$100 Giveaway

Today, I’m giving away $100. And I’m giving one of you the ability to choose who gets that $100. Today, we’re paying it forward.

We live in a world of wants. We make Amazon wish lists. We want new camera lenses. New clothes for fall. Tickets to sporting events. UGG boots. An iPad. (It’s possible I’m talking about myself here.)

We’re human, we want things. However, there are so many people that need things. Sometimes it’s easy to forget, but today, in the wake of remembering how lives were forever altered by the events of 9/11, in the wake of hurricanes and floods, after a spring of deadly tornadoes, we remember how many people are in need. And then there are the events you never hear about. Parents who can’t afford treatments or the time off of work for their sick children, the parent who loses a spouse with children to raise, and so many others.

We all hold causes close to our hearts for one reason or another. I donate every year to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society because they were a huge help to our family when my dad had to travel from Pittsburgh to Boston for a bone marrow transplant, and continued to provide support after he lost his battle to a lung infection after the transplant.

Maybe your cause is breast cancer. Or heart disease. Diabetes. Autism. Cystic Fibrosis. Tornado victims. Earthquake relief in Japan. Bloggers Without Borders. There are so many things that touch each of us in so many ways. Maybe you’re training for a marathon in the name of a cause and want this $100 put toward your fundraising goals. Simply, this $100 will go to helping someone who needs it.

So how will this giveaway work? It’s easy!

To Enter: Leave a comment sharing the charity or fund where you would like to have the $100 donated.

Deadline: Monday, September 12, 2011 at 11:59pm.

Winner: As with all giveaways, the winner will be chosen at random using Random.org. I will donate $100 to the charity or fund indicated by the winning comment.

Disclaimer: Giveaway sponsored by Brown Eyed Baker. Charity or fund must be an established organization with a formal way of accepting donations.

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  1. MonicaB on September 12, 2011 at 6:55 am

    My family does the Walk for Food Allergies every year. The Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network (FAAN) is a wonderful organization that supports research, education and support for food allergies. This group has really helped us when we found out that our child had life threatening allergies. Thanks for the chance to help them future their research.
    http://www.foodallergywalk.org/site/TR/2011Walks/2011Walks?fr_id=2010&pg=pfind

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  2. Debbie on September 12, 2011 at 7:01 am

    What a wonderful contest! All the charities listed are great choices too. We’ve been helping the Alzheimer’s Association since 1999. Any donations, large or small, help.

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  3. Diana on September 12, 2011 at 7:07 am

    The American Cancer Society, Making Strides against Breast Cancer Walk.

    I have been walking in this event for six years now. My mother is a breast cancer survivor, so every year I make fundraising for this a priority. I am so lucky and grateful to still have my mother in my life and every bit raised by this walk allows other women to beat breast cancer as well.

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  4. Alissa on September 12, 2011 at 7:20 am

    I am participating in a walk for Juvenile Diabetes this weekend and would love to be able to donate $100 more.

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  5. Amanda on September 12, 2011 at 7:20 am

    My sister is training with Team In Training for her first marathon, so I would donate the money to Leukemia and Lymphoma Society towards her fundraising goal!

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  6. Becca on September 12, 2011 at 7:25 am

    What a wonderful thing for you to do! Thank you SO much!

    I would be honored if you donated the money to Heifer International, a wonderful organization that was near and dear to my momma’s heart. She passed away 2 weeks ago, and our family has started contributing to H.I. in her honor.

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    • lauramich on September 12th, 2011 at 11:23 am

      +1 for Heifer International, and +1 for donating in honor/memory of your beloved mother. I lost my own mother two years ago, and I’ve made an annual tradition of donating to either Heifer International or Medecins Sans Frontiers in her memory every year on her birthday. This year I donated $64 (she would’ve been 64) to MSF, plus $40 to Heifer International on what would’ve been my parents 40th wedding anniversary.

      Becca, I’m so, so sorry for your loss.

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  7. Penny Wolf on September 12, 2011 at 7:27 am

    The Humane Society

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  8. Lauren at Keep It Sweet on September 12, 2011 at 7:31 am

    Amazing! I’d love the money to go to cancer research for blood cancers.

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  9. Rich on September 12, 2011 at 7:35 am

    I would have it donated to Stop Slavery @ http://www.stopslavery.org/
    “Stop Slavery is a movement started by young people on American Military bases in Okinawa, Japan. We feel that we are in a unique position to help bring an end to Slavery in this part of the world (Asia). American’s are the greatest givers to great causes in the world and we live in one of the places with the greatest needs in the world. Modern Day Slavery.”

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  10. Leslien on September 12, 2011 at 7:41 am

    I support the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma. They have a backpack program that provides chronically hungry children, identified by school personnel, with backpacks filled with non-perishable, kid-friendly food to eat on weekends and school holidays.

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  11. jaime on September 12, 2011 at 7:44 am

    The Southside Animal Shelter in Indianapolis, Indiana!

