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Send a FREE Febreze Set & Refresh product (+ Care Package) to the Troops Serving in Combat

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Wow! I’m just lovin’ this Facebook promo Febreze is offering up! Just head on over to the Febreze Facebook page and click on the “Treat the Troops” tab, then click the “Donate Now” button to send a U.S. hero serving in combat a Febreze Set & Refresh product, along with a care package of toiletries, magazines, letters, and more! How cool is that?! :D

(Thanks, Freebie Shark!)

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Heads Up: February 4th is Thank a Mailman Day

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February 4th is a very special day… it’s Thank a Mailman Day!

This is your chance to give a BIG thank you to your Mail Carrier who brings super sweet deals to your mailbox and doorstep six days a week! And with all of the freebies and samples we score every day… well, most of us keep our Mail Carriers super busy.

Here are some ideas on how to show your Mail Carrier you appreciate their service:

* Leave them a note in your mailbox with a gift card to a local restaurant or coffee shop. We post lots of yummy deals and freebies every day, why not surprise them with a treat? I know a warm caffeinated beverage gets me going every day!

* Speaking of freebies, why not put together a gift bag of some of your recent scores? Sample sized products from Bath & Body Works or a Yankee candle… even Krispy Kreme coupons. They all make inexpensive, but yet still thoughtful gifts to give.

* Warm up their cold days by giving them a pair of gloves or a package of hand or foot warmers. These are usually inexpensive and can be found at any sporting goods store or online… I’ve posted many glove deals previously as well.

* Have your kiddos draw a picture for your Mail Carrier or make them a card.

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* No matter what, a big smile and a thank you is always appreciated by anyone! :D

How are YOU going to thank your Mail Carrier? Will you make them a snack or give them a smile and a wave? Let me know what you will be doing to show your appreciation below.

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Inspiration Through Art: Send Cards to Kids Fighting Illness & Disabilities

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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!)

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LivingSocial: $15 for a $30 Care Package for a Soldier (AND an American Flag for You!)

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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

(Thanks, Jenn!)

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Help Needed after Hurricane Irene …

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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:

Liberty Arc
C/O Salsa Picante Carmen Irizarry
43 Liberty Dr.
Amsterdam NY 12010
(518)842-5080
(518)527-3235

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:

Kristin Kilmer
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.

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Hip2Help Tour Bloopers Video

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Enjoy!

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Did you miss the other Hip2Help Tour Videos?! If so, click below to watch them all…

Video #1: Griffin, GA
Video #2: Alex City & Birmingham, AL
Video #3: Alex City, AL & Memphis, TN
Video #4: Calhoun County, AL

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Final Hip2Help Video (A Bittersweet Ending)

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* Did you see the first three Hip2Help Tour videos? check them out here, here and here!

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Hip2Help Video Update #3 (+ My Thoughts)

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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/)

* Did you see the first two Hip2Help Tour videos? check them out here and here!

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Hip2Help Tour (Alabama Update)

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Written, Directed, Edited and Filmed by Isaac Deitz (http://www.tubopopcorn.com/)

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Hip2Help Video Update (Griffin, Georgia)

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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.

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