Sit, Stay and Eat Your Free(!) Dog Treats

1 04 2012

There are certain months when people are strapped for cash (and we are no exception).  Sometimes “gifts” and “giving” aren’t in the budget because there is an insurance premium due that month.  This is precisely when free samples can come in handy.

Take these Science Diet dog treats for example.  I know, these aren’t really ‘gift material’ but they can be a sweet gesture for someone who has a furry, four-legged friend.  And here is what they are perfect for:

  • donating to animal shelters
  • giving to a friend in need that has a dog
  • saving for Christmas as a little stocking stuffer for the pooch in your life
  • keeping for your pooch and save money on treats for the month
  • giving to someone who just adopted/purchased a four-legged friend

(Science Diet reps were handing these out on the street.  I was lucky to snag 7 and in our case, we’re saving half for our pooch and donating the remaining)

When giving out as gifts, you can pair these little pouches with a treat jar (I have seen plenty of dollar stores selling plastic paw-printed containers).

Remember, gift giving and donating should not be about the price – it’s truly the thought that counts!

We want to hear from you, drop us a comment.  Do you give free samples out as gifts when gift-giving just isn’t in your budget during the month?

Giving: The Humane Society

28 03 2012

It’s that time again – our Second Annual Collection Drive for Animal Shelters (in memory of Stoli).  This year our collection drive benefits a wonderful animal shelter – The Humane Society!  Backed by 11 million supporters in the U.S. and around the world, The Humane Society of the U.S. is leading the way to a better future for all animals.  They have many chapters throughout the U.S. that conduct animal rescues and advocacy and offer shelter and food for abandoned and neglected animals.  Explore The Humane Society in your state and help change the life of an animal.

The breakdown:

  • $190 cash donations
  • 2 realms of paper
  • 50 cans cat food
  • 8 samples dog food
  • 3 grooming brushes
  • 4 cat toys
  • 6 packages cat treats / 8 packages dog treats
  • 2 dog coats

Giving: Stocking Stuffer Toy Drive

14 12 2011

What a busy time of year.  Yes?  Between the hustle and bustle, Rolist Financial Group accomplished some stocking stuffer shopping trips!  This year these amazing stocking stuffers will fill stockings for children in the city.  As always, we like to point out that every action helps and can make a difference in our world.

Fortunately we found sales which allowed us to stretch that dollar and fill more stockings than expected.  We picked up a few name-brand toys as well – Disney toys, Hanna Montana UNO, Littlest Pet Shop and Matchbox.

Total before sales:   $32.00

Total after sales:  $7.00

Happy Holidays!

Veteran’s Day 2011 – Thank You!

11 11 2011

The bravest are surely those who have the clearest vision of what is before them, glory and danger alike, and yet notwithstanding, go out to meet it. We honor the sacrifices of our Troops today – Happy Veterans Day to the bravest of the brave.

Want to do more?  Want to help a Veteran?  Visit the Department of Veterans Affairs.  Volunteer your time at a VA Hospital, help build a home for a wounded warrior, and read more about ways to thank Veterans here.

Restaurants Offer Thank-You Meals to Vets this Veteran’s Day 2011

8 11 2011


Read more here from the Department of Defense (DoD).

The Joy of Giving with Toys for Tots

7 11 2011
The mission of the U. S. Marine Corps Toys for Tots Programis to collect new, unwrapped toys during October, November and December each year.   The U.S. Marine Corps distributes those toys as Christmas gifts to needy children/teens in the community so that they can experience the joy of Christmas.  These toys provide a message of hope to less fortunate youngsters that will assist them in becoming responsible, productive, patriotic citizens.

The U.S. Marine Corps plays an active role in the development of one of our nation’s most valuable resources – our children and to unite all members of local communities in a common cause. 

Marines have conducted successful nationwide campaigns at Christmas each year since 1948.  If you want to host a toy drive, promotional posters are available here.

20 Ways to Thank Veterans this Veteran’s Day 2011

1 11 2011

There are an array of ways we all can thank a Veteran this Veteran’s Day 2011!

  1. Write a Holiday CardThe American Red Cross’ Holiday Mail for Hero Program collects holiday cards this Fall and throughout the holiday season (cards being sent in for 2011 should be postmarked no later than Friday, December 9, 2011) to American service members, veterans and their families in the United States and around the world.

  2. Support a Military FamilyOperation Homefront hosts a variety of morale programs for our service members.  From Thanksgiving baskets, school supply drives, adopt families during the Christmas holiday as well as emergency financial assistance! Donations are accepted online.

  3. Donate ToysToys for Tots collects gifts throughout the year and many military families, and civilians alike, request toys during the holiday if they cannot otherwise afford to purchase them.  Toy drop off locations are listed on their website.

  4. Provide a Thanksgiving Meal.  Are there any single soldiers in your town?  Do you know a military family whose spouse is deployed?  Inviting them over for Thanksgiving dinner or purchasing a dinner for them to have at home will show you care. 

  5. Have a Website?  Dedicate a post or page to our Veterans!

  6. Attend a Parade.  Show support during the Veteran’s Day parade in your area.

  7. Send a Care Package.  Don’t know who to send it to?  You can adopt a service member through Soldier’s Angels.

  8. Donate Coupons (current or expired).  Many coupons go unused every year in the United States.  A great way to thank a Veteran this Veteran’s Day is by adopting a base overseas through Overseas Coupon Program.  OCP asks that volunteers donate unexpired or expired coupons (up to two months after the expiration date) and mail them to your adopted overseas base of choice.  Financial burdens affect everyone – they don’t discriminate.  Coupons can help to save military families money throughout the year!

  9. Donate Calling Cards for those Deployed.  An amazing organization, Cellphones for Soldiers, provides calling cards to service members deployed overseas.  You can help them in two ways:  1-donate money or 2-mail in your old cellphones and/or phone accessories.  The money received from recycling cellphones is used to purchase calling cards for our deployed troops.

  10. Host a Fundraiser.  Collect items for care packages to be sent to our troops deployed overseas. 

  11. Volunteer your Time.  The USO is always looking for volunteers to help out at their events.  Volunteer your time with them to help boost troop morale.

  12. Have a Veteran in your family?  Listen to their stories of when they served.

  13. Pick up the Tab.  Dining and notice a service member at the restaurant?  Buy them a drink or offer to pay for their meal.

  14. Foster a Pet.  There are plenty of service members faced with a deployment and unable to have friends or family care for their pet.  Guardian Angels for Soldier’s Pets (GASP) and NetPets provide fostering assistance for those service members that will have to leave their pets behind while deployed.  All costs are the owner’s responsibility.

  15. Visit a War Memorial.  Place a flag or flowers at the memorial site.

  16. Thank a Military Family.  Send a thank you card to a military family.

  17. Pray for our Military.  Say a simple prayer at night or ask your church to pray for a soldier or family.

  18. Give our Military a Round of Applause.  After you hear the national anthem, applaud our troops for all the sacrifices they have made to support our beautiful country.   

  19. Purchase Items.  Many companies donate a portion of their proceeds to military organizations and charities.  Jimmy Beam, UnderArmor, Semper Fi Wine, etc. (to name a few) all offer a portion of their proceeds up for this cause.

  20. Hire a Veteran.  Do you own your company?  How about hiring a Veteran or Military Spouse.  There are tax credits available for vet hiring.

“Thank you for your service

to our Country”

No matter which way you choose to thank our Veterans, our Veterans appreciate any acknowledgement.

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For more tips, visit Military Avenue.

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