November 24, 2009

Champion for Children

In the name of all that is holy I'm doing my best to resist the temptation to write about anything related to holiday shopping until at least Black Friday, so you’ll have to wait three more days if you're jonesing to see what Miss Do-Gooder's stuffing in her festive stockings this year.

In the meantime – and in keeping with the Thanksgiving theme of, um, giving thanks - here’s something free and easy you can do to help the more than 12 million children in America who are at risk of hunger.

If you know a neighbor, friend, relative or co-worker who’s standing up to be counted in the fight against hunger, go here to nominate them as a “Champion against Child Hunger.” For each submission received before January 22nd, ConAgra Foods (the brains behind Chef Boyardee and Orville Redenbacher) will donate $10 to Share Our Strength, a national organization that works tirelessly towards an America in which no child grows up hungry. They still have a long way to go, but they're making a valiant effort.


Five semi-finalists will win $500 cash and a matching donation of $500 to Share Our Strength. The grand-prize winner will win loads of goodies including a three day/two night trip to New York City, a tour of the Food Network studios (Sandra Lee is the national ambassador of SOS), $1,000 cold hard cash, and a $5,000 donation made in his or her name to Share our Strength.

Something to, um, chew on, no?

November 20, 2009

Polar Tee

If you’re looking for a cute new T-shirt (i.e. you already own all three MDG tees) and you’re lucky enough to live in a city with a Marc Jacobs store (hello readers in Turkey!), I’ve got just the perfect tee for you.

The Climate Project has teamed up with America’s favorite fashion designer to offer a polar bear-themed T-shirt to raise awareness about climate change impacts in the Arctic. The tees cost $28.00 and 100 percent of the net proceeds go to The Climate Project.

Click here to find a Marc Jacobs store near you here.

November 19, 2009

Wall Power

If you're not already on the Wall, jump, climb or simply click here to get on it.

Join the likes of Sheryl Crow, Nike, Starbucks, Pepsi, ebay and thousands (over 22,000) of other everyday American folks who want a clean energy future.

Help Repower America now.

November 18, 2009

Souper

I’m not sure what soups and barns have in common (anyone?) but Campbell’s has found a way to link them for a good cause, the National FFA Organization.

America’s favorite soup maker is sponsoring a contest to preserve five barns this year as part of their “Help Grow Your Soup” promotion. Because good soup, as we know, is grown and not made. And then stored in barns. Hmm (mmm good).

For every vote you place, Campbell’s will donate a buck to the FFA, which helps develop America's future farmers and leaders through agricultural education.

If you voted each and every day until the contest ends on January 5, 2010, you’d have personally raised $47 for the cause, and helped preserve five barns. There are ten barns competing in all – from “The Dull Family Farm” in Thornton, Indiana, to “The Just Wait and See Farm” in Union Bridge, Maryland.

The barns are gorgeous and the campaign ingenious, so go take a look. Hay, what have you got to lose?

November 17, 2009

Tag Team

Levi’s has got a brand new tag.

Levi Strauss & Company and Goodwill are teaming up on a new initiative called “A Care Tag for Our Planet” which aims to put billions of pounds (23.8 pounds to be exact) of unwanted clothing to good use instead of into landfills.

Beginning in January (2010), Levi’s will run care tags that encourage customers to “Machine Wash Cold, Line Dry When Possible, and Donate to Goodwill.”

Three simple ways to help reduce the climate impact of your favorite denim.

November 16, 2009

Peacock Green

In case you've been living in a small hole carved deep in a rockface somwhere, NBC is going green this week.

Starting yesterday ("Yesterday's News Today!") through November 22nd, you can catch eco-themed episodes of shows including "The Office," "30 Rock," "Heroes" and "The Biggest Loser," learn about climate change on The Weather Channel, get organic cooking tips on Bravo's "Top Chef," and educate yourself about endangered species with Jeff Corwin's new documentary "100 Heartbeats" on MSNBC.

