This Hip2Save.com Deal was hand-posted on Friday, January 6th, 2012 at 11:49 am.
Are you looking to spread love this Valentine’s Day to those who may need it the most?! Then check out this wonderful organization called Inspiration Through Art. Inspiration Through Art (formerly The Littlest Heroes Project) is a non-profit organization dedicated to empowering young people to give back, and make a difference through the beauty of art.
Found in 2008, this organization is made up of professional photographers, artists, children, and other volunteers nationwide that provide free programs and services (like free photo shoots, special cards and mail, gift packages etc.) to children who suffer from any type of serious illness or life altering disability. Check out the 2012 Team of Heroes by clicking here.
And through February 1st, you can help Inspiration Through Art send Valentine’s Day cards to its little heroes. Here’s what you need to do…
Keep in mind that if you want to help in other ways, you can opt to donate stamps and/or white, red or pink envelopes. Click here for more information.
(Thanks for sharing this wonderful organization with me, Racheal!)
This Hip2Save.com Deal was hand-posted on Friday, November 11th, 2011 at 8:59 am.
Here is an awesome deal to help celebrate Veteran’s Day while also helping to support those who are currently serving. Head on over to LivingSocial where $15 will get you an American Flag shipped right to your door AND will also enable the USO to provide a deployment care package (a $30 value!) to a soldier or to put your donation toward other efforts for our men and women of the armed forces. Each care package is filled with items like snacks, toiletries, and phone cards. How awesome is that?!
To purchase this great deal, click here. If you do not see it featured at the top, scroll down and you should see it under the Nearby Deals list. Then simply click on Buy Now and follow the instructions.
Fine Print: Limit one per person, additional as gifts; Entire value must be used in a single visit; Includes shipping; $30 credit will go toward a care package or other USO efforts; Customers will check out at the USO and receive a US flag to commemorate their donation; Contributions are tax deductible to the extent allowable by federal law; Other conditions apply; PAID VALUE EXPIRES ON November 11, 2016; PROMOTIONAL VALUE EXPIRES ON November 11, 2012
This Hip2Save.com Deal was hand-posted on Thursday, September 1st, 2011 at 1:35 pm.
Hurricane Irene is still a major issue for many communities of the East Coast. At least 40 deaths due to the storm have been reported in 11 states, and thousands are still stranded and without power. Many inland regions in Connecticut, MA, NJ, NY, & Vermont were extremely hard hit with torrential amounts of rain, unprecedented flooding, and downed trees and power lines. Three Hip2Save readers in flood-ravaged areas are asking for your assistance! Please read their pleas for help below:
Amy Fallas from Amsterdam in upstate NY: While walking through hard hit areas of my own town, I came across a family of five that had been greatly effected by this storm. Mom and Dad were busy cleaning and sorting through what was left of their home. Their three older sons were helping, and all alone playing with her Littlest Petshop toy was 6 year old Maria. I asked if it would be OK to just sit with her and keep her company. Maria is going into the first grade and she is very excited. I asked her what she thought of the storm and all the flooding and her response was both heart warming and heart breaking. Maria told me “It’s OK, because after every storm there is a rainbow.” So simple and so true. They say the greatest gift in life is the gift of giving, I would love nothing more then to be able to give Maria that rainbow.
Supplies needed in Amsterdam: Cleaning products, new or gently used clothing for men women & children of all ages, gift cards, non-perishable items, baby formula & baby food, diapers, wipes, personal care items, pet food, toys for boys & girls of all ages. Donations will be sorted by volunteers and distributed to the flood victims in need. Please send your donations to the following non-profit:
C/O Salsa Picante Carmen Irizarry
43 Liberty Dr.
Amsterdam NY 12010
Kristin Kilmer also from upstate NY: A friend and I are organizing a local fundraiser/supply drive for kids that are getting ready to start school soon & their families have lost so much. We are working a venue/date & list of items needed. Most of the focus will be on school supplies, clothes & items such as that. Any help would be GREATLY appreciated. I will house all items until the event takes place. Thanks for your thoughts/prayers. Donations can be sent to my address:
115 Mountainview Ave
Troy, NY 12180
Stephanie Ackley from Vermont: I’m writing to you from Rutland VT. Our state was ravaged and destroyed by Irene. Roads and bridges are washed away, people are isolated and trapped in small towns, and two people are still missing as we try to pick up the pieces of this devastating event. The Vermont Strong Store isn’t my website, but I’m trying to help get the word out. T-shirts are for sale for $25. The proceeds go to the Vermont Foodbank to purchase supplies for the isolated towns and cities where people can’t get out of. I would greatly appreciate any word of mouth and all support related to this. My mom, brother, uncle and grand parents are just a few of the people that are trapped and can’t get to town.
