$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. Leana on September 12, 2011 at 10:34 am

    St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital – helping families and finding a cure. St. Jude is the only pediatric cancer research center where families never pay for treatment not covered by insurance. No child is ever denied treatment because of the family’s inability to pay.

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  2. Mariah on September 12, 2011 at 10:37 am

    American Red Cross. My twin baby cousins are having a lot of health problems, while their dad is deployed. He’s hoping to be able to come home for their surgeries, and the American Red Cross is the group that makes those things happen.

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  3. Dana on September 12, 2011 at 10:41 am

    I support a local animal shelter in my area. Animal House Shelter.
    http://www.animalhouseshelter.com/
    They help hundreds of animals regardless of medical need. So the $100 would be a great addition to the funds they need every year to help with surgeries, medical supplies, food and supplies or hundreds of dogs and cats each year. It would be very welcome donation! Thanks for doing the giveaway. There are so many organizations out there that need even the smallest donation to help keep them running! This is a wonderful offer in the wake of the 9/11 remembrance!

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  4. Stacey on September 12, 2011 at 10:42 am

    I would give to the American Cancer Society. I have lost my father to cancer but also know countless others that have been affected.

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  5. Kirsten T on September 12, 2011 at 10:45 am

    If I received this $100 I would give it to a charity that I support each year because of the humanitarian medical aid they provide:
    Medical Teams International

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  6. dallimomma on September 12, 2011 at 10:45 am

    I would ask that the money be donated to MS research in honor of my friend, Becca.

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  7. Lindsay on September 12, 2011 at 10:48 am

    I would donate it to Children’s Miracle Network! They do amazing things.

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  8. Cindy on September 12, 2011 at 10:50 am

    Thank you for being so very generous! As September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness month, If my entry is picked, I would love the $100 to go to SC Ovarian Cancer Foundation. I am a two year survivor, and there is such a great need to get education out to women regarding this terrible disease. Each year about 25,000 women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer and approxiamately 15,000 die from the disease. This statistic is so shocking because there is no absolute test for the disease. Also, the symptoms (abdominal pressure, nausea, indigestion or gas, unusual fatigue, shortness of breath, unexplained weight gain or loss, feeling of fullness) are just things we live with all the time, and doctors are not as apt to think about ovarian cancer when you tell them your symptoms. All women need to know the symptoms and if the symptoms persist must, tell their doctor to prove they don’t have ovarian cancer by doing a CA-125 blood test and if necessary a transvaginal ultrasound. Thanks for letting me soapbox!!!

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  9. Sarah on September 12, 2011 at 10:54 am

    I would love for your money to go to Down Syndrome Indiana to help support our little firecracker Lucy Kate. Our little monkey was born premature weighing just two pounds. We found out days later that she had Down Syndrome. After countless hospital stays and two open heart surgeries in two years, our munchkin is doing amazing. This year we decided to form a team with 8 other beauties with Down Syndrome for our annual walk to benefit our local chapter. Check out Lu on her blog teenytinyhopkins.blogspot.com.

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  10. Rincey on September 12, 2011 at 10:54 am

    I am actually raising money for charity:water [mycharitywater.org/rincey] and if this entry is picked I would want the $100 to go to charity:water. They are a great organization that helps build wells in Africa to bring communities clean water. This year, they are raising money to buy a rig to help build wells faster. They are a really great organization.

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  11. Maggie on September 12, 2011 at 10:56 am

    Genesis Women’s Shelter in Dallas Texas
    http://www.genesisshelter.org/

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  12. Kathe Flynn on September 12, 2011 at 10:56 am

    http://www.hopkinschildrens.org/index.aspx

    My cousin was diagnosed with leukemia on Thanksgiving Day 2007. On May 2010 she had her “End of Chemo” party at Hopkins Children’s and remains cancer free. The Hopkins Children’s Center couldn’t be more amazing with each and every child who enters there doors. A donation, to help the children in their care would be greatly appreciated.

