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Celebrating National Grandparents Day Sept. 7th, 2014

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In 1970, Marian McQuade, a homemaker from West Virginia, began a crusade to have a special day established to honor grandparents. In 1973, Governor Arch Moore officially proclaimed the very first Grandparent’s Day in the State of West Virginia. It took an additional 5 years and a lot of hard work before the United States Congress finally passed legislation to have a nationally recognized Grandparents Day. President Jimmy Carter signed the proclamation in 1978. This was no longer a day that was celebrated by a small number of people in one state. Millions of people across the entire country were now celebrating National Grandparents Day.

National Grandparents Day is meant to focus on the following:

  • Honoring, paying tribute, and showing respect for our grandparents
  • Grandparents showing their love, support, and pride in their grandchildren
  • To show children the wisdom and guidance older people have to share with them
  • To be cognizant of the elderly in nursing homes and those who are home-bound

National Grandparents Day Fun Facts:

  • The holiday’s founder, Marian McQuade, was a coal miner’s wife who raised 15 children, had 43 grandchildren, and 15 great-grandchildren that survived her at the time of her death in 2008 at the age of 91
  • It is always celebrated the first Sunday after Labor Day
  • The official song is “A Song for Grandma And Grandpa” by Johnny Prill
  • The official flower is the “Forget-Me-Not”

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United Nations International Day Of Charity

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Charitable organizations work tirelessly across the world to help improve the lives of those who are disadvantaged and in need of a helping hand. They strive to improve and save lives. In 2012, the United Nations decided to create an annual day of recognition and awareness to honor the amazing efforts made by so many. September 5th is the United Nations International Day Of Charity. This day was chosen as a tribute to the historic humanitarian Mother Teresa, who died on this day in 1997. Mother Teresa spent her life devoting her time and efforts to charity.

The United Nations encourages everyone to take action and spend this day doing any of the following on the International Day of Charity:

  • Volunteer your time to charity
  • Make a donation of money, goods, or services
  • Perform random acts of kindness
  • Spread awareness about your cause/charity
  • Educate people about your cause/charity
  • Organize/Promote a campaign for a cause/charity
  • Use the hashtag #charityday on your social media networks when you share your cause, charity, and good deeds

Charity is often misunderstood or dismissed. Some have the misconception that people in need are looking for a hand out. In reality, what these people need is a helping hand. This little bit of assistance can give someone a fighting chance, help them get back on their feet, and in some cases it may save their life. Many people feel they cannot contribute to a charitable cause because they have very little to give. They may also feel that the cause is too great for them to make a difference. On the International Day of Charity, remember that every effort made, no matter how big or small, will make a difference in the lives that are touched by your benevolence. It can also inspire others around you to make an effort to help those in need.
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Couponing Resources: Getting Started in Grocery Couponing

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1-800 Charity Cars, providers of free vehicle donations to people in need across the nation, understands the importance of pinching pennies and stretching your money as far as possible. Today we would like to offer you some couponing resources that you can use to: learn how to coupon, plan your shopping trips, and get your coupons.

GETTING STARTED

Whenever we embark into new territory, we need to learn the ropes. Below is a list of couponing resources that will teach you how to coupon.

PLANNING YOUR SHOPPING TRIPS

If you’re going to head into the wonderful world of couponing, you will need to have some couponing resources to help you plan your trips. While you can go the traditional route and just skim your sale papers, if you use the sites listed below you can locate deals you may miss, and even be able to generate lists with coupon match-ups.
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August 27th is Global Forgiveness Day

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Created in 1994 by the Christian Embassy of Christ’s Ambassadors, Global Forgiveness Day is a time to forgive and be forgiven. It is a day to make apologies and accept apologies. A day to release the chains of grudges that are binding you, by letting go and granting forgiveness to those who betrayed or harmed you in some way.

When we choose to harbor anger, bitterness, and grudges, we only become enslaved by those negative emotions, and allow those who harmed us to continue to have power over us. Letting it go sets us free and allows us to have better days. “To forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover that the prisoner was you.” ~Louis B. Smedes~
The Original 1-800-Charity Cars asks that you join in on Global Forgiveness Day, by forgiving anyone who caused you hurt in the past, whether it be someone who is alive, has passed on, or perhaps even forgiving yourself. Doing so will free you in ways you cannot imagine, that are only achieved through the act of forgiveness! “It’s not an easy journey, to get to a place where you forgive people. But it is such a powerful place, because it frees you.” ~Tyler Perry~

The Possible Benefits That Can Come From The Act Of Forgiveness

  • Lessened Anxiety
  • Happier Disposition
  • Healthy Relationships
  • Diminished Symptoms Of Depression
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Highlighting Those In Need: Diana From North Carolina

car donation applicantThe Original 1-800-Charity Cars, a national car donation charity, operates the unique website www.freecharitycars.org, where people in need of reliable transportation sign up and apply for a free charity car. Today we would like to highlight one of our car donation applicants to connect you with the people in need of a viable mode of transportation.

