Students Recieve Free Books Through My Very Own Library and Scholastic Book Fairs

Scholastic Books will help more than 33,000 students from schools across six states and the Dominican Republic choose and own 10 new children’s books for free. This venture is made possible by My Very Own Library (MVOL), an international initiative that encourages literacy by offering students in need an opportunity to own their own books. MVOL works in collaboration with Scholastic Book Fairs so kids can choose their own books at a fun school book fair, build home libraries and develop a love of reading.

Throughout this school year, the My Very Own Library program will support:

  • 2,433 low-income students in 7 public schools in Kansas City, KS with the support of United Way of Greater Kansas City giving away over 24,330 books
  • 26 public schools in Newark, NJ, serving 16,500 students giving away over 165,000 books. (Partner Organization: United Way of Essex and West Hudson)
  • 1 Middle School & 1 High School at Making Waves Academy in Richmond, CA, serving 780 students giving away over 7,800 books
    (Partner Organization: Making Waves Foundation)
  • 4 schools in Chicago, Illinois, serving 1,250 students giving away over 12,500 books.
    (Partner Organization: University of Chicago Charter Schools)
  • 14 schools across the state of Wilmington, Delaware, serving 5,900 students giving away over 59,000 books
    (Partner Organization: United Way of Delaware)
  • 14 public schools in Milwaukee, WI, serving 4,500 students giving away over 45,000 books
    (Partner Organization: United Way of Greater Milwaukee and Waukesha County)
  • 11 schools in the Dominican Republic, serving 2,000 students giving away over 25,000 books (Partner Organization: Dream Project)

Also included in the MVOL program are school visits by award-winning children’s book authors. During author visits, more than 100 copies of each author’s book are personally autographed and given to participating students. Additionally, each school also receives $1,000 in grant funding to host three family literacy events that coincide with each book fair event.

Founded in 2011 by the late Anne Feeley (1954-2012), My Very Own Library was first implemented in Newark, NJ, and has expanded year after year. To date, My Very Own Library has provided more than 1.2 million books to students in Newark, NJ; Richmond, CA; Chicago, IL; Wilmington, DE; Milwaukee, WI; and the Dominican Republic. By summer 2017, My Very Own Library will have provided nearly 1.6 million books to students across all seven locations it will serve.

Kicking off #31DaysofGiving with Penningtons. 
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Boxed.com Supports Homeless Women this Giving Tuesday


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Boxed.com, will spend Giving Tuesday delivering essentials to eight women’s shelters in the New York City area and twelve additional shelters around the country. The online wholesale shopping club with no membership fees and iGive.com partner, is teaming up with Unilever and WIN (formerly Women in Need). These donations help meet the number one urgent need for shelters- toiletries.

 

For more information on Boxed’s Pink Tax Initiative, visit boxed.com/rethinkpink and follow along on social with #RethinkPink. For more information on Boxed, please visit boxed.com and follow Boxed on Twitter @BoxedWholesale.

About Boxed Wholesale:
Founded in 2013, Boxed has taken the best elements of the wholesale shopping experience and folded it into one innovative, cutting edge mobile app that allows consumers direct-to-their-door access to all of their favorite warehouse club products, without membership fees. Boxed brings convenience and savings to on-the-go consumers who don’t have the time, means or patience to shop at a brick and mortar big box club. The brand’s innovative discovery-based design recreates the fun of the treasure hunt experience with a curated selection of everyday essentials that consumers love including household staples, health and beauty supplies, office pantry items, groceries and a wide variety of organic and green products. Purchases made at Boxed.com through iGive will also result in a donation to the shoppers favorite cause.

Bon-Ton Stores STOMPs Out Bullying With $116,000 Donation

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Bon-Ton Stores succeeded in raising over $116,000 to prevent bullying and
cyberbullying through the sale of the 2016 limited edition Kind = Awesome “Blue Shirts” and a $3 coupon donation. Since the program began in 2012, with the
help of its customers, Bon-Ton has donated over $540,000 towards bullying prevention and helped raise awareness to millions of people.

