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One category I was highly motivated to reduce... their stuffed animal collection. Seriously, how can two kids amass so many stuffed animals! I literally started putting, "For the love of Pete, no stuffed animals, please!!!" on the top of their Christmas wish lists that I shared with our extended family.
After much pouting, we successfully reduced their personal collections to their very favorite items and a few that I couldn't part with, due to special memories and associations.
What I didn't anticipate was how difficult it would be to find a home for them, immediately post the holiday season. These were stuffies in excellent condition, not worn out loved ones. However, time and again, I was told that the organization was currently overwhelmed with donations. Happens every holiday season, I was told. Feast at the holidays and famine the rest of the year.
In the end, surprisingly, my grandmother took them. All six large totes worth. As part of her church's women's group service, she frequents retirement communities to visit with the residents. She shared with me that she is always prowling garage sales for stuffed animals and dolls in good condition because the elderly really enjoyed something to cuddle.
The point of this anecdote is both remind myself and encourage others to spread their goodwill throughout the year. Especially in their own backyard.
This giveaway is sponsored by Hamburger Helper, via Blog Spark and it's purpose is to raise awareness of the Hunger Crisis in America and encourage support and action.
The statistics will stun you.
From the Show Your Helping Hand website:
One in six Americans struggles with hunger, over 49 million people.
Nearly 14 million children are served by Feeding America.
36% of households served by Feeding America have one - two working adults in the home.
Nearly 3 million seniors are serviced by Feeding America each year.
Hamburger Helper is partnering with Feeding America and making it so easy for you to make a difference.
Up until December 31, 2011 you can enter the code from specially marked boxes of Hamburger Helper.. For each code entered, a donation of 17 cents, enough to deliver a meal to a local food bank, will be donated to Feeding America. It's important to note that Hamburger Helper and Tim McGraw have already donated $525,000 and will donate an additional $100,000, depending upon how many codes are entered.
***GIVEAWAY***Courtesy of Hamburger Helper, via MyBlogspark, one of my readers will win a prize pack containing: A box of Hamburger Helper, a giant foam Hamburger Helper Hand and a
Tim McGraw Southern Voice CD!
This giveaway will run from Saturday, January 8, 2011 and will conclude at noon, EST on January 12th, 2011 and is open to residents of US, 18+. The winner will be selected randomly from eligible entries and notified by email. The winner must respond by noon, EST on January 13th, 2011.
Share this giveaway and the Feeding America Show Your Helping Hand drive in some fashion. Any method that reaches out to others is acceptable. Facebook, twitter, technorati, Stumble, email, blogging...anything goes. Leave a comment letting me know how you shared with a link so I can find it. Be certain to include your email address so I can notify you if you are the winner.
* Keep sharing. Share in any additional fashion and leave another comment with a link to your sharing, 5 entries per additional method. Handy sharing button at bottom of post. Note: Limit of one tweet per hour.
* Visit the Feeding America Show Your Helping Hand website and tell me in a comment something you learned or something that moved you, 5 entries
* If you are able to directly encourage someone else to pledge to share about this giveaway and the Feeding America Show Your Helping Hand campaign, leave a comment with who you motivated to share, 5 entries
* Tell me in a comment your family's favorite Hamburger Helper variety, 2 entries
* Tell me in a comment your favorite Tim McGraw song, 2 entries
* Enter any of my other active giveaways and leave a comment, letting me know which you entered, 2 entries additional giveaway
* Visit Review Avenues and follow her on Google Friend Connect, and leave a comment with your Google name, 3 entries.
* Tell me how your family supports your community, 2 entries
THIS GIVEAWAY HAS CLOSED. CONGRATS TO DEANNA, COMMENT #74, COURTESY OF RANDOM.ORG!
The opinions expressed above are honest and my own. Information, statistics and images taken from the Feeding America Show Your Helping Hand website. I received a prize pack from Hanburger Helper via MyBlogSpark in conjunction with creating this post.