Giving Back


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.


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.


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.


It comes as no surprise that families across the nation are struggling this holiday season.  Between juggling the costs of housing and utilities as well as groceries and child care needs, many families are just barely getting by each month.

Throughout the country, one in three moms struggles with the ability to afford diapers for her child.  In fact, a recent study in the journal Pediatrics showed that having a significant diaper need is even more distressing to moms than not having enough food for their families.

Huggies Every Little Bottom and Meijer are working diligently to help end the problem of diaper need.  Throughout November and December, for every Huggies diaper purchased at Meijer, Huggies will diaper a baby in need for a day, up to a total of 150,000 diapers.  Plus, for each Huggies diaper purchase, Meijer will donate $1.00 to the National Diaper Bank Network up to a total of $10,000.

If you have a little one in diapers, you have an easy opportunity to help pay it forward this holiday season.  Simply purchase Huggies Snug & Dry, Little Movers, or OverNites Diapers at Meijer to make a difference for families in need across the country.

If you’re no longer in the diaper purchasing season of your life, you can help out by visiting the Huggies Tester site.  When you complete challenges, Huggies will donate a diaper to a baby in need.  Or, you can donate your Huggies Rewards to help a family in need.   You can also spread the word about this promotion by sharing this post on Facebook or Twitter #diaperneed.

Huggies Every Little Bottom and Meijer would like to offer one of my readers a 2 month supply of Huggies Snug & Dry Diapers.  Want to win?  You have six ways to enter this giveaway:

  1. Leave a comment on this post – what is your family doing this holiday season to give back to others?  This is a required entry!
  2. Like Huggies on Facebook – let them know that Cincinnati Cents sent you.  Leave a separate comment letting me know that you’ve done this.
  3. Follow the Huggies Twitter page and retweet this giveaway.  Leave a separate comment letting me know that you’ve done this.
  4. Like Meijer 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 Meijer Twitter page and retweet this giveaway.  Leave a separate comment letting me know that you’ve done this.
  6. Like Cincinnati Cents on Facebook.  Leave a separate comment letting me know that you’ve done so.

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 Tuesday, November 26th, 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 Huggies and Meijer. All opinions expressed on Cincinnati Cents are (as always!) mine.


T.G.I. Friday’s: Can For A Fan Campaign

by Katie on October 10, 2013

Throughout October, local T.G.I. Friday’s restaurants are teaming up with the Freestore Foodbank to help support those who are most in need with their Can for a Fan Campaign.  Simply like T.G.I. Friday’s on Facebook, and they will donate one can of food for each new fan that they gain (up to 3,000 cans) before October 15th.  As an added bonus, when you like your local T.G.I. Friday’s page as well, Friday’s will double your donation.

Since most of us are on Facebook at least once a day, this is a such a simple way to pay it forward to those in need.

Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by T.G.I. Friday’s. All opinions expressed on Cincinnati Cents are (as always!) mine.


Receive a free Tall Brewed Coffee from Starbucks today when you make a donation to the United Way of Oklahoma.  This offer is valid at all participating Starbucks locations.


Helping the Oklahoma Tornado Victims

by Katie on May 23, 2013


Whether you flip on the television, scan through the radio stations, or pop up an internet window, you can’t miss hearing of the tragic aftermath of the tornadoes that ripped through Oklahoma this past week.  Homes, families, and lives have been torn apart.  It is a heartbreaking picture of complete and total devastation for so many families.

In the midst of this tragedy, Americans are pulling together and collectively asking, “What can we do to help?”  There are a number of organizations that are heading up relief efforts to assist those families who have lost so much.  Locally, Matthew 25 Ministries is currently collecting the following items for delivery to Oklahoma:

  • Monetary Donations:  Donate online or mail checks to Matthew 25: Ministries, 11060 Kenwood Road, Cincinnati, OH 45242.
  • Non-Perishable Food: PULL TOP canned vegetables, fruits etc.; ready to eat dry goods such as nuts, peanut butter, dried fruits, granola and trail mixes, jerkies, ready to eat snacks; bottled water; ready- to-eat meals or MREs etc.
  • Personal Care Products: Antibacterial soap, hand sanitizer, toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoo, body wash, deodorant, lotion etc.
  • Cleaning supplies: Laundry detergents, general cleaner, sponges, bleach (powdered form is preferred), mops, scrub brushes, buckets, rubber gloves etc.
  • Paper products: Toilet paper, paper towels etc.
  • Baby and infant supplies: Diapers, wipes, diaper rash ointment, baby wash, baby shampoo, baby lotion etc.
  • First-Aid items: Bandages, gauze, pads, first aid tape, antiseptic creams, hydrogen peroxide, alcohol, latex gloves, instant cold packs etc.

There is also an extensive listing of national organizations as well as those local to Oklahoma that are accepting donations.

I know that this is a financially difficult time for many, and trying to stretch that dollar a little further is not an easy task.  However, even the smallest donation makes a difference.  As a couponing community, we are truly in a unique position.  We have the resources available to us to be able to purchase items for very little out of pocket expense, and in turn, have the ability to share from what we have… share with those whose need is truly dire.

Every penny, every food product, every supply item collected will help the people of Oklahoma come that much closer to picking up the pieces of their lives. I believe that collectively, we can make a difference, and little by little, hope might be restored to the people of Oklahoma.