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  13. Jessica on September 12, 2011 at 11:00 am

    I would donate to charity:water. They provide wells so that communities may have fresh drinking water. Water is such a basic need – people should not have to go without it!

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  14. Cathy O. on September 12, 2011 at 11:02 am

    I would like it to go to Pets Come First, no-kill animal shelter I work with. We are raising money to take over the local SPCA, which is closing in December. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  15. Maneesha on September 12, 2011 at 11:07 am

    I am a big fan of the Children’s Miracle Network. So many kids who will never get better. They deserve to have a wish come true.

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  16. jamie on September 12, 2011 at 11:14 am

    compassion international, of course.

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  17. Nancy K on September 12, 2011 at 11:16 am

    I would love to be able to donate to a newly established organization called Project Be The One. It was started by a good friend and her husband to support folks dealing with life challenges. My friend, Joni, has survived ovarian cancer, breast cancer and leukemia…that was caused by the breast cancer chemo. She had a bpne marrow stem cell transplant one year ago, on October 1, 2010 and is launching Project Be the One with a big fundraiser on October 1, 2011, to celebrate her first ” re-birth day”.

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  18. Delishhh on September 12, 2011 at 11:20 am

    I support a few charities but i would like to contribute this to the http://www.jdrf.org the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Amazing organization that needs to find a cure. Great giveaway!

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  19. Linda on September 12, 2011 at 11:20 am

    Siteman Cancer Center in St. Louis. It has a focus on young women and how breast cancer can, and does, affect them. It has been a cause that I have supported for quite awhile now and I do my best to aid in any and all fundraising that can benefit them!

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  20. Meg's Everyday Indulgence on September 12, 2011 at 11:20 am

    I absolutely love this idea! I would donate to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. My husband has participated in Bike MS for at least 10 years and will be biking it this weekend. Recently, my cousin was diagnosed with MS which really brings it home and makes it so much more meaningful to us.

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  21. Gwen Donnelly on September 12, 2011 at 11:23 am

    FSMA (Families of Spinal Muscular Atrophy) is my choice. My 5-month-old twin neices died one day apart from a form of SMA and this organization has been fantastic to all of my family!!

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  22. lauramich on September 12, 2011 at 11:24 am

    Such a beautiful, beautiful thing to do, Michelle. Thank you.

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  23. Jen on September 12, 2011 at 11:26 am

    I would really like to emphasize how devastating the situation in Texas is right now. We have not had rain in months and every day, there are new fires starting across the state. I live in San Antonio, and in our city alone, there have been 4 major fires in less than a week. The fire in Bastrop (near Austin) has been raging for over a week and is still not fully contained. It has now officially been declared a disaster area by the governor.

    There are a lot of people and organizations who could use donations of any kind right now. But I would like to nominate a group that tends to get overlooked pretty often: Animal shelters. Not only did the Bastrop animal shelter have to be fully evacuated, many many of the residents in Bastrop had to leave their pets behind and those pets are now either wandering the area, lost or possibly injured, or have already been picked up by the Austin animal shelters and are waiting to be reunited with their families.

    Austin Pets Alive! has been working round the clock trying to find lost pets in Bastrop and get them back to their families, so I will nominate them.

    http://www.austinpetsalive.org/

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  24. Elise on September 12, 2011 at 11:26 am

    If this post is selected I would love the donation to go to Patriot Paws Service Dogs. As an animal lover, I think this organization is particularly special since they provide service dogs for disabled service members at no cost!

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  25. Kim on September 12, 2011 at 11:28 am

    I would donate it to The Humane Society of the United States to help stray cats and dogs find forever homes. So many times it is the animals left behind during natural disasters because aid is so focused on the humans (which is understandable) but then you see remarkable stories of dogs staying by their sick or dying owners (several instances during Hurricane Katrina) and you see the love that animals give to their humans.

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  26. Kathy on September 12, 2011 at 11:32 am

    I would love the money to go to Compassion International for their Water of Life filters. The water filters are used in third world households and can filter water for years to come.

