Tag Archive for Charity

Military Supporter Contest Winner

First, I want to thank everyone who entered the Military Supporter Contest I hosted for the The Bloggy Giveaways Carnival. It was a lot of fun and I definitely plan on participating again.

Lots of troops and their family members find this blog and I think they will be heartened to read your words of support. It is nice to hear from even a handful of the hundreds of thousands of Americans who support our troops, regardless of their personal political opinions.

I’ll be mailing the book and bracelet this week and I’ve sent out the donation in honor of our winner, Christine, who said:

I want to say a big thank you! to all the troops who are serving our country and to my husband who is on deployment now also. Thank you so much!

Christine told me her husband will be home very soon, so please keep him and all of our soldiers in your thoughts and prayers.

Even if you didn’t win, you can still donate to the USO, and even make your donation in honor of someone: Support the USO. Show US troops America still cares. Give what you can today!!!

Modest Needs Charity for That Little Extra Boost


Here’s an interesting concept: Modest Needs.

Once upon a time, so the story goes, neighbors took care of each other. They were often in the best position to determine who really needed help, and what sort of help they actually needed. Then the Depression came along and it was like a case of national bad luck–almost everyone, it seemed, needed help. So, the government stepped in with its relief, recovery, and reform. Along the way they instituted safety nets that are the sacred cows of liberals and the demons of conservatives.

But I’m not here to talk politics.

I’m here to mention something interesting I noticed in the BlogHer Ad on my sidebar–a charity that has a new take on the idea of neighborhood hat passing. If you are an ordinarily self-supporting household who just had a spot of bad luck, you can apply for a modest needs grant. Once you get back on your feet, it is easy to return the favor by becoming a donor yourself.

If you have some extra money and would like to choose exactly what sort of need to fund, you can use modest needs to find a deserving person or family. You purchase points and then use your points to fund needs. Your money is pooled with others, so every little bit really does help. You can make a one-time donation or set up a recurring donation, which will be doubled by a matching grant.

Modest Needs does due diligence and pays the requested bills directly–so you can rest assured the money is actually going where it is supposed to go. And you’ll be able to receive testimonials from the needs you’ve helped to fund.

So, if you can’t pay the heating bill this month because you were put on bed rest, or you have some extra cash and would like to help out someone in need, check out Modest Needs.

Anyway, I saw that on my sidebar and I thought about how generous all my readers are and how some of them occasionally are in need of a little financial assistance.

Photo Credit: Change Happens

Artwork on Auction to Benefit Coalition to Salute America’s Heroes

I get a bunch of requests to mention military organizations and charities on the blog and I do try to check into each one that sounds legitimate. I’m a bit behind because we’ve been migrating the Baby Product Review Blog, Mamanista, to Bluehost and WordPress and working with our fabulous wordpress theme designer, Shannon.

Anyway, I got this one and it is time sensitive and looks cool so I logged in to share:

A soldier/artist (very much NOT like a model/actress) created a piece of art to auction on eBay to benefit the Coalition to Salute America’s Heroes. The starting bid is just 99 cents so there is no reason not to check it out and the auction ENDS: Mar-05-08 09:38:38 PST.

100% of the final sale price will support the Coalition to Salute America’s Heroes, which is a non-profit, non-partisan 501(c)(3) organization, created to provide a meaningful way for individuals, corporations and others to help our severely wounded and disabled Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom veterans and their families rebuild their lives.

Let’s help this NCO and artist raise money for the Coalition to Salute America’s Heroes. Just CLICK HERE to bid.