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Tobacco Road Marathon And The V Foundation For Cancer Research Announce Charitable Fund Raising Collaboration

Press Release – CARY, N.C., Dec. 8, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The Tobacco Road Marathon (TRM) and the V Foundation announced today that Team V, the foundation’s charity endurance fundraising platform, has made TRM their spring 2017 featured race. Team V enables runners of all levels to turn their love of running into an opportunity to raise funds for the V Foundation to pursue their goal of declaring victory over cancer.

“We are excited to join a passionate group of runners in partnership with Tobacco Road Marathon,” said Norm Bowling, V Foundation Chief Revenue Officer. “We’re pleased to offer this popular community event to Team V participants, and we look forward to helping them achieve their fitness and fundraising goals.”

The collaboration provides Team V the ability to develop their dedicated TRM running team to drive fundraising for cancer research through the V Foundation. Team V supports both local and national runners with training options. Locals have the option of training with fee-based Fleet Feet training programs. Team V will reimburse the program fees if the runners meet their individual fund raising goals. All runners have access to a training program and certified coaches.


Team V provides runners comprehensive fundraising support, including an on-line toolkit with a handbook, communication templates and more. Runners also receive a technical training shirt and additional swag, and a Team V tent will be at the start-finish. Runners can join Team V at www.jimmyv.org/get-involved.

“We believe our commitment to charity attracts top level associations like the V Foundation,” said Mark Dill, TRM marketing director. “TRM achieved record charitable contributions in 2016, at $127,500 and reached $631,500 in cumulative giving since 2010. We are on target for $1,000,000 by 2019. ‘

The Tobacco Road Marathon and its companion half marathon will take place March 19, 2017 in Cary, North Carolina on the pine-lined American Tobacco Trail (ATT). Runners start from the USA Baseball & Thomas Brooks Park.

The V Foundation for Cancer Research is dedicated to declaring victory over cancer. It was founded in 1993 by ESPN and the late Jim Valvano, legendary North Carolina State basketball coach and ESPN commentator. Since 1993, the Foundation has funded more than $170 million in cancer research grants nationwide. It awards 100 percent of all direct cash donations to cancer research and related programs. Due to generous donors, the Foundation has an endowment that covers administrative expenses. The Foundation awards peer-reviewed grants through a competitive awards process vetted by a Scientific Advisory Committee. For more information on the V Foundation, please visit www.jimmyv.org.

The Tobacco Road Marathon Association is a non-profit organization dedicated with its sponsors to providing financial assistance to its partner charities by channeling the passions of the North Carolina Triangle area’s running community into a powerful force for good.

Uganda Christian Orphanage Building Fund Raiser

Press Release – Houston, TX, November 2016 – Helen Cook, owner of PrimeStar Publicity and Public Relations, has set up a page on GoFundMe.com for the sole purpose of raising $25,000 US dollars to purchase land and start construction on a building to house fifty Ugandan orphans and a small staff of four.

Even though the Light for Orphans Ministry (LFOM) must be registered and licensed with the government of Uganda, they receive no support because they are a Christian ministry.

Their daily needs – food, shelter, medical, clothing and education – are provided by a small group of dedicated donors, about eleven, here in the US and one in Australia.

The “LFOM family” is currently housed in a rented facility that was slated to be a motel, in the small village of Jinja, Uganda, East Africa. However, they have already outgrown the facility that they moved into less than two years ago when their numbers were less than forty.

It would be so wonderful for them to have a permanent home; one where they can continue to grow without facing the need to have to move out once again.

If your heart is moved to do so, you can make donations to the building fund at: https://www.gofundme.com/light-for-orphans-building-fund?ssid=819941954&pos=1

Maybe you would like to become a regular donor for the monthly needs of our beautiful family. If so, you can make donations to Light for Orphans Ministry (LFOM) c/o Helen Cook, 2668 Hwy. 36 S. #127, Brenham, TX 77833.

If you would like more information about LFOM, feel free to contact me either by phone at 903-654-0938 or email, helencook53@yahoo.com.

