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Showing posts with label Charity. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Charity. Show all posts


Operation Warm - A Coat For A Child

Lastnight it was mid 20s and freezing. We woke up with ice and white stuff on the ground. I prayed and thank God I was in a home with heat and blankets because I know that it could have been totally different.

And here are children needing warm coats. I heard on the radio, they said, bring new coats. The kids don't care if they are new or worn. Just give them a coat.

I remember when I was in the orphanage and needed clothing or food. I didn't care that it was old or used, I just wanted clothing.

So don't assume, they don't want your stuff. Just give. Please give.

Even though Operation warm wants new coats. I still want to share about what they are doing. It's great and if you have a local shelter, donate. Share just a little bit of your time in all the year.

Operation Warm provides new winter coats to children in need through strategic and community partnership, with a wide variety of donors and community organizations around the country. Our vision is that every child wearing a new winter coat will be healthy, will be able to attend school regularly and will develop a strong self-esteem. This winter we are working to reach our one-millionth child, making us one of the largest donors of new coats in the country.

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About the author: Owner of JamericanSpice. Sharing my journey in the present, from the past or thoughts for my future. Mom of two who loves to travel and read and decipher people.
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GourmetGiftBaskets Christmas Gift Baskets Review & Military Donation

It is always a pleasure to be able to do anything for our military families. And I am glad for this opportunity from GourmetGiftBaskets to share the holidays with our veterans.

As a blogger it's great to host giveaways and reviews, but choosing to forgo hosting a giveaway will allow GourmetGiftBaskets to donate two Care Packages to our injured war veterans at The Walter Reed Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland in honor of my blog and just in time for the holiday celebrations!
Military Donations For Christmas
I also want to reach out to other bloggers to get involved so that our veterans can have a memorable holiday, knowing that someone loves and cares for them and their sacrifices for our country.  So any blogger who wants to do a Christmas Gift Basket review on behalf of, will have two Care Packages donated in honor of your blog to the war veterans at Walter Reed.

If you are going to participate, you need to write a post and publish it anytime between November 21st and December 9th. Send the URL of your blog post to me before December 14th so that can make sure they get all of the Care Packages donated to the war veterans in time for the Christmas holiday!

1. Choose any of the Christmas gift baskets.

2. Discuss the Christmas gift selection that offers.

3. Write a review of the gift basket of your choice, just saying why you'd love that basket or why you'd give it as a gift etc.
Each blog post that is written about their Christmas Gifts Baskets selection, they will donate two care packages to military personnel at Walter Reed.  

4) Publish your article between November 21st and December 9th and email me the URL or leave me a comment with the URL and I will pass the URL's onto the representative.
If you do write the article, please remember to share your URL by December 14th to ensure the delivery of all gift baskets will be on time for the soldiers for Christmas!

Here's your chance to feel good inside while helping others. Jump aboard! Spread the word to other bloggers!

I LOVE GourmetGiftBaskets! I had seen and heard so much about GourmetGiftBaskets and didn't have much of a desire to try them, and one day they contacted me to do a review and giveaway. I enjoyed the basket that I chose so much that I immediately ordered one as a coming home present for my husband! He loves it too and even went to Montana to share with his sister!

So I can vouch for GourmetGiftBaskets that any of their baskets you choose will delight you or whomever you gift it to for the holidays.

The GourmetGiftBaskets Christmas Gifts Basket that I have my eye on is the Christmas Gift Basket Classic. It has the Almond Pecan-dy Crunch Popcorn that is just absolutely my favorite!
One of our most popular Christmas designs, the Christmas Gift Basket Classic is an excellent choice for the home or office. Why? Each Christmas Basket contains a variety of award-winning gourmet snacks that appeal to a wide variety of tastes. With gourmet snacks including a chocolate covered cherries, dark chocolate bar, chocolate chip cookies, almond clustered popcorn, raspberry honey mustard pretzel dip along with pretzels and so much more! So, if you want to send a gift that everyone will love, send one of these delicious Christmas Gift Baskets!
There is a little of everything in any of these Christmas Gift Baskets for anyone in your family!  I do not like pretzels and to be honest, GourmetGiftBaskets, changed this in me. I don't know they do it, but their pretzels taste great! It's weird! Usually you'd make me cry if you hand me pretzels!!

