Giving Back

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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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…..to 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.

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Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive on May 11th

by Katie on May 10, 2013

The annual Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive will be held this Saturday, May 11th.  Everyone is asked to collect and bag non-perishable food items and place them by their mailbox for their letter carrier to deliver to a local food bank or pantry.  This is such a simple way to help out those who are truly in need.

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Earn Box Tops for Your Local School

by Katie on April 3, 2013

Raise funds for schools with Box Tops For Education!  Last year, America’s schools earned more than $74 million from Box Tops. Find out how much your school earned, and then start making a difference at your local school:

  • Clip Box Tops
  • Shop & earn eBoxTops
  • Earn Bonus Box Tops

Simply login to the Box Tops site to take advantage of all the benefits Box Tops has to offer.  This is a great opportunity to make a difference for your local school.

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World Vision Artisan Beaded Necklace Giveaway

by Katie on December 10, 2012

Over the course of the Christmas season, most Americans plan to make a charitable donation to at least one organization.  In fact, nearly 60 percent of Americans say they’ll donate between Thanksgiving and Christmas.  With so many worthy causes, it’s difficult to know where the gift can best be used.

World Vision is a Christian relief, development, and advocacy organization dedicated to working with children, families and communities to overcome poverty and injustice.  It is 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.

Gifts to the World Vision Gift Catalog Maximum Impact Fund are used where resources are most desperately needed, to help children and families in struggling communities around the world.  With a financial contribution, the gift giver can select one of 36 Maximum Impact items that can be given to a loved one, while at the same time, can help a person in need.

Below is a selection of items that are available from the World Vision Gift Catalog:

Artisan Beaded Necklace:  This glass-bead necklace is handmade in Thailand and can be worn several different ways — even as a multi-strand bracelet.

Eco Cold Cup: This popular 16 oz. BPA-free tumbler comes in handy when on the run. Every sip is a reminder of those who have been helped.

Veggie Tales “Incredible Vegetables” DVD: Heroic adventures and veggie fun for the family movie night! This newest Veggie Tale DVD is an action adventure that teaches kids how to conquer fear through a faith-based message.

A set of plush  toys including Gertie Goat, Chuma Chick, and Pallu Pig:  Gertie, Chuma and Pallu are available exclusively through World Vision and represent  farm animals that are donated to children and families around the world and provide a steady supply of nutritious food and the surplus can be sold for extra income.

To help raise awareness of the World Vision Gift Catalog, World Vision would like to offer one of my readers an Artisan Beaded Necklace.  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?  This is a required entry!
  2. Follow Cincinnati Cents on Pinterest.  Leave a separate comment letting me know that you’ve done this.
  3. 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.
  4. Follow World Vision on Pinterest.  Leave a separate comment letting me know that you’ve done this.
  5. Watch the video that explains how the World Vision Gift Catalog works.  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 Monday, December 17th, 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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Give Freely: Week of 7/6/12

by Katie on July 6, 2012

Welcome to Give Freely!

One in five Americans deals daily with the issue of not having enough to eat. Many of those are children. As couponers, we have the unique opportunity to buy items at extremely reduced prices (or even free) to feed our families.

The goal is Give Freely is to present you each week with freebies or near freebies from your local grocery stores. Because these items are so inexpensive we are hoping that you will spend the extra few cents to pick up a spare item to donate to your community center, church, local food bank or shelter.

If you are a blogger who does deals for a supermarket not on this list and would be interested in participating, please send an e-mail to a Frugal Chick!  Please take this opportunity to help stop hunger in this country!

 

Aldi

L’Oven Fresh White Hamburger or Hot Dog Buns, $0.79

Tuscan Garden Tortilla Chips, $0.99

Farm Fresh

Bumble Bee Pouch – $0.88

Buy any 10 Fuze, Vitaminwater or SmartWater, get 5 FREE – $1.00

Food Lion

Idahoan Mashed Potatoes 3.95-4.1 Ounce $1.00

Uncle Ben’s Country Inn Rice 6 Ounce $1.00

Harris Teeter

Mt Olive Pickles (several varieties) $1.64
-$0.75 or $0.50 coupon from SS 6/24
Final=as low as $0.14

Hanover Beans $1.25
-$1/2 coupon from RP 6/24
Final=$0.75 each

Kroger

Kroger Bread or Buns, Select Varieties, Buns, 8 ct or Bread, 20-24 oz – 10 for $10

Kroger Pasta, Select Varieties, 12-16 oz – 10 for $10

Kroger Fruit Snacks, Select Varieties, 6 ct – 10 for $10

Meijer

Ragu Pasta Sauce, 2/$3

Smucker’s Jam, Jelly, Preserves, or Marmalade, 2/$5
$0.35/1 Smucker’s Jam, Jelly, Preserves or Fruit Spread Product, exp. 7/31/12 (RP 06/10/12 R)
$1.80 each after coupon

Martins

Betty Crocker Suddendly Salad 10/$10
-$0.50 off 2 from 6/10 SS *Doubles to $1
Final Price: $0.50 each

French’s Classic Yellow Mustard 2/$3
-$0.30 off from 5/13 or 6/24 SS *Doubles to $0.60
Final Price: $0.90

Frank’s Original Hot Sauce 12oz $1.99
-$0.75 off from 5/13 SS *Doubles to $1
Final Price: $0.99

Shaws

Barilla Pasta – $1.29
- $1/2 Barilla Blue Box Pasta – SS 06/24/12
= $0.79 each

Essential Everyday Cereal – $1.88
- $1/1 Essentials Everyday Item – Shaw’s Game Guide Booklet
= $0.88 each

Bumble Bee Solid White Albacore Tuna – 4/$5
- $1/2 Bumble Bee Product – Printable
= $0.75 each

Essential Everyday Croutons – 10/$10
- $1/1 Essentials Everyday Item – Shaw’s Game Guide Booklet
= FREE

Winn Dixie

Del Monte canned vegetables select varieties $1.00
$1/5 Del Monte Canned Vegetables or Tomatoes, exp. 8/5/12 (RP 05/13/12 R)
=$4.00 for 5

Blue Runner beans New Orleans or Creole style 16oz $1.00

Chef Boyardee canned pasta or microwavable bowls $1.00

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