Giving Back

World Vision: 6 Handcrafted Gifts Giveaway

by Katie on December 8, 2016

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Over the course of the holiday season, most Americans plan to make a charitable donation to at least one organization between Thanksgiving and Christmas.  With so many worthy causes available both in the United States and abroad, it’s difficult to decide where to donate.

For me, it’s always hard especially at Christmastime, because I have an overwhelming desire to help others out in any way possible.  It’s such a tough decision to pick one amazing organization over another, when so many people are in need of love and support.

One of my favorite organizations is World Vision, a Christian relief, development, and advocacy organization dedicated to working with children, families and communities to overcome poverty and injustice.  It’s their mission to work with the poor and oppressed to promote human transformation, seek justice, and bear witness to the good news of the Kingdom of God.

Aside from making a direct donation to World Vision, you can also select from the World Vision Gift Catalog which offers a variety of handcrafted gifts from regional artisans.  Your purchase truly makes a difference by helping to fight poverty and saving lives both in the United States and around the world.

The gifts offered by World Vision are not only beautiful in a material sense, but a blessing to both the recipient and the people helped by the organization.  There are a wide variety of items available from World Vision such as:

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Tree of Life Votive Holder – This lovely votive holder is handmade from cast-off materials. Artisans in India work hard to raise themselves out of poverty and help light the way for their children’s education.

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Upcycled Artisanal Bowl – This stunning bowl is up-cycled from reclaimed industrial waste such as wires and metal. Artisans in India have hand bent and soldered each piece into inspirational shapes to create this artistic and elaborate bowl that is great as a decorative piece or to hold special items.

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History’s First Coffee Blend – Citrus and chocolate pair up in this 10-ounce whole bean blend of Ethiopian Yirgacheffe and Sumatra Permata Gayo coffees from farmers who are overcoming poverty with their earnings. An olivewood scoop and African bag complete the package. $75

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Turquoise Medallion Necklace – Handmade by families in Delhi, this brightly-beaded medallion necklace adds a bold pop of color to any outfit.

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Royal Silk Scarf – This gorgeous silk scarf adds color to the holidays and supports the needs of children and families worldwide. The luxurious silk is woven by Vietnam’s Ma Chau villagers, who receive sustainable income through their craft.

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Mango Wood Beaded Bracelet – One creative community on the island of Java makes these unique bracelets to help provide a sustainable income and care for their children. The artisan group is led by a mother who pours her heart into her craft.

To help raise awareness of the World Vision Gift Catalog, World Vision would like to offer one of my readers all 6 of the above handcrafted gifts.  You have five ways to enter this giveaway:

  1. Leave a comment on this post – what will your family be doing this Christmas season to help out those in need?
  2. Follow the Cincinnati Cents Twitter page and retweet this giveaway.  Leave a separate comment letting me know that you’ve done this.
  3. Like Cincinnati Cents on Facebook.  Leave a separate comment letting me know that you’ve done so.
  4. Like World Vision on Facebook – let them know that Cincinnati Cents sent you.  Leave a separate comment letting me know that you’ve done this.
  5. Follow the World Vision Twitter page and retweet this giveaway.  Leave a separate comment letting me know that you’ve done this.

Please make sure you leave a separate comment for each method of entry on this post.

This giveaway ends at 8:00 p.m. EST on Wednesday, December 14th, and is open to all U.S. residents, ages 18 years or older.  The winner will be selected randomly, and will be notified by e-mail.  The winner will have 48 hours to respond.  If no response is received by that time, a new winner will be chosen.

Disclaimer: This giveaway was provided by World Vision. All opinions expressed on Cincinnati Cents are (as always!) mine.

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IHOP: National Pancake Day on March 8th

by Katie on February 9, 2016

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IHOP is celebrating National Pancake Day on Tuesday, March 8th from 7 a.m. until 10 p.m.  During this event, more than 1,500 IHOP restaurants across the country will invite guests to enjoy a free stack of IHOP’s signature buttermilk pancakes.

Although not required, guests are encouraged to make a donation to their local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital.  Guests who make a $5 donation will receive a coupon good for $5 off their next visit!

You can find an IHOP location near you here.

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#GivingTuesday

by Katie on December 1, 2015

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Today is the fourth annual #GivingTuesday.  Celebrated after the rush of Thanksgiving, Black Friday, and Cyber Monday, GivingTuesday is a time to embrace random acts of kindness.

