Back on July 14th, my family and I had the opportunity to work with some other great mom bloggers and 77 Kids by American Eagle. My family and I joined Clarissa, from the POSHpreneur, Pamela, from the dayton time, and Nichole, from Modern Style Mama, and their children, in Syracuse(NY) for a day of helping others. Our morning started at the North Area YMCA where we hooked up with the YUM mobile to hand out treats to those at the YMCA. After a while, the bloggers and our families headed out for pizza and wings (thank you Clarissa!) for lunch. We then hit Wegmans and picked up some food trays to bring with us to the Ronald McDonald House. Along with the food trays, which were to be dinner for those staying at the Ronald McDonald House, Pamela had bought a bunch of supplies that are always in need at the Ronald McDonald House (paper towels, laundry detergent, etc). Another fun thing we did throughout the day, was to hand out $1 bills to random people, encouraging them to pay it forward. Along with the dollar, there was a pamphlet that listed 7 ways a person could do good with a $1 and 7 ways they could do good for free. It was amazing to see how people reacted when you tried to give them something for free. It is actually a sad commentary on how little people actually help others when people are shocked that someone else would do something nice for them, just because.
The Do Good Day was sponsored by 77kids, American Eagle's store for the little ones. They were preparing for the grand opening of their physical stores in 11 cities. In each city, a blogging team was chosen to participate in Do Good Day and then to come to the store for the grand opening (I will blog about that later). Syracuse was one of the 11 cities that was fortunate to get a 77kids store in their area. The store opened at Carousel Center on July 23rd.
The money we handed out as well as the money used to buy the items given to the Ronald McDonald House were provided by 77kids. As a blogger, I was also paid for participating in this project. While I was paid for this event, my opinions remain my own and are not influenced by anyone else.