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  27. Laura Metzler on September 12, 2011 at 11:35 am

    I am in the Chi Omega Sorority at Florida Gulf Coast University. Our national philanthropy is the Make-A-Wish foundation. We work hard all year long to raise money to grant wishes for children with terminal illnesses. We host golf tournaments, all you can eat chili dinners, and kickball games to raise money for this wonderful charity. I am proud to say that in the three years that I have been a member we have raised $20,000 dollars, enough to grant five wishes. Every little bit helps and I would be honored to add an extra $100 dollars to our contribution.

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  28. Kristina on September 12, 2011 at 11:36 am

    I am the chair of my local hospital’s NICU Parent Advisory Board. Our group gives NICU parents support during and after their child’s stay in the NICU.
    Last summer, my little guy was born 2 weeks into my 3rd trimester. Without the outstanding care he received, he wouldn’t have survived. We were blessed by many things, however. I was planning to be a stay at home mom so I didn’t have to go back to work. My husband’s work was very understanding and flexible. We only live 5 minutes from the hospital. This of course is not the norm. Most parents have to struggle to find the chance to see their children. We give them an understanding ear and any other help we can to get them through this difficult time.
    Thanks for this chance!

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  29. Jennifer M on September 12, 2011 at 11:38 am

    NOCC (National Ovarian Cancer Coalition). I’m a huge supporter of this cause, which raises awareness and promotes education of Ovarian Cancer. My mom died of ovarian cancer when she was just 34, and my step-mom was diagnosed with ovarian cancer last year at the age of 54. Its obviously something that has had a large impact on my life.

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  30. Maria R. on September 12, 2011 at 11:43 am

    I would donate the money to the local animal shelter.

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  31. Erica on September 12, 2011 at 11:44 am

    What an awesome giveaway.

    The organization I would like the donation to go to would be my son’s Buddy Walk Team. The Buddy Walk benefits the Down Syndrome Association of Houston. They have many wonderful programs to help those that have Down Syndrome.

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  32. SUSAN T on September 12, 2011 at 11:52 am

    MY ORGANIZATION OF CHOICE IS FORMERLY CALLED JUSTICE FOR CHILDREN INTERNATIONAL (JFCI) BUT IS NOW CALLED LOVE 146. THEY WORK TIRELESSLY TOWARDS RESCUING GIRLS AND YOUNG WOMEN FROM THE SEX SLAVERY THAT GOES ON BY THE MILLIONS IN INDIA AND ASIA. THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR DOING THIS!

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  33. Stephanie E on September 12, 2011 at 11:52 am

    I would like to submit Isaiah Travers. On Sept 6, 2007 , he was just 7 yrs old when diagnosed with a rare benign tumor called Craniopharyngioma. He has undergone 7 surgeries, 4 procedures, and radiation treatment for his brain tumor but he still has more ahead in his young future. He is recovering from total vision loss but will always have some permanent loss of vision. He also has loss of his pituitary gland, resulting in several life-long medications for different hormone replacements. In addition, he developed a foot-to-hip blood clot in his left leg, which will permanently effect blood flow in that leg.

    The $100 can go directly to Caring Bridge under his name. Caring Bridge is a great tool for anyone who has significant health challenges.

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  34. SUSAN T on September 12, 2011 at 11:53 am

    THE ORGANIZATION OF MY CHOICE USED TO GO BY THE NAME JUSTICE FOR CHILDREN INTERNATIONAL (JFCI) BUT ARE NOW CALLED LOVE146. THEY WORK TIRELESSLY TO PREVENT AND RESCUE YOUNG GIRLS FROM THE RAMPANT SEX SLAVERY THAT GOES ON BY THE MILLIONS IN INDIA AND ASIA. THANK YOU FOR DOING THIS!

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  35. Jessi Clinton on September 12, 2011 at 11:54 am

    March of Dimes

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  36. Genoa Yox on September 12, 2011 at 11:54 am

    American Cancer Society. I am a bone marrow transplant nurse and this organization is such a blessing to sooooo many people.