1 John 3:17: “But if anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in him?”

Helen Cook

Light for Orphans Ministry

Acts 20:35 “In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’ ”

Politics Are the Driving Force for Donations This Holiday Season

Charitable action platform PublicGood.com reports charitable trends from Giving Tuesday were strongly influenced by the political news cycle


Press Release – CHICAGO, Dec. 5, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Following a successful #GIVINGTUESDAY in which over $168 million was donated, an increase of over $51 million from 2015 according to givingtuesday.org, popular online charitable action platform PublicGood.com has released its report on donation trends from Giving Tuesday and its predictions for the future of charitable giving.

In addition to the increasing trend of gifts and monetary donations this season, Public Good saw a direct correlation between political news and trends in giving. Below are Public Good’s key findings regarding 2016 holiday giving trends:

  • 100% increase in support for nonprofit organizations that focus on refugees and the environment.
  • A major increase in support for civil rights organizations. In 2015, no civil rights organizations were the top donation recipients. This year, Injustice Watch (#2) and Environmental Law & Policy Center (#10) were both among the top 10 charities where donations were received at PublicGood.com.
  • Strong increase in donations to children and youth focused organizations following the announcement of Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education. The day following the announcement of Betsy DeVos’ appointment, approximately 75% of all donations on PublicGood.com went to children and youth organizations – up from less than 50% in 2015.

“People are responding to particular news quite quickly, not just making blanket politically motivated gifts. It’s a trend that is likely to stay,” said charitable giving expert and co-founder of Public Good, Dan Ratner. For the future of charitable actions, Ratner predicts this trend to continue: “All in all, we’re projecting a 9% year-over-year growth in giving, which would be a significant uptick. Since a lot of that has been spread out over the year, we believe it is driven more by a stronger economy and more natural disasters. In the last month we’ve seen the mix of organizations change more than the volume of gifts.”

Since the initial launch of Public Good in Chicago in 2014, the technology platform has been the pioneer and leader in powering “Take Action” in major U.S. publications including CNN, Tribune Media, Cox Media, Advance Media, Upworthy and many more. Take Action empowers readers to make a difference in the news that they are reading by connecting them with organizations and actions they can do to make a difference.

“The ability to go local is a critical part of the Take Action experience,” said Melissa Anderson, Public Good President and Co-Founder. “We know that 80% of people prefer to give back in their own communities and our technology algorithm automatically connects readers with organizations in their community.” In addition, Public Good has powered a number of phenomenally impactful campaigns for various nonprofits, including a campaign for the Flood Sisters Kidney Foundation that included Dolly Parton and garnered over 100 volunteer kidney donors in 72 hours, resulting in two successful surgeries and lives saved.

For those interested in taking action on causes that they care about, go to publicgood.com to find local organizations working on the causes that you are about with just one click. Public Good has every 501(c)(3) nonprofit in the U.S. on the platform.

About Public Good

Public Good is the online network for civic action, empowering people to make a difference on the causes they care about. Its Take Action technology connects people reading the news with things they can do to make a difference on the issues around the world and in their own neighborhoods. The company is based in Chicago and was founded in 2013 by veterans of some of the region’s biggest tech successes including Obama for America, Sittercity.com, Orbitz, and Groupon. Its tools are in use by many of the nation’s largest, most respected media outlets and allows users to support any of the nation’s 1.1 million nonprofit organizations.

Help Us Bring Sports To 80+ Low Income Schools & Communities


Here’s how your CSR funding can ensure a structured platform for children to play multiple sports, perform in a citywide competitive league and learn crucial life skills through self-awareness and experiences of playing.

This cause is featured on Fund My Project as part of CSRlive.in‘s collaboration with BitGiving.com

This cause is featured on Fund My Project as part of CSRlive.in‘s collaboration with BitGiving.com

Project by: Khel Khel Mein Foundation

Location: New Delhi

Funding Required: INR 4,50,000

Category: Eligible CSR activity as per Companies Act 2013, Schedule VII

(vii) training to promote rural sports, nationally recognised sports, paralympic sports and Olympic sports;

Here’s what the folks at Khel Khel Mein Foundation have to say about their project:

“Sports includes all forms of physical activity that contributes to physical fitness, mental well-being and social interaction” – UN Task Force on Sports 4 Development

At Khel Khel Mein Foundation, we believe sports imbibes a deep potential for change. Since our inception in 2013, we have tried to innovate and inspire through sports. Our vision is to nurture holistic growth through sports. What started three years ago as a Physical Education period in a few schools is now shaping into a story of change through sports. True to the nature of sports, it has been a team effort.

