Pay It Forward with FamilyChristian.com

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FamilyChristian.com giveawayThis is post and this giveaway have been funded by FamilyChristian.com.  I received a gift certificate to donate to my daughter’s school, and one to giveaway (so stick around for details!), in conjunction with this promotion.

I was blessed recently to pay it forward to my daughter’s school, with a set of Christian-based literature geared towards beginning readers, thanks to FamilyChristian.com.  It was such a great supplement to their existing Spiritual Life curriculum, and I’m thrilled to be able to contribute to the school’s literature for future classes to enjoy for years to come! [Read more…]

Keep on saving!  :o)
--Barbara

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Win a $100 IKEA Gift Card – and Support Devereux Georgia

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Remember a while back, I told you about IKEA’s amazing community outreach, both locally and globally?  I’d like to tell you a little about a great organization, which is supported in part by the Atlanta IKEA store:   DEVEREUX GEORGIA, the nation’s largest not-for-profit behavioral health organization. The youth served at Devereux Georgia are considered high risk and require intensive treatment services. As you can imagine, treatment services for such an organization add up and fundraising is the way to keep the doors open.  The Devereux Georgia Treatment Network (Devereux Georgia), is part of the Devereux Foundation, Inc.  Founded in 1912, Devereux is one of the nation’s leading nonprofit behavioral health organizations with 13 centers in 11 states.

Devereux Georgia

Since 1973, Devereux Georgia has provided new hopes, new dreams, and new choices to youth who are suffering from emotional and behavioral challenges brought on by mental illness, sexual exploitation, abuse, neglect, and/or intellectual/developmental disabilities.  The continuum of care provided by Devereux Georgia includes a Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facility, community-based treatment programs, Specialty Foster Care program, and a SACS-accredited school.  With Devereux Georgia’s help, youth develop the confidence and competency to achieve once-unthinkable goals such as literacy, graduation from high school, or the acquisition of basic job readiness skills to become successful and productive members of our community.

For further information about Devereux Georgia, please see links at the bottom of this post.

How can you help support Devereux Georgia?

On October 2nd, they will have an art auction fundraiser featuring pieces designed by the youth at Devereux ages 8-21. The evening will also include a jazz trio, dinner, cocktails and a live auction.  The event benefiting Devereux Georgia will be held at the Marietta Country Club, located at 1400 Marietta Country Club Drive in Kennesaw, Georgia. Guests will enjoy dinner, cocktails, and music along with a silent auction showcasing works of art created by Devereux youth. The featured guest speaker of the evening will be Lynn Garson, Esq., mental health advocate and author of the novel “Southern Vapors.”   Ms. Garson will also be joining nationally renowned child psychiatrist, Dr. Yolanda Graham, in a panel discussion on mental health issues and treatment.  To purchase tickets and for more information please visit www.devereux.org/hopeevent or call 770-427-0147.
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--Barbara

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Kangazoom Charity Event 6-15-13 {Kile’s World}

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Taking something absolutely tragic and unthinkable is difficult, but Tameka Raymond is doing just that. She is holding a celebration in honor of her son, Kile who died from head injuries sustained in an accident, and she really wants moms (and dads) to come out to a charity event. She launched a new charity, Kamp Kile’s World, and 100% of entry fee into Kangazoom would go to support the Kile’s World foundation.

The farewell fundraiser will support Kamp Kile’s World, founded by celebrity mom Tameka Raymond in honor of her son Kile who lost his life last year from injuries sustained in a jet-ski accident.  Kile was a creative kid who loved the arts. And Kamp Kile’s World is a creative arts camp offering multiple workshops including general instruction in the areas of acting, singing, dance, painting, illustration, music production and digital media.

Kangaroo Kile, the mascot of Kangazoom is going to camp, which means the Alpharetta Kanagazoom location will close so Tameka can focus her energy on  the Kile’s World nonprofit organization and its programs to support the arts.

Come support a fantastic cause, and have a good time, all at the same time before this location closes its doors.  Details below:

Kamp Kile's World

Keep on saving!  :o)
--Barbara

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Hair Donation – Letting It All Go!