Blue Shirt Day® World Day of Bullying Prevention™ was observed on Monday, October 3rd. The day marks a time for children, teens, families, schools and communities to join together to drive awareness about bullying prevention programs around the world. The “Blue Shirt” was sold exclusively in Bon-Ton. The Blue Shirt has become a symbol for
promoting friendship, compassion and kindness. 100% of the net profits from the t-shirt sales are donated to STOMP Out Bullying™.

About STOMP Out Bullying™
STOMP Out Bullying™ is the leading national bullying and cyberbullying prevention organization for kids and teens and is recognized as the most influential anti-bullying organization in the U.S. Created in 2005, STOMP Out Bullying™ focuses on reducing and preventing bullying, cyberbullying and other digital abuse, educating against homophobia, racism and hatred, decreasing school absenteeism, and deterring
violence in schools. It teaches effective solutions on how to respond to all forms of bullying, as well as educates kids and teens in school and online, providing help for those in need and at risk of suicide; raises awareness; supports peer mentoring programs in schools; provides public service announcements by noted celebrities, and engages in social media campaigns. To learn more, visit us at www.stompoutbullying.org or find us on Facebook or Twitter.
About The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc.
The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc., with corporate headquarters in York, Pennsylvania and Milwaukee, Wisconsin, operates 267 stores, which includes 9 furniture galleries and five clearance centers, in 26 states in the Northeast, Midwest and upper Great Plains under the Bon-Ton, Bergner’s, Boston Store, Carson’s, Elder-Beerman, Herberger’s and Younkers nameplates. The stores offer a broad assortment of national and private brand fashion apparel and accessories for women, men and children, as well as cosmetics and home furnishings. The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc. is an active and positive participant in the communities it serves.
For store locations and information visit bonton.com. Shoppers who purchase items through iGive.com will earn donations for their cause with their purchases. Join the conversation and be inspired by following Bon-Ton on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and the fashion, beauty and lifestyle blog, #LoveStyle or with iGive at #iShopiGive.

BJ’s and Boston Children’s Hospital reach half-way point to Blood Donor Challenge

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BJ’s Wholesale Club is helping Boston Children’s Hospital’s (BCH) increase its registered donor base of blood donors by 5,000 through the end of this year.  Since March, more than 2,500 Massachusetts residents have registered as a blood donor through Boston Children’s Hospital – Bloodmobile drives, including stops at BJ’s Wholesale Club locations.

“Registering as a blood donor is an easy way to make a difference in the lives of children and families,” said Bob Eddy, chief financial officer of BJ’s Wholesale Club. “We thank every new registered donor and look forward to reaching our goal by the end of 2016.”

Across the United States more than 41,000 blood donations are used every day – that’s 1.23 million donations per month.  Locally, patients at BCH are in need of 24,000 blood transfusions each year, but that is more than three times the number of blood donations the Boston Children’s Hospital – Bloodmobile receives over the same period.
To help, local BJ’s locations will continue to host the Boston Children’s Hospital – Bloodmobile throughout the year.

In April 2014, BJ’s Charitable Foundation continued its ongoing support of BCH by donating $250,000 to support the Bloodmobile, which includes the following features:

  • A high-tech blood center in a 40-foot custom coach with all of the equipment available at the hospital-based blood center.
  • Outfitted with five-beds.
  • Ability for technicians to collect different blood components, such as red cells and platelets, for many different patient needs.
  • Donor screening, donating and post donation taking only 30 minutes.

To register or find a local blood drive, visit https://www.halfpints.childrenshospital.org.

About BJ’s Wholesale Club
Headquartered in Westborough, Massachusetts, BJ’s is the leading operator of membership warehouse clubs in the Eastern United States. The company currently operates 214 clubs and 130 BJ’s Gas® locations in 15 states. Online shoppers who wish to make a donation with their online shopping through BJ’s should visit www.igive.com.

