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Posts Tagged ‘donations’

Fill A Box And Give It Back

Posted by terrepruitt on December 27, 2017

I learn a lot of things from Facebook, how about you? In fact I learned about the service this post is about on Facebook, you might have, too. Have you heard of GiveBackBox? A woman named Monika Wiela founded it in 2012 after she saw a homeless man on the streets of Chicago asking for shoes. Her company, at the time, had a lot of empty boxes. And her researched showed that tons of unused goods ended up in the landfill. So she came up with an idea, a way to help people, reduce waste, AND give those boxes a second life. You can fill up a box with stuff you want to donate, then print a label and it will get shipped for free.

There are retailers that have partnered for free with GiveBackBox. They help promote the service. Customers fill their empty boxes with clothes and household goods around their houses that they want to get rid of. If you are particular about what charity you are donating to then you might not want to use this service because they ship to the closest participating one to you. But if you just want to have a box of donations picked up and shipped for free, this is an amazing way to do it. You can also drop off the box at a post office or UPS store.

Yeah, you just fill up a box with stuff you want to donate, then print a label and it will get shipped for free. Some partners, such as eBags, request that you donate “bags”. Things like purses, luggage, business cases, backpacks, and duffels. Then they will give you a $25.00 credit to buy one of their bags.

I think this type of service would help reduce the number of us that drive around with stuff to donate in our trunks for longer than we care to admit. Right? Have you done that? I had thought I was the only one until I started to see memes about it. Then I knew that it was just something many of us do . . . .for whatever reason. Well, this could solve that.  Instead of filling up a box and letting it sit in your trunk for months. Fill up the box, print the label, then get it picked up! Sounds too simple to be true, huh? Well, perhaps it is. I don’t know, I have not used the service, but when I heard about it I thought it was a great solution to a lot of situations.  I thought that maybe not everyone saw it on Facebook, so I could post about it to help get the word out about it.  I think having the boxes I receive stuff in be used to get filled with items I want to pass on – and being able to print a label – and then have someone come pick it up – yeah, a lot of things taken care of right there.

What do you think? Is this a great idea? Will this help you get some of those items you want to donate out of your house and on their way?

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Generosity And Compassion Burns Hotter Than Wildfires

Posted by terrepruitt on September 15, 2015

Dance Exercise, Nia, Nia in the City of San Jose, Nia at the San Jose Community Centers, Nia classes in the South Bay, Nia Teacher, Nia Class, San Jose Nia, Nia San Jose, Nia workout, Nia, Gentle Yoga, Group Ex City of San Jose, San Jose Group Ex classes, YMCA, Zumba, PiYo, Nia TechniqueSo you may have heard about the fires in California.  It is that time of year.  There are always fires in California.  There is a fire season, just like there is a tornado season and a hurricane season.  It happens.  The problem with this year is that we are in a bad drought.  The fact that we have no water to spare is what makes it so bad.  I did also hear that one of the fires – there are hundreds of fires burning right now, twelve of them are being called major fires – is the worse that we have had in a very long time.  I keep reading stories of people losing their homes and animals.  But I am also reading a lot of really nice stories.  Have you seen any of those?

There is one ranch who has offered to house people.  Of course, I can’t find the original post that I read, but there are others who are making offers.  Here is a picture of one of the others who are offering a place for people to stay.

There is an organization, Safer Sonoma Action For Equine Rescue, that is securing hay donations and a place to store it:

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UPDATE Tues 2pm: WE HAVE STAGING. In a few hours we will have the final ok on a main storage area for long term storage of hay donations; secure and in Kelseyville. Then let the trucks roll in!!

UPDATE Tues 15 am: SAFER would like to start a Page on our Website to help those Fire Victims that have lost precious horses, pets and other animals to post their pictures and stories of love and loss. Send your pics and stories to info@saferhorse.com. In this way we can all support, in this small way, our neighbors in the grief that is a part of loving all creatures great and small.

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One bridal store gifted a wedding dress to a woman whose house burned down.  In addition to a free wedding gown, they called wedding vendors and received donations for everything so she and her groom can proceed with getting married.  Now THAT is a bridal store takes care of their brides – Starlet Bridal and Prom!

There is so much devastation, it is so heartwarming to see so many people jump to the aide of others.

Australia is even sending over 71 Fire Fighters.  WOW!

Animals that have been separated from their families are being reunited.Dance Exercise, Nia, Nia in the City of San Jose, Nia at the San Jose Community Centers, Nia classes in the South Bay, Nia Teacher, Nia Class, San Jose Nia, Nia San Jose, Nia workout, Nia, Gentle Yoga, Group Ex City of San Jose, San Jose Group Ex classes, YMCA, Zumba, PiYo, Nia Technique

It is all so sad.  I am clinging to the good stuff people are doing as my heart goes out to all that have been affected.

