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The Hunger Site and GreaterGood Network Establish New Gifts That Give More to Directly Aid People of Eastern Burma with Medical Services and Supplies

Seattle, WA (PRWEB) November 29, 2007

The Hunger Site (http://www.thehungersite.com), one in a family of click-to-give Web sites known as the GreaterGood Network, recently established a partnership with 2007 Asia Democracy and Human Rights Award winner, Dr. Cynthia Maung. Six new Gifts That Give More were created to benefit Dr. Maung’s clinic in Mae Sot, Thailand, and village medical clinics in Burma. One hundred percent of the contributions given through these gifts will go directly to fund medical training and supplies to benefit the needy in areas of Eastern Burma.

The unique Gifts That Gives More program allows 100% tax-deductible contributions to pass through directly to nonprofit causes. Inclusion in the program raises awareness and provides the supporters in this growing community that cares with an opportunity to fund specific services for people, animals and causes in need. With their full-color downloadable certificate of acknowledgement, Gifts That Give More make a meaningful holiday gift.

Dr. Cynthia Maung is the winner of the 2007 Asia Democracy and Human Rights Award. The purpose of the award is to support democratic development and promote human rights throughout the Asia-Pacific region. Dr. Maung was selected for her tenacious and long-term commitment to the thousands of Burmese refugees and migrant workers who seek refuge from oppression and violence by the Burmese military junta that governs the country, and for her dedication to training and educating those refugees in order to build a community based on respect for life and human rights.

At her clinic, Dr. Maung provides not only medical care for her patients, but also job training, social services, health education, child protection services, and community-building activities. The Burmese Gifts that Give More provide six ways to fund these initiatives: Train Midwives ($ 50), Train a Backpack Medic ($ 100), Provide Essential Medical Supplies for a Village for a Day ($ 20), Treat Four Malaria Patients ($ 23), Provide Bednets ($ 30), and Provide a Clean Childbirth Kit ($ 24.50).

One hundred percent of funds collected from the Burmese Gifts That Give More is paid by GreaterGood.org to Planet Care/Global Health Access Program, a California based nonprofit organization working to improve the well-being of communities in crisis through the provision of health and public health services, capacity building, and resource enhancement. Since 1998, GHAP has supported Mae Tao Clinic and ethnic minority health organizations in Burma by providing health worker training, technical support for medical and public health programs, health information systems support, and medical supplies.

Tim Kunin, co-owner of CharityUSA comments, “The recent escalation of violence against Buddhist monks and Burmese citizens by the junta in Burma inspired us to look for ways to help reduce mortality in one of the most impoverished regions of the world. I visited Dr. Cynthia’s Clinic in 2003, and saw her amazing work firsthand. Then last month, we sent a staff member to Mae Sot. The results are these six new ways our visitors can help reduce infant and maternal mortality and give truly meaningful gifts this holiday season.”

The Hunger Site is a member of the U.S. Campaign for Burma, and has been selling products made by the Burmese refugee community in Mae Sot, Thailand since 2003, as a way to benefit families by providing income to refugee women.

About The Hunger Site (http://www.TheHungerSite.com) & GreaterGood Network

The Hunger Site is the original, flagship Web site in a growing family of cause-related sites operating as the GreaterGood Network. Other sites include The Breast Cancer Site, The Child Health Site, The Animal Rescue Site, The Rainforest Site, and The Literacy Site. Each site is focused on a specific need and allows supporters to benefit leading charities with simple, everyday online actions such as clicking to give and shopping to give more. In addition to 100% of sponsor advertising, a portion of every sale in the suite of GreaterGood Network stores goes to charity. At The Hunger Site, those funds help provide food for impoverished people in the U.S. and overseas through its charity partners, America’s Second Harvest and Mercy Corps. Since The Hunger Site launched in June 1999, hundreds of millions of people from around the world have clicked and shopped to make a difference. On average, over 220,000 individuals visit The Hunger Site each day.