We envision to deepen our impact in 2016-17 and are deeply committed to the year ahead as a team. Together, we can.

What we do

KKMF’s primary focus ensures a structured platform for children to PLAY. We build upon the experience to nurture development in all aspects. We’re currently spearheading one of the most ambitious sports interventions ever to be done at the grassroots. Our work reaches almost 10,000 children through 70+ low-income communities & schools in Delhi. Through a unique model of PLAY. PERFORM. PROSPER a child gets the opportunity to play multiple sports, perform in a citywide competitive league and learn crucial life skills through self-awareness and experiences of playing.

Your Contribution

Here is a snapshot of how your funds will be helping our students:

  • INR 500 provides for one child’s training for 6 months
  • INR 500 allows a child to play in 20 matches of the KKM League
  • INR 800 provides refreshments to 100 children on a league day
  • INR 1250 allows an entire school to play one match during the league
  • INR 1500 provides 3hrs of weekly sports training for a school for 1 month.

Want to Fund this Project?

Visit BitGiving.com here and support the cause.

Looking for funding?

If you have a social project that’s high on innovation and impact, but running low on financial fuel, do write in to Nidhi Singh at nidhi@csrlive.in with your proposal, and we’ll feature it on FUND MY PROJECT.

Re-published here as part of Your Mark On The World’s collaboration with CSRlive.in


11-Year-Old Santa Celebrates 5th Year of Helping Families in Need

Press Release – JENSEN BEACH, Fla., Nov. 29, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — If you’ve ever wondered where your toy and holiday donations go, you’re not alone. Every year at this time, cardboard boxes pop up at retailers asking you toss an unwrapped toy inside with no further requirements or information as to where it will end up. At the age of six, Jamie Ashbourne was horrified to learn that there was no way to make sure his donation got to the right person. Dropping unwrapped toys in a cardboard box for children in need seemed like a horror scene out of a Toy Story movie to him. “I was horrified by the idea of random toys being tossed in a box — how could they ever grant a child’s wish?” He wanted to give he just felt that there could be a more personal way to do so. He wanted to wrap his donations and see the child’s face when they got the gift. So he set out to start his own toy drive.

Jamie Ashbourne is ready to deliver (PRNewsFoto/The Elf Factory)

Jamie Ashbourne is ready to deliver (PRNewsFoto/The Elf Factory)

It was five years ago, the Stuart Middle School 6th grader took it upon himself to wrap his donations only to find no established charity would accept them. Even at that age, he remained undeterred and continued wrapping until he had a sack of toys that would rival Santa’s. Christmas was coming and all other toy drives were closed and already handing out their goods. With nowhere willing to accept his wrapped treasures, it was looking like it was all for nothing. When suddenly the elements aligned like something out of a movie to send Jamie to the Gertrude Walden Daycare center in Stuart, Florida.

Celebrating its fifth year of collecting lists and personally fulfilling, wrapping and delivering each item, The Elf Factory is committed to granting personal wishes for children and families far and wide, and this year he has partnered with schools affected by the floods in Baton Rouge.

If a young boy making out his own list to Santa realizes that the spirit of the season is meant to touch people in a personal way, shouldn’t everyone?

Children’s wish lists are coming in and Jamie is focused on fulfilling them by December 19th and Jamie is hoping that the rise in popularity of events like #GivingTuesday will inspire other aspiring Santas to join the cause.

Jamie’s Elf Factory is set up to take donations and requests online, at http://elffactory.org or you can just visit and read about one little guy on a mission.

Parker NY Partners with Lower Eastside Girls Club of New York for Month of Giving

Press Release – New York, NY, November 29, 2016 – Leading contemporary clothing brand, Parker, announces today a partnership with the Lower Eastside Girls Club of New York as part of their #MonthofGiving initiative. Beginning on November 29, 2016 in conjunction with “Giving Tuesday” and running through December 31, 2016, Parker will be donating 10% of all sales on ParkerNY.com to the organization, with a minimum donation set at $20,000.

