Monday, November 29, 2010

Holiday Wreath Giveaway



With the holiday season finally here, the season of giving and being charitable has also arrived for many of us. So when the kind folks over at Lindsay Olives (you might remember my Bloody Olivia drink that was sponsored by them) approached me yet again with a wonderful giveaway for my readers, I did not hesitate. Lindsay Olives is selling beautiful fresh handmade wreaths made from olive, bay and eucalyptus branches on their website with all the proceeds going towards the The Meals on Wheels Association of America.



The Meals on Wheels Association of America (MOWAA) is the oldest and largest national organization in the United States representing those programs that provide meals to people in need. MOWAA's mission is to end senior hunger by 2020. With our economy still trying to recover, programs like these are definitely in high demand. To get more information about helping or how to locate a local Meals on Wheels program, visit the MOWAA website at www.mowaa.org. If this is a cause that you find worthy to support you can donate  directly (remember, no donation is ever to small, even a few dollars can help), or you can purchase one of the gorgeous wreaths from Lindsay Olives by either ordering online or by calling (800) 765-2029 . The wreaths come in two sizes, a 12-inch and a 16-inch, are reasonably priced, make for beautiful holiday decorations or gifts and best of all you can support a great cause.



For the giveaway, Lindsay Olives generously offered me two of their 16-inch wreaths to give away to two of my wonderful readers. I'm thinking that is certainly a fantastic way to kick off the season!

* This Giveaway is CLOSED*

As always, here are a few rules for entering:

- To enter, simply leave me a comment of what you are planning to do this season to help or support a worthy cause

- For a second (bonus) entry, go to facebook and "like" MOWAA, then let me know in a separate comment you did this

- For a third (bonus) entry, follow my blog on google friend connect, then let me know in a separate comment that you already do or did

- This giveaway is open to U.S. Residents only (sorry my international friends)

- The wreath must be shipped to a physical street address, sorry no P.O. Boxes

- The giveaway will close on December 2nd at midnight pacific time.

I will pick two winners via Random.org, which will be announced on December 3rd. Lindsay Olives will then ship the wreaths to you before Christmas, so please make sure to contact me quickly with your address/shipping information if you are the winner.

56 comments:

  1. Hi Susi - Glad to see you posting! Meals on Wheels is such a great program.

    This Christmas the kids and I are going to make and donate a Build A Bear for the Children's Hospital.

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  2. Happy follower on Google Friend Connect.

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  3. Shriner's Children's Hospital and The Ronald McDonald House are both charities I donate to very heavily. I have visited a Ronald McDonald House in Portland and it really touched my heart to see how the money gets used. Having a child of my own I am thankful every day for his health and my heart is heavy for those who aren't as blessed as I am. I truly believe on Americans helping other Americans first and Meals on Wheels has an incredible program. In high school I volunteered with them and delivered meals to those in need. It's a great program! bisqwik2@aol.com

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  4. Went to facebook and liked MOWAA. Glad to see you on fb.

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  5. I am also a FOLLOWER of your blog! Hope you are feeling better. I've missed seeing your kitchen creations. bisqwik2@aol.com

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  6. Zaehlen auch Aliens? Ich hoffe doch!
    The wreaths are gorgeous.

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  7. I helped my teenage son organize a neighborhood food drive. We gave the food to a local organization that provides food to the hungry...right before Thanksgiving.

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  8. Susi, I am so glad to see you posting. Hope you are feeling well.
    What a lovely giveaway for a worthy cause. We try to step it up during the holidays, giving to local food banks. For those family members who have everything already, we do gift donations to Heifer international. We also have our kids pick out new toys for Toys for Tots.

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  9. My sister linked one of your recipes which looked delicious and I've been following your blog on my rss feed ever since but I haven't commented before. The lovely wreath inspired me to speak up though. :) We always donate to the local food banks during the holiday season. When my children get bigger, I'm planning to start volunteering but right now they're too little.

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  10. We're sorting through the toys in my girls toy box to donate this Christmas and made shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child...

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  11. I'm also a google connect follower!

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  12. I have already arranged a food drive where I work and am arranging an activity to make gift bags for the local children's hospital :)

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  13. I have to go through my closets and donate lots of stuff.

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  14. Glad to see you back. Hope you're feeling better. I follow via GFC.

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  15. Just glad to see your smiling face again! Hope you got some rest. Great cause, we always have our cheer team do a canned food drive for a local womans shelter. I already like you!
    -Gina-

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  16. Great giveaway, Susi! Thanks for hosting this. This year, my grandfather passed away from kidney cancer so I will be donating a sum of money to the National Kidney Foundation as a Christmas gift to his wife, my grandmother.

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  17. Gorgeous wreath for a great cause! This Christmas (and every Christmas) the young'ins and I pick a name from a tree and buy winter clothes and toys for a needy child in our area.

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  18. What gorgeous wreaths!

    My husband and I will donate money to charities this Christmas and ask his parents to do the same. We don't need all of these material posessions and it will feel good to start this charitable tradition.

    I am hosting a giveway at my site too if anyone wants to enter...Stonyfield yogurt coupons are up for grabs and there is only one entry so far.

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  19. I also liked MOWAA on facebook.

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  20. So happy to see you back, Mama!! I will like this and I plan to give back with money, baking, anyway I can. It's a new years resolution!!!

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  21. Susi-It's so nice to see you back again...don't overdo it, just post when you feel well and energized enough to want to do it.

