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Nominate a local business to win in our $5,000 Giveaway!

DollarDays is giving away $5,000 in merchandise to small business owners who YOU nominate! All you have to do is go to our Facebook page to enter. Wouldn’t you love to see your favorite store be a winner?
Eighteen businesses will be selected after April 30 and the $5,000 in merchandise will be dispersed to 18 winners this way: First place is $2,000, second place is $1,000, third place is $500 and 15 winners will each receive a $100 shopping spree. DollarDays pays for shipping too! The winners have until the end of the year to redeem their award with an online shopping spree at DollarDays.com!
Tell a friend. Your office. Your church—gang up on a business you love and get them nominated so many times that their chances of winning is good!! (Winners are selected randomly by a special algorithm.)

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April 8, 2014   No Comments

Food Bank Winners from our March Facebook $5k Giveaway

mar14contest_160x300 (1)First of all, we want to thank the thousands of people who entered their local food banks to win in our $5,000 in merchandise giveaway. Eighteen winners were randomly selected and here they are! Congratulations to the winners. Each winner will receive a phone call or email with instructions on how to redeem their award! If you see your nomination, call them to let them know!

Rosie’s Place Leominster MA 2,000.00
Andre House Phoenix AZ 1,000.00
Orting Food Bank Orting WA 500.00
Hosea Feed the Hungry Atlanta GA 100.00
Foof fof People Eureka CA 100.00
Leife Net 4 Families Lauderhill FL 100.00
Food Bank NYC New York NY 100.00
Covenant Soup Kitchen Willimantic CT 100.00
Adair County Resource Center Stilwell OK 100.00
Cae rFood Shelf Elk River MN 100.00
Greater Chicago Food Depository Chicago IL 100.00
Audrey’s Outreach Brook Park OH 100.00
Friends of Night People Buffalo NY 100.00
Food for Thought Santa Rosa Beach FL 100.00
Laredo Regional Food Bank Laredo TX 100.00
Mary Martha Outreach Bartlesville OK 100.00
Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma Tulsa OK 100.00
The Open Cupboard Clinton NJ 100.00

Be sure to enter our April contest by nominating a small business in your community! DollarDays loves small business!

April 3, 2014   No Comments

March 29th was National Mom & Pop Business Owners Day!

apr14contest_160x300 (1)National Mom and Pop Business Owners Day celebrates small business owners, much like the business owners DollarDays serves every day. These individuals spend countless hours nurturing and growing their young enterprises. The workload demands coupled with the lack of a hired staff, often translate into late hours and long days. There are missed family and personal events, but they love what they do because they are their own bosses.

New businesses have always been a vital, yet not fully appreciated, part of the U.S. economy. On they retail side, they bring different and unique products to the marketplace. They provide stellar and personal service support. When you call, you are more likely to get a real, live person. And unlike big national chains, they know their products. They are outstanding performers in niche markets. In manufacturing, they create many new concepts and ideas, making them creators of new products. According to the US Small Business Association, there are more than 27 million small businesses in the US today.

Celebrate National Mom and Pop Business Owners Day, every day, by showing your support…shop their stores!

Nominate your favorite Mom & Pop store here and we’ll enter them into a drawing for $5,000 in Merchandise from DollarDays!!

April 2, 2014   No Comments

Our loyal Facebook fan and teacher needs your help

Facebook is an amazing tool to meet new people and help others.

Today we are honored to give a helping hand to one of our biggest fans on Facebook, Mrs. Julie Ahern, a second grade teacher from Andrew Cooke Magnet Elementary School in Waukegan, IL.  Mrs. Ahern won $500 in merchandise from DollarDays in our May 2013 “Nominate Your Favorite Teacher” promotion. She was so thrilled to win and buy supplies for her classroom! Her class sent us this photo and a handmade thank you card signed by every student—it is a treasure for us at DollarDays, as it reminds us that we are helping others. The card is on display in our office. Since meeting Mrs. Ahern and her students through the Favorite Teacher promotion, we have exchanged many conversations via Facebook and we have even visited her classroom. She is an amazing teacher with a heart the size of Texas. She’s the kind of teacher you hope your child would be lucky enough to have for second grade.

It’s no secret; we are a BIG fan of Mrs. Ahern! This is why we are calling on you to give her a hand—it’s only a mouse click and will literally take five seconds! Julie was nominated by one of her colleagues for an American Federation of Teachers Everyday Heroes Award. She is one of the five national semi-finalists! (WOW!)  The finalist will be determined by a daily voting contest that ends on April 20. The winner will be able to go to the summer AFT convention in Los Angeles.  Julie  would LOVE to represent her community of educators and visit California for the first time.