Dedicated to connecting girls and young women to healthy, successful futures, the Lower Eastside Girls Club offers a safe haven in their state-of-the-art community center. Featuring programs in the arts, sciences, entrepreneurship and wellness, the organization helps girls develop self-confidence, thrive academically and become the next generation of leaders.

“When considering a partner for the #MonthofGiving initiative, we were immediately drawn to the Lower Eastside Girls Club,” states Suzanne Silverstein, President of Parker. “As a brand inspired by, and based in, New York City, we love to give back to organizations that help here at home. As a women’s brand, we wanted to support a cause that helps empower women, the next generation. The work that the Lower Eastside Girls Club is doing is so impressive, we had to get involved.”

“We are thrilled to receive support from Parker,” states Rosie Rodriguez, Director of Philanthropy at the Lower Eastside Girls Club. “Empowering girls and women is central to our organization’s mission – whether it’s through the innovative programs that we offer here at our Center for Community, or through the purchase of a dress that makes a woman look and feel great, and gives back at the same time.”

Donations from purchases made at PARKERNY.com will help sustain LESGC’s long-term commitment to at-risk girls and their families. LESGC programming impacts the lives of thousands of girls in middle and high school who are stressed by the overwhelming challenges that poverty, housing instability, and community violence present. “LESGC is a force for good, working to promote sisterhood and social justice. A purchase from Parker will directly help economically disadvantaged girls overcome adversity and set forth towards achieving their full potential through LESGC’s innovative community-based programming offered at no cost to members and their families,” states Rosie Rodriguez.

This is the inaugural year of Parker’s #MonthofGiving program. The brand expects record sales as the Parker customer shops to look good and do good this season.

About Parker:

Founded in NYC, Parker was created, and is designed, for the city girl in all of us. She is fearless, her style is effortless, and she is just a little bit sexy. She exudes a quiet, attractive confidence that says “I’ve got this.” With Parker, it is never about trying too hard. Our designs capture the season’s trends with pieces that are easy to buy and easy to wear. Now that you know us, come and find us. We’re at Saks Fifth Avenue, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Bloomingdale’s, Shopbop, Revolve and specialty stores worldwide.

About The Lower Eastside Girls Club:

The Lower Eastside Girls Club connects girls and young women to healthy and successful futures. Our state-of-the-art community center offers a safe haven with programs in the arts, sciences, leadership, entrepreneurship, and wellness for girls in middle and high school. Programs are offered at no cost to girls and their families.

Joy. Power. Possibility.

The Lower Eastside Girls Club breaks the cycle of poverty by training the next generation of ethical, entrepreneurial, and environmental leaders. Girls Club members overcome adversity, perceive opportunity, develop self-confidence, make ethical decisions and healthy life choices, thrive academically, embrace leadership, and have the ability to enter college or the work force as fully prepared and connected adults.

Omaze And (RED) Offer Fans The Chance To Chat With Richard Branson And Attend A VIP Virgin Event As Part of The Second Annual (SHOPATHON)Red To Fight AIDS!

As part of (SHOPATHON)RED in support of World AIDS Day 2016, and in partnership with online giving platform Omaze, one fan and a guest can win a chance to join Richard Branson for a once-in-a-lifetime


Press Release – The winner and a friend will be flown to a mystery location and put up in a four-star hotel, have the chance to spend time with Richard and pick his brain on career advice, business inspiration and more, before attending an exclusive Virgin event as Richard’s VIP guests. Fans can enter to win – or gift chances to win this holiday season – to this and a number of once-in-a-lifetime experiences with big stars for as little as a $10 donation to fight AIDS.

Proudly playing his part in supporting the AIDS fight with (RED), Richard stars in a special video to tell viewers what they can expect if they win his incredible experience! Click link: https://youtu.be/IFsAPni6Pu4 to watch Richard.

