$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. Diane on September 12, 2011 at 9:11 am

    If this entry wins I would love to Pay it Forward to..
    Tippecanoe County Humane Society…
    It is an independent, non-profit agency dedicated to the prevention of cruelty to animals…
    What a wonderful idea for a give-away!

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  2. Anna on September 12, 2011 at 9:12 am

    International Justice Mission – is a human rights agency that brings rescue to victims of slavery, sexual exploitation and other forms of violent oppression. IJM lawyers, investigators and aftercare professionals work with local officials to secure immediate victim rescue and aftercare, to prosecute perpetrators and to ensure that public justice systems – police, courts and laws – effectively protect the poor.

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    • SUSAN T on September 12th, 2011 at 11:56 am

      LOVE YOUR CHOICE!

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  3. NanaBread (Jeanne) on September 12, 2011 at 9:13 am

    What a lovely giveaway! Thank you for doing this. I’m throwing my support to the Houston Humane Society. With 60+ wildfires burning in Texas due to our drought, the Humane Society could use the money as they care for and house animals who are unable to return home. http://www.houstonhumane.org/

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  4. Lori Connors on September 12, 2011 at 9:19 am

    What an amazing offer. Thank you so much!

    Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure on my behalf! I am training to walk the 3-Day in Atlanta in October and am 75% funded.

    Let’s find a cure soon!

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  5. SarahB on September 12, 2011 at 9:27 am

    I am currently fundraising for the Lupus Loop in Pittsburgh. I lost my mom last September to the disease and would love to contribute this donation to my fundraising. So far my team has raised over $1,000 for the walk coming up on October 1st. This would be the most amazing thing to win as it would go to something that means the world to me. It’s so awesome that you’re doing this!

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  6. Liz on September 12, 2011 at 9:29 am

    The ASPCA. They do so much good for animals. :)

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  7. Kelly on September 12, 2011 at 9:29 am

    I would love to donate it to American Cancer Society. After a family member was diagnosed with cancer, my family started participating in Relay for Life every year, and I think it’s a great event that brings communities together to do something meaningful.

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  8. Genevieve Buck on September 12, 2011 at 9:29 am

    My daughter (who is 6) is riding in her 4th annual kids PMC ride. here is the link to her site to donate: https://kids.pmc.org/newcastle/pfp/?ID=BS0149
    this is a ride that helps all people with cancer. The money goes to the Dana Farber Cancer insitute. She understand more than ever that raising money and riding helps other people. She even had a bake sale, using Brown Eyed Baker recipes to raise money for her ride!

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  9. Terri on September 12, 2011 at 9:34 am

    A local Pittsburgh chapter of Blessings in a Backpack which provides backpacks filled with food for children to take home over weekends so they have something to eat when not at school.

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  10. LeAnn Jensen on September 12, 2011 at 9:35 am

    My daughter was diagnosed with Autism at age two. It has been a long and difficult road dealing with this but I’m happy to say she is doing much better thanks to the special school I was able to get her into and her wonderful teachers.
    Today, it is estimated that one in every 110 children is diagnosed with autism. I would love this donation to go to Autism speaks.
    http://www.autismspeaks.org/ways-give

    Thank you!

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  11. Ali B on September 12, 2011 at 9:40 am

    I’m part of an organization called Endure to Cure, which is a group of athletes that participate in endurance events to raise money for pediatric cancer research. This year, we hope to fully fund a survivorship study at the Comer Children’s Hospital in Chicago. Love the idea for this giveaway, such a selfless act. Thank you.

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  12. Sarah on September 12, 2011 at 9:41 am

    My favorite charity is the Hope Clinic in Nashville, TN. They help parents (both mothers and fathers) with crisis pregnancies. Recently they opened a house for pregnant teenagers who have been kicked out by their parents. They also offer free counseling and free pap smears for anyone who needs it. Really a great organization.

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  13. annie on September 12, 2011 at 9:43 am

    Michelle,

    What a wonderful way to give. As much as we all want and need, there are others needing more. There are so many causes so it is difficult to choose, but I would donate this money to SUN YOUTH ORGANIZATION, here in Montreal, Quebec. They are a food bank, but do so much more for the community and I’m sure that money would be useful to them. Thank you.

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  14. Elizabeth on September 12, 2011 at 9:45 am

    In the spirit of the 10th anniversary that everyone shared yesterday, I would support Families of Freedom Scholarship Fund. (www.familiesoffreedom. org).

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  15. Dara on September 12, 2011 at 9:48 am

    Animal Welfare Alliance of Central Florida http://www.AWACF.org

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  16. Mrs. Hope on September 12, 2011 at 9:49 am

    Today, the Red Cross, specifically for relief for the Central Texas Wildfires.