BJ’s provides a one-stop shopping destination filled with top-quality, leading brands, including its exclusive Wellsley Farms and Berkley Jensen brands, along with USDA Choice meats, premium produce and delicious organics,  many in supermarket sizes. BJ’s is also the only major membership warehouse club to accept all manufacturers’ coupons and, for greater convenience, offers the most payment options.

Visit www.BJs.com, and for exclusive content find us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram.

BJ’s is wholly owned by affiliates of Leonard Green & Partners, CVC Capital Partners and its management team.

About Boston Children’s Hospital
Boston Children’s Hospital is home to the world’s largest research enterprise based at a pediatric medical center, where its discoveries have benefited both children and adults since 1869. More than 1,100 scientists, including seven members of the National Academy of Sciences, 11 members of the Institute of Medicine and 10 members of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute comprise Boston Children’s research community. Founded as a 20-bed hospital for children, Boston Children’s today is a 404-bed comprehensive center for pediatric and adolescent health care. Boston Children’s is also the pediatric teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School. For more, visit our Vector and Thriving blogs and follow us on our social media channels: @BostonChildrens, @BCH_Innovation, Facebook and YouTube.

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Enterprise Rent-A-Car Teaming With World Travel & Tourism Council to Recognize Best in Sustainable Tourism

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Enterprise Rent-A-Car is teaming with the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) as a category sponsor of the 2017 Tourism for Tomorrow Awards. The annual WTTC awards are among the highest accolades in the global travel industry and represent the gold standard in sustainable tourism.

These awards recognize best practices and are based upon the principles of:

  • environmentally friendly operations;
  • support for the protection of cultural and natural heritage; and
  • the social and economic well-being of local people in travel destinations around the world.

For the second consecutive year, Enterprise Rent-A-Car is the exclusive sponsor of the WTTC’s People Award. This award honors organizations dedicated to the concept of “capacity building” – a long-term investment in the tourism workforce to enhance employee skills, competencies and abilities through local training and education.

“Travel and tourism careers already account for a significant part of our economy, providing an estimated 284 million jobs across the global market,” said Greg Stubblefield, executive vice president and chief strategy officer at Enterprise Holdings Inc., which owns the Enterprise Rent-A-Car brand. “And we are committed to helping build an even more robust and inclusive global talent pipeline through this industry-leading WTTC initiative.”

Travel Industry Leadership

Enterprise Holdings’ annual revenues place it near the top of the global travel industry, exceeding all other rental car companies, as well as most airlines, cruise lines, hotels, tour operators and online travel agencies. In addition, Enterprise Holdings is the only company in the international car rental industry – and one of a handful in the global travel industry – to complete a sustainability report in accordance with Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) G4 “Core” Guidelines.

“As the world’s largest car rental company, we are in a strong position to help drive sustainable solutions and policies around the globe,” noted Stubblefield, who is a member of the WTTC as well as the U.S. Travel Association’s CEO Roundtable. He also serves on the U.S. Travel and Tourism Advisory Board, which – as the advisory body to the U.S. Secretary of Commerce – provides counsel on current tourism industry concerns, emerging issues and government policies.

“Travel and tourism represents one of the fastest growing segments in the global economy, so it’s especially important that the growth of our sector is managed responsibly,” Stubblefield added. “The WTTC awards are an opportunity to honor organizations that benefit local communities, support cultural diversity and advance biodiversity conservation, all within a viable and profitable business model.”

Furthermore, the WTTC is working closely with the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), a United Nations agency responsible for the promotion of responsible, sustainable and universally accessible tourism. The WTTC and UNWTO are working together to improve the understanding of the importance of travel and tourism to social and economic development worldwide.

The WTTC’s Tourism for Tomorrow Awards recognize businesses and organizations whose commitments to sustainability and long-term vision have not only helped to shape international standards for environmentally and socially responsible tourism, but also have demonstrated how tourism can be a force for good. The extensive three-part application process begins with a written submission that is evaluated by an independent judging panel of sustainable tourism experts. Finalists are then visited on-site by experts who verify the claims made in their applications. Winners and finalists will be honored at a special Awards Ceremony during WTTC’s 2017 Global Summit April 25-27 in Bangkok, Thailand.

