Giving Small

       Don't Have a Cow!¬†¬†Give a Cow to Someone Who Needs It

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Sunday, February 21, 2010

* Enough cow for each letter of the alphabet !

Cadence, cow #26 is out of the barn. Hurrah!

cow beside school

Thanks to so many people who donate their bottles we have another cow. I know I won't remember everyone (I'll try who helped with this batch) - Kate and Murray, Beth, Murray Research, Dean's Office, ITS staff, Special Collections/Archives, Rita and Peter's Surveys. I've also sold a few items on Kijiji donated by Mia - thanks Mia.

Donating Locally

As many of you know I started donating locally last year after my adventure in trying to trade coupons to buy a cow - we came close to paying for one whole cow but it was not the way to go.

However, with Shopper's points that people have donated, coupons, icoke pins etc, I have been able to put together an ongoing "give local" project for the Drop-in Centre at Aids Saskatoon that helps people and families who have someone who is HIV positive. Many of these people are dealing with homelessness and poverty and donations that for basic health and hygiene as well as Ensure and Boost are helpful.

If you know anyone who would like to give their bottles to the cow, let me know. I'm happy to pick up and recycle them. :-)

Let's work together to help out more locally

I would love to have a small group of people who focused on helping out locally either by contributing some time and collecting small items that help:

  • coupons
  • icoke pins
  • Disney reward codes
  • lots of different reward codes are helpful for donations -- I'll happily send you the list
  • barcodes from some products like Pampers, Bluewater frozen seafood, Kodak printer, cameras or paper **really want Kodak barcodes**
  • travel size soaps and shampoos,
  • gently used gift bags and store paper bags like AE or the Gap
  • gently used plastic grocery bags
  • and much much more ....

Or if you are able to donate money (it takes about $100+/month to cover the amount on the items below AFTER coupons and the taxes). If there was some extra donations, I'd love to add cases of ensure and buy some more of these items. Any financial donations that you make are eligible for a charitable tax receipt.

Each month, I try to buy about 25-100 of each of the following using coupons:
  • shampoo, conditioners, toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap, body wash, tampons, pads, men's deodorant, women's deodorant, razors, shave gel
I also shop for items that they use like toilet paper, kleenex, laundry soap, dishwasher soap, dish soap, cleaners etc. as well as some food and drink items for the Soul Food lunches held once a month.

Here's an example of items purchased last August:
august2 donations

Our next cow is called Calliope.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

* Cows and Skiis: More items donated for Kijiji cow fundraising

Can cows ski?

Probably not but giraffes may be able to and if you know the reason why - leave a comment.

Speaking of cows and skiis, it's a logo on this maple syrup bottle made on the Robb family farm in Battleboro Vermont.

cow on skiis on Vermont Maple Syrup Bottle, 8.45 oz. bottle

If you're into collecting cow memorbilia, you can order the Maple Syrup here.

The Net is grand -- See for yourself that giraffes can ski:

Water Ski Giraffe - See more funny pictures and videos at Fugly.

Kijiji Donations -- Sorry No Giraffes for Sale But There are Skiis

Before Xmas, I received items from Doris and Gaye to sell for the cow. I had also had a few books and posted those. Almost everything has sold and my next job is post a few things from Mia and a photo of the downhill skis in the garage. I spotted them the other day and remembered setting them aside in the summer to see when the snow was on the ground for the cow.

Thanks for donating stuff to sell - it all helps towards these cows. $32 was collected from Kijiji sales for Birdie, cow #24.

Well we have snow and great skiing weather so I'll get these up soon I hope.

* Shopper's Friends Come Through for the Cow - woo hoo 20,000 bonus points

Thanks to everyone who signed up for Shoppers' Tell a Friend. 20,000 bonus points are in my account which means $40 on redemption day for donations. Most of the Shoppers bonus points go to local charities but if you happen to have something you want to buy at Shoppers let me know. I'll use my redemption to buy it, and you can pay me and I'll pop it in the cow fund.

Speaking of cows - we're on cow number 26 named Cadence

Today thanks to Rita and Wilf -- a fun soccer grandmother who knows how to cheer - I picked up bottles for recycling. Today's recycling haul was $24.40 putting us over half way to Cadence.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

* Belle, Cow #24 is on her way

cow smiling stool

We did it. Two dozen cows in about eighteen months - quite the herd. And yes we'll keep expanding the herd so save up those bottles.

Thanks to all the bottle donors and to the folks who buy things on Kijiji. I have been selling just a few things on Kijiji. Maybe 5 at a time.