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  12. Tracey K on September 12, 2011 at 7:48 am

    If this entry wins, I would give it to CYM Oselia. This is a camp my children go to every year to learn about their Ukrainian Heritage. The camp is in need of major repairs and we are hoping to keep it open. It is a 301c organzation.

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  13. Alicia at AliGirl Cooks on September 12, 2011 at 7:48 am

    I would give the money to The Fight On Foundation. My best friend lost her husband to cancer just a few years out of college. She started the Fight On Foundation to pay forward all that was provided for them during his treatment. So far they have given $55,200 to families!

    http://www.djdfighton.org/

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  14. Cortney A on September 12, 2011 at 7:58 am

    I would give the money to the National Fragile X Foundation. My son has Fragile X Syndrome, and as it is genetic it is linked to many other in my family. So many people have never heard of it even though it is the number 1 leading genetic cause of Autism! You can read more about Fragile X Syndrome and the National Fragile X Foundation here. http://nfxf.org/html/home.shtml

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  15. Kylee on September 12, 2011 at 7:59 am

    I would give to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF). My nephew was just diagnosed with type 1 diabetes last year. I don’t think people realize how serious this disease is. Watching my nephew and sister go through this change and learning to adapt to this new life has been hard. There is NO cure for type 1 diabetes. If I win, I would give to JDRF. Thanks, great idea!!

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  16. Fi on September 12, 2011 at 8:04 am

    I would choose The Greater Chicago Good Depository.

    Thank you for your kind and generous heart.

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  17. Lisa on September 12, 2011 at 8:06 am

    I work with women at local substance abuse centers. Most of these women are on food stamps and have little or no income. I would give this money to the organization that runs these programs to help whatever program that is needed to get these women back on their feet with their children and families again.

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  18. Julia on September 12, 2011 at 8:07 am

    What a wonderful thing to do. Any group would be happy to have that money.

    I give money to the Georgia Vietnam Veterans Alliance. It is a membership organization dedicated to community service helping veterans and their families. The give scholarships, emergency aid, food, clothing, and provide support programs for the homeless, the unemployed and in-need. It’s a wonderful organization that I’ve been supporting for years. It directly helps Vets from all branches.

    http://gvva.org/

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  19. Raina on September 12, 2011 at 8:11 am

    Really, really nice giveaway. I would give it to the Shriner’s Hospital in Boston. They help so many people, especially burn victims:)

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  20. Doug on September 12, 2011 at 8:12 am

    Aware Central Texas, an organization that works to prevent child abuse.

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  21. Stephanie on September 12, 2011 at 8:24 am

    My son had a kidney transplant 4 years ago when he was 16 months old at the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. After his transplant, he attended the Children’s Home and Lemeiux Family Center to receive child care so that his Dad and I could continue to work. They provide child care to medically fragile children that need nursing care. A majority of children that attend Child’s Way, the child care portion of the home, do not pay the full fee to attend. This money would go to assisting in paying for the care that these children receive. They will always have a special place in my heart!

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  22. Allison B. on September 12, 2011 at 8:27 am

    Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation http://www.jdrf.org/

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  23. Sarah Sue on September 12, 2011 at 8:28 am

    The Loran Smith Cancer Center in Athens, GA, specifically the “In Their Shoes” Breast Cancer Walk, which will be held this year on October 15th. Cancer survivors and their families complete the 13.1 mile walk in honor of loved ones lost and still battling cancer. The money goes to support our local cancer center, to help provide a place of refuge (offering game nights, yoga classes, etc.) for cancer victims.

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  24. Jodie on September 12, 2011 at 8:28 am

    I would love for it to got to SafeHaven, the domestic violence shelter where I work. $100 would help the kids out a lot!

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  25. Cara on September 12, 2011 at 8:30 am

    Shriner’s Hospitals for Children.
    http://www.shrinershq.org/

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  26. Lindsay on September 12, 2011 at 8:31 am

    I would donate to Reelin’ for Research. A charity started in honor of my friends father who passed away from cancer…the charity is for childrens cancer research.

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  27. amanda @ fake ginger on September 12, 2011 at 8:31 am

    Great giveaway! I would choose Wounded Warriors if my name is pulled. :)

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  28. Athena R on September 12, 2011 at 8:32 am

    What a wonderful giveaway! I would love to have it donated to the American Heart Association.

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  29. Laura machell on September 12, 2011 at 8:35 am

    The American cancer society. The number of people in my life that have been diagnosed with cancer is sickening. I hope to see a cure within my lifetime.

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  30. Liz @ Microwave Goddess on September 12, 2011 at 8:35 am

    I would love the money to go to my cousin, who is dealing with a brain tumor. She has a website here: http://www.kicking-cancer.com

    Good luck to everyone, sounds like some great charities can be benefited :)

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  31. Geriann on September 12, 2011 at 8:36 am

    Our area was hit really hard with the floods from Hurricane Lee. Thousands of houses are still under water. It is so sad. I was fortunate to live not soo close to the river but the neighboring town of Bloomsburg is devasted. The local college university isn’t open for another week due to the water. I would love to donate money to one of the hundreds of local funds for the local flooding victims.