Valerie from Connecticut: I’m at work typing this email to you and the Hip2save Readers. At 6am Sunday, my power went out in Connecticut at my home and my dear husband and I are still in the dark – 5 days later. Might have power by next Wednesday 9/7/11. Needless to say, our meals are much different. We purchase food each night at the store to grill, while listening to a small battery operated radio and heading to bed extremely early. Our older son attends college in Williamsburg VA and had to be evacuated by Friday and could not return to campus until mid day Tuesday. He did a road trip to Kentucky to visit new friends. He’s safe now. Our younger son, had to be moved into his new college in Mass; so packing was a challenge. But all and all, we are doing well. It’s amazing how we rely so much on electricity for everything. We have no land line phone service or cable either. I hope all the hip2save readers that were affected by Hurricane Irene are doing well. Would love to know.
Note: If you want to send cash, the American Red Cross will gladly accept your donation for use with people affected by Irene, floods, tornadoes, and earthquakes.
If you live in one of the areas that was recently affected by Hurricane Irene, please feel free to share your experience with us. In addition, I encourage you to mention any local non-profit organizations in your area that are in need of assistance.
This Hip2Save.com Deal was hand-posted on Thursday, July 21st, 2011 at 5:33 pm.
This Hip2Save.com Deal was hand-posted on Thursday, July 14th, 2011 at 5:25 pm.
**If you can’t see the video, go here to watch it.
This Hip2Save.com Deal was hand-posted on Tuesday, July 12th, 2011 at 1:03 pm.
So, our Hip2Help Tour came to an end on Sunday. It was bittersweet. I definitely felt sad stepping out of that bus… the bus I had called home for the past 8 days. At the same time, I was excited to be able to head to my real home and sleep in my much missed bed.
This tour was an incredible eye opener for me. Life is such a blessing. A blessing we all too often forget is a blessing at all. I am going to make sure to stop and smell the roses… take time each day to really take everything in. Take time to smile, laugh with my kiddos, and spend quality time with my hubby. I have a wonderful life.
Alright, so before posting the 3rd video, I thought you all may be interested in hearing a little bit about how it was traveling in a bus with 9 kiddos and coping with a nasty bug that we all seemed to catch… yes, a total of 21 of us caught this very contagious virus.
I started to feel sick on the night of the 7th and when I woke up on the 8th (at 3:30am due to us having to be in the next town by 9:30am) I knew I was the next victim. I tried to sleep during the long drive and constantly awoke to that horrible nauseous feeling. Once we arrived at the hotel, I could barely walk to our hotel room as the little black dots started to form and dizziness ensued. I literally crawled on the elevator and when I tried to crawl off (according to my husband who was carrying all the luggage) I fainted, hit my head on the elevator door and then threw up all over the carpet in the hotel hallway. Even worse, I threw up right next to a trash can. Yes, it was not fun and pretty embarrassing as all the hotel employees assumed it was a child, but no… just Collin.
And on another note, traveling with nine kiddos. Well, it definitely made things very interesting. Yes, we dealt with rambunctious and wild kiddos. We dealt with tears and fits… kicking and screaming. But I don’t regret, for even a second, the decision to bring them. They saw and they learned so much in each stop we made. They cried and laughed… and loved! They all know, even more so now, that life should never be taken for granted.
Ok, so here’ the 3rd video… and stay tuned for the 4th video soon (and possibly a 5th bloopers video! )!
** If you can’t see the video, go here to watch it.
Written, Directed, Edited and Filmed by Isaac Deitz (http://www.tubopopcorn.com/)
This Hip2Save.com Deal was hand-posted on Thursday, July 7th, 2011 at 3:13 pm.
This Hip2Save.com Deal was hand-posted on Tuesday, July 5th, 2011 at 2:04 pm.
