Friday, November 30, 2012

Second Annual Pay It Forward Giveaway!!!!!

Hi All!

Just about a year ago I was celebrating 250 followers with a different kind of giveaway - a giveaway where YOU'RE actually the one giving away, so to speak.  You can read about it {here}.

Around this time of year you can't help but count your blessings.  You look back at the year, and although some days, weeks or maybe months might not have been can look back on it and find hope and happiness. 

There are so many charitable organizations out there who are trying to give more people in our world those same feelings of happiness and hope that can so easily be taken for granted.  That's why I'm happy to tell you about my....

Clipart: Middle Grades Maven
Fonts & Digital Paper: Mrs. Stanford's Class

I'd like to give $50 dollars to a charitable organization of your choice - in your name! 
To enter...please just leave your name, which charity you'd like for your donation to go to and your email address.  I will use the Random Number Generator to choose a winner next Friday evening - at 8:00 EST.
Happy Holidays!!!!

Now go enter...and tell all your friends to enter too!!!!!


  1. Holly, I absolutely love this idea! I would love the donation to go to the March of Dimes. At conservative estimate, a good 50% of my severely impaired students over the years have been preemies - most born at 24-26 weeks gestation rather than the usual 40 - so educating about and preventing premature birth is a cause near and dear to my heart!

    My info:
    Kara Heslinga
    March of Dimes

  2. Jen - Fighting for Angels,

  3. Tanja- Relay for Life

    I've been involved man years and this is such a great cause. Thank you for the chance to win!

  4. Holly, this is so utterly selfless of you to offer such a generous giveaway. I can't thank you enough. If I win, I would love for the donation to go to the ASPCA. Thanks so much for the opportunity.
    Ѽ Lori
    Teaching With Love and Laughter

  5. This is so awesome. If I'm chosen I'd love for the money to go to St. Jude's Children's Hospital.

  6. I love this idea, Holly!! It is so generous and you. I always ask my students' parents to donate to COTS Detroit (Coalition on Temporary Shelter) in lieu of a gift for me each holiday season. I cannot ever imagine being homeless and my heart aches for the many families who have lost their homes during these hard times.

  7. This is a wonderful way to keep the holidays in perspective without all the greed and commercialism! I would choose HOSPICE. They took care of my mother-in-law for the last week of her life.
    Debbie Jacobson

  8. Carolyn -
    Love Without Boundries - they do so much for children who do not have a forever family.

  9. This is so wonderful. I would love to have the money donated to Makarios. Makarios is a faith based organization that provides education to impoverished Dominicans and Haitians in the DR. They take care of the poorest of the poor and provide them with two warm meals a day, uniforms, education and a medical plan. It is incredible the work that they do and the lives that are being changed there. I used to teach at the school so I can assure you the money will be well spent.

    A Day in First Grade

  10. This is a great idea! My husband and I always support our area food bank. Here's the info. link:

    Michelle @ Teach123

  11. Heifer International is my pick. They do great work. Thanks for being so generous.

  12. I love this idea!

    Jenn @ Best Practices 4 Teaching

  13. How generous of you, Holly! My pick would be

    Treasures for Teaching

  14. Great idea holly and thank you - that is so generous - mine would Angelina Hospice - my brother passed a few years ago and they were wonderful to my family especially my sister in law. Thanks even if I am not picked - what a grat and heart warming idea.
    Lisa at

  15. Because this monster is highly involved in my family, I would choose to donate to Susan G. Komen for The Cure (breast cancer). LOVE this idea and think that you are one awesome woman. Thank you.

    Miss V's Busy Bees

  16. Reading is Fundamental. And this is a FABULOUS idea. I may steal it ... and give credit, of course. :]

  17. Hi, friend! I would choose RIF, also! I teach in a low income, title 1 school. Great idea!


  18. This is such a wonderful idea! I choose Relay for Life.

    Carla Cundiff

  19. You are so kind, Holly! My charity is the Lanai Cultural and Heritage Center ( They do many wonderful programs for my school, educating the keiki on our island's present, past, and future. Thank you for this opportunity!
    Teaching With Style

  20. Breast Cancer has affected multiple members of my family so my charity is the American Cancer Society (Breast Cancer).

    Thank you for this wonderful idea.