Applications for the 2017 Tourism for Tomorrow Awards are now open, and candidates will be able to apply until Nov. 14, 2016. For more information, visit www.wttc.org/tourism-for-tomorrow-awards.

One Lucky Community Dog Park To Receive $30K & Helping Hand From Beneful® Team

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Seven community dog parks across the country are vying for a Dream Dog Park makeover through the Beneful Dream Dog Park promotion. Today through November 1, dog lovers can help decide which of the seven parks will receive $30,000 for park improvements by heading to Walmart.com/Beneful. In addition to the monetary donation, the dog park that receives the most votes by November 1 will also receive dog park equipment valued at up to $5,000 and hands-on volunteer support from the Beneful Dream Dog Park team.

 

The Lucky Seven
Dog parks from seven communities are participating in the special promotion, including:

  • Boomer Street Dog Park near Milwaukee, Wisconsin;
  • Broad Ripple Dog Park in Indianapolis, Indiana;
  • Leash Free Zone Dog Park near Dallas, Texas;
  • Millbrook Dog Park in Raleigh, North Carolina;
  • PAW Park in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma;
  • Piedmont Park Dog Park in Atlanta, Georgia;
  • Swope Dog Park in Kansas City, Missouri.

Each dog park has its own unique features and needs for improvements. Depending on which park is ultimately selected via votes, the $30,000 donation could be used towards many different types of enhancement projects– from extra benches and tables, to shade structures and landscaping, to water features and agility equipment – to meet the dreams and desires of local dogs and owners.

Cast a Vote
Dog lovers everywhere can weigh in daily with their votes. They should visit Walmart.com/Beneful to learn about the promotion and the seven participating dog parks. Votes can be cast daily by sharing a post on Twitter or Instagram using both #BenefulDogPark and the desired park’s promotion-specific hashtag:

  • Boomer Street Dog Park near Milwaukee, Wisconsin: #BenefulDogPark #Milwaukee
  • Broad Ripple Dog Park in Indianapolis, Indiana: #BenefulDogPark and #Indianapolis
  • Millbrook Dog Park in Raleigh, North Carolina: #BenefulDogPark and #Raleigh
  • Leash Free Zone Dog Park near Dallas, Texas: #BenefulDogPark and #Dallas
  • PAW Park in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma: #BenefulDogPark and #OklahomaCity
  • Piedmont Park Dog Park in Atlanta, Georgia: #BenefulDogPark and #Atlanta
  • Swope Dog Park in Kansas City, Missouri: #BenefulDogPark and #KansasCity

To celebrate Beneful’s new dry food recipes – which offer real beef and chicken as the number one ingredient – and the dog park promotion, the Beneful team will be hosting special events at select Walmart stores October 1-2. Check out the event list on Walmart.com to see if the team will be in your neighborhood where you can join them to cast your vote and receive a sample of the new Beneful dry food, while supplies last.

Since launching the Beneful Dream Dog Park Project six years ago, the Beneful team has provided more than $2 million in funding to build new dog parks and improve existing ones in more than 20 communities nationwide. To learn more about Beneful’s Dream Dog Park Project and the community dog parks it’s supported, or read up on its variety of healthy dog foods and treats, visit Beneful.com. The Beneful team also shares out ongoing #DreamDogPark updates on social media – follow and connect with the team on Facebook.com/Beneful, and @Beneful on Instagram and Twitter.

Promotion Rules
Promotion begins at 9:00:01 a.m. ET on September 15, 2016 and ends at 11:59:59 p.m. ET on November 1, 2016. Open to legal residents of the 50 United States and D.C. who are 18 years of age or older at time of participation. No purchase necessary to participate. Limit of one (1) vote per person, per Twitter or Instagram account, per day, throughout the promotion period. For full details and official rules, please visit Walmart.com/Beneful.Sponsored by Nestlé Purina PetCare Company, Checkerboard Square, St. Louis, MO  63164.

