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January 2014 Fleece Blanket Giveaway Winners!

jan14contest_160x300Perfect timing. With the country as cold as it is right now, blankets are a pretty good prize to receive!  From the homeless to pet shelters, we know the blankets will be a blessing for all.

• Our first place winner is FISH of McHenry and they will receive 240 blankets.

• Second place went to Unitarian Universalist Society of Geneva and they will get 144 blankets.

• And third place goes to True Freedom Ministries with 96 blankets being sent to them.

Twentytwo non-profits each received 24 blankets. They are:

Mystic Force Foundation
Animal Welfare ASSN New Jersey
The Christian Center
Rikki’s Refuge
Pet Pal Animal Shelter
St. Anthony’s Chuch
The Wish Project
Mental Health Guild’s Homeless Outreach
Patterson Elementary Booster Club
Phoenix Children’s Project
Blankets and Bears
TASC
Robcyn’s
Clayton Temple
Lost Sheep Ministry
Anchor House
Loaves and Fishes of the Rio Grande Valley
United Ummah of Philly
Tri-County Animal Rescue Center
Tiny Babies Foundation
Restitution of Hope
Mr. Bob’s Under the Bridge

 

Many thanks to all of you who took the time to nominate a non-profit to receive free Marc Gold fleece blankets. Please be sure to enter our current giveaway, which is $5,000 in merchandise to homeless shelters. they can buy a lot of things they need at wholesale pricing.

January 20, 2014   4 Comments

December 2013 $5,000 Facebook Giveaway Winners!

dec13contest_160x300WE HAVE WINNERS from our December Small Business $5,000 Merchandise Giveaway! Did your nomination win?
Congratulations everyone and thank you for helping small businesses from around the USA!

Here they are:
• First Place $2,000 Winner: Furniture and Merchandise Outlet of Murfreesboro, TN
• Second Place $1,000 Winner: Joe & BJ’s Trading Post of Georgetown, KY
• Third Place $500 Winner: Riverside Box of Little Rock, AR
Fifteen companies each won $100 shopping sprees: Senior Associates of Kankakee, IL,Changing Hands of Tempe, AZ, Redner’s Warehouse Market of Collegeville, PA, Stoker’s Vitaworld of Corvallis, OR,Suzies Cleaning Service of Taylorsville, KY, Papa and Nanas Attic or Riverview, FL, L M Plumbing LLC of Leland, NC,The Strand of Fort Payne,AL, Burnettsville Gas Mart of Burnettsville, IN, The Legendary Chicken Box Cafe of Charlotte,NC, Elkhorn City Senior Citizens of Elkhorn City, KY, Scrub, Rub & Repeat of Kannapolis, NC, Universal Crystal Novas of Spokane, WA, Humanity Road of Boydton, VA, American Interiors & Remodeling, Inc. of Canton, GA.

Each winner has been sent an email, alerting them of their win!

January 2, 2014   No Comments

Did Not Make It Home For The Holidays

jan14contest_160x300Reposted with permission from The Huffington Post
by Marc Joseph

The weather this past December not only played havoc on retail sales, but ruined many holiday celebrations by causing electrical outages, undelivered packages and relatives unable to travel to be with family. CBN news reports that December brought the coldest weather some areas have seen in decades. I don’t think global warming was a factor this December. In fact this year a reading of 135.8 degrees below zero was measured in Antarctica, which is the lowest temperature ever recorded on earth, so even though the cold ruined the holidays for many retailers and families, in comparison to other places on earth, the USA made it through—but wait until January which is set to look much like December’s weather.

With this extreme weather we are having, I just can’t imagine what it would be like to be homeless during this time.  USA Today reported on a financial advisor, Isaac Simon, who on Tuesday evenings for the last six years in Manhattan, packs his white van with soup, bagels, milk and oranges and drives into areas where the homeless gather. He also has clothes to help those less fortunate. When you think that New York City, one of the wealthiest cities in the world, has a census in their homeless shelters of 51,000 which happens to be the entire population of Charleston, the capital of West Virginia,  you know America has a problem that we can’t just sweep under the rug. With that many people in need, we need hundreds of Isaac Simons to help just in Manhattan alone.

