November 30, 2012

Dear Santa


I’ve already made my annual trek to Macy’s to ooh and ahhh over the adorable SFSPCA puppies and kittens up for adoption (the window displays are pretty awesome too). But it looks like I’ll be making yet another trip to Union Square this holiday season to drop off my letter to Santa… stamped and addressed to Santa Claus at the North Pole, of course!

Yep, Macy’s “Believe” campaign is back again this year, bringing holiday cheer – and a $1 donation (up to $1 million) – to the Make-A-Wish Foundation for each Santa letter it receives. Click here to write, decorate and print your personalized letter and be sure to drop it off at a Macy’s near you before Santa’s mailbox gets too stuffed (he’s already received over 300,000 letters so far!). 

November 29, 2012

Park Power


The National Parks Foundation has two bits of news to share with you this holiday season. First, it recently launched its “45 Days of Giving” campaign, which aims to raise $450,000 in much needed aid for America’s 398 national parks. It’s pretty straightforward -- there’s no need to friend, text, tweet, or pin. Simply give what you can at www.nationalparks.org/Give45. You’ll be helping the foundation protect our nation’s glorious parks system – from the Grand Canyon to Gettysburg - for hopefully way more than another 45 years. Happy anniversary NPF!

The other big news is that Neil Patrick Harris has been tapped to host the 90th annual national Christmas tree lighting (presented by the National Parks Service and NPF, of course) in Washington, D.C. The live broadcast will also feature performances by The Fray, Jason Mraz, James Taylor and Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds. You can catch the ceremony streamed live at www.thenationaltree.org on December 6th at 4:30pm EST or catch one of the many reruns that will air nationally on public television throughout December.

November 28, 2012

Clicking to Cleanup Sandy's Aftermath


You’ve got a few days left to make your clicks really count toward helping thousands of people and animals impacted by Superstorm Sandy. Just hit the “click here” buttons at both The Animal Rescue Site (www.theanimalrescuesite.com) and The Hunger Site (www.thehungersite.com) through the end of November and GreaterGood Network will divert 100 percent of the “click” donations to groups working on hunger relief, clean-up and animal rescue in areas affected by the storm.

Your free clicks will support dozens of local and national nonprofits including Community Food Bank of New Jersey, Woodbridge Animal Shelter, St. Hubert's Animal Welfare Center, Animal Alliance, Rescue Bank, ASPCA, International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), and the Humane Society of United States (HSUS). Click here to lend your support to the Atlantic Coast cleanup.

November 27, 2012

One Day of Giving


I’m not a huge fan of naming days (or months for that matter) just to get the masses to do what someone thinks they should or shouldn’t do, but I’m definitely in favor of celebrating #GivingTuesday, which happens to be today. Giving – whether it’s cash, time, a compliment, a box of chocolates, a smile, a hand with groceries, helping someone cross the street – is way more satisfying (in my opinion) than being bombarded with a zillion Black Friday, Small Business Saturday or Cyber Monday deals that end at midnight sharp, so you better get your wallet and buy something you don’t want or need or even worse, can’t afford.

Click here to show your support for giving, instead of gobbling up more stuff, this holiday season.

November 21, 2012

Do This Instead


Instead, a newish app created by the talented Texan team at Oven Bits, encourages people to use the money they might have spent splurging on stuff like a steak dinner, a venti pumpkin spice latte or a night out at the movies and donate it to charity instead. Your decision to brown bag it for a week – or forgo your daily afternoon treat - could send big money to one of over 100 charities including Autism Speaks, Charity: Water, American Cancer Society and American Red Cross.

Click here to turn one small sacrifice into a huge win for charity. Small giving is, after all, the next big thing.

November 15, 2012

Polar Bears Live!


Explore.org is on a mission to make Polar Bear Week (unfortunately it ends November 16) as wildly popular as that “other” animal week. With a slew of social media on its side, the organization hopes to build awareness about the devastating effects climate change is having on the everyday lives of Arctic polar bears, through a 24/7 live stream.

The best time to catch a glimpse of the bears’ slow (even slower when there’s no ice!) migration across the Canadian Arctic is between 10:00AM and 4:00PM CST. Click here to be captivated by the impossibly cute Canadian cubs or – if the bears didn’t get the day’s memo - a screen of white, fluffy Canadian snow. If it’s the latter, no worries, the feed will be live until the end of the month.

November 14, 2012

Dare to Do Good!