The hot item was Elmo doing the Chicken Dance. Apparently Elmo does the Hokey Pokey and other dances too as well as sings and young children love these. Who knew?


Monday, October 19, 2009

* Chapter 3: The Fourth C is Christmas

In August I started getting to know more about the 601 Outreach Center to see where I could best put what energy I might have on a given day, if any.

I took on one small project and after a lot of thought, I decided to tackle a BIG one and work at it in my "Giving-Small" way - a bit here and a bit there and see what could happen.

christmas garland

So the big project is to try to fill 70 Christmas hampers with food for a Christmas meal and then food stuffs for 4 weeks. We'll also try to add age appropriate gifts. The organization does receive some donations for the hampers but last year it was a major challenge to get 50 together. With the increase in the number of people who are HIV positive, there are more hampers to fill this year. This is definitely an area where some extra help was needed.

So am I nuts - trying to fill 70 Hampers? Perhaps. Well there's a still librarian in me even on leave. I like to collect, sort, store and make things available.

squirrel carrying a big acorn

I thought I would try to do some of it and never thought I could fill them. I wanted to do 1 or 2 juices in each box, some pasta, some rice, soup, and then the fixing for Christmas dinner. In my dreams I thought of coffee and tea and chocolate and nuts and Mandarin oranges -- it is Christmas. Then there some items which I had no idea how I would get them with coupons -- the stuffing, gravy, potatoes, and of course turkey and vegetables.

So on September 22, the hamper starts off looking like this:

Day 1 - Sept 5 Christmas Hampers

Check back Wednesday to see what happens when Giving-Small posts a list of items she's looking to trade for on the couponing discussion board.

* The Three C's - Coupons, Cows and Charity

8 thumbnails of piles of groceries to donate

Some of the grocery items donated this summer.

The Three C's - Coupons, Cows and Charity

Chapter 1: You can't really milk coupons for cows

Many of you will remember my hopeful entry into the world of coupon trading for the cow. I soon discovered that I am not cut out to be a traded and it's much much slower to trade enough to eventually be able to convert Canadian Tire money, gift cards or points into "cow money". I still keep trading a wee bit and hope to finish it up by Christmas. That's my deadline for raising the money for one cow. I'm at $225 after 9 months so with a bit of work, the cow should be in the shopping bag so to speak.

Chapter 2: Coupons put milk and cereal on the table.

While coupons aren't so great for cows, they turn out to be a super route to give locally and help people here and the established charitable organizations that serve them. I have taken things bought with coupons for free or near free to Crisis Nursery, Aids Saskatoon Homeless Drop-In Center, Food Bank, YWCA Shelter and SCAT.

I spent some time to talking to all of these groups to find out what was the "best match" in terms of their needs and my ability. In the end the best fit was the 601 Outreach Center that helps the homeless. They don't get tons of donations so things are really appreciated and used there. The staff is outstanding and the people who use their services are very helpful. When I pull up with my van, they all offer to help unload it.

So I still want coupons - lots of coupons so I can continue to buy health and hygiene items - toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoo, soap, deoderant, as well as household and food items like laundry soap, dish soap, juice, cereal, snack food and dry goods etc.

* Where does the time go?

September was so beautiful and it's come and gone. And then October rolled around - belated Happy Turkey Day everyone.

Image - thank you - a bee with a bouquet of flowers

Thanks so much to all of these folks who contributed bottles and more. We have raised $209 towards "Belle" - cow #24.

  • Robin, Frank and Cara - new collectors and donators for the cow :-)
  • Gigi and her roommates
  • Peter and Barb
  • Beth
  • Kate and Murray
  • Frank and Diane
  • Urve
  • Nancy - that cute dog bed was snapped up on kijiji
  • folks from Kijiji who bought books and Ikea chairs
  • Dean's Office bottle recycling
  • ITS bottle recycling
  • Access Services bottle recycling - special thanks to Iffat that coordinates this
  • Cheryl and Ron
  • All the great folks in Special Collections and Archives - special thanks to Kulwant who always lets me know when it's time to pick up
  • Bottles from Data Services
  • Neil
  • Fullcircle coupon helpers - Carole, Zoe, Cecelia

Image - thank you - a bee with a bouquet of flowers

I know I'll forget to thank someone, so please forgive me -- my brain is a bit like swiss cheese memory wise - flavourable and delicious but full of holes. The joys of being ill. I've discovered that I'm just a whole lot more human (error prone) than everyone else I meet. Everyday I get to be around people who have super powers!