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  37. Theresa on September 12, 2011 at 11:55 am

    I would donate it to our local Children’s Justice Center where I sit on the board. This center serves children and families who are experiencing the crisis and chaos that comes with the disclosure of significant physical or sexual abuse of a child and other crimes involving children such as domestic violence. The Center is designed to help children feel safe and comfortable so they may begin to deal with the difficult and often frightening issues that surround abuse.

    Thanks for your great blog and recipes. More importantly, thanks for your big heart and being so thoughtful in creating this giveaway. I appreciate your words which I certainly agree with. In wake of 9/11 and the holidays fast approaching us, it is definitely a time and season to be grateful and to give and share…thank yoU!

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  38. Angela on September 12, 2011 at 11:59 am

    If this entry won, I would like the money donated to the ASPCA.

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  39. Sarah on September 12, 2011 at 12:00 pm

    I would support Lutheran World Relief and designate the funds to go toward helping with the drought on the horn of Africa. Thanks for a wonderful giveaway, BEB!

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  40. Jenny on September 12, 2011 at 12:01 pm

    The charity I choose is http://www.pittsburghparks.org/naturespace Kate and Peter’s Tree house. This outdoor learning space will be built in Frick Park in Pittsburgh, PA to honor the lives and spirits of two amazing children who were killed in a car accident. One mother has taken her pain and transformed it into something positive that all the children in my city will be able to enjoy.

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  41. Holly on September 12, 2011 at 12:02 pm

    What a wonderful idea! My charity would be FACE Spay Neuter Clinic of Indianapolis. http://www.facespayneuter.org/

    Wonderful group that provides low-cost spay and neuter services.

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  42. Katie on September 12, 2011 at 12:06 pm

    I donate time and money every year to the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer, which provides resources for screening and support for women with Breast Cancer, as well as research for a cure. It is an incredible organization that I am proud to support. I want to win this giveaway more than any other you’ve offered!

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  43. Briar Rose on September 12, 2011 at 12:06 pm

    I would love to have a donation sent to CharityWater.org. This org funds clean water projects all over Africa. Last year, I gave up my birthday for one of their campaigns, but didn’t reach my personal campaign goal. Tomorrow is my birthday and it would be great to give something to charitywater once again!

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  44. Debbie on September 12, 2011 at 12:07 pm

    The family of Sergeant David Ling, an officer who is recovering from an anaphylactic reaction to a bee sting. https://www.facebook.com/#!/davidlingsupportgroup

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  45. pamm on September 12, 2011 at 12:07 pm

    What a great way of giving back. I love it. I’d like it to go to the Ronald McDonald House. Thanks for doing this.

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  46. Janet M on September 12, 2011 at 12:08 pm

    What a wonderful idea! BREW — Beagle Rescue Education and Welfare — is a terrific rescue group. They would certainly benefit from the money.

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  47. Nicole Davison on September 12, 2011 at 12:08 pm

    The American Red Cross-living 10 miles from the devastation of Joplin I know the money would go to good use.

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  48. Bryna on September 12, 2011 at 12:09 pm

    My charity that is close to my heart is the NY Blood Center. Yes, the real donation is done free. And everyone should give blood… but these drives require some funding. So, that’s my charity. THANKS!!!

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  49. Kelly on September 12, 2011 at 12:10 pm

    I would give the donation to the Pasadena Humane Society, where my husband and I got our dog Jimmy. Both Jimmy and all the dogs that need loving homes are very dear to our hearts.

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  50. Tanya on September 12, 2011 at 12:16 pm

    I am currently raising money for the Kansas City Step Up for Down Syndrome Walk. My 21 mo old son has Down Syndrome and I knew nothing about it before he was born. Thanks to the Down Syndrome Guild of KC (one of the recepients of funds from the walk), I always have had support and answers to all of my questions. They are invaluable to parents of children with Down Syndrome!!!

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