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HanesBrands Provides Clothes for Flood Victims

HanesBrands Gives to Flooding Victims

HanesBrands is providing more than 23000 items of clothing to Louisiana residents impacted by the devastating flooding. The company is partnering with Fashion Delivers to distribute three trailer load of first-quality product.

Fashion Delivers is a New York based charity that that unites retailers, manufacturers, foundations and individuals to support people affected by poverty and tragedy. This donation, By HanesBrands includes: T-shirts, socks, bras, underwear and other apparel.

We have all seen the devastation the Louisiana floods have caused on so many levels – especially to the lives of the thousands of people directly affected, “HanesBrands is happy to provide this assistance and hope that it can provide some real help in this time of need,” said Chris Fox, HanesBrands vice president for corporate social responsibility.

HanesBrands

HanesBrands is a socially responsible leading marketer of everyday basic innerwear and activewear apparel in the Americas, Europe, Australia and Asia under some of the world’s strongest apparel brands, including Hanes, Champion, Playtex, DIM, Bali, Maidenform, Bonds,JMS/Just My Size, L’eggs, Wonderbra, Nur Die/Nur Der, Lovable, Berlei, and Gear for Sports. The company sells T-shirts, bras, panties, shapewear, underwear, socks, hosiery, and activewear produced in the company’s low-cost global supply chain. Hanes takes pride in its strong reputation for ethical business practices, community philanthropy and environmentalism. More information about the company and its corporate social responsibility initiatives, including environmental, social compliance and community improvement achievements, may be found at www.Hanes.com/corporate. HanesBrands is a proud partner with iGive.com to enable shoppers to give back to their favorite cause with their online Hanes.com purchases.

K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers, Inc.

K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers, Inc. is the charity of choice for new product donations made by hundreds of companies in the fashion, home and children’s industries. Founded 30 years ago, K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that unites retailers, manufacturers, foundations and individuals to support people affected by poverty and tragedy. Since 1985, over $1.2 billion of donated products have been distributed worldwide.

Purina Cat Chow Donates Five Million Meals

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Purina Cat Chow  will deliver five million meals to Rescue Bank, a program of GreaterGood.org, as part of its “Nutrition to Build Better Lives” program, which supports the rescue, nutrition and adoption of cats in shelters and animal welfare organizations.

Purina Cat Chow asked cat people across the country to participate in its “Nutrition to Build Better Lives” program during the month of July. For every bag of Purina Cat Chow purchased from July 1 – 31, including those purchased through iGive.com merchants such as PetSmart, PetCo, Pet360, and PetFood Direct, the brand donated meals.

Since 2013, Purina Cat Chow has supported animal shelters across the country and has donated more than $1,857,500 in food, supplies and renovations to advance the rescue, nutrition and adoption of cats in shelters and animal welfare organizations.

Rescue Bank is a non-profit organization that receives and distributes high-quality pet food and other supplies to a network of pre-qualified animal welfare organizations throughout the United States. These organizations are able to use the savings from their food budgets for critical veterinary care and other expenses to increase the adoption of healthy pets.

About Nestlé Purina PetCare
Nestlé Purina PetCare promotes responsible pet care, community involvement and the positive bond between people and their pets. A premiere global manufacturer of pet products, Nestlé Purina PetCare is part of Swiss-based Nestlé S.A., a global leader in nutrition, health and wellness.

 

GelPro Random Acts of Comfort

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GelPro is inspired by the people who help others.  Every year they give away 250 mats, valued at $30,000 through their Random Acts of Comfort initiative. The company invites customers to nominate individuals who inspire them and Robb and Lisa McMahan, Founders of GelPro, and their team give winners a GelPro Comfort Mat.

Here are a few of the nominations of folks for  Random Acts of Comfort. Gelpro mats were sent to each one (names have been removed).

