Always wanted to play Santa but don't have a sleigh and reindeer!?!
Here is the secret.
(You don't even need to buy anything, and it is fun to do with kids!)
In honor of Giving Tuesday, we're giving you the 6 easy steps to playing Santa:
1) Go to www.HeroSearch.org
2) Click on 'Search now' to discover donation items that charities near you need and read about the impact your gift can make. Talk with your fellow elves about how you want to make a difference.
3) Select a charity (or charities) that you want to help.
The results page will show you the organizations, location, hours for drop off, and what they do with the donation items. You can choose an organization that serves a cause that is meaningful to you, or just based on what is most convenient (or both!)
4) Gather donations (It's like a scavenger hunt!)
Make an afternoon or a day of collecting donation items from your closets and attic, or even buy something new. If you are so moved, do a 'drive' with family and friends to collect items to bring.
5) Deliver your donations yourself (or with fellow elves)
When you go in person to deliver donations, you get a hands-on sense of where there items are going, and even meet and talk to people there to learn more about the great things being done in your community.
6) Share your joy and inspire others!
We would love to hear from you! Let us know how your project goes - Send photos if you can! Contact us through the website or directly at Jennifer@HeroSearch.org.
If you love the experience, please share with your friends and neighbors! The more the word gets out, the more good goes around, and the better place the world will be.
You might not think about shoeboxes as a good donation item, but they are very much in need for injured and abandoned animals when they arrive at The Wildlife Rescue Center of MN. They go through thousands of them each year. So, if you have any extra shoes boxes you don't need . . . please bring them in! Go to HeroSearch.org and Search for Wildlife Rehabilitation Center for more information about hours and other donations, or to fine other organizations helping animals near you.
Good in the Hood, a Minnesota nonprofit, is now listed on HeroSearch.org
They turn donated shoes into food every day!
Did you know?
Fifteen percent of U.S. households are facing food insecurity, and households with children facing food insecurity is at nearly 21%.
Good in the Hood found ways to help neighbors in need.
They also put good shoes on feet that need them.
Through their innovative project, "Shoe Away Hunger", Good in the Hood collects shoes of all kinds. For every 1 pair of new or gently-used footwear received, the program is able to feed one person with up to 7 days of essential groceries through their Feeding The Future programs.
Each month they feed over 4000 hungry Twin Cities residents with hot meals and essential groceries!
How it works:
It is an amazing organization touching thousands of lives in our community.
At the very least, you are recycling your shoes rather than having them go into the trash.
At best, your shoes get a new life and you provide a week of essential groceries to someone who needs them.
Isn't that incredible??
HeroSearch.org is proud to welcome Good In The Hood!
Check them out on our search and put YOUR shoes to good!
Let’s start out with a simple question: Do you have stuff that you no longer need?
Some of us do, and Hero Search is here to help. No matter the donation, Hero Search connects you with local charities and non-profits where you can take the stuff you no longer need, donate it, and leave knowing that your donation will go to people who need it. Ensuring that what you give has an impact on the lives in your community.
Hero Search’s aim is to maximize the impact charitable giving has on the people. On those who are in need and on those who are giving and serving.
This is what we will all be running for on Saturday. To increase awareness of charities in our communities and of the need of everyday people for help. So lace up your running shoes tight, give your muscles a good stretch, make sure to stay hydrated, and put on your cape. You’re a hero after all!
A quick note: make sure to stick around after the race for your free milk and two free cookies, also there will also be prizing drawings, so don’t leave right after finishing to see if you’ve won something!
And even if you are not running, you can join us for a fun morning! Bring donations for YouthLink to help youth experiencing homelessness and make a difference right then and there.
What's your vote??
What Kemps brand milk do you love to dunk your Cookie Cart cookies in? Classic 1% Or does your inner child lean towards chocolate? Let us know in the comments!
The winning milk will be served at the Cookie 5K for Hero Search June 10th!
It's a lot of fun!!!!
My mom just moved and I also had a few items to donate so I made a stop to MORE on Wheelock Parkway in St. Paul. Every Saturday, they have a free 'garage sale' (in their garage) for the refugees they serve. The garage was closed but I quickly realized there was a warmth of activity inside. Everyone looked at me and smiled at me as I sheepishly opened the back door and many said hello. There were about 15 people there looking through the donated goods set out on tables there to find the basic items they need to start a household from scratch. The volunteer in charge was called over and she warmly shook my hand. We went to my car and I asked her what they could use (I hate dropping junk off that becomes a burden, but also have learned that I can't assume I know what is needed - it's always best to ask) I brought out a bag of new sponges and cleaning supplies, a perfect but extra crock pot and some solid pots and pans, a warm sweater that is too small for me, and a bunch of other things. Each time, she smiled at me and said 'yes' they need that (except for a tattered blanket I have for the Humane Society). As conscripts from the group carried things from my car to the garage, I noticed those things were immediately picked up and walked back out in the hands of someone with a smiling face. You don't often get the chance to witness your donations bring joy to someone else. It was incredibly gratifying. The kind volunteer thanked me and hugged me at least three times as we parted. I feel confident that I drove away from that garage with more joy than anyone else there.
This is exactly what I created Hero Search to do - to individuals to connect to others in the community and to feel the joy of knowing you made a difference to someone.
Share the love!! ....and your stuff ;)
What do Lolipop, Gummy Bear, Jimmy, Tank Girl and Muffin all have in common? They are pocket pets awaiting forever homes. Yes, MN Pocket Pet Rescue is a real thing.
Seriously, it doesn't get any cuter than this. If you don't have a date tonight (or even if you do) spend some quality time with this website. Be prepared to smile from ear to ear.
If you aren't quite ready to adopt, find out what Pocket Pet Rescue needs on HeroSearch.org/Search to care for the critters while they are waiting for homes. Then, do whatever you can to meet them by dropping off donations or at an event because it will make your day!
In the US, millions of pounds of usable supplies – from medical items like gowns and gloves to other items like school supplies and construction equipment – are thrown away every year. Meanwhile, the rural poverty rate in rural Bolivia is up to 94%, and the most basic supplies are not available for residents in these isolated communities.
Mano a Mano collects donated supplies in the US and ships them to Bolivia, where they are distributed to Mano a Mano’s network of clinics, other hospitals & clinics, other nonprofit organizations, and individuals in need from throughout the country.
Last year, dozens of organizations from around the Bolivia traveled to Mano a Mano to receive donated supplies; some had traveled 2 and a half days to attend. Many individuals came to receive wheelchairs, walkers, crutches, and braces.
WANT TO HELP?
DONATE ITEMS: Go to HeroSearch.org to find out what they need: canes, walkers, packaged bandages and medical supplies (even expired items can help train medical professionals)
VOLUNTEER TO PACK!: Mano a Mano sends shipping containers full every year. A great project to get involved with!
LEARN MORE: ManoAMano.org