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Locks of Love logo - hair donation

I recently hinted on Facebook that I participated in a Locks of Love haircut.  Hair donation is an easy way to give back big time.  Your hair can go to someone in much greater need, while also “lifting” you of the extra weight — figuratively and literally.

For the last two or three years, I’ve really slacked on getting my hair cut.  So I decided to just grow it out long enough to donate when I *do* get it cut.  I did so last year (on Super Bowl Sunday 2012), about six weeks after my son was born, so I had a rich, long head of hair to donate.  This year -after growing it out for 14 months- it wasn’t as long (or lush), but it was a good 10 inches that I don’t miss, but will make a world of difference for someone else.

Hair donations typically benefit children with medical conditions resulting in hair loss.

There are other organizations that accept hair donations, including Pantene Beautiful Lengths and Wigs for Kids.

If you’re looking to donate and live in the Atlanta area, I suggest waiting for May 20, when there will be a hair donation event in Alpharetta.  You can learn more here.  Thanks, Alpharetta Macaroni Kid for letting me know about this one!

hair donation - Locks of Love

Keep on saving!  :o)
--Barbara

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LongHorn Steakhouse – Get a FREE Steakhouse Kid’s Meal

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In celebration of International Children’s Book Day and to support local Boys & Girls Clubs of America, LongHorn Steakhouse is inviting families to participate in their “Give a Book, Get a Free Steakhouse Kid’s Meal” offer on April 2, 2013!

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With the sun finally warming up the Atlanta area (FINALLY!), perhaps now is the time to get on board with spring cleaning.  In doing so, you’ll likely find gently used books you could pass on.  Why not donate them to a fantastic cause?

LongHorn Steakhouse –
Give a Book, Get a FREE Steakhouse Kid’s Meal!

All you have to do is donate one children’s book (new or used) suitable for ages 5-12 at your local LongHorn restaurant on Tuesday, April 2.  As a special thanks for your donation, your family will receive one free kid’s meal from LongHorn’s kid’s menu with the purchase of one adult entrée.

All books will then be donated to local Boys and Girls Clubs of America to refresh Club libraries.  So why not clear a little clutter from your home, help out a fantastic cause, AND score a FREE meal, all at once?  Three birds with one stone — you can’t lose!

Wish to learn more about the Boys and Girls CLub of America?  For more than 100 years, Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) has provided kids with a safe environment and engaging activities to help them reach their full potential as productive and responsible citizens. Through fun, educational, and innovative programs, BGCA helps kids and teens develop the creativity and confidence needed to succeed in life.

National Boys & Girls Club Week, April 7 – 13, marks the ideal time to learn about your neighborhood Club and how it supports local kids and the community. During this week, Boys & Girls Clubs across the nation are opening their doors and encouraging the community to take a tour and get involved with the organization.

LongHorn Steakhouse

Boys and Girls Club of Metro Atlanta

 

Also, in addition to this great offer from LongHorn Steakhouse, check out the latest Atlanta restaurant coupons for this week!!

Keep on saving!  :o)
--Barbara

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5th Annual Hike for Hyde

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I have an upcoming fundraiser to share with y’all.  This one is personal for me, as an old friend of mine, whose son is exactly a month older than my daughter, has AHUS.  You can read about his story here.  Please take a moment to read, and consider joining in on the fun.

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5th Annual Hike for Hyde

April 20,2013
9am – 2pm
Sawnee Preserve Park, Cumming, GA

This event benefits the Foundation for Children with Atypical HUS (80%) and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta (20%) and we’ve raised over $113,000 the last 4 years for these amazing organizations!

Costs:
Pre-registration (by April 17, 2012):

  • $60 family of 4
  • $25 per adult
  • $12 per child 12 and under

 

Day of hike pricing is $2 more per person so register early!

Each registration includes a t-shirt and 1 raffle ticket.

**Also, if you are a business owner, and are interested in sponsorship, you can contact the organizers for more details.

Keep on saving!  :o)
–Barbara

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Keep on saving!  :o)
--Barbara

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