Diana, from North Carolina, signed up through our vehicle distribution site on June 6, 2014, where she has applied for assistance in receiving a car. Here is a summary of her situation:

“I am 46 years old and I am severe hard of hearing in both ears since 4 years old, along with other health issues. I am surviving solely on SSI disability. It has been 4 years now that I have struggled with getting to medical appointments, and not being able to get to counseling. I miss having my independence, and I hate having to ask for rides or pay just to go to the store to meet my basic needs.
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Why Making a Vehicle Donation Directly to Charity is the Best Option

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With so many car donation programs available, it can be overwhelming to potential donors to choose where to donate their vehicle. With every program comes a different set of guidelines, what your vehicle donation will be used for, and whom your vehicle donation will benefit.

Today we are going to share with you what makes a vehicle donation directly to charity, like The Original 1-800-Charity Cars, different from other car donation programs.

We Are 100% Charity

Our vehicle donation program is 100% charity. Many of these programs may make it seem like you are making a vehicle donation directly to charity, when in reality, they are for-profit entities. Almost all of the other car-donation programs you see or hear about are 3rd party for-profit fundraiser car dealers who administer the car-donation program for one or hundreds of charities. According to a GAO (Government Accountability Office) national study, when a 3rd party is involved with the car donation process only about 35% of the revenue ever reaches the charity. 1-800-Charity Cars is one of the few charities that handle the process internally, so 100% of the revenue always goes to the charity. Making a vehicle donation directly to charity is the best way to ensure the most good for your donation.
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Celebrate National Thrift Shop Day on August 17th

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National Thrift Shop Day is a day for everyone to visit thrift shops (also known as secondhand, consignment, resale, and charity shops/stores) to experience the economic benefits of buying items secondhand. For those of you who have never secondhand shopped before, you have an amazing experience waiting for you. You can find great bargains that save you money and rare or unique items.

1-800-Charity Cars, an award winning vehicle donation/distribution charity, would like to share with you the following list of tips to make the most of your thrift store shopping experiences.

CHECK FOR SALES

Most secondhand shops have sales where they have specific items marked down. Many shops have specific weekly or monthly 50% off sales. Goodwill, for instance, has a certain color tag for 50% off every week.

SHOP REGULARLY

Once you locate a thrift shop that you like, be sure to visit often. New items are constantly coming in so there will be new things to check out each time you go.

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Simple Ways To Make Someone’s Day

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Although times are tough and the world can be an unhappy place, something as simple as taking time to say good morning to another person can make their day brighter. We here at 1-800 Charity Cars, providers of free donated vehicles to struggling families across the nation, know firsthand the positive effects that being kind can have on others. We see it displayed throughout our online community freecharitycars.org where our applicants are reaching out to one another daily.

Below we would like to share a list of simple ways to make someone’s day:

  • Say “Thank You” to everyone you encounter who helps you, such as drive-thru cashiers and valet attendants. Also, don’t forget to thank a policeman, fireman, EMT, etc. when you see them.
  • Say “Good Morning”, “Hello”, “Have A Great Day”, etc. to each person who crosses your path throughout the day.
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August Is National Eye Exam Month

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In 1989, Sears Optical founded National Eye Exam Month. Since that time, ophthalmologists and optometrists have used it to promote eye safety. This is important because, unfortunately, an eye exam is often at the bottom of a person’s to do list. This month is a time to spread awareness about the importance of taking care of one’s eye health. It is important to regard one’s eye health in the same way as any other areas of health.

1-800-Charity Cars, conductors of an award winning vehicle donation program, would like to share some very important reasons to motivate you to observe National Eye Exam month:

  1. Some eye diseases, such as macular degeneration or cataracts, will sometimes show no symptoms and you may need an exam to discover these irregularities. Detecting them early can prevent you from suffering severe eye damage.
  2. Often times reoccurring headaches can be due to an underlying eye condition, such as glaucoma or papilledema.
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10 Back to School Tips for Parents

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The long, hot, lazy days of summer are rapidly coming to an end as schools are gearing up to be back in session. This can be a very stressful time for children and parents. 1-800-Charity Cars, a vehicle donation/distribution program that services the entire United States, would like to offer you the following list of 10 Back to School Tips for Parents:

  1. Get Bedtime Back on Track- Try not to wait until the night before the first day of school to enforce school night bedtimes. To make things easier on the kids, and yourself, start enforcing school night bedtimes at least a week prior to the start of the first day of school.
  2. Have Lists in Hand- When you head out to do your back to school shopping, make sure you have your lists in hand. Make a list of what your kids need when it comes to clothing, shoes, and school supplies. Having this list with you while shopping will make sure everyone gets what they need and you do not have to make repeat trips.
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