Ahead of World AIDS Day, December 1, the second annual (SHOPATHON)RED includes a jam-packed roster of winnable celebrity experiences available only on Omaze.com/RED. In addition, donors will receive additional chances to win and an exclusive (RED) shirt for a $100 donation, or a (RED) notebook and additional chances to win for a $50 donation. Entries for the chance to hang out with Richard Branson close on January 18, 2017.

In addition to Richard Branson’s experience, fans can also enter to win one of the following:

  • Win a chance to have U2 play for just you during a full dress rehearsal!
  • Join Channing Tatum in Las Vegas for ‘Magic Mike Live’ and be his personal guest at the exclusive after-party
  • Have tea with Julia Roberts and Bono… You can even bring your problems and they’ll attempt to give you advice!
  • Hit New York City, have dinner and see a show with Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka, with (COCA-COLA)RED matching every donation-to-win, up to two million dollars
  • Hold on tight as you take the jet ski ride of your life and Snapchat with DJ Khaled
  • Go backstage VIP at The Late Late Show with James Corden, and Carpool Karaoke!
  • Hangout at the recording studio and have lunch with Liam Payne
  • See ‘Hamilton’ the Musical and go backstage with Alexander Hamilton himself, Javier Muñoz
  • Fly to Korea for a VIP experience with K-Pop superstar, G-Dragon


(RED) was founded by Bono and Bobby Shriver in 2006 to engage businesses and people in the fight against AIDS. (RED) partners with the world’s most iconic brands that contribute up to 50% of profits from (RED)-branded goods and services to the Global Fund. (RED) Partners include Apple, Bank of America, Beats by Dr. Dre, Belvedere, Claro, The Coca-Cola Company, GAP, Lokai, Salesforce, Girl Skateboards, Live Nation Entertainment, Moleskine, Mophie and Piaggio among many other brands.

As (RED) marks ten years fighting AIDS, it has generated $360 million for the Global Fund to fight AIDS, to support HIV/AIDS grants in Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Rwanda, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania and Zambia. Global Fund grants that (RED) supports have impacted more than 70 million people with prevention, treatment, counseling, HIV testing and care services.

About Omaze

Omaze is an experience-driven fundraising platform that leverages the power of storytelling and technology to radically change charitable giving. Since launching in 2012, Omaze has impacted more than 200 charities and received donations from over 175 countries.

#GivingTuesday 2016 Online Giving up 20%

Blackbaud reports $47.7 million in online U.S. donations and overall online donations up 31% from last year; continuing positive trend for the growing movement

Press Release – Charleston, S.C. (November 30, 2016)Blackbaud, Inc. (NASDAQ: BLKB), the world’s leading cloud software company powering social good, today announced a 20% increase in online giving during #GivingTuesday compared to 2015. The company, whose systems process a majority of online donations made in the United States on #GivingTuesday, processed more than $47.7 million from over 6700 organizations that received at least one online donation.

“We are excited to see that overall donations continue to climb for organizations on #GivingTuesday,” said Mike Gianoni, Blackbaud president and CEO. “As a #GivingTuesday founding partner, we are proud that the movement continues to grow with donations that help fight hunger, eliminate homelessness, cure epidemics and much more. The movement’s core philanthropic message only gets stronger each year, with people embracing the meaning of #GivingTuesday and amplifying the holiday on social media. Blackbaud is honored to support and power this movement, and on behalf of our customers, we want to thank everyone who chose to be generous on this day.”

“The results of our online campaign showed us that people view #GivingTuesday as a day to make an impact by supporting causes that are important to them, and it’s up to us to show them that they can really make a difference in people’s lives by donating to Orbis,” said Paul Forrest, chief development officer at Orbis, an international nonprofit. “This year’s donations were matched dollar-for-dollar for the prevention and treatment of blindness.”

