$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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417 Responses to “$100 Giveaway”

  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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  51. 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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  52. 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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  53. 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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  54. 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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  55. 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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  56. 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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  57. 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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  58. 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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  59. 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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  60. 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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  61. Maggie on September 12, 2011 at 10:56 am

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

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  62. 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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  63. 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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  64. 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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  65. 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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  66. jamie on September 12, 2011 at 11:14 am

    compassion international, of course.

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  67. 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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  68. 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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  69. 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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  70. 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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  71. 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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  72. lauramich on September 12, 2011 at 11:24 am

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

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  73. 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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  74. 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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  75. 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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  76. 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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  77. 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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  78. 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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  79. 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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  80. Maria R. on September 12, 2011 at 11:43 am

    I would donate the money to the local animal shelter.

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  81. 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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  82. 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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  83. 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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  84. 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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  85. Jessi Clinton on September 12, 2011 at 11:54 am

    March of Dimes

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  86. 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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  87. 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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  88. 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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  89. 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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  90. 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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  91. 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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  92. 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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  93. 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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  94. 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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  95. 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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  96. 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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  97. 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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  98. 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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  99. 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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  100. 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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