In you happen to be watching these shows live (does anyone still do that?), you might also see some of your favorite stars (the likes of Amy Poehler, Christopher Meloni, Ali Larter and Brian Williams) dishing out eco-friendly tips on a fresh new batch of "The More You Know" public service announcements.

For a full schedule, click here.

November 13, 2009

Give and Get

Where can you shop, save money and help fight poverty? The answer, my friend, is The GAP.

From November 12 to November 15, you’ll get 30 percent off your purchases at any GAP store nationwide (including sister store Banana Republic and forgotten step-sister Old Navy). GAP will give 5 percent of your purchase to CARE, a leading humanitarian organization fighting poverty around the world.

For those of you who need even more incentive to ... go shopping this weekend (huh?), Stella McCartney launched her adorable GAP Kids & Baby collection just this past week. So get thee to a GAP, as Shakespeare would have said were he into denim and basic tees.

November 12, 2009

Monkey Business

I’ll be staying up way past my bedtime tonight to watch two of my idols go mano y mano. Or mano y girlo. America’s favorite primatologist, Dr. Jane Goodall, is Jon Stewart's featured guest on The Daily Show. One saves monkeys in the mist; one calls out the 'cking monkeys in our midst. Should be good watchin'.

Catch all the action tonight (November 12) at 11pm/10c on Comedy Central.

November 11, 2009

Happy Homecomings

Happy Veterans Day.

I found these adorable “reunion” videos on MentalFloss today that show dogs welcoming soldiers back from Iraq and Afghanistan (sorry, cat fans.) Click here to see Buddy, Gracie, Reggie, Rocky, Franklin, and Sally ecstatically greet their owners. Cuteness factor: 9.97


Thank you to all those who serve!

November 9, 2009

Common Sense

I just got an email from Robert Redford (yep, THAT Robert Redford) urging me to read a new book called “Clean Energy, Common Sense: An American Call to Action on Global Climate Change. ” How did I receive an e-mail from Robert Redford you ask? Wouldn’t you like to know!

The book is written by NRDC (Natural Resources Defense Council)head honcho/president Frances Beinecke and, according to Mr. Redford, it offers “simple facts, plain arguments and common sense” about global warming. He also adds that it’s "short and concise.” I like it already.


Buy the book here (it's only $9.95) and be sure to tell all your friends about it. Or, better yet, just buy them the damn book. Can you really say “no” to Robert Redford?

November 6, 2009

Clean House

We’ve all got stuff (i.e. junk) that’s cluttering up closets and gathering dust in drawers. Why not spend an hour or two this weekend rounding it all up and sending it to people who could really use it?

- Ask your kids to collect any extra markers, binders, rulers, construction paper, pens, pencils, etc. and ship them to iLoveSchools, a nonprofit that connects donors with teachers all over the U.S.

- Check the garage, basement and backyard for old athletic gear (balls, bats, mitts, tennis racquets, uniforms; even hacky sacks.) Sports Gift will distribute it to underprivileged children throughout the world.

- Go through your bookshelves and bedside tables and send old paperbacks to Operation Paperback, who will distribute them to troops around the globe.

Now that’s what I call cleaner giving.

November 3, 2009

If You Give

If you're a fan of Laura Numeroff's "If You Give..." book series and/or still have a certain fondness for cute, fluffy stuffed animals (you know who you are), you're going to love this offer from Kohl's. Now through the end of December, they're offering four of her chart-topping children's books -- including “If You Take A Mouse To The Movies,” “If You Give A Pig A Party,” “If You Give A Cat A Cupcake,” and “If You Give A Moose A Muffin" -- and a matching stuffed toy (or shall I say "character") for just $5 each.


The books and plush toys are available at over 1,000 Kohl's stores nationwide as well as online at kohls.com. One hundred percent of the net profits will benefit the store's Cares for Kids charity initiative.