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Party With No Guests

Posted by terrepruitt on April 16, 2011

All week long I have been thinking about the Nia Class I am having to Benefit the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life.  I have been thinking and planning, but I waited until the last minute to DO.  It is late the night before and I am printing, practicing, creating, thinking, writing, but at least I am not worrying.  All week long I felt like the person who plans a party and then worries that no one will show up.  Have you ever had that worry?  I was worried but then I talked to a few people who said they are going to come.  I would like a full house, but I am just glad that I won’t be by myself.

As I was thinking about having a party and having no one show up I remembered something about a party when I was young.  I remembered being invited to a party.  It was a birthday party.  I don’t think I knew the girl well, she was one of those quiet children that hadn’t been around for long.  Sadly I don’t remember her name, nor do I remember when she left.  But I do remember her party.  Well, that isn’t even true.  I remember at one point I didn’t want to go.  I remember hemming and hawing and talking to my mom about not going.  But then I decided to go.

My mom drove me to the place where the party was.  I remember it was a trailer park.  I think it was not far from my house.  I remember the birthday girl in a dress.  I remember us waiting together for more people to show up.  No one else came.  I remember feeling so bad for my friend.  I remembering feeling bad that I almost didn’t even show up myself.  This all came to me in a rush this past week as I was thinking, “What if no one shows up?”  I remember how hurt my friend was.  It made me sad remembering.

As I mentioned, I can’t remember much more of the party.  I don’t remember a lot of the details obviously, but I do remember I was the only one that went.  I don’t think I have ever been to another party where that had happened.  I don’t think I have ever had that happen.  I usually pester a couple of friends into telling me whether they are coming or not because I DON’T want to have a party and have no one show up.  Hosting a party and hosting a class are two different things.  I don’t feel it is as bad pestering people about whether they are attending your party, but I don’t feel right doing that when it comes to having a class.  I am just happy that a few people are coming and so I won’t be dancing by myself and I will at least have a few donations to add to the relay.

It is odd the things you remember.  While I was remembering about my friend from grade school I sent out a little positive thought.  I hope that she is doing well.  Maybe you can send out a positive thought for me too . . . help the benefit for cancer Nia class be a success.  Thanks!


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MS Walk and American Cancer Society Relay for Life

Posted by terrepruitt on March 17, 2011

I know there is so much going on right now–our hearts are heavy with the burden of caring for Japan, its people, and the surrounding areas.  I know a lot of people are not able to help financially with all of the charities and causes they would like.  I found myself in a situation.  My friend’s sister posted on Facebook that she was going to do the Relay for Life in memory of her sister.  I was on my phone when I read the post and I told her I wanted to do it too.  I didn’t even know what it was.  I didn’t understand the “relay” part of it.  When I got to a computer and I was gathering information someone said to me that it is difficult to raise money.  I stopped.  I had not thought about that.  I was just thinking that I would be walking to support.  I had completely forgot that part of that support is raising funds.

Then my friends and I had a discussion about our annual MS Walk.  We have been walking in the MS Walk for at least three years now.  We were discussing how it is always difficult to ask for money.  Having to raise funds for the MS Society and having to obtain donations for the Relay would make it more of a challenge.

I thought about it.  I thought, “What can I do?”  What can I give so that others can get something for donating?  Well, for the Relay for Life I thought of a benefit Nia Class.  I contacted a Twitter Friend of mine that owns a gym.  I approached him with what I would be able to pay in rent, in order to have some left over for the donation.  He has a big heart and he is donating the gym time.  (SUHWEET!)  I am donating my time, so 100% of all proceeds are going to go to the American Cancer Relay for Life.  I will be walking in May.

But I don’t want my walk in April for the MS Society to be forgotten either.  So I have to mention that too.

Also the studio in Los Gatos where I teach my Friday Nia class is also doing a Relay For Life walk.  I am hoping to do that one too, somehow, but it is on the same day as the MS Walk and I will be unavailable that day so I have to see if I can participate in this Relay on Friday by walking Friday night OR just by raising funds.   I have to work out these logistics before I post that link.

For the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life that my friend is doing for her sister and my friend, come to my Nia Class Sunday, April 17, 2011 at 11:30 am in Los Gatos.  The minimum donation is $7.00 — all of which will go to the American Cancer Society.  Please see my website, HelpYouWell.com for details.  If you can’t make it to the class you can donate via the following link if you would like.

If you would like to donate to my walk with the MS Society that if great too.  It is understandable that you will probably have to pick one to donate to.  So follow your heart.  Remember giving to these causes is an act of love, so please do not give more than you comfortable can.  We all would like to give hundreds and hundreds of dollars, but that is not possible, so remember every little bit counts so give what you can.

If money is not something you can give, then please do think positive thoughts for both of these causes.  I know that they will be needing all the help they can get.

MS Walk:  Saturday, April 30, 2011   http://bit.ly/terremswalk

American Cancer Society Relay For Life:  Saturday, May 14, 2011   http://bit.ly/terreacsrelay

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