Ready to help send Julie to the American Federation of Teachers Convention? Click here and Julie’s name is the very first nominee. Click the radio button to the left of her name, scroll down to the bottom of the page and click the “submit” button. You can vote once a day through April 20, 2014.

Thank you for helping Julie Ahern receive an honor that she so deserves!

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March 27, 2014   No Comments

$5,000 Merchandise Giveaway for Local Food Banks

On Facebook, during March 2014, DollarDays is asking its fans to nominate a local food bank to win in the $5,000 food and merchandise giveaway. DollarDays donates $5,000 each month to charitable organizations that help communities, nominated by their fans.

On March 31, 2014, 18 organizations will be randomly selected to receive the following awards (thanks to you!!):

  • First Place: $2,000 shopping spree
  • Second Place: $1,000 shopping spree
  • Third Place: $500 shopping spree
  • Fifteen organizations will each receive $100 shopping sprees.  One hundred dollars may not sound like a lot, but when you consider our wholesale pricing and free shipping, $100 goes a long way!!

Spread the word and be sure to visit our Facebook page to nominate a food bank in your community!

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March 3, 2014   No Comments

1,500 Pairs of Flip Flops Donated to Five Charities

During February, DollarDays held a Facebook contest where our fans nominated their favorite childrens’ charities to receive flip flops in our 1,500 pair giveaway. The response was huge to help the kids! We randomly selected five organizations to each receive 300 pairs of flip flops for boys and girls.

And the winners are:
• Star of Hope, Houston TX
• Phoenix Rescue Mission, Phoenix AZ
• Pine Street Inn, Boston MA
• Soles4Souls, Old Hickory TN
• Children of the Night, Van Nuys CA

Each organization will be contacted via email to let them know they won and to expect the arrival of their flip flops next week.

Be sure to participate in our March Facebook $5,000 giveaway to local food banks! Click here!

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March 3, 2014   No Comments

Congress Could Use a Lesson from America’s Innovators

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The compromise spending bill for $1.1 trillion keeps the government open through September, according to CNN. It increases funding to Head Start by $1 billion for early childhood education which makes sense after its recent low point with the forced budget cuts last year. It increases the paychecks of federal workers and military personnel by one percent. It reduces funding to the IRS and Environmental Protection Agency. It launches policies at getting more low-risk passengers through security quicker at airports. So it has a little bit in it for just about everyone. But once again, Congress is kicking the can down the road because we are going to have this same contentious conversation next fall when this extension expires.

The New York Times broke down the cost of this new budget per each US resident: $259 goes to food stamps now known as SNAP, $61 goes to the child school lunch program, $30 goes for crop insurance and $40 to loans and direct payments to farmers, $2,672 covers Social Security and $1,591 for Medicare, $26 goes to the FBI and $22 to the Federal prison system.

These budget impasses remind me of the movie “Groundhog Day,” where we wake up and repeat the same mistake month after month, year after year. There has got to be some innovative thinkers outside and inside of government that can get us out of this rut of repeating the same mistakes over and over again.

One big idea is coming from Ron Unz according to USA Today. Mr. Unz is a Silicon Valley multimillionaire and registered Republican, who is pushing a California proposal to boost the minimum pay rate to $12 an hour. Unz believes that taxpayers, for too long, have been subsidizing low wages since the government pays for food stamps and other programs these workers utilize. He feels raising the minimum wage to $12 would lift millions of people out of poverty, driving up income and sales tax revenue; at the same time saving taxpayers billions of dollars, since these workers would no longer qualify for many of the welfare benefits.

Another big idea came out of Chicago under the leadership of Mayor Rahm Emanuel. He created the small business center in City Hall last spring to streamline small business services. The city has reduced the number of business licenses from 117 to 49, which has saved small businesses $700,000 in just the last 6 months. Chicago is phasing out the Head Tax which saved small businesses $4.8 million in 2013. This is just an example of how cities can cut through the red tape to not only make its citizens’ lives easier, but to actually save money.

TOMS is a for profit company that whenever it sells a pair of its shoes, another pair of shoes is given to an impoverished child. Additionally, when TOMS sells a pair of eyewear, part of the profit goes to help restoring sight in those who need help, and according to their site, “helping to restore sight restores independence, economic potential and educational opportunity.” They have taken the “giving back” theory a step further and last fall launched TOMS Marketplace , that gives socially conscious suppliers a platform to sell products that help support causes ranging from education and health to nutrition and clean water.