The Los Angeles Times reports that the US Conference of Mayors survey of 25 large and midsize cities indicates that homelessness and hunger have increased and are expected to continue to rise in 2014. The poverty rate in the US of 15% is still near the Great Recession’s high of 15.1%. In Los Angeles, 20,000 people sleep on the streets every night and 2,000 of them are families or children living on their own. Homelessness has increased by 26% in LA since last year. Chicago reported an 11.4% increase in the number of homeless families since last year. This survey also reported that 21% of people needing emergency food assistance could not get help.

In my city of Phoenix, nonprofit organizations and government are acutely aware of the issues facing the poor. We have St. Vincent De Paul serving over 3,600 meals a day to the homeless and families in need. We have the city helping homeless vets to find places to live off the streets. Two years ago, the city identified 222 chronically homeless veterans, of which more than half served in Vietnam. Our mayor, Greg Stanton announced right before Christmas that the final 56 veterans were placed in housing. This happened because the city council allocated an additional $100,000 in November to accelerate the efforts to help homeless vets.

President Obama’s administration has pledged to eliminate homelessness among veterans by the end of 2015, but it looks like time is running short unless cities and states get involved like Phoenix has.  The Washington Post talks about the state of Massachusetts and the Department of Veteran Affairs have put aside dollars to hire veterans, some formerly homeless themselves, to help get veterans off the streets in Boston. They spend one day a week roaming the city’s storefronts, alleys and shelters seeking out these homeless veterans. The rest of the week is spent making sure those put into housing stay the course.

Now that the holidays are over, we as a society begin to focus back on our own needs in January. Whether it is finding a gym to get back in shape, or a diet to lose the holiday pounds, our attention naturally shifts away from those who need our help 365 days a year. Homelessness is not just the responsibility of our government; it is all of our communal responsibility whether it is in the dead of winter or the heat of summer. Obviously volunteering is the best way to get involved, but if you don’t have the gumption of Isaac Simon or the political prowess of Mayor Stanton, then helping out with donated money is a high priority. There are several organizations to support. The National Homeless Coalition, The Salvation Army and The Gospel Rescue Mission all make homelessness their priorities. And at  DollarDays  on our Facebook page, we are giving away blankets to help those in need, so make sure you nominate a worthy organization.

Maybe what we should all do is what the Lakewood Congregational Church Youth Foundation in northern Ohio does and has been doing for years. On a night in January, they sleep in cardboard boxes outside in the bitter cold and spend the evening seeking donations from community member passing by to help less fortunate families. If that does not wake up the younger generation to the needs of the homeless, then nothing will. Can you imagine if in every city in every state, we all give up the comforts of our homes for one night to experience the immorality of homelessness, what that would do for the psyche of America? I am sure that if we addressed this issue on a grass roots level and all woke up the next morning freezing cold and hungry, our ineffective congress would hear our collective voices saying enough is enough, and Congress would reverse the recent cuts in food stamps, show compassion with the new congressional budget deal and help those who need unemployment benefits. Wouldn’t that be a way to start off 2014…

December 31, 2013   No Comments

Merry Christmas from Waukegan and Mrs. Ahern’s students!

Here’s a lovely letter that made our day from a teacher who won in one of DollarDays’ monthly Facebook contests, and has kept in touch with us ever since. In fact, Virginia Heraz, our Director of Marketing, visited the classroom in Waukegan, IL last fall! Really, this is what life is all about—caring about others and giving without expectation. Teacher Julie Ahern and her second grade students have a huge place in our hearts. Thank you to them for caring and remembering us during the holidays. From all of us at DollarDays, we wish you a happy holiday season! You make us smile!