There is the Jingle All The Way Holiday Gift Basket
Ring in the holidays with one of our traditional Christmas Gift Baskets, Jingle All The Way. This holiday gift compilation holds many treasures that are sure to delight during the holidays. Inside, your lucky recipients will find a host of award winning gourmet snack foods including chocolate dipped holiday cookies, dark chocolate raspberry sticks, shortbread cookies, peppermint bark, butter toffee peanuts, and chocolate dipped pretzels! With an awesome variety of holiday snack foods, this is one holiday gift basket that will keep the "bah-humbugs" away!
There is also the Champagne & Truffles Gift Basket
Nothing says "Celebration" like this Champagne & Truffles Gift Basket! There’s a reason that champagne and truffles are so often served together...they are the perfect pair! Inside they'll find a host of award-winning chocolates and truffles from around the globe to compliment the incredible bottle of Champagne you choose. Inside they'll find a box of fantasy truffles, a medley of chocolate covered fruits including cherries, blueberries, and apricots, champagne Trufflz, toasted almond chocolate lace, champagne sticks, chocolate wafer rolls, dark raspberry truffle bar, and caramel truffle bar will satisfy anyone's chocolate and champagne cravings. A new addition to our Champagne gift baskets, this extraordinary gift is ready to celebrate any occasion! So, when you want to make a lasting impression, send the Champagne & Truffles Gift Basket, and they won’t forget it, or you!
There is even a beer bucket for the boys!
See, anything you want is available in GourmetGiftBaskets wide selection of Christmas Gift Baskets.
And the prices and definitely budget friendly!

If you are wanting the perfect gift for yourself and you know your relatives probably wont give you what you desire, why not treat yourself to a GourmetGiftBasket?

If you want to do a big table setting, you can always use your basket as a centerpiece. I promise, the baskets are so cute that it will fit perfectly into your decor or spice it up!

All year, all season, GourmetGiftBaskets should be on your go to gift list!

Find GourmetGiftBaskets:!/gmtgiftbaskets

No payment or compensation has been received for this post. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission 16 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials In Advertising. JamericanSpice disclosure. Facebook is in no way associated or responsible for this feature or giveaway. 

About the author: Owner of JamericanSpice. Sharing my journey in the present, from the past or thoughts for my future. Mom of two who loves to travel and read and decipher people.
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Hamburger Helper / Feeding America Show Your Helping Hand Giveaway - CLOSED/WINNER

Thank you all for visiting and entering. 
The winner is Brandy

Congratulations, I've sent you an email. 

We all need food. Many of us wont know what it feels like to go without. Many times in my life I had to go without and it's not a good memory. Sometimes even now, I wonder if it could happen again. But I feel if it does, I'll be better able to deal with it. 

This is why I support any group willing to make the time to help with providing people in need of a simple hot plate of food to make it through the day. 

I remember the first time I learned about Hamburger helper, I couldn't believe it was sooo good! Lately I found even more helpers and so every now and then I splurge and mix it up. Plus Pasta is my go to mommy food when I'm out of ideas or running tight on time. 

I'm also psyched that Hamburger helper donated $10 to the Show Your Helping Hand campaign on my behalf! 

And give me some music with a Southern Voice! I'm in love with Tim McGraw's new CD! You totally have to check it out!
One of the songs that caught me up was 'Good Girls' and of course my fave was 'Southern Voice"
You can't miss Tim's voice. It's just 'ooooh'  

To raise awareness about the national issue of hunger, Hamburger Helper® is partnering with GRAMMY® Award-winning singer, songwriter and actor Tim McGraw to help Feeding America deliver millions of meals to local food banks through the Show Your Helping HandTM campaign. McGraw will lend his voice to the campaign through a Public Service Announcement which will be distributed nationwide. Click here to view the PSA. 

Support the campaign by submitting codes from specially marked boxes of Hamburger Helper at or by logging on to make a donation. Hamburger Helper has already donated more than half a million dollars and will contribute up to an additional $100,000 to Feeding America through this program. Don´t think one code will make a difference? The 17 cents Hamburger Helper donates per code is enough for Feeding America to deliver one meal to a local food bank.  

Hamburger Helper Prize Pack and Tim McGraw CD

You also have  a chance to win an autographed copy of Tim McGraw´s "Southern Voice" CD by visiting

According to Feeding America, approximately 5.7 million different people receive emergency food assistance from the organization in any given week.

Main entry
Will you submit or encourage someone to submit codes and join the Hamburger Helper/Feeding America Fight against Hunger? 
or What charity do you support? 

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1 extra entry for each of my giveaway you enter

Ends Dec 19 , 2010 11:00pm 

US Only. 


This was not a paid post and the prize pack and information was given to me from Hamburger Helper through MyBlogSpark. See my  disclosure.

About the author: Owner of JamericanSpice. Sharing my journey in the present, from the past or thoughts for my future. Mom of two who loves to travel and read and decipher people.
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Let's Support The Girls!!!

 Yoplait® is starting their annual Save Lids to Save Lives® program and I was hoping we could do it together.

Please come celebrate and support the girls with my team: 'Fighting For Our Girls'. Log on to

You will see some tabs at the top, click on breast cancer initiative or 

You will need to register if you have not before and if you joined with me last year, just log in with your email and password that you already had registered with. Then click join a team, click Louisiana (LA) and then find  "Fighting Four Our Girls"

Basically, all we have to do is keep eating Yoplait® yogurt and they'll donate 10 cents to Susan G. Komen for the Cure® for every lid we send in by December 31, 2009, up to $1.5 million. And they guarantee a donation of at least $500,000. For more information check out and lets do this!

