My Birthday Wishes and A Giveaway!

Yes, I said it. It’s my birthday on the 19th and to celebrate, I am joining up with PrintRunner to do an awesome business card giveaway! Because I’m super nice and believe in the Hobbit tradition of giving away presents on my birthday. To one lucky winner anyway.

But first, I have a request for you. I would LOVE it if you could donate to an organization that is near and dear to my heart. No, it’s not required to enter the giveaway – it’s just something nice you could do for me on my 26th year of life (and for them).

My Birthday Nonprofit: Amazon CARES

This is a personal plea from me. Amazon Community Animal Rescue, Education & Safety (CARES) is a nonprofit organization that was founded by my good friend Molly Mednikow. This is a one-of-a-kind organization that operates in Iquitos, Peru, that offers animal rescue, spay and neuter services and education to the Amazon community, runs a no-kill shelter, and is the only charity dedicated to animals in the entire Peruvian Amazon region. The amount of good this small organization does for a very large area is astronomical.

Unfortunately, earlier this year, the Amazon was hit with a tremendous amount of flooding that devastated the organization – the shelter they had spent years building was destroyed. Molly and her trusted troupe of staff and volunteers carry on the work they have dedicated their lives to, but they struggle as not enough funding goes to rebuilding and less goes to the animals. They need your help.

For my birthday, I want everyone who reads this to donate $5 or more to the Amazon CARES ChipIn and help them raise the money to rebuild their organization and help give relief to the animals of the region. You can donate and see updates at this page, or you can donate via the ChipIn widget below.

Thank you. From the bottom of my heart. It would be the best present ever to see Molly and Amazon CARES continue the good work they do.

Edit: Molly just put this post up and it breaks my heart. If you were thinking about donating, now is the time! They could use all the help they can get right now! Let’s do this!

And Now… The PrintRunner Giveaway!

I haven’t done a giveaway in awhile, so I was totally excited when PrintRunner asked if I wanted to take part in theirs (and get my own cards too). I was also super stoked when I discovered the green aspect of the company – they’ve adopted some pretty stellar eco-friendly printing practices, which y’all should know is important to me. You can try PrintRunner’s online business cards printing through their online printing services.

Giveaway Details

Business Card Size and Style Business Cards: 2×3.5 (Standard)
Quantity: 250 cards
Colors: 4/4 Color Both Sides
Paper: 14 pt. UV Coating on Front, 14 pt. UV Coating on both sides,
Proof: NONE
Rounded Corners: NO
Ready To Ship In: 3 Business Days
Awards: May 31st, 2012
*Giveaway is open to US Residents only, ages 18 years old and above.

Deadline

This giveaway is open NOW and will close on my birthday, May 19th (at 11:59PM CST). What do you need to do to win? Comment on this post and, just for fun, tell me what your favorite charity or cause is. I would love to see what you guys care about. Don’t forget to follow PrintRunner on Twitter and Facebook – they’re pretty great. I’ll pick a winner on Sunday via the Random.org generator.

Hope you’re all having a wonderful May and happy Giveaway!

    6 responses to “My Birthday Wishes and A Giveaway!”

    1. Niki says:

      This is the first I’ve heard of Amazon CARES. Thanks for sharing!

      I have a few favorite local charities (Milwaukee) that I donate to, or volunteer for. Urban Ecology Center is an education and conservation center that is a fantastic resource for our community. And Hunger Task Force is a powerhouse of hunger-prevention advocacy, and one of the largest free food banks in the midwest.

      • Nikki says:

        Thank YOU for sharing! I’m actually from Wisconsin originally: Delavan! The Urban Ecology Center sounds absolutely amazing and something I want to check out when I’m home next. Thank you for sharing both of those charities, Niki – you rock!

    2. Jess says:

      Wow, I’m surprised more people haven’t commented already!

      I’m not sure if I can narrow down the causes and charities I care about, but for now let’s go with March of Dimes because S was premature and also My Stuff Bags Foundation because it gives rescued children some comfort after whatever dark times they’ve faced.

      • Nikki says:

        Yeah, usually I get a lot of comments on giveaways… I’m kind of surprised. :P Whatevs. Their loss. ;)

        I remember when S was born! We were so worried about you two. We miss you! <3

    3. First- Happy Birthday! How super awesome is it to celebrate with gifts for others? You rock!

      I get really geeked out about recycling & repurposing (and many other environmental causes) I encourage & inspire others to consume less & recycle more on my blog http://trashn2tees.blogspot.com I hope you’ll come by and visit!

      • Nikki says:

        Thank you Jenelle! :D It was definitely an awesome birthday.

        Recycling & Repurposing is so awesome – I love it! People should definitely check out your blog more. You’ve got great stuff. :)

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