Here’s the letter:

Dear Virginia,

holding blanketsMy students asked if I would send Merry Christmas and Happy Holiday greetings to you! They also wanted to say thank you again for the blankets that you gave them. Last week they completed a series of writing challenges and then very proudly received the blankets to take home for the holidays. I am including a picture of your friend (seen at the restaurant!) Ezekiel holding two of the ever so soft blankets. Miss Savannah also asked if I would take her picture (I thought I would include it as there is a child sprinting down the hallway, lol).

Thank you again for your incredible kindnesses towards my students -you are a Christmas angel to them. We hope you have a wonderful Christmas and happy New Year. It is sub-zero weather here in Waukegan so I hope you are enjoying much warmer weather!

Mrs. Julie Ahern
2nd Grade Teacher
Andrew Cooke Magnet Elementary School
Waukegan, IL

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December 24, 2013   1 Comment

DollarDays is giving $50 cash to 50 families in need

5050bigPlease click on the image to give $50 to someone who could use a little help right now. It may not seem like a lot but to familes with needs, it could be a lifesaver.

December 3, 2013   No Comments

$5k Help a Family in Need Giveaway Winners

nov13contest_160x300Winners for our “Help a Family in Need” contest have been selected.
All winners have been sent an email. Please check your spam filters.
And congratulations for selflessly helping a family in need have a magical holiday, thanks to your thoughtfulness.

The winners are:
First place $2,000, Jeanie G.
Second place $1,000, Jef W.
Third Place $500, Jessica W.
And 15 people each received $100: Denise V., Elzabeth N., Patrick I., Faye D., Kimberly V., Carol S., Matt S., Kimberly D., Claudia D., Marilyn M., William S., Jennifer J., Amber G., Diane H., Donna C.

Thank you for participating in DollarDays’ November “Help a Family in Need” $5,000 in merchandise giveaway. You have made a difference!

December 3, 2013   No Comments

Nominate a small business owner to win in our $5k giveaway

DollarDays’s heart is with small businesses. Our mission is to supply small businesses with quality goods at competitive prices so they can fulfill dreams of building their own businesses.

That’s why we have dedicated this month’s $5,000 merchandise giveaway to small businesses. Please nominate a small business in your community or familiy that makes a difference. Go to http://bit.ly/1c1lek1 to nominate your favorite small business! Share this with friends, family, neighbors! You can enter as many times as you’d like! Good luck and GO SMALL BUSINESS!

Winners will receive the following merchandise amounts: First Place $2,000, Secone Place $1,000, Third Place $500 and 15 winners will each receive $100. With 18 winners, you’ve got a good chance of winning!

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December 2, 2013   No Comments

Congratulations Oct. Facebook Pet Shelter Winners!

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First Place: $2,000 to Ashtabula County Animal Protective League
Second Place: $1,000 to Esther Mackey
Third Place: $500 to Do Good Dog Rescue
Please congratulate them on Facebook!

Each of these shelters won a $100 shopping spree:
Animal Welfare Assocation New Jersey
San Antonio Pets Alive
Garrett McGrath
Little Mews Rescue NY
Paws Tinley Park
River Valley Animal Rescue
Pupz N Palz Rescue
Sherri’s Kitty Rehab/Critter Cradle Animal Sanctuary
James A. Brennan Memorial Humane Society
AZ Cactus Corgi Rescue
The Orphanage – Priceless Pets
Pawschicago.org
Waldo’s Muttley Crew
Saved By A Whisker
Tired Dog Rescue

Our thanks to everyone who nominated a shelter. Wish we could help every one of them!  If your nominated shelter won, be sure to let them know! We sent emails to the winners, but they could get caught in spam filters. Be sure to nominate a Family in Need for our November giveaway! nov13contest_160x300

November 3, 2013   No Comments

It’s Too Expensive to go to College Anymore

marcs blog sept 17According to the  Census Bureau, there are 59 million people 25 years or older who hold a bachelor’s degree or higher. Business continues to be the most popular major with 12 million grads, while Education was the second most popular, with 8 million. The median income for high school grads who never went to college is $28,659; for those with some college but no degree, it is $32,036; those with a college degree $49,648; and those with professional degrees $87,356. This translates to lifetime earnings of $3.3 million for a doctoral degree, $2.3 million for a college degree and $1.3 million for a high school diploma.

