning!

  26. Stella Paeglow says:

    St Jude’s Children’s Hospital

  27. Melissa Gruber says:

    This is a hard one for me, because there are so. Many great ones. But, because I had tiny babies March of Dimes in near and dear. Having 33 week twins, I cannot. Began to tell you how much medical care was so important to their overall health. I love what March of Dimes does as well as Children’s hospital!

  28. I have been sponsoring a young girl in Kenya through Compassion Canada for the past 10 years. It’s been a wonderful experience as I receive many letters from her with occasional photos that let me see how she’s grown and detailed reports about how my money is helping her. I love the work that Compassion does!

  29. Dawn says:

    In my retirement, my dream has been to find a way to help our military families. They all sacrifice so much for all of us. I’m happy to support Operation Write Home. We are an online community of card makers. Our handmade cards (blank inside) are shipped to Americans deployed across the globe. They use our cards to write home to their families. It’s such a wonderful way to connect our military to their loved ones! (Unlike emails and Skype, these cards are something that their family member has actually held in their hands.) OWH cards often end up on the mantel, in scrapbooks, and under their children’s pillows at night. It has been wonderful reading about all of these noteworthy charitable organizations! Thanks to everyone!! ♡

  30. MoniCue says:

    Heifer International. We became aware of this charity when a donation was made in honor of our marriage. We make an annual donation at Holiday Time, and it is especially gratifying to have our daughter help pick out the animals we will supply to families. She understands how these creatures bring both sustenance and hope.

  31. Elizabeth Anderson says:

    I really like the work that LSS/Catholic Charities does!

  32. madelia says:

    United We Can is a dollar a day which goes to world missions. Been giving since 1994.

  33. Heather says:

    Can Do Canines in New Hope, MN.

  34. Catherine says:

    We love collecting toys & supplies to fill shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child. Lots of great ideas!

  35. Holly says:

    I’m a fan of Dallas CASA. I’m part of a group of ladies at my church who make quilts for foster kids served by CASA.

  36. Liz says:

    Today the MS Society is on my heart. We are on our way to my mother in law’s memorial service who lived with MS for 44 years. MS is such a terrible disease and I hate that she suffered so long.

  37. Jennifer @ Her Southern Charm says:

    Anything that has to do with animals! Love Austin Pets Alive here in Austin. 🙂

  38. Erin Pugh says:

    The Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. I’ve been Running for the Cure for four years, since my best friend was diagnosed with the disease. She passed away a few months ago and my heart is broken. I know she’d want me to run again this fall, and I’m trying to work up the resolve to do it again…

  39. erin says:

    Be the Change-Save a Life via ABC news. I donate $ for Plumpy’nut to fight malnutrition. I also donate to 88Bikes–you send $ and they buy bikes to give to children all over the world..

  40. Angela Martin says:

    Feed my starving children and Alzheimers Association. My grandmother suffered way too long with that terrible disease.

  41. Esther says:

    The Jimmy Fund Walk! They help raise funds for Dana Cancer Institute to try and conquer all types of cancer. That’s a noble cause!!

  42. Amy Avery says:

    Habitat for Humanity

  43. Lisa says:

    I’m afraid I’m a bit late, Gina, but my favorite is the Will Steger Foundation. Will is working hard to educate the young about the challenges of global climate change as well as working with politicians to find solutions that work for the good of citizens and the planet.

  44. MelissaPete says:

    Anything that helps research a cure for Cancer or helps patients…St. Jude, Susan G. Komen, etc. I wish I were a bazillion-aire so I could help the variety of worthy charities in existence.

  45. Deadra Strawn says:

    I’m passionate about “Wounded Warrior Project”. Being a spouse of an active duty soldier this charity hits very close to home. If you haven’t stopped to look and learn about Wounded Warrior Project, you really should. These men and women are protecting this very country you live in, give to them as they have to you!

  46. Rebecca Beeson says:

    Since I’m a fifth grade teacher in a very poor community in Dallas, Texas, I’m a big supporter of They let teachers pick what they need for their classrooms directly. That way you know exactly who and what you’re giving to. Not only did I donate to DonorsChoose but I also benefitted from their generosity. You should check it out!

  47. patti says:

    I’m passionate about Hawaii Literacy — a program that helps illiterate adults become readers. Reading is the key to education and leading a better life.

  48. tammy b says:

    Mine is March-of-Dimes. I had 2 preemies so they are near and dear to my heart

  49. Kellie says:

    One of my many…. is Ronald McDonald. They housed my family for weeks durning my babies illness when we were so low we could barely function. So loving and kind!

  50. Melissa says:

    I, too, am an active duty spouse like some of the people that have commented already. I pick the Wounded Warrior Project! Such a worthwhile and important group for our service members (and their families) who have sacrificed so much in our defense.

  51. keri says:

    I always give to our local food bank. It feels like I’m helping people in my own community and I know it is well run, so a great fraction of the money (and all of the food) goes straight to the people who need it rather than to administrative costs.

  52. Lyssa says:

    Ronald McDonald House! You can make meals to take to the families staying there, every little bit helps!

  53. Susan says:

    Children’s Charities always hit home – several that we support include “Pedia Place” that helps children get healthcare, Bethesda Home for the boys in Savannah, GA, and Children’s Hospital of Dallas where our son receives care.

    I truly believe all children deserve a childhood full of love and support – whatever it takes to make this happen.

  54. Jill Galstad says:

    RECLAIM, based in Minneapolis, which supports LGBT youth. “RECLAIM aims to increase access to mental health support so LGBT youth may reclaim their lives from oppression in all its forms.”

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