For #GivingTuesday 2016, Blackbaud provided key reporting, trend data and commentary throughout the day to assess the growth and impact of the movement. Key findings from Blackbaud’s #GivingTuesday 2016 analysis include:

#GivingTuesday Donations Grew in 2016

  • #GivingTuesday online giving grew by 317% since its creation in 2012
  • Online giving has jumped by 20% since 2015
  • Online donation volume grew by 31% compared to 2015
  • 33% more nonprofit organizations received an online donation on #GivingTuesday 2016 compared to 2015

Technology Continues to Drive #GivingTuesday’s Success

  • Online average gift amounts exceeded $126
  • About 22% of online donations were on a mobile device

“2016 is the biggest year yet for #GivingTuesday,” said Steve MacLaughlin, Blackbaud’s vice president of Data and Analytics. “As we predicted, the movement continues to drive year-over-year growth. The positive trends displayed in our data proves the strength of the holiday’s message as more donors embrace the simplicity of using smartphone technology to contribute. About 22% of donations were made online and we expect that number to grow as time goes on.”

For more information about Blackbaud and #GivingTuesday, visit www.Blackbaud.com/GivingTuesday. To see photos of nonprofits and other change-makers that were highlighted throughout the day at Blackbaud’s Nasdaq command center and on the Nasdaq tower in Times Square, visit www.facebook.com/Blackbaud.

About Blackbaud

Blackbaud (NASDAQ: BLKB) is the world’s leading cloud software company powering social good. Serving the entire social good community—nonprofits, foundations, corporations, education institutions, and individual change agents—Blackbaud connects and empowers organizations to increase their impact through software, services, expertise, and data intelligence. The Blackbaud portfolio is tailored to the unique needs of vertical markets, with solutions for fundraising and relationship management, digital marketing, advocacy, accounting, payments, analytics, school management, grant management, corporate social responsibility, and volunteerism. Serving the industry for more than three decades, Blackbaud is headquartered in Charleston, South Carolina and has operations in the United States, Australia, Canada, Ireland, and the United Kingdom. For more information, visit www.blackbaud.com.

McAlister’s Deli Recognizes Everyday Heroes This Holiday Season to Celebrate the Spirit of Giving Back

Award-Winning Fast Casual Restaurant Rewards Those Who Are Making A Difference in Their Local Communities

Press Release – ATLANTA (November 29, 2016) – In the spirit of the holiday season, McAlister’s Deli®, a leading fast casual restaurant, is launching its first-ever Everyday Heroes program, an initiative designed to thank individuals who have gone above and beyond for their communities. Each deserving Everyday Hero has been nominated by his or her local McAlister’s Deli for continuously working hard to help others.

To recognize and reward each Everyday Hero, nominated individuals have been gifted $500 worth of McAlister’s gift cards to use for themselves, their families and to distribute to their communities in any way they choose. McAlister’s will also be sharing their stories throughout the month of December to shine a light on the selfless work they are doing, and the positive impact they have on those around them. McAlister’s 2016 Everyday Heroes include:

  • Dr. David Schilling (Church Hill, TN): Dr. Schilling was instrumental in starting the Church Hill Medical Mission in 2000. During the first year of operation, the clinic served 75 patients, and to date that number has increased to more than 500 visits a year. To more effectively communicate with patients at the clinic, he learned how to speak Spanish at a local university. Dr. Schilling plans to use this donation to hold an appreciation luncheon for all of the dedicated, hard-working volunteers at the clinic.
  • Julie Meeks (Clinton, MS): A teacher’s assistant with Northside Elementary, Julie works with special needs students in an inclusion classroom. She is currently working on an accelerated reader program with her students to monitor and improve each child’s reading aptitude, and plans to use these gift cards as incentive to encourage her students to achieve their reading goals.
  • Lisa Higginbotham (Birmingham, AL): Lisa is the benevolent fund program manager with the University of Alabama Birmingham (UAB) system. She works tirelessly to secure donations for more than 130 local charities, and partners with nonprofits to make a positive impact on the greater community. Lisa and the other UAB volunteers are currently working to bring a Ronald McDonald House family room to the university hospital in order to create a welcoming space and offer support to families of our youngest patients. Lisa plans to use these gift cards to honor her stellar UAB employees that make donations to support local organizations from their own paychecks.
  • Sister Barbara Ann Zeller (Louisville, KY): Sister Barbara Ann has dedicated her life over the past two decades to helping children, families and senior citizens in need. She led the effort to develop the first group home program for foster children, now called The Providence House, in Floyd County, Indiana. The Providence House helps programmatically reunite families suffering from incidents of child abuse, child neglect, homelessness, substance abuse, domestic violence and incarceration. She plans to share the gift cards with families in The Providence House, and gift them to the home’s outstanding employees.

