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Giving Back Tuesday: Donors Choose

Happy Tuesday everyone!  Today is Giving Back Tuesday and what better way to give back than by checking out this amazing cause.  The awesome cause is called Donors Choose.

I first learned about Donors Choose from my sister who is a Special Education Teacher in New York City.  Her classroom is currently asking for donations towards an Apple iPad.  Donations towards this Donors Choose cause will help provide my sister’s special needs students purchase this iPad.  The iPad will allow the students to be more interactive with the current lesson being taught as well as allowing the students to get their hands on the newest technology available.

“My school is considered a high poverty school because most students in the school qualify for free lunch. My class consists of special needs students with a dramatic range of needs and abilities. Their families come from all around the world, but, sadly, my students have never seen much of the world themselves except for the inner city. Due to learning disabilities and lack of experience, it is difficult for them to visualize and conceptualize a rural community in this country, let alone a country halfway across the globe. Funding my project would give my students concrete materials they could hold in their hands to assist in a better understanding of our world.”

- Ms. Jacklyn Celona

As always, I feature these good causes to spread word of mouth about them and in honor of Giving Back Tuesday, I thought this was a sweet cause.  Please keep in mind I, in no way, force anyone to donate if they are not in the position to.  However, If you do plan on giving back today, no donation is too big or too small.  Please look into my sister’s Donors Choose page and change a student’s life :)

To be directed to my sister’s Donors Choose page, click here!

(Donors Choose is a BBB Accredited Charity and has the highest rating on the charity navigator.  It has also been featured as one of Oprah’s Favorite Things,)

If you are not in the position to donate at this time, check out these other amazing causes that I have featured on and see the other ways you can give back!

Happy Tuesday and thank you so much for reading!

- Jessica

Ways To Help The East Coast After Hurricane Sandy

Ways To Help The East Coast Rebuild After Hurricane Sandy

As you all know, Hurricane Sandy has affected millions of people all along the East Coast.  There are many ways to help all who were affected by this storm whether it’s by donating time, money, clothes, or just helping clean up.  As a fellow East Coaster, I know how important it is to help others rebuild and move on past this horrific natural disaster.  I know and have seen first hand how much this storm has taken from New York alone.  It has destroyed homes, businesses, cars, and other property that could take months, even years to fix, if they can be fixed at all.’s newest post has a list ways to help those affected by Sandy.  Contact information for each effort is located on the websites linked below.

As I always say, if you are not in the position to donate anything at this time, word of mouth is another way to help spread awareness for any cause.

Please spread the word and help the East Coast rebuild and get past this horrific event.

- Jessica