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  17. Emily on September 12, 2011 at 9:50 am

    I used to volunteer walking dogs at a fantastic animal rescue shelter. Save a Pet in Grayslake, IL. They are no-kill, intake so many animals each year, and take care of them until they find their forever homes. Just like nearly everyone else they have fallen on hard times, and continue to save these precious animals- but need donations desperately! If this post is chosen, Save a Pet will be a very worthy recipient! http://www.saveapetil.org/donate

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  18. Ashley on September 12, 2011 at 9:51 am

    I would like to make a donation to St. Jude’s Childrens’ Hospital. Though there are so many important causes in the world, I cannot think of anything more unimaginable than having a sick child. As a mother, my heart cannot imagine what these children and parents go through. St. Jude’s does not turn away sick children whose parents do not have enough $ to pay their hospital bills.

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  19. Ursula Page on September 12, 2011 at 9:55 am

    This past year I did some portraits for a very special family that lost their daughter last October. They have a special well project in her honor and I would love for this money to go to the well project in honor of the one year date of her passing awayHere is their story: http://www.ursulapagephotography.com/blog/?p=4367 and here is the well link https://www.facebook.com/pages/Makiah-Kaitlyn-King-Well-Project/170912336255022

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  20. aria on September 12, 2011 at 9:56 am

    Blue Dog Rescue
    Austin, TX

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  21. Jen M O on September 12, 2011 at 9:57 am

    I think you should give it to the Ronald McDonald House. My cousin stayed there while her premature son had to stay in the hospital.

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  22. Shannon on September 12, 2011 at 9:58 am

    I would love for $100 to go to Chinese Children Charities. They offer funding and volunteer efforts to provide warmth, shelter, food and care for sweet orphan Chinese children of all ages. This organization is especially close to my heart as we adopted our daughter from China and she was very well cared for for the first 8 months of her life. The email for donations is charity@chinesechildren.org.

    What a wonderful post!

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  23. Debbie Driggs on September 12, 2011 at 10:00 am

    American Cancer Society!

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  24. Laura on September 12, 2011 at 10:01 am

    I would use this to give two water systems from Compassion International’s Water For life – http://www.compassion.com/water-filters.htm. $55 gives a child and his family over a million gallons of safe drinking water.

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  25. Kelly on September 12, 2011 at 10:03 am

    Awesome idea! Hi-Tor Animal Care Shelter (http://www.hitor.org/) in Pomona, NY is the only shelter in Rockland county and is in serious danger of losing state funding. They are surviving basically on private donations. I’ve enjoyed many years of happy kitty companionship thanks to Hi-Tor. To see them close would be a tragedy.

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  26. Georgia on September 12, 2011 at 10:06 am

    I would like to give my winnings to the Red Cross. They have provided aid to millions of people since 1881. If you think about any crisis, you always hear about the Red Cross mobilized and working in the background – and not to mention their blood drives, etc. that are not about crisis.

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  27. tiffany on September 12, 2011 at 10:07 am

    What a great giveaway! I would give my prize to the Davidsonville Wildlife Sanctuary.
    They are a non-profit organization dedicated to helping animals. They take in injured wildlife and treat them and release them back into the wild. Or will keep them on-site if release is not an option. They are very local to our area and don’t have a ton of money and staff like other organizations.
    http://www.wildlifesanctuary.us/

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  28. Erin on September 12, 2011 at 10:07 am

    We have quite a few members of my family (myself included) who have tested positive for the BRCA2 gene. I would donate money to cancer research – specifically pancreatic cancer. It is a very underfunded cancer that has devastating effects. My father died of pancreatic cancer.

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  29. Abby on September 12, 2011 at 10:07 am

    Wounded Warrior Project – those that serve, whether we agree or not, need our help. With PTSD and suicide rates sky rocketing our own families need our support.

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  30. Amanda B. on September 12, 2011 at 10:08 am

    I’m not entering for myself. I have a friend who is walking in the Susan G Komen 3 Day for Breast Cancer and she is only half-way to her goal and only has about 40 days to get there. This donation would help her get closer to her target. http://www.the3day.org/site/TR/2011/AtlantaEvent2011?px=5775905&pg=personal&fr_id=1610

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  31. cara on September 12, 2011 at 10:10 am

    cystic fibrosis foundation (cff.org) for my beautiful 2 year old cousin who was diagnosed with cf as an infant.

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  32. Adrienne on September 12, 2011 at 10:12 am

    I would love $100 dollars to go towards the American Cancer Society. Their funded research discovered the drug that is keeping my mom alive today and for that I am thankful everyday.