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  32. Arnetta C on September 12, 2011 at 8:38 am

    I would put the money towards my fundraising for the Alzheimer’s Memory Walk. I participate in this walk every year in memory of my grandmother.

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  33. Caryn on September 12, 2011 at 8:39 am

    I would like it to go to the American Cancer Society. After losing a number of family members to cancer I want to help ensure that fewer families have to hear the words ‘you have cancer’ and even fewer families lose a beloved member because of the horrible disease.

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  34. megan {a dash of megnut} on September 12, 2011 at 8:40 am

    The American Cancer Society. I recently lost my grandpa to cancer.

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  35. Talli Weeks on September 12, 2011 at 8:40 am

    I have a group of friends in VA that have started The Fairy Godmother Project…they provide assistance to families that are coping with pediatric cancer. They provide meals, pet care, lawn care, photography sessions, anything you can think of to make life a little bit easier so that they can focus on what’s really important….FAMILY! I would love to see the money go to them!

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  36. Robin on September 12, 2011 at 8:40 am

    My daughter’s new charter school. The school just opened this month and they need a lot of school supplies.

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  37. Dawn on September 12, 2011 at 8:43 am

    The ASPCA. I donate to them every year. There’s never enough money to save all the pets abused and forgotten.

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  38. Heather Galusha on September 12, 2011 at 8:46 am

    There is an amazing family that lives here in Harrison, AR. The father battled pancreatic cancer about 5 yrs. ago. He won the fight.. But just recently he was diagnosed with renal cancer.. He has 4 beautiful daughters and a son. This is just one of millions of examples of how cancer changes lives. The sickness, treatment and expense can be more than one family or one person can handle. I would support and donate to http://www.cfoa.org. Cancer foundation of America.
    From the cfoa website: “Cancer is not infectious as a disease, but it does create a fear that permeates the daily lives of all those near and dear.  We become very aware of our frailties, of our time here on earth, of our relationships with each other, and our responsibilities to these relationships.”

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  39. Karis' Kitchen on September 12, 2011 at 8:46 am

    This is the best giveaway I’ve seen on a blog.

    I would love to see money donated to ASPCA because unfortunately not everyone cares about their pets.

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  40. Cara Capela on September 12, 2011 at 8:49 am

    The National Fragile X Foundation http://www.fragilex.org OR The Fragile X Research Foundation http://www.fraxa.org
    If I am chosen at random, flip a coin– they are both for the same cause.

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  41. Eva on September 12, 2011 at 8:49 am

    I’d like to donate to the Central Virginia Food Bank. I try to volunteer there at least once a year, and it’s amazing how many people in my area do not have the means to eat. No person in the USA should starve!

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  42. Dvorah on September 12, 2011 at 8:55 am

    I think it would be great if you could donate to the famine in Somalia. Over 30,000 children have died in the past few months. Tha’ts 30,000 too many. But anywhere you donate would be appreciated. I think it’s a great idea.

    Love your site

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  43. Lyle on September 12, 2011 at 8:57 am

    I’ve always donated in Red Cross because their help reach worlwide. Just in our place, they have help us a lot especially during when we were hit by storms so in return, I want to donate to them for them to help more people.

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  44. alex m on September 12, 2011 at 8:57 am

    Anything for Ovarian Cancer research!

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  45. jean on September 12, 2011 at 9:00 am

    I would donate it to the ARC of Iroquois County. I have 2 siblings who are mental disabilities and receive services thru them. They are a great organization employing some unbelievable individuals. Unfortunately with the state of our economy they keep fighting budget cuts thru our state, so every little bit helps. I don’t know what my family and especially my siblings would do with out them.

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  46. Beth on September 12, 2011 at 9:01 am

    Salvation Army…..They help families in times of trouble and have local food banks.
    They also have a Adopt a family for Christmas in which they pair up a donor family with a family in need for food and gifts for the children .

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  47. Olivia on September 12, 2011 at 9:02 am

    I’d like to donate the $100 to Bloggers Without Borders, specifically for Jennie Perillo and her girls. I am near Jennie in age and lost my husband, unexpectedly, on the same day as Jennie lost Mikey.

    I want her to know that she’s not alone in this journey!

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  48. Brittany @ Itty Bits of Balance on September 12, 2011 at 9:06 am

    I would donate it to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation– my brother has diabetes and it’s definitely a cause that hit close to home

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  49. Jennie on September 12, 2011 at 9:09 am

    What a great giveaway! I would donate to a local non-profit called Oak Tree Corner in Dayton, OH. They offer a place for grieving children to gather, to share their experiences and talk through their grief with volunteers as well as other grieving children.

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  50. Martha T on September 12, 2011 at 9:09 am

    I would love to donate to the Fort Davis (Texas) Volunteer Fire Department (http://fortdavisvfd.org/). Fires are still devastating much of Texas, but losses in Fort Davis are personal to me.

    Thank you for doing this. What an amazing thing to do!

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