#GivingTuesday is centered around making a difference….in your family, your community, your city, and in the world itself.  One of my all-time favorite quotes is from Mother Teresa, and it puts such a fine point on the enormous power of choosing to give of ourselves:

“Not all of us an do great things.  But we can do small things with great love.”
~Mother Teresa 

It doesn’t matter whether you choose to donate to your favorite charity, volunteer at a local food bank, pay for the fast food order of the person behind you, or make a conscious decision to only embrace kind words and thoughts for the day.  What’s important is that you decide to make a difference in the world around you.

As we all know, a smile or a few encouraging words can go a long way to lighten someone’s load, especially if they’re going through a difficult time.  These smallest acts can have such a tremendous impact on the lives of others and are such a simple way to give of ourselves.

So, I’d love to challenge all of you today….make a difference!  Decide that by the end of today, you will have made life easier or more joyful for at least one person that you’ve encountered.  Join the #GivingTuesday movement, and as Mother Teresa so eloquently said, participate in a random act of kindness with great love!

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With Black Friday sales beginning earlier each year, and stores extending their hours of operation, it’s easy to get caught up in the frenzy of bargains, discounts, and sales.  To help temper the busyness of the Black Friday sales events, Giving Tuesday provides an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of others.

On Tuesday, December 1st, World Vision will partner with Thirty-One Gifts for the 4th annual #GivingTuesday to help charitable donations make twice the impact.  On #GivingTuesday, when you donate to World Vision by phone (1-888-511-6588) or online, your gift will be matched dollar for dollar by Thirty-One Gifts.

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Thirty-One Gifts will donate one of their products such as a tote bag or a blanket for each donation made to World Vision, up to a total of one million dollars worth of products!  These bags will be distributed to women and children in need throughout the world.

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They’ll also be sent to those helping out in various communities.  For instance, tote bags from Thirty-One Gifts have been distributed to volunteers in Burundi who utilize these bags to carry materials for educating local families about malnutrition.  Prior to receiving these totes, the volunteers carried everything by hand.  This simple gesture of giving preserves the teaching materials, and makes it easier for volunteers to visit each home.

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One of the simplest ways to donate to World Vision is through the World Vision Gift Catalog, featuring more than 100 ways to improve the lives of children through gifts such as clean water, food, medicine, education, job training, and more.  Gifts start at just $16 and be donated in honor of a loved one.  In 2014 alone, more than 822,000 people were helped through the World Vision Catalog.

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To raise awareness of #GivingTuesday, World Vision and Thirty-One Gifts would like to give away a Zip-Top Organizing Utility Tote from Thirty-One Gifts to one of my readers!  Winners may add free embroidery on their tote as well.  

You have six ways to enter this giveaway:

  1. Leave a comment on this post – how does your family plan to give back this holiday season?
  2. Like Cincinnati Cents on Facebook.  Leave a separate comment letting me know that you’ve done so.
  3. Follow Cincinnati Cents on Pinterest.  Leave a separate comment letting me know that you’ve done this.
  4. Follow the Cincinnati Cents Twitter page and retweet this giveaway.  Leave a separate comment letting me know that you’ve done this.
  5. Like World Vision on Facebook – let them know that Cincinnati Cents sent you.  Leave a separate comment letting me know that you’ve done this.
  6. Follow the World Vision Twitter page and retweet this giveaway.  Leave a separate comment letting me know that you’ve done this.

Please make sure you leave a separate comment for each method of entry on this post.

This giveaway ends at 8:00 p.m. EST on Wednesday, November 25th, and is open to all U.S. residents, ages 18 years or older.  The winner will be selected randomly, and will be notified by e-mail.  The winner will have 48 hours to respond.  If no response is received by that time, a new winner will be chosen.

Disclaimer: This giveaway was provided by World Vision and Thirty-One Gifts. All opinions expressed on Cincinnati Cents are (as always!) mine.

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What does great bread, early morning exercise, and supporting a phenomenal cause all have in common?  The Annual Panerathon, of course!

Panera Bread is hosting their 8th Annual Panerathon 5K/10K to Fight Hunger on Sunday, September 20th.  The race will take place at the Deerfield Towne Center Panera Bread restaurant, which is located at 5095 Deerfield Boulevard in Mason, Ohio.