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  33. Allison C on September 12, 2011 at 10:12 am

    My sister-in-law recently passed at a young age of 32 after struggling all of her life with heart problems. My brother-in-law is participating in Heart Walk, a 5K walk benefiting the American Heart Association this year and it would be great to have an additional donation.

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  34. kenita lynn on September 12, 2011 at 10:15 am

    Allie’s Foundation- it helps children with cancer, and they are trying to build a hospice house in OKC.

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  35. Kim on September 12, 2011 at 10:16 am

    Susan G. Komen (http://ww5.komen.org/GetInvolved/Donate.html)

    My grandma’s has breast cancer twice, and my mom’s had it once. I can’t stand that there’s still not a cure and it affects so many people.

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  36. Helen on September 12, 2011 at 10:17 am

    Compassion Canada – I have been donating now for 5 yrs. We sponsor 2 children, boy in Haiti, and girl in Nickeraqua. Its sad to know that the world has enough to go around, theres no need of hungar and starvation. The $41/month per child helps not only the child, but their family as well. I wish more people would give, even just one child.

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  37. Kim on September 12, 2011 at 10:20 am

    Marklund (http://www.marklund.org/)

    My brother-in-law has been living with CP his entire life and thanks to facilities like Marklund, he’s able to get the constant care and education he needs and deserves!

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  38. Elizabeth on September 12, 2011 at 10:21 am

    Awesome giveaway. My post is for the Cure Tay-Sachs Foundation. Thank you.

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  39. Becki on September 12, 2011 at 10:22 am

    I would like to donate the winning $100 to our local humane society. we are located in a small rural town in Southern Minnesota. Currently, our humane society does not have a facility and all animals are fostered before adopting, unfortunately there are so many animals who need good homes and not enough foster families to support them, I would love to see them raise enough funds to build a shelter to house those who do not have homes… it’s a small local charity that is in desperate need. Thank you for doing this giveaway! It will help someone out tremendously!

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  40. Ashley W. on September 12, 2011 at 10:23 am

    I would like to give the $100 to our local YMCA Friends of Youth fund. This goes to help a child be able to participate in sports and other activities at the local YMCA in High Point, NC.

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  41. Kristin on September 12, 2011 at 10:24 am

    I would donate to Sophia’s Cure a local charity made my Sophia’s parents. Sophia has SMA which is the number one killer of children under the age of 2, she turned 2 in February and is a beautiful little girl fighting to live. Her parents are trying to raise money to find a cure.

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  42. Anne Weber-Falk on September 12, 2011 at 10:26 am

    I would like the $100.00 to go to PADS.

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  43. JessieB on September 12, 2011 at 10:28 am

    Wow, how fantastic. I suggest Kopila Valley Children’s Home and School in Surkhet, Nepal. Maggie is amazing and the work she is doing is having real, profound results.
    http://blinknow.org/about-blinknow/

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  44. Jess on September 12, 2011 at 10:28 am

    National Multiple Sclerosis Society

    This is so awesome that you’re doing this!

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  45. Katy on September 12, 2011 at 10:29 am

    What a wonderful gesture! I’d like to donate the $100 to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. My best friend’s sister has CF and, with the help of much medical care and other assistance, thrives in her daily life! In fact, she just learned this weekend that she is not allergic to tomatoes and had her first taste of ketchup yesterday :)

    In completely unrelated news, I was thinking of you during the Steelers game yesterday and sending positive vibes your way. Thank goodness Penguins training camp starts this weekend, right? Are you attending?

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  46. Marika on September 12, 2011 at 10:31 am

    Lifeline of Ohio, who coordinated the liver transplant that saved the life of my husband’s aunt.

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  47. Susan on September 12, 2011 at 10:31 am

    I would like a $100 prize sent to the Villalobos Rescue Center in California. They rescue and train Pitbulls. An often misunderstood breed of dog. She also gives Parolees a place to work.

    Thank you

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  48. Maureen on September 12, 2011 at 10:32 am

    CURE – Citizens United for Research in Epilepsy

    I’ve watched my daughter, now 12, have multiple daily seizures since she was 5 months old – 64 hospitalizations, countless medications and still having seizures. I’ve seen many parents lose their children because of seizures. I would have never known how devastating epilepsy is without having first hand experience – It’s just not given attention or funding.
    My girl has lost her ability to speak, has difficulty walking and needs constant assistance – but I am SO, SO lucky to have her!
    Thanks for doing this -

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  49. Kari on September 12, 2011 at 10:32 am

    I would choose the Wounded Warrior Project. Our military men and women make so many sacrifices for us and I think we should all do what we can to help them.

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  50. Angie (Telly's Tasty Tidbits) on September 12, 2011 at 10:33 am

    I would love to make a donation to American Heart Association. Last month my grandfather lost his 3-year battle with Heart Failure and related complications.

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