My wife is an incredible person. She always thinks of others . She was diagnosed with M.S. in 2001.She has refused to let this get her down. She takes great care of her mother who has A form of cancer. She has raised our two children, and her nephew who is now attending college. If all that wasn`t enough. She volunteer`s for alanon and ala teen. She attends and heads meetings two or three times a week. She also helps coordinate ala teen retreats. The kids love her and really appreciate all she has to offer. If this isn`t enough, she makes sure we have dinner and dishes and kitchen are cleaned up. This is why I think she deserves one of your Gel Pro Comfort Mats. Also the bunyun on her right foot would a enjoy it. No kidding. Please consider this very giving and caring person. Thank you.

Perry and his co-chefs at My Kitchen Program, Hautemealz and SimplySmartDinnerPlans are on their feet for hours smoking meats, cooking/serving meals to the homeless and teaching foster kids cooking skills through several charitable organizations in the Portland, Oregon area. They deserve happy feet!

Bill is 66 years old. He is a Vietnam veteran that served in the special forces, army. He suffers from agent Orange poisoning, which led to severe diabetes. It disabled him. He has many rough days but doesn’t give up. He has lots of ailments, and one of them is neuropathy in his feet. He likes to work in the garage but standing on the hard floor is very painful. He is a volunteer color guard with the American Legion, and standing at gravesites is hard on him. He also is an American patriot guard rider. I would love to see him have his own gel mat for the garage. I have one in the kitchen and he really feels comfort from it.

My daughter, Rachel, is Mom to Sammy, 4, and Carson, 2. Sammy has Neurofibromatosis type 1, learning disabilities, and severe ADHD. Her days are not easy… She has metal rods in her spine and hip pain on a daily basis. She enjoys baking beautiful cakes for family and friends as it’s therapeutic for her. Through all the tears, MRI’s, and doctor visits she carries on for her boys and I couldn’t be more proud of the loving Mother she is. She is truly deserving of this wonderful comfort mat. Thank you

Eman is a 28 year old mother of 2, cancer survivor who works full time rehabilitating person with strokes and brain injuries. She is a loving wife who devotes herself to taking care of her husband, kids ,mother and 4 younger brothers and sisters. Her father died tragically 3 years ago and she has filled his role since then. Everyone in her life looks up to her for strength and wisdom. She never hesitates to help anyone in need family or not. If that is not enough she is involved with a local women’s shelter and encourages her children to give back to their communities financially and by devoting time. I cant imagine a more suitable person to give this small token of appreciation to. Please consider her for this gift so tj6at she could be a little less pain free by the end of the day.

For 30 years of her 53 year marriage, Marion has been caregiver for her husband who is severely crippled. He has had many surgeries and many times had to be taken to the emergency room in the middle of the night. In addition she prepares wonderful meals and is recruited by her church to donate when they have dinners. Since her husband is disabled, they rely on Medicare and his small pension. By saving coupons, she is able to stay within their budget. She takes advantage of buy get one free which she donates to the food bank. She always remembers everybody’s birthday and anniversary. Her Christmas gifts consist of homemade raviolis and sauce. I’m extremely proud of Marion. I submitted a nomination yesterday for a very deserving person, but Marion is more deserving.

My neighbor, Wendy is a mother of a special needs daughter. She has been a tireless volunteer all her life, but now with her daughter about to graduate from high school, she needed to find a new avenue for her daughter to spend her days. Katie’s cart blossomed! Katie’s cart is rolling cart that Katie pushes through office buildings selling small nutritious goodies to employees. Wendy makes most all the goodies that Katie sells; she stands many hours and many days in her kitchen making cookies, breads, granola mixes and other baked items. Wendy also suffers from deliberating joint pain that leaves her body aching all the time. The GelPro mat would also be used by others as Katie’s cart grows. Wendy plans to hire young special needs adults to help cook goodies in her kitchen. The GelPro mat would be a huge blessing for my sweet humble neighbor.. Thank you for listening to her story.

GelPro mats are engineered with one goal in mind: to make the time you spend standing more comfortable and enjoyable. When you shop GelPro through iGive.com you can also give back to favorite cause. To nominate a deserving person visit: http://www.gelpro.com/random-acts-of-comfort