Travel Insured Offers Tips for Affordable Family Holiday Travel: Ship Gifts Free; Avoid Fare Surcharges, Save with “Kids Are Free” Trip Insurance

East Hartford, CT (Vocus) October 21, 2010

Travel Insured International, a leading third-party travel insurer, reminds family budget managers dealing with the challenging economy of 2010 that careful advance planning can make the difference between renewing a family travel tradition during this holiday season or staying home. Whether the preferred family gathering place for a year-end holiday is a relative’s or friend’s home, a festive city hotel, or a family resort, the trip planner who takes calculated steps to avoid overpayment for travel necessities can help make the celebration affordable instead of impossible.

The popular consumer airfare shopping website FareCompare.com publishes valuable advice on when to fly. It includes a dating chart listing surcharges that are built into airfares on different holiday season dates, with the extra costs matched among six competing U.S. carriers. The Fare Compare research reveals that Thanksgiving and Christmas Day have no peak airfare surcharges, unlike most days in the season that carry $ 10 to $ 30 surcharges each way. New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day are almost as good, with $ 10 surcharges each day. The most expensive $ 30 per ticket fare surcharges this year are on Nov. 28 and 29, the Sunday and Monday after Thanksgiving; on Thursday, Nov. 23; and on Jan. 2-3, 2011, the Sunday and Monday after New Year’s. There are no fare surcharges for those who can fly prior to Nov. 19, or between Nov. 30 and Dec. 16, or after Jan. 3. Attentive family budget managers will note the potential difference between flying with no surcharges or flying with $ 30 surcharges can be $ 60 per roundtrip ticket per family member.

Families can save additional costs on their outbound flights to the holiday gathering by purchasing gifts through the numerous online shopping services that will ship gifts ahead for free. Combined with organized packing to limit members to one carry-on bag each, families can avoid airline baggage fees ranging from $ 15 to $ 20 to $ 25 for their first checked bag, and more for a second or third bag. Several travel sites publish baggage fee charts for domestic and international airlines that are easy to find. At least one popular domestic airline advertises its bags fly free policy, a best opportunity for avoiding this travel cost.

Kids Are Free

When saving money by planning ahead on family holiday travel, a prudent parent will seek to protect the family’s travel budget against Trip Cancellation or Trip Delay caused by unforeseen disruptions. For most families a sudden childhood illness, or one unwelcome winter storm can be enough to either force a holiday trip cancellation or cause lengthy delays and unforeseen expenses for food and lodging.

The affordable way to avoid both disappointment and lost prepaid trip costs is one of three types of Worldwide Trip Protector Plans from Travel Insured that include Kids Are Free coverage for one or more children under 18 traveling with their related adult. Families on the Worldwide Trip Protector comprehensive plan receive free coverage for all kids under 18 insured with their primary adult. Families on the budget-priced Trip Protector Lite or Trip Protector Lite Expanded plan receive free coverage for one child under 18 for each related adult enrolled on the plan and traveling with the child. All three types of plans include Trip Cancellation, Trip Interruption, Trip Delay, Baggage Loss and Delay, among other coverage. Common Carrier Accident insurance, Renter’s Collision Insurance, and even Sports Coverage to protect against ski equipment delays or contact sports injuries are available options in all three plans.

Keeping the family’s holiday travel celebration on the calendar in a struggling 2010 economy is still affordable with some educated advance travel planning. Don’t forget to protect prepaid family plans, however, so that if the worst happens the celebration can still be rescheduled when the holidays are over.

