Monday, November 4, 2013

Want to Make a Difference? The Holiday Food Drive Blogfest

M.J Joachim's generous, giving spirit has led her to a really creative idea for a blogfest. I'm excited that she's invited me to co-host The Holiday Food Drive Blogfest.

The idea behind this blogfest is to give back to the community during this season - to help those less fortunate. Whether the holidays fill you with cheer or dread, helping others is always a good idea.

Our food banks are extremely low on food this season, especially with the recent government shutdown. Many of them helped feed the military and other government workers who were furloughed and left without pay during this time. Our hope is that this bloghop will, in some small way, help put food back on the shelves and feed all those in need during the holidays this year.  Here in Colorado the food banks are even more depleted from the horrible floods we had in September.

The Holiday Food Drive Blogfest is a simple one. Here are the basics:

  1. Sign up on the linky and mark your calendars.

  2. Put up your post anytime between November 18 and 20th.

  3. Write about a local food bank or organization that helps feed the poor in your area. Share as much detail as you can to help promote their cause.

  4. Then give some of your time and/or treasure to help support their cause. Honor system applies. Feel free to share your activity in your blog post – not to brag, or say look what I've done, I'm such a great person, but to encourage others and give them ideas of what they could do to help others.

  5. Show the blogfest badge (generously created and donated by our favorite digital artist, the amazing Jeremy of Being Retro.  Please link back to this informational post at either of our sites when you put the badge up. (If you need help doing this, just email me and I'll walk you through it.)

  6. Please help us advertise this blogfest, even if you're not participating. Tweet, facebook, mention it at the end of a post, whatever works for you we could use the publicity for this great cause.

  7. Follow your hosts’ blogs, if you are not already doing so, that way you won't miss any important info about this important community event.  Blogland is a community in itself - let's show the world what we can do to help our hometown communities.



Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

What a great idea! I'll definitely spread the word for you guys.

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Very timely as there will be people who don't have a Thanksgiving dinner.

JoJo said...

Donations have been down for years. And then there are always the stories of break-ins this time of year and the few things food drives have received are stolen. :( If there's room in the budget this year I'll try to donate to our local food bank in Bourne. There have been a few times where I thought I might have to utilize them myself....

Brian Miller said...

what a cool idea...def the food banks could use the food and helping out locally this time of year is many needs...and always growing more and more...

Mark Koopmans said...

I'm signed up and looking forward to helping out wherever I can.

PS: Thank you for getting involved with the 50 States of Pray and I have you penciled in for Colorado :)

Anonymous said...

As I commented on M.J.'s blog, what an excellent idea. I love it! No one should go hungry in this country or any other but especially this one. I am sharing the hell outta' this post!
Thank you both!

J.Q. Rose said...

Beating hunger is a mission in my life, locally or worldwide.I added my blog to the list. Thanks for spearheading this blogfest. I hope it will stir up people to donate to food banks. We should do it again in the summer when kids are home from school and parents have to provide lunch too. You rock!

N. R. Williams said...

I have a food bank a block away and I'll give this year, however, I can't do the bloghop. I did tweet, Facebook and Google plus you.

Where do you live in Colorado? I live in Lakewood.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Tina .. what a brilliant idea of MJs ... I see the 'boxes' in the supermarkets for donations - I forget as I go in, and then of course have shopped for me only as I go out.

Must make a plan - next week I'll be near the actual food bank I think .. so I'll try and find out a bit more ..

Great idea .. cheers Hilary

Julie Flanders said...

Thanks to you and MJ for organizing this blogfest. Such a fantastic idea! I am signed up and will help spread the word.