Gives Program, Hope Wissel

Help Us To Make A Difference

I know school isn’t out.  I know you are thinking about summer.  I know the last thing you want to hear about is back to school, right?

People start businesses for many different reasons.  Many will say it is to make money or to have a flexible schedule.  While others have a passion not tied to money (believe it or not!).   It may sound crazy BUT my motivation for my business goes far deeper than being able to pay bills.  Don’t get me wrong, I need to pay bills.

For as long as I can remember, I wanted to make a difference in the lives of others.  From raising funds for MDA as a kid to volunteering with disabled youth to being a social worker, I like to see people smile.  My business is no different.

I want to Bring a smile to face of those who are hurting and especially to kids because it is not usually their fault but the result of circumstances.  They need to know someone cares even in their darkest moments.

I have been doing give back programs since I started with Thirty One.  With the help of my family, friends and customers we have done zipper pouches for the Pediatrics Unit at Easter; Chemo comfort bags, and USA HERO zipper pouches for our Vets.  You have helped me to raise money for Smiles for Trevor, Relay for Life, Suicide Awareness and have helped families with medical expenses.  Together, we are making a difference in the lives of others especially women and children letting them know someone cares!

You know the “Back to School” campaigns which provide kids with backpacks and school supplies, right? These programs help each child start off the school year on the right foot.

Last year, we provided 31 children with THERMAL LUNCH TOTES filled with some healthy snacks.  Let’s be honest, the FREE lunch program doesn’t always have kid friendly foods. No hate mail PLEASE because I know there are some places with great meals but let’s be honest, not all of them do.

We will be doing this AGAIN this year.  For $20, you can sponsor a thermal tote filled with healthy snacks for a child in need. If you want to help BUT you don’t have $20, donate what you can – $1, $2, $5, or $10. Maybe finances are tight BUT you know a business who may want to help, GREAT! Let me know or forward this information to them. I will supply a list of business sponsors in every thermal tote along with blogging about them – FREE advertising for helping out a great cause. Where else could they get FREE advertising for $20 or $40?

Won’t you help to make a difference today?  You can fill out the form below or contact me directly. I will be happy to invoice you. Let’s bring a smile to the face of as many children as we can this school year.  The deadline is June 15th!

Have ThirtyOne-derful day!

Gives Program

HUNGER Campaign

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Did you know that over 20% of the kids in NJ are living in food-insecure homes?

I remember when hunger and the lack of food first became a harsh reality for me.  In 1990 I was a new Case Manager at the South Jersey AIDS Alliance.  A family came in to get a bag of groceries and Maria shared her story with me.  A single mom with AIDS, she was raising her 2 grandchildren.  They lived on a fixed income since she could no longer work.  She had enough to pay the bills but struggled at the end of the month to feed her small family.  I looked at the USDA food and thought “would I feed this to my daughter?”.  The bag was filled with canned meats, veggies, rice, beans, cereal, canned fruit and powdered milk. This is what Maria would use for meals over the next week or so at home.

I vowed to stock our office pantry with things that were not only nutritious but would also allow the kids to not feel different at school.  Some used the Free Lunch programs at school but back then it wasn’t very popular.  My heart broke for the kids who wanted to take lunch like the other kids.  My heart hurt for the kids who stood out because of the FREE lunch program stigma.  My daughter shared her snacks with the kids she met in the office.

Fast forward to today – food pantries are stocked with more then just government commodities and the FREE lunch program is now accepted my more people. The old negative stigma has become a harsh reality for many.

Now, you have heard of the “Back to School” campaigns that provide kids with backpacks and school supplies, right?  These programs each child start off the school year on the right foot.

This year, I will be providing THERMAL LUNCH TOTES to children.  I am filling the thermals with a different kind of school supply – some healthy snacks along with a tip sheet on some inexpensive ideas to provide a healthy lunch for your kids.  I mean let’s be honest, the FREE lunches sometimes do not have kid friendly foods.  No hate mail PLEASE because I know that there are some places that have great meals but let’s be honest, not all of them do.

So, for $20, you can sponsor a thermal tote filled with healthy snacks for a child in need.  If you want to help BUT you don’t have $20, donate what you can – $1, $2, $5, or $10.  Finances are tight BUT you know a business that may want to help, GREAT!  Let me know or forward this information to them.  I will supply a list of business sponsors in every thermal tote along with blogging about them – FREE advertising for helping out a great cause.  Where else could they get FREE advertising for $20 or $40?

back to school flyer

Won’t you help?  Fill out the form below with your information or contact me directly.  Let’s bring a smile to the face of as many children as we can this school year.

Have ThirtyOne-derful day!