About Travel Insured International

Travel Insured International, based in E. Hartford, CT, was founded in 1994 by the foresight of insurance industry executive Peter Gehris when he acquired the travel protection division of the Travelers Insurance Company. Coverage is underwritten by Arch Insurance Company (a Missouri corporation, NAIC #11150) with executive offices located in New York, NY. Arch Insurance is rated A (Excellent) for financial strength by the insurance rating service A.M. Best. Not all insurance products or coverage is available in all jurisdictions. Coverage is subject to actual policy language

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SET Boutique Offers a Better Way to Give Donations as Gifts

San Francisco, CA (Vocus) November 1, 2010

SET Boutique (Support Ethical Trade) continues to expand its Give&Get program by adding a fourth non-profit partner. The program was created in response to consumer demand for gifts with more substance. Sending donations on the behalf of friends, co-workers, or family members is rising in popularity for gift giving. SET Boutique owner Lindsay Sullivan saw an opportunity to fill a gap in the gifting market. Before the Give&Get program there were two gift options; a product or a donation. Now it can be one package. Sullivan explains that even with the popularity of donation gifts the majority of people want their recipient to unwrap a tangible present. The Give&Get program makes the act of donating more accessible and integrated into the shopping experience.

How it works:

Shop for fair trade clothing and accessories at SET Boutique, and add items to the cart as usual. Then visit the Donation Directory to choose a non-profit organization that cares for victims of human trafficking, or prevents at risk youth from being vulnerable to trafficking. Customers can make a donation as small as $ 10.00 to one of these organizations, and they receive a personalized thank you card, free gift wrapping, and a coupon for 20% off their next purchase. This is all packaged together with their merchandise. The result is a gift that is personalized to the recipient, spreads awareness, and brings more meaning to the individual items.

The Partners:

Four non-profits have joined the Give&Get program to date, and each have an exceptional mission. SAGE (Standing for Global Exploitation) raises awareness about commercial sexual exploitation, and provides outreach and services to survivors. Freedom House opened the first shelter solely for victims of human trafficking in the San Francisco Area. They provide long term shelter to survivors, as well as legal, health, and reintegration assistance. ECPAT works to build collaboration among local civil society actors and the broader child rights community to form a global social movement for protection of children from sexual exploitation. And the newest partner in the Give&Get program is Project Enlighten whose mandate is to create funding for a variety of education and skills training programs for children to succeed in Cambodia, Laos, Burma, and Thailand. One powerful way to prevent human trafficking is to prevent at-risk youth. SET Boutique is proud to include Project Enlighten in the Give&Get Directory because they help vulnerable children gain education and avoid trafficking predators.

Non-profit organizations who would like to join the Give&Get program can contact SET Boutique for more information.

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Prevent Blindness America Urges Holiday Shoppers to Keep Safe Toys and Gifts at the Top of Their List This Year

Chicago (PRWEB) November 16, 2012

Thanks to online sales and some retailers starting the holiday shopping season earlier every year, many gift-givers have already begun to purchase items to get a jump-start on their lists. But sometimes, the best deal may not be the safest. Prevent Blindness America, the nations oldest non-profit eye health and safety group, wants everyone to make sure that all gifts purchased, especially for children, are safe.

In 2010, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) estimated that hospital emergency rooms across the country treated 251,700 toy-related injuries. And, 72 percent of those injuries were to those under the age of 15.

In order to spend the holidays with family and friends, instead of in the emergency room, we must be diligent in making sure our children are protected, said Hugh R. Parry, president and CEO of Prevent Blindness America. We all need to make a conscious effort to think about the gifts we are buying to make sure they are appropriate for every childs age and development level.

Prevent Blindness America has declared December as Safe Toys and Gifts Awareness Month in an effort to help adults make the best decisions on how to keep the holiday season joyful for everyone. The group is offering toy-buying and gift-giving tips to all those planning to purchase a gift for a child this year.

A Creative Twist to Memorable Holiday Gifts — Innovation Expert Gregg Fraley Offers 23 Tips on Memorable Gift Giving

Buckinghamshire, England (PRWEB) November 19, 2007

It’s a challenge we face every year — what to do about gifts for the holidays. Our loved ones need some TLC, but how best to show it? Creativity and innovation expert Gregg Fraley put together some fun and thoughtful ideas for everyone on your gift list, items that are great for even the thinnest of budgets and more meaningful, too.