  21. Holly, I love this!!! If I win, I'd love for the $ to go to the American Heart Association!! :)
    Thanks, friend!

  22. This is awesome! I have participated in the 3 Day Walk for breast cancer (60 miles in 3 days) for 6 straight years sponsored by the Susan G. Komen foundation. I could not participate this year due to a foot injury and it broke my heart -- especially with my sister-in-law's diagnosis in early September. She just finished radiation yesterday! I started this walking because a classmate of my daughter was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 16 and was dead by the time she would have turned 17. So for Andi Stacy, and all the rest inflicted with this insidious disease, we must continue to fight.

    But with that being said - any organization you choose would be awesome because this is such an awesome giveaway! Thanks!


  23. Holly you are so sweet!! Thank you for hosting this one! If I win, I'd love to see the money go to a local No Kill Animal Shelter that is near and dear to the hubs and I as we used to volunteer there and have gotten two of our furry babies from them.

    ❤ -Stephanie
    Falling Into First

  24. What a wonderful giveaway! If I win...I'd love to give this money to the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.


  25. Warrior Canine Connection

    Warrior Canine Connection is a therapeutic service dog training program that teaches Service Members with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) the skill of training mobility service dogs to be partnered with Veterans with mobility impairments. This worthy mission is specifically designed to reduce the symptoms of PTSD in the Warriors who train the dogs--and the great news is, it works! These Warrior-trained service dogs are then partnered with Veterans to provide them years of loyal companionship as well as an increased sense of well-being and independence.

    Christina :)
    Check out my blog!
    Apples, Books, and Crayons

  26. What a wonderful idea! I would love to see you donate to The Foster Care Association of St. Charles County. Kris :o)

  27. How giving of you! My son has a rare genetic condition called Williams syndrome, so I would donate to the Williams Syndrome Association. They do all sorts of things to provide support and education to families of people with this syndrome.
    Anne kenney

  28. I love this idea! I would donate to the American Cancer Society - Cancer has taken several of my family members, and I would love to donate to help them fight this awful disease!

  29. This is the best idea for a giveaway that I have ever seen! I would like to donate to the Apraxia-Kids organization. I have two beautiful nieces that suffer from this speech disorder and would love for more research to be done to help these children :)


  30. My charity choice is Relay for Life!

  31. Such an amazing idea!
    My charity is the Stephen Siller Foundation.

  32. What a sweet and kind thing you are doing. My charity would be San Antonio Hospice.

    Yvonne Crawford

  33. I love this idea. So inspiring!

    My charity would be Good Mews, the only no-kill and cage free cat shelter in Georgia. We have adopted one of our kitties from there and they do a wonderful job of finding good homes for their cats.

  34. What a great way to spread holiday love!

    My charity would be Collin County Humane Society for all of the hard work they do to help find homes for animals!

    Jessica Reinartz

  35. Wow, I absolutely love this idea!
    What a great way to give during this holiday season!

    My charity will be MS Run the US.
    I will be running 140 miles and am raising $36,000 for MS research and awareness.

    Thank you!
    Mandy Dickey

  36. This is an unbelievable idea! I love it! Thanks so much for doing this!!

    My charity would be the National Psoriasis Foundation. I have actually had psoriasis for over 10 years and mine unfortunately turned into psoriatic arthritis. I would love to see a cure for this in the near future!

    Thank you again!
    Kindergarten Smiles

  37. I love this idea and love your heart for doing this amazing thing.

    My charity would be Convoy of Hope. Convoy of hope is a faith based organization serving people through international children's feeding initiatives, community outreaches, disaster response, and partner resourcing.

    Thanks so much for doing this amazing giveaway!!!
    My (Not So) Elementary Life

  38. I love, love, love this idea!! So generous of you.
    My charity would be the Brain Injury Association of America. As the wife of someone living with a TBI, I would love for this organization to get a donation.
    You are awesome!!

  39. I LOVE this are so thoughtful! I would pick Sarcoma honor of my mom who is currently battling this RARE cancer. Sarcoma cancers are so rare, they make up 1% of the cancers diagnosed each year.

    If you have time stop by my blog and enter my giveaway! Thanks again!
    Brigid's Daily Lesson Log

  40. Thank you for such a meaningful giveaway! I would love to have money donated to Susan G. Koman. My mom is fighting breast cancer right now so this cause is near and dear to my heart and family.
    Shawna Devoe
    The Picture Book Teacher's Edition

  41. Holly, you are incredible and so inspiring!! Thank you for this opportunity! My charity would be the ASPCA. Thank you again Holly!!

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