Wednesday, April 24, 2013

A Giveaway (The first!): We Need Help with a Name!

As I mentioned late last week, a friend and I have been working on a big project to help promote literacy and bring comfort to those in need with some awesome fleece tie blankets in our community.  We have been in the planning stages since before the holidays and are ready to forge ahead with our idea.  This is where we need your help:  we need a name!  Here's a little background information...

My end of the project is literacy.  Thus far, we've purchased about 100 books to be distributed to those who need to get a book in their hands and are looking to raise funds or receive donations of new books.  If your children are in school and their class participates in the Scholastic book order, you can get books for all ages for just $1!  While our biggest target initially will be young children, we are also looking to help tweens and teens as well.  Reading has always been such an important part of my life, that I want to do what I can to get some wonderful book titles into kids' hands.  I'm sure you all have some favorites from your childhood that you still are fond of today.  Wouldn't you feel great passing them along to others?

The other part of our project involves providing fleece tie blankets to those in need.  It would be awesome if our organization could provide a blanket for low-income children in schools and shelters, as well as those who are ill, and pair it with a book.  Our goal is to coordinate the blanket with the theme of the book to really tie it all together.  We will also be using a portion of our funds to purchase the materials to make the blankets, but this project is also wonderful for families and groups looking to help out in their community by making and donating new blankets or donating materials to make them.

We hope to someday make this an official non-profit, but that is a time-consuming process, so in the meantime, we're ready to get this project rolling.  It would be great to build our collection of books and blankets over the summer to help kick-off the school year on a positive note to those in need.  If you would like to help in any capacity, please let me know.  I'm sure we'll have a few fundraising activities and ideas to present soon, so stay tuned!  

Here's where you can help!  We need a name for this project and want to hear your ideas.  The winner of our contest will receive their very own book and blanket (or if you'd like we can donate the combo on your behalf).  Our contest will close on Saturday, April 27th, at noon, so get your minds working and leave us a name suggestion in the comment section below or on Facebook!  

We can't wait to hear your ideas!

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