Wednesday, July 22, 2009

What have you done lately to help out in your community? You may have heard on the news or from your parents that our economy is not doing too well lately. That means more people than ever are struggling to pay bills and even provide food for their family.

No matter how old you are, there are many creative and inexpensive ways to help others this summer.

Take a Stand With Sunkist
Kids ages 7 to 12 can register at and submit their "Take a Stand" pledge and receive a free Sunkist lemonade stand, while supplies last. Then sell glasses of homemade to raise money for a charity.

Angels in Action
Students ages 8 to 18, will be recognized and rewarded for exemplary acts of service to benefit their community, a charity or cause. Visit to get great ideas for creative projects by reading about last year's winners on the Angel Soft site.

Stamp out Hunger
It is easy to help local hunger organizations at a very low cost by donating coupon bargains.
Students can use the Grocery Deals by State page on The Savings Mom Web site,, which lists grocery coupon deals in most states.

Clip coupons and buy several items to donate yourself. Or make a flyer asking neighbors to stick a few canned items in a sack and leave the sacks on their front porch on a designated day. Then go around collecting the bags to be delivered to a local food pantry.

Start a Great American Bake Sale
Sponsored by Domino Sugar and C&H Sugar, kids can
sign up to receive a Participant Kit which includes everything you’ll need to get baking and starting selling your treats. Donate the money you earn to an area homeless shelter.