Thursday, July 31, 2014

Help me Give Back

As you probably know, I spent last week in Columbus, Ohio at the Thirty-One National Conference. There was so much to learn and take away from those amazing three days. It can honestly make your head spin a little and can be very overwhelming. Fortunately, my teacher brain runs 2,000 miles a minute all the time so I was able to keep good notes and have a future "to do" list for where I'd like to take my Thirty-One business.

I had a Brain Blast (what, in my classroom, we call a Big Idea) the other night while trying to sleep. I don't plan to stop teaching, ever, in some capacity but Thirty-One is also an important part of my life. I have been trying to figure out exactly what my path with Thirty-One is. I do believe that God put Thirty-One in my life for a reason last summer. My Brain Blast was to do something BIG with Thirty-One that doesn't benefit me in any way...but I need help to do it and I'm asking you fabulous readers to help me.

Basically, I am collecting donations of $21 to purchase the Red Wave Thermal Tote that Thirty-One sells. I will collect donations between August 1 - August 10. My goal is 50 totes in those 10 days. The commission that I earn from those 50 donated totes will be used to purchase toiletries and essentials to put inside of the totes. The totes will then be donated to the Ronald McDonald House families here in my area. 

I know it's Back-to-School time and money can be tight for a lot of people. However, $21 is a drop in the bucket for most of us. Look at what we spend in our classrooms, at Starbucks, etc on a daily/weekly basis. I would love your help to make this the best birthday present ever. (Did I mention August 10 is my birthday? This is what I want to do for my birthday.)

Here's how you can help:
1) Follow this link. It will bring you right to the Ronald McDonald House fundraiser party.
2) Search for item #3000, add to your cart and select the "Red Wave" pattern. No personalization.
3) Check out and enter your  shipping information -- please be sure to select "ship to host" so that the shipping is $2 and comes to me. (Don't worry I can fix it if you forget!)
4) Round Up to 31Gives so your total is $21.
5) Enter your payment information and hit "Submit"

That's it! You're done and you've just helped me check one tote off my goal of 50. Please feel free to pass the information along as well. (**Please remember you will not receive a product as you are donating one. However, EVERYONE who donates will be entered into a drawing to earn free product for supporting this cause.)

I have had so many people Pay it Forward to me over the years and I think this is an amazing way that I can Pay it Forward for families and children who are away from home and in the hospital.

Thank you in advance for helping me to reach this important goal!

The Caffeinated Teacher


  1. Love this idea! I'll try to donate one. As someone who had to stay at Ronald McDonald House on and off for several years for health stuff as an adolescent, I know how much families/patients benefit from donations such as these. Ideas for the totes- shampoo/conditioner (usually you get a hotel bar of soap in the rooms), toothbrush/toothpaste, razors, snacks, used books, deck of cards or small games/toys for siblings... if you get other donations (thinking big here :-)... gift cards are always nice- local pharmacy/grocery stores, target/gas cards. Some families are there for months even years at a time.

    1. Thank you for donating! Bless your heart :)