“Generosity and kindness are core values at McAlister’s – we’re always looking to recognize acts of kindness, and there is no better time to celebrate the spirit of generosity than around the holidays.” said Rick Altizer, president, McAlister’s Deli. “We’re truly humbled by the stories of these Everyday Heroes, and hope they inspire others to help make their communities a better place as well.”

During the month of December, McAlister’s Deli will be sharing the incredible stories of Everyday Heroes and the positive impact they have on the people around them. Make sure you check out McAlister’s social media channels to learn more about these stories and join the conversation around the spirit of generosity.

Is there someone in your town doing self-less work? Do you know someone who deserves a thank you? Give them the gift of delicious with a McAlister’s Deli gift card this holiday season! For more information on McAlister’s Deli and our gift card offerings, please visit http://www.mcalistersdeli.com/gift-cards/.

About McAlister’s

Founded in 1989, McAlister’s Deli® is a fast casual restaurant chain known for its sandwiches, spuds, soups, salads, desserts and McAlister’s Famous Sweet Tea™. In addition to dine-in and take-out service, McAlister’s also offers catering with a selection of sandwich trays, box lunches, desserts, a hot spud bar and more. With numerous industry accolades, the McAlister’s brand has more than 361 restaurants in 28 states. The company is headquartered in Atlanta, Ga. For more information, visit www.mcalistersdeli.com.

SimplyFun Holiday Giving to Support Children in Need

SimplyFun donates to Toys for Tots, My Stuff Bags Foundation

Press Release – SEATTLE, Nov. 29, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — SimplyFun, LLC., publisher of award-winning educational board games, will be supporting the Marine Toys for Tots foundation with a $100,000 product donation and My Stuff Bags Foundation with a $25,000 product donation this holiday season.

SimplyFun’s product donation will support The Toys for Tots Foundation mission, which is to deliver, through a new toy at Christmas, a message of hope to less fortunate youngsters that will assist them into becoming responsible, productive, patriotic citizens.

Additionally, SimplyFun will provide support in the form of product to long-time partner, My Stuff Bags Foundation. The My Stuff Bags Foundation mission is to provide new belongings, comfort, and hope to thousands of children each year who must be rescued from abuse, neglect, and abandonment across the United States.

SimplyFun will also run a promotion on Giving Tuesday, November 29, 2016, in which a $10 donation will be made to My Stuff Bags Foundation through the purchase of a SimplyCaring Tibbar puppet.

“Every child deserves to play regardless of their circumstances,” said SimplyFun President and CEO, Patty Pearcy. “SimplyFun is proud to be able to share our games through Toys for Tots and My Stuff Bags to bring joy and create a love of learning to children in need.”

About SimplyFun

SimplyFun believes in the undeniable power of shared play to learn, grow, and realize our fullest, brightest potential. We champion a vibrant, play-based education that enriches our families and ourselves. To contribute to what’s truly important in life—the potential of our children, the success of our schools, and our own personal fulfillment. Founded in 2004, SimplyFun provides its Playologists (Independent Consultants) the opportunity to make a difference for kids and families with its skills-focused board games while earning income through direct sales opportunities in person and online.

About Marines Toys for Tots Foundation:

Marines Toys for Tots Foundation’s mission is to assist the U. S. Marine Corps in providing a tangible sign of hope to economically disadvantaged children at Christmas. This assistance includes supporting the U. S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program by raising funds to provide toys to supplement the collections of local Toys for Tots campaigns, to provide promotional and support material and defray the costs of conducting annual Toys for Tots campaigns.

About My Stuff Bags Foundation

My Stuff Bags was launched in 1998 to address some of the immediate physical and emotional needs of children who must be rescued from abuse, neglect and abandonment. Traumatized by the events leading to their rescue, these children often enter shelters and foster care with no belongings. Each individual My Stuff duffel bag is filled by volunteers with new donated items, giving children comfort and hope and letting them know that lots of people care about them.

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