Wow! The last few days have been a whirlwind filled lots of sweat, smiles, laughter and tears and very little sleep. We left Griffin, GA yesterday after a fun-filled day at a local park and a morning shopping trip with our 2 sponsored families, the Wrights and the Duffeys. I am so thankful to Hip2Save readers Brandy and Carrie for arranging the entire event, coordinating volunteers, soliciting donations, and welcoming me and the entire Hip2Save team to their wonderful town! I am also so grateful to all of you for sending in donations; without you, none of this would have been possible.
If you can’t see the video, go here to watch it.
This Hip2Save.com Deal was hand-posted on Friday, July 1st, 2011 at 5:50 pm.
Don’t you think the pictures above say it all?! We are up to our neck in moving boxes thanks to the generosity of all of you. We will officially embark on the Hip2Help Tour first thing tomorrow morning as we begin our journey from Jacksonville, NC to Atlanta, GA. We will then meet up with the rest of the Hip2Save Team (my mom, sister, niece, nephews…) and will then make our first stop in Griffin, GA on July 3rd! We can’t wait!
This Hip2Save.com Deal was hand-posted on Monday, June 27th, 2011 at 6:04 pm.
Wowza! I cannot believe that I will be heading out on the Hip2Help Tour from North Carolina in less than a week?! Thanks to all of you awesome readers and sponsors, I have a garage FULL of donated items (I have received so many packages that my house is starting to fill up as well!). I literally get goose bumps and teary eyes when I really take the time to look around at the boxes that surround me and realize how many of you took the time and money to put together these wonderful packages. Thank you, thank you, thank you! This tour would not be possible without all of you!
With that being said, I received so many Hip2Help T-Shirt orders today that I am almost completely sold out of the shirts. Again, a BIG thank you for all your support! So, I will be taking down the shirt order form shortly.
As you know, we are sponsoring 11 families throughout the tour. I wanted to do one final post about their top needs as of today. If you are able to send any of the items below, it would be much appreciated!
Griffin, GA (Click here for the donation mailing address for the families below)
The Duffey Family:
* Size 3 shoes (Boy)
* Size 12 shoes (Girl)
The Wright Family:
* Christmas Tree
* Toys for the children (art things like paint, pencils, paper)
* Pink comforter for girls Twin bed
Elmore County, AL (Click here for the donation mailing address for the families below)
The Hall Family:
* Sheet Sets (queen for a female, twin and full for a male, and a king for parents)
* Bathroom linens
* Living Room furniture
The Stewart Family:
* Sheet Sets (twin and full size bedding for 3 girls)
* Personal Toiletries
The Meadows Family:
* Gift cards (Lowes, Home Depot, WalMart, Kohls, WinnDixie)
* Twin and Full size bedding
* Toys for a 10 year old boy who loves reading Warlock books
Memphis, TN (Click here for the donation mailing address for the families below)
The Carruth Family:
* Baby items (size 2T clothes and size 4 diapers)
* Home improvement store gift cards and a handyman to help fix issues with the used trailer that they just moved into.
The Jackson Family:
* Furniture or gift cards/certificates to stores that sell furniture or other household items (ex: Target)
The Houston Family:
* Home Improvement store gift cards (Lowes or Home Depot)
The Hunt Family:
* Gas gift cards
Calhoun County, AL (Click here for the donation mailing address for the families below)
The Thornton Family:
* Shop Vac for Dad
* New Queen bed for Mom & Dad (they have a Queen mattress) – bedroom colors are red
* Things for the Kitchen for cooking (colors in new kitchen will be orange)
* Clothes for 15 year old daughter (Size 2 long; Small-Medium shirt); her bedroom will be black, turquoise, and white
* End tables for living room (living colors are light green)
* Computer Desk for Mom (her room colors will be yellow and black)
* Gift cards to Lowes
The Keener Family:
* Dresser or chest of drawers
* Towels and wash cloths (neutral colors)
* Twin size, full, and queen bedding
* Water guns
* Shoes size 12 for boy
* Toy box and Art set
* Gift cards for home improvement stores (i.e. Lowes) for replacing baseboards and fixing up the floors.
And don’t forget about our awesome sponsors… check them out by clicking here.
* If you are local (or willing to make the drive!) to Griffin, GA, Elmore County, AL, Memphis, TN, or Calhoun County, AL, then we want to meet you! Please come out and join us at one of our community events in these areas. Click here to find out what will be taking place in or around your community.