During our annual drive, for every pink lid you send in by December 31, 2009 Yoplait® will donate 10 cents to Susan G. Komen for the Cure®, up to $1.5 million. And we guarantee a donation of at least $500,000. So grab your friends, coworkers, yoga class or neighbors and start getting involved today.

Susan G. Komen fought breast cancer with her heart, body and soul. Throughout her diagnosis, treatments, and endless days in the hospital, she spent her time thinking of ways to make life better for other women battling breast cancer instead of worrying about her own situation. That concern for others continued even as Susan neared the end of her fight. Moved by Susan’s compassion for others and committed to making a difference, Nancy G. Brinker promised her sister that she would do everything in her power to end breast cancer forever.

That promise is now Susan G. Komen for the Cure®, the global leader of the breast cancer movement, having invested more than $1 billion since inception in 1982. As the world’s largest grassroots network of breast cancer survivors and activists, we’re working together to save lives, empower people, ensure quality care for all and energize science to find the cures.

Thanks to events like the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure®, and generous contributions from our partners, sponsors and fellow supporters, we have become the largest source of nonprofit funds dedicated to the fight against breast cancer in the world.
donate to Susan G. Komen for the Cure® >



Mailing in your lids is so easy.
  • Make sure all your lids are the pink ones we've issued for the Save Lids to Save Lives® program.
  • Wash your lids well and let them dry: an envelope full of yogurt is not a pretty sight (or smell).
  • Flatten your lids and put them in a regular envelope, like a #10 business envelope. You don't need any kind of special mailer.
  • Be sure to put your return address on your envelope, including your zip code. We use that information to distribute our donation money back to your local Susan G. Komen for the Cure® Affiliates.
  • Apply your postage. You can mail up to 12 Yoplait® yogurt cup lids with one First Class or regular-sized envelope with U.S. postage stamp.
  • Address your envelope to:
    Save Lids to Save Lives®
    P.O. Box 420704
    El Paso, TX 88542-0704
  • Drop it in a mail box.

I hope you all will take part in your own way.

Click to enter the
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Bowls Of Hope - Let's Feed America Together!

Provide Nourishment for Yourself and Those in Need with Purchase of Post Shredded Wheat Cereal
PARSIPPANY, NJ (June 1, 2009) – Post Foods, LLC today launched a partnership with Feeding America, the nation’s largest domestic hunger relief charity, to help supply a balanced breakfast to struggling Americans. As part of this partnership, the Bowls of Hope program was conceived to present an approachable way for people to give back, while providing much needed sustenance to the hungry. For every purchase of Post Shredded Wheat, Post will donate one bowl of cereal to Feeding America, up to 15 million bowls.
The partnership commences at a time when unemployment rates have reached a record level. The number of persons unemployed in America is upwards of 12.5 million, according to the United States Department of Labor. Vicki Escarra, President and CEO of Feeding America notes, “We recently released a new survey detailing that the 200 food banks we serve have experienced an average increase in demand of more than 30 percent in the past year. Unemployment was cited as the primary factor for the increased demand.”
“With the growing need for hunger relief in this country, we are thrilled to kick off Bowls of Hope with Feeding America,” said Bonnie Lidz, Senior Brand Manager. “Every little bit helps, and we believe this program will remind people that even one bowl of cereal can make a difference. Multiply that by 15 million, and imagine the impact we can make together!”
The purchase of a Bowls of Hope specially-marked cereal will support Post’s efforts in donating a bowl of Post Shredded Wheat cereal to Feeding America. The entire Post Shredded Wheat line will be part of the program, including Shredded Wheat Original, Shredded Wheat Spoon Size Original, Shredded Wheat and Bran, Shredded Wheat Lightly Frosted and Shredded Wheat Honey Nut. Each variety is heart-healthy, offers the benefits of whole grains, is a good source of fiber, and provides a simple approach to feeling good while doing good.
“We are grateful to Post Foods for helping us address hunger relief with wholesome cereals that offer real nourishment, and for providing an opportunity that allows others to give back, despite these challenging times,” said Escarra.
The Post and Feeding America’s Bowls of Hope program will run until December 31, 2009. For more information, visit
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About Feeding America
Feeding America provides low-income individuals and families with the fuel to survive and even thrive. As the nation’s leading domestic hunger-relief charity, our network members supply food to more than 25 million Americans each year, including 9 million children and 3 million seniors. Serving the entire United States, more than 200 member food banks operate 63,000 agencies that address hunger in all of its forms. For more information on how you can fight hunger in your community and across the country, visit
About Post Foods, LLC
Post Foods, LLC, a subsidiary of Ralcorp Holdings, is the manufacturer
of iconic ready-to-eat cereal brands including Honey Bunches of Oats,
Pebbles, Grape-Nuts, Shredded Wheat, Honeycomb, Post Selects, Trail
Mix Crunch, and other great tasting cereals. For more information,
please visit 

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