Friday, December 10, 2010

Local Helping Hand {giveaway!}

I enjoy keeping up with local bloggers and tweeters - it's been a great way to learn more about the city we call home (since we didn't grow up here), and a way to make some fun local connections.  Not too long ago, I got connected to our local Ronald McDonald House (web, blog, twitter, Facebook) as they were celebrating a recent expansion.  Just a few days after I started following on twitter, I got the message that they were in need of some pantry items.  As it turned out, our entire family was in Costco at the time, so we added a few things to our cart and made plans to visit the House!
So glad to be here!
Getting ready to unload our goodies!
And now, the RMH has given me some goodies to share with you! 
Yes, those are coupons for free cake squares from Dewey's!  I've got five sets of twenty coupons each, and all you have to do is leave a comment!  I'll award a coupon book to each of  five winners!

To enter:  I'd love to hear ways that you try to teach your children about giving, but any old comment will do.
Extra entries (leave me a separate comment if you do 1, 2, or 3)
1) Follow @RMHWinstonSalem on twitter
2) Subscribe to the RMH Winston-Salem blog
3) Like the Ronald McDonald House of Winston-Salem on Facebook
4) Send a friend over to leave a comment and enter the giveaway!  If they let me know that you sent them, you will get an extra entry!
The fine print: The coupons have no expiration date (yay!), but since Dewey's is a local business, this giveaway is open to local folks (or those willing to drive here to use them...). 

If you don't know me in real or bloggy life, be sure to leave a way for me to contact you (name at email dot com).  I'll draw the winners on Thursday, December 16th (or maybe use, but I think my kids would have fun drawing the names), and try to contact you by the 17th for your mailing address.  I'll post the winners here, too - so if you didn't win, you know who you need to meet at Dewey's for coffee and cake squares!

By the way, if you don't win - or if one pack just isn't enough - these coupon books are also for sale at the Ronald McDonald House through Christmas.  The booklets are $5 each (remember: 20 coupons in each booklet) and all of the proceeds go to the RMH!  I sent them to school for my son's birthday (no cupcakes allowed at school, but these were a fun substitute!), and they would also make great teacher gifts or stocking stuffers!

Best of luck, readers - I'll be waiting for the comments to start rolling in!


Amanda Nicholls said...

That was a great post and story! Katie's Brownie troop made goodie bags to take to the Ronald McDonald house. I think that the RMH does such a great work. As far as giving goes, it is hard to teach children about giving until they find a "cause" to be excited about. Then everything you as a parent have said about giving and caring all of a sudden just clicks for them and they really get into it! It is wonderful to see their faces light up when they realize what giving, caring and sharing is all about.

Sarah said...

I need free cake squares!
...teaching the kiddies about giving, not an easy task, but they do seem to relate to other kids the best, so we talk about kids who don't have as many toys and food and a nice warm house, and we always do the salvation army stuff-a-stocking...the more directly involved they are, the easier it is for them to grasp.

The Smittys said...

I love RMH. I also love Dewey's! I would love those coupons! I would love to share them with classmates at school, or teachers at school and church... hmmm. lots of things i can do with cake squares!

The Smittys said...

and now i like them on FB too... for an extra entry! :)

Rosalind said...

So THAT Is where the cake square coupon in Erin's bookbag came from! We are waiting for a special mother-daughter time to use it!

So I find 'teaching' my kids about doing good makes me sound all lecturey - but here are some ways Erin has caught the bug.

#1 - we have a kid on our street with severe diabetes. So kids in our neighborhood started a couple of years ago setting up a lemonade stand to raise money for juvenile diabetes. That got her attention as these kids are a bit older than her and she always watches what they do.

#2 - the penny campaign at school along with the food drive has REALLY motivated her - she has taken our loose change jar and counted it out (spent over an hour doing this last night) and now wants to take it to one of the Salvation Army bell-ringers!

Angela Hunt said...

We bought fair trade gifts for Isa's teachers and she was excited to find out that her presents were helping other families around the world too! I think that's always a great way to emphasize giving instead of getting.

Angela Hunt said...

I just "liked" RMH on Facebook too!

Patrice said...

I'm going to do this advent calendar ( with Jonah as soon as he can understand (next year) and try to do an angel kiddo next year as well. This year I got wrapped up in all the buying for family and it's just silliness. Next year, a giving revolution!

Patrice said...

Just liked RMH WS on Facebook too!