Fraley said, “It’s daunting; it’s complex; and it is often something we find hard to be inventive about. Panic, procrastination, and, yes, fear get in the way of creative thinking. You don’t have to buy something awful just to cross someone off your list; there is no heart or creativity in that.”

He adds, “First, get out of panic mode and start thinking creatively by writing down some facts and feelings you have about each person. Keep a little notebook for your creative gift project. Jam ideas at every odd moment of the day, look to those facts and feelings for in. If you stay after your personal brainstorming for a few days, you’ll get breakthrough ideas. Finally, take action now on those ideas and you’ll get through the season without last minute hysteria.”

Following, in no particular order, are creative ideas for this year’s holiday gifting challenge, for more detail on each idea, visit http://www. Gregg’s blog.

1. Write Something Personal in Handmade Card. Why not make a card a very personal and meaningful gift? Don’t just sign your name, write a real note. If you have time, make a card yourself.

2. Create a Cool Package of Themed Stuff. Combine several small gifts into a cool package designed around a person’s interests. Take the time to find out what your gifted has a passion for.

3. Give Art Supplies. An under-rated place to shop for holiday gifts is a good art supply store. Who couldn’t use a nice fancy pen? For kids, there are a lot of new fangled art supplies like Crayola’s Model Magic, a great sculpting media.

4. Decorate & Give a Personalized Christmas Tree. Many people don’t have time to put up a tree. Find a way to create one for a gift or make it an event! Finding special ornaments makes it even more memorable.

5. Create a Quilt for a Sick Child. Sewonderful Quilts will provide you with free fabric (very beautiful sample material otherwise destined for the landfill) and instructions.

6. Give Time. Many of our best friends and family pine for our company. Why not gift a juicy chunk of time, an afternoon, or a whole day? Wrap up a small box with a clock inside and enclose a note suggesting a day and do something you both like.

7. Write a List of Acknowledgements. List 10 things you love about somebody. It’s hard to go wrong when you say out loud what you almost never do, but honestly feel.

8. Share Your Favorite Recipes: Put together a small fave recipe compilation for a personal gift. The more love you put into it, the more it will be appreciated.

9. Share an Audio Book, Movie, Song or a Favorite TV Show. On the low budget end, you could record a song on your computer, using a free audio package like Audacity and email an MPG file.

10. Give Fairly. There are several websites out there with unique Fair Trade gifts from craftsman all around the world. See also these sites: Orenoque and Our Voices Together.

11. Give Your Heritage. For the older folks reading this maybe this is the time to pass along that ring your great grandmother wore to a younger generation, or that hand-carved butcher block your grandfather made himself.

12. Hand Write a Miniature Book. Buy a blank notebook and fill it with whimsical thoughts you are having around the holidays, or thoughts you have about the friendship or love you have with someone.

13. Gift an Historic Tree, a nursery that has trees that are offspring of Apple trees that Johnny Appleseed planted, Oaks from Elvis’s Graceland, etc. A tree is a gift that keeps giving for generations, providing shade, fresh air, and beauty.

Author Gregg Fraley works as an innovation expert and new product development consultant to Fortune 500 companies and does keynote speeches and workshops on creative thinking, innovation, problem-solving, and new-product development. Fraley is author of Jack’s Notebook, a fast-paced, inspirational story that reveals the principles of a proven process for deliberate creative thinking – CPS (Creative Problem Solving). He is also a partner in The Innovise Guys, a creativity and innovation podcast with a humorous edge. The Innovise Guys are blending classic problem solving methods with comedy improvisational tools. Fraley is currently working in Great Britain as an Artist in Residence, but resides permanently in Three Oaks, Michigan.

More of Gregg Fraley’s musings can be found on his website and blog.

Media contact: Beth Peterson, (847) 931-9375.