With its new iPhone app, Budge is urging Gen Y youngsters to invite their friends, family and co-workers to meet a challenge of their choosing, all in the name of charity. Touted as the only social, mobile micro-donation platform, Budge makes it easy and fun to give small-ish amounts to causes people care about.

After downloading the app, users can challenge their friends to just about any activity – or “budge” - they can think of: to a friendly board game, to a pizza-eating contest, to dye their hair purple, to a scavenger hunt, to not speak for a day, etc. You get the picture.

The winning "budge" can be published to Facebook, with the loser donating a preset micro-donation to one of a handful of charities including African Services, BreastCancer.org, Envirolution, The United Nations World Food Program USA and READ Global. Click here to start budging someone near and dear.

November 12, 2012

I'll Snack to That!

KIND Healthy Snacks (KIND) is hoping you’ll be kind to yourself and others by taking part in its new Snack & Give Back campaign. They’ve recruited a few do-gooder, health loving heavyweights -- including Arianna Huffington (Huffington Post), Bobbi Brown (Bobbi Brown Cosmetics) and Grace Potter (Grace Potter and the Nocturnals) -- to create limited edition, personally curated KIND cubes.
   
A portion of sales from each cube ($43) which include the GPS for the Soul Cube, Eat Pretty Powerful Cube and the Grace Potter Backstage Snack Pack (apparently not a cube) will benefit each celebrity’s chosen charity: The Committee to Protect Journalists, Broome Street Academy and the Alzheimer's Association respectively. Of course the cubes are filled with delicious and KIND healthy snack flavors like Dark Chocolate Cinnamon Pecan, Madagascar Vanilla Almond and Pomegranate Blueberry Pistachio + Antioxidants.
 
KIND cubes do not contain any political messages, beauty products or music selections. How very unKIND!

November 9, 2012

Go Green at Walgreens


It might not be exactly beautiful on the outside (in my opinion), but Walgreens new line of green home products, Ology, is evidently very eco-pretty on the inside. Billed as being free of any harmful chemicals, the nationally accessible and affordable line includes baby care, laundry, cleaning products, personal care, CFL bulbs and an array of everyday essentials like toilet paper and tissues.

Click here to learn more about the brand that I’m sure is going to give Method – and a few other awesome eco-friendly companies - a run for their money.

November 8, 2012

More Mo's, More Money


We’re already a week into Movember, so chances are you’ve noticed more and more men sporting moustaches or “Mo’s” in support of men’s health and the prevention of prostate cancer. And who better to help them style their brand new staches than Gillette, the best a man can get (or so they say).

Throughout the month of November, Gillette will hit the road on an eMO’gency Styler Tour, providing gratis styling services and grooming advice to lads in need. It will also feature an entire library of Mo styles – including “the Gunslinger” and “the Horseshoe” - on its Facebook page along with some freaky type of technology that allows men to create a time lapse “Mo’ Growth” video of their moustache growing journey that they can share with friends. I’m sorry, but that’s just a bit weird.

Most importantly, however, is that for every photo uploaded, Gillette will donate $1 to support the Prostate Cancer Foundation. Click here to learn more about how growing a Mo could help change the face of men’s health.

November 2, 2012

The Colonel is Calling


KFC is looking for a few thousand fans to Pass the Bucket to raise money to fight hunger. You don’t literally have to pass any buckets of The Colonel’s original recipe or extra crispy chicken; you’re simply asked to share – with your friends and family -- KFC’s Recipe for Hope image on its Facebook page.

For each and every image shared, the popular fast food chicken chain will donate $1 to the United Nations World Food Program (WFP), up to a maximum donation of $10,000. For all you non Facebook fans out there, you can also make a donation to WFP at participating KFC restaurants through Nov. 18.

Click here to help the Colonel share his recipe for feeding those in need.

November 1, 2012

Just the Ticket


After a very lengthy pilot phase, TicketsforCharity.com recently announced it will launch for real on January 15, 2013. With support from more than 100 well-respected charities, 50 top NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL and MLS teams, dozens of artists including U2, Katy Perry, John Legend and James Taylor and 50 blue chip corporate partners, the site now needs your help in gathering one million members before its national launch. Don’t worry, registration is completely free and takes less than two seconds.

To get on the pre-list, simply click here and type in your email address and location. Before you know it, you’ll be helping TFC turn your tickets into a bit of cash for some great causes.