The 5K and 10K run, both of which are sponsored by Kroger, begin at 9 a.m.  The 5K walk will begin at 9:05 a.m. and the free Panerathon Kids Fun Run will start at 10:15 .m.  The courses begin and end at the Deerfield Towne Center in the parking lot behind Panera Bread, and will wind through the local neighborhood streets.

Everyone is welcome to participate….adults, kids, runners, walkers, well-behaved leashed dogs, and strollers of all sizes!  All proceeds of the race will benefit the Shared Harvest Foodbank, in partnership with the Mason Food Pantry.  This year’s goal is to raise at least $40,000 to benefit hunger relief in the Cincinnati area.

Registered runners and walkers will receive a Dri-Fit event t-shirt (while supplies last), a good bag, fun for the entire family, and a post-race expo, complete with refreshments that are compliments of Panera Bread.  As racers cross the finish line, Panera Bread’s fresh bagels, pastries, and sandwiches will be available, as well as entertainment provided by Q102.

For more information and to register for this event, be sure to visit the Panerathon site.

Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by Panera Bread. All opinions expressed on Cincinnati Cents are (as always!) mine.

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In the busyness of Thanksgiving cooking, Black Friday shopping, and Christmas preparations, it’s easy to get caught up in the frenzy of the season.  In an effort to take a break from the mall madness, World Vision and Thirty One Gifts invites consumers to celebrate the season of generosity during the 3rd annual #GivingTuesday on December 2, 2014.

For the first 3,100 donations made to World Vision on Giving Tuesday, Thirty-One Gifts will donate a Hope Kit Tote filled with personal hygiene supplies to a woman or girl in need in the United States.  Donations to World Vision can be made by phone (1-888-511-6588) or online through the World Vision website.

On #GivingTuesday every donation to World Vision will make twice the impact of combating poverty.  Not only will a donation be made to one of the 100 countries where World Vision has a presence, but a woman or girl in the United States will receive a Hope Kit to help them get back on their feet as well.

Each Hope Kit is filled with essential hygiene supplies such as soap, deodorant, a toothbrush, toothpaste, tissues, lotion, shampoo, a brush, comb, feminine care items, and more.  Plus, a special note of encouragement is included in each tote to help inspire the recipient.

Gifts in the World Vision Gift Catalog range in price from $16 to $39,000, and they can be made in the name of a loved one.  The catalog strives to combat the growing problem of poverty as a gift-giving alternative.  It features over 100 ways to improve the lives of children through a variety of gifts such as clean water, food, medicine, an education, job training, and small business loans.  In 2013 alone, more than 822,000 people received assistance through the World Vision Catalog.

If you want to make a difference in conjunction with World Vision and Thirty-One Gifts, you can start browsing through the World Vision Catalog in advance of #GivingTuesday.  You can also follow updates on this event on the World Vision Facebook Page or their Twitter feed using the hashtags #GiftCatalog and #GivingTuesday.

Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by World Vision and Thirty-One Gifts.  All opinions expressed on Cincinnati Cents are (as always!) mine.

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Meijer stores in the Cincinnati region have partnered with Produce for Kids in their Get Healthy, Give Hope Campaign.  This campaign benefits local children’s hospitals, such as the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.

Produce for Kids has dedicated themselves to educating families on the benefits of healthy eating as well as raising money for children’s non-profit organizations.  In fact, since its inception 12 years ago, Produce for Kids, along with it produce and grocery retail partners, has donated more than five million dollars to children’s hospitals and charities nationwide.

It only seems natural that Meijer has partnered with Produce for Kids.  Since 2002, Meijer has raised nearly $950,000 for local children’s organizations, and they are one of nine retailers participating in this national campaign.

The great news is that Meijer shoppers can help Produce for Kids and Meijer in their efforts.  Through June 21st, when you purchase participating fruits and vegetables, supplies will make a consumption-based donation to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.

Plus, if you’re looking for creative ways to utilize your produce, the Produce for Kids site has a variety of recipes available to make meal planning a snap.  So, if you stop by Meijer this week, be sure to add some of these fruit and vegetable items to your cart in order to help out the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.

Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by Produce for Kids.  All opinions expressed on Cincinnati Cents are (as always!) mine.

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