According to  College Data, the average yearly budget to attend an in-state public university is $22,261. The average at a private college is $43,289.  CNN reports that the average college student in the class of 2013 faces $35,200 in debt. Putting that into perspective, the profile of the average US household consumer debt shows we all owe $15,263 in credit card debt, $147,591 in mortgage debt and $31,646 in student loan debt. In total, American consumers owe $11.15 trillion in debt of which $994 billion is in student loans, a 4% increase from 2012.

In an article in The Huffington Post this summer, they predicted that student loan debt will exceed the median annual income for college grads by 2023. This is on top of the wages of college graduates actually dropping 5.4% over the last decade. Considering that Congress finally agreed this summer, after months of haggling, to stabilize the interest rate for college loans (which translates to roughly 3.86% for undergraduates and 5.42% for graduate student loans),at least the uncertainty of future interest hikes has been eliminated for families facing this huge debt.

Just about every parent (94%) says they want their child to attend college. So, with that encouragement, nearly 68% of high school graduates started out for college (44% of these kids to community college). Compare that to 43% of Americans attend church regularly and 50% of adults are married. College is now more popular then religion or spouses!

In the end, only 54% of these kids actually graduate within 6 years of starting college. So we have all these students with high hopes and dreams going in, but only about half graduate and join society with crazy student loan debt.

We would all love scholarships for our kids, but that does not happen to most. This weak economy of ours is forcing institutions to limit their generosity in scholarships and financial aid, so the average student takes on more debt than the generation before. Anyone wanting to go to college needs to explore every option for help.  The Council for Opportunity in Education is a nonprofit organization established in 1981 dedicated to expanding college opportunities for low income, first-generation students, veterans and students with disabilities. Sites to help find money and scholarships include Fast Web, FinAid and Student Aid Alliance.  If you want to help fulfill kids’ dreams of going to college, look into Scholarship America to help with a donation. At DollarDays on our Facebook  page, we are giving away $2,500 in products to college students; so make sure you nominate a student who could use our help.

America is the land of dreams and opportunity. Anyone who is passionate enough to want a college education should be afforded the opportunity to at least try. It would be just great if we could make a college education free just like we do a high school education, but each of us in our right mind knows this is a pipe dream. So the $35K in student debt will turn into $45K for the next generation and so on. A college degree is worth a million dollars more than a high school degree over your lifetime. Being well educated is priceless. I guess the risk of adding to your debt may be worth the reward of being a strong contributor to our economic future. I just wish it did not hurt so much.

September 17, 2013   No Comments

“Nominate Your Favorite Teacher” Winners!

Congratulation to all the winners and a big thanks to the thousands of people who nominated their favorite teachers for our Sept. 1-13 sweepstakes.

First Place $700, Janey Mercadante, Holy Name of Jesus Catholic School
Second Place, $500, Bethany Gantt, Deer Park Elementary
Third Place, $300, Laura Lueshen, Rockton Grade School

And ten $100 winners:
Kris Gonzalez of Desert Heights Schools, Allisha Douglas of Sunset Park Elementary, Charisse Hastings of Garden Elementary, Michele Delgado of Carl Hayden High School, Lisa Theodore of Cuyahoga Valley Career Center, Tanya Peters of Gaston County Schools, Carla Banack of Prospect Mill Elementary, Chanel Smith of Dogwood Elementary, Colleen Furlong of Gloversville Schools, Traci Frey of Jarrettsville Elementary School and Amanda Kisor of Moody Elementary.

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September 16, 2013   No Comments