Most organizations don’t have the resources like the city of Chicago or TOMS to help make a major impact in changing our country or making our Federal Budget a non-issue. The largest charity in the US is the United Way which is a network of 1,800 United Way communities and manages $4.26 billion. They “envision a world where all individuals and families achieve their human potential through education, income stability and healthy lives.” The second largest is the Salvation Army, that manages $4.08 billion to carry out their mission of “to feed, to clothe, to comfort and to care.” These budgets seem small compared to the $1.1 trillion Federal Budget, yet they do take some pressure off the government in taking care of everything the underprivileged need. I guess it is up to all of us to do our best to relieve some of this pressure. At DollarDays on our Facebookpage, we are giving away hundreds of flip flops (the TOMS model inspired us) to organizations who help kids in need, so make sure you nominate a worthy organization.

Sometimes I think we put too much faith in our government that they will take care of pushing our economy forward as well as taking care of those most in need. Gallup Poll just reported that just 13% of Americans approve the job Congress is doing. If that was the approval rating in any other part of our society, they would all be gone. This is the group we must rely on next fall to permanently fix our day to day operations of our government. Based on their recent history, I am skeptical this will happen. That is why the rest of us have to step up with the “big ideas” to make our civilization work with or without our government’s support.

February 6, 2014   No Comments

We’re donating 1,500 pairs of flip flops to kids in need

What charitable organization for kids would you choose?
Click on the image below to nominate a children’s organization that you would like to donate 300 pairs of kids flip flops to.

DollarDays is donating 1,500 pairs of flip flops—five organizations that benefit children that are nominated by YOU will each receive 300 pairs of flip flops—just in time for Spring (they will arrive mid to late March)!

It’s easy to nominate an organization. It might take a minute, but it could be the minute that makes a difference in the lives of 300 kids! Feel free to share with your friends! If you are on a board, for example,  the local children’s hospital, this is a perfect opportunity for you to nominate the hospital and share with the board.

Thank you so much! Click this image or this link to nominate. http://bit.ly/1i5JvtV
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February 5, 2014   No Comments

We have winners! Homeless Shelters get $5k in Merchandise

The results are in and we have winners in our January 2014 $5,000 Facebook Merchandise Giveaway for Homeless Shelters that were nominated by YOU!  This was one of the most unusual random selection of winners, as two homeless shelters were nominated so many times that they were selected for more than one award! We use a computer generated selection process, so we went with giving WestCare’s Pikeville Emergency/Homeless Shelter in Pikeville, KY $200 in merchandise, as they were selected twice and Harvard Square Homeless Shelter in Cambridge, MA won $500 in merchandise as they were selected five times!

Congratulations to the winning shelters and many thanks to those who nominated them. They will be shopping for much needed items to help the homeless stay warm and comfortable in this bitter cold winter.  And with DollarDays‘ wholesale pricing, these awards will go far! Plus, all winners receive free shipping.
DollarDays continues to support causes for the greater good and encourages you to follow us on Facebook to be sure to enter our monthly $5,000 merchandise giveaways to charitable causes.
And the winners are:
• Greensboro Urban Ministry in Greensboro, NC won first place, a $2,000 shopping spree.
• Padd Homeless Shelter in Dixon, IL won second place with a $1,000 shopping spree.
• BeAboutIt.org in Douglasville, GA won third place with a $500 shopping spree.
• Harvard Square Homeless Shelter in Cambridge, MA won a $500 shopping spree.
• WestCare’s Pikeville Emergency/Homeless Shelter in Pikeville, KY won a$200 shopping spree.
The following homeless shelters each won a $100 shopping spree:
• Our House in Little Rock, AR
• Singled Out-FBC Salisbury in Salisbury, NC
• Mr. Bob’s Under the Bridge in Cedarburg, WI
• My Father’s House in Paoloa, KS
• Saint Charles Homeless Shelters & Services For The Needy in St. Charles, IL
• Wheeler Mission in Indianapolis, IN
• Chicas Latinas De Sacramento in Sacramento, CA
• Bangor Area Homeless Shelter in Bangor, ME

Each shelter has been emailed with instructions on how to conduct their shopping spree. If you haven’t received one, please check your spam folder. Also, you can call Chris Steagall at 877.837.9569 ext 148 and he will take care of your order and get it shipped!  He can answer any questions for you as well.

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February 4, 2014   2 Comments

Nominate a Homeless Shelter to Win $5k Merchandise

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It’s freezing cold in most of the country and our homeless population is at the mercy of shelters across America. Please do your part to nominate a homeless shelter in your area to win in the DollarDays’ $5,000 merchandise Giveaway to homeless shelters. Eighteen shelters will win a shopping spree; first place is $2,000, second place is $1,000, third is $500 and fifteen shelters will each receive $100 (shipping is included). Winners will be selected on January 31, 2014 in a random drawing from the shelters you nominate.

Please visit our Facebook page to nominate a shelter in your area. Together we can make a difference in the lives of many homeless Americans; lives that were hard enough before the bitter winter descended upon us. Thank you!

 

 

 

January 27, 2014   No Comments