    Let's see, where do I start...well, I'm constantly involved with donations to Goodwill, not just from me, but from members of my family, as well. Every week I have a huge bag of decent and good stuff to donate, not to mention larger items that they come to pick up.
    Also, during the holidays, give a nice $$$donation to the Salvation Army, to feed the hungry, especially for the holidays.

    Also, at my son-in-law's restaurant there's always some type of luncheon party event going on, and they always leave the leftovers, to be donated to local church food kitchens that same day, to be served there at dinner time.

    Also donate lots of great toys and new ones for the Toys for Tots foundation, every Christmas.

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  22. So good to see you! That's a lovely wreath, and for a wonderful cause. So far this holiday season I've made contributions to our local food bank and Toys for Tots. I also volunteer year-round at our local opportunity shop, which sells donated items at low cost and uses the proceeds to support local charities and non-profit organizations.

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  23. I'm a follower on Google Connect! (BTW, I have a giveaway on my blog until tomorrow, if you're interested!)

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  24. Hi Susi! I hope you're feeling better. This Christmas we are going to donate to Salvation Army and donate some used toys that my son is willing to "give back to Santa" for kids that don't have as many toys.

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  25. I went to Facebook and "liked" Meals on Wheels. The MOMAA only had 83 followers, so I chose the regular Meals on Wheels. ???

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  26. Great to hear your Susi-voice again! I hope you are doing well. Say, that wreath is just beautiful, by the way. What a fabulous giveaway prize!

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    I regularly support, and will continue to support this holiday season, the Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries, an invaluable homeless shelter in the inner city that literally saves lives and relieves suffering by providing food and basic necessities, educational/job training skills, and spiritual support to the most needy individuals among us.

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  27. Hi love! Thank you for sharing this important cause with us...and for offering such a delightful giveaway. I'm going to start volunteering at a local children's home...I have a few more paperwork items to take care of, but I can hardly wait to start volunteering. I hope you have a wonderful Tuesday!

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  28. Glad to hear you are feeling better! I give to my select charities every year as a Christmas present to myself. St. Judes and animal rescues. It's also the perfect time to donate unused items which is why I cleared out two big bags of clothes during our move.

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  29. this wreath's so pretty. I have been in the habit of making a donation to charities as a gift to friends in lieu of physical present for some time now.

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  30. Susie! I think I squealed out loud when I saw your post come up on my favorites list! So happy to see you posting, friend. I've missed you. I really hope you are resting and feeling better.

    well, we donated a lot of our kids stuff to a local houston charity that helps families and kids in need. also, I want to do angel tree with my kids this year. as a kid I would do that with my parents and it was so much fun. I think they are finally to the age where they can sorta understand. that's the plan!

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  31. Liked it! It is such a wonderful charity! thanks for sharing this with us, Susie! I remember when Joan Rivers was on Celebrity Apprentice, her charity she won for was Meals on Wheels. It was really special.

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  32. How lovely! This season I plan to "adopt" a needy family via a local organization and buy them some awesome and useful gifts.

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  33. And I'm now following you on Google reader.

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  34. I love the natural look these wreaths have.....just so beautiful! I have been working on my own warm coat drive. Asking all friends and family to clean out their closets and let some less fortunate feel a little warmer this winter.

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  35. Susi, I hope that you are feeling better and have more strength. Since we celebrate with Eastern European traditions, it's all about the vigil or Christmas Eve. So I always volunteer on Christmas Day.

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  36. I "liked" Meals on Wheels AA on FB.

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  37. And of course I follow you via GFC; I enjoy your blog so much. Again, I hope that you're well. Take care of yourself.

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  38. We are going to have a "benefit dinner" at our home. We are providing all the food and drinks. We invited 20 of our closets friends and we ask them to at least make a $30 donation. All the money raised will go to Relay for Life. We are very active and involved in the Relay for Life chapter in our town.

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  39. I'm going to help collect winter coats for homeless youth.
    -Jillian
    JillianJJ81@aol.com

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  40. What a great giveaway. Btw, welcome back and thanks for stopping by :)

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  41. The wreaths are so beautiful Susi! I am buying gifts for a child in need - I pick a tag (or two) off a tree at the mall with their list on it and then shop for them. I think meals on wheels is awesome! I know lots of people who benefit from their meals.

    (Miss ya!)

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  42. I follow you on Google Friend Connect!

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  43. i've been furiously purging so i can donate to goodwill (lots of people needs things in the winter and shop in their stores so this is a great time to do this).

    my office is also doing a food drive for our local pantry so i've been making a point of picking up some non-perishables on sale whenever i go grocery shopping.

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  44. Every year we donate food to the Food Bank, clothes to shelters and salvation army, toys for tots. I want to participate in a soup kitchen or something like that my it freaks my husband out so I will wait till my kids are school age and sneak out ;)

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  45. we are on our second year of sponsoring a child through compassion international and we are going to donate to an adoption grant fund for a special boy http://liferearranged.com/2010/11/make-christmas-count-for-cliff/

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  46. What a gorgeous wreath! (I donated to a friend raising $ for MOWAA so she could run the NYC Marathon this year. She had a blast running for this great organization.) :)

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  47. So glad to see you back posting. The wreaths are gorgeous! This year We're adopting two families in need for the holidays. We're getting each member clothes, jackets, shoes and things off their wish lists. I can't wait to deliver the items!

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  48. I'm visiting my sister in Nashville and she is the penultimate good person. Not sure what she has planned, but I know it will be inspiring and humbling at the same time.

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