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We are pleased to announce Peg’s Presents, a giving foundation in the name of Margaret “Peg” Romano (who I was lucky enough to call my Mom). Peg adored children, welcoming over a dozen foster children into her home over the years. Besides children, she loved gift giving, so the idea of providing presents to children in need is the perfect way to honor her memory.
We are also honored to work with Dignity Housing of Philadelphia, whose mission is to break the cycle of homelessness and poverty that confronts low-income families and individuals in Philadelphia by providing safe, decent affordable housing, promoting self-sufficiency, and creating opportunities beyond expectations.
Many of the mothers at Dignity Housing are not able to give their children birthday and Christmas presents, and that’s where we come in. Peg’s Presents will be providing gifts to children in need to let kids enjoy being kids and bring some smiles to all — givers & receivers — along the way.
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We were so happy to just receive photos of the Dignity Housing Moms picking up their holiday presents to surprise their kids with on Christmas Day. Here are a few pics, with more to come!
Moving forward in 2013, we do really NEED your help so we can provide year round BIRTHDAY GIFTS for the kids in need!
ANY amount helps – really!!
As Always, THANK YOU!
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We cannot wait to see the photos of the kiddies with their 2012 Christmas gift bags!
After packing each bag with toys for girls and boys of all ages, we snapped a photo of the goodies under our tree.
Then, we packed them in our sleigh and completed our mission called “Christmas Delivery 2012″ by dropping them off at Dignity Housing, Philadelphia.
Thank you all for your donations – we felt just like Santa, and you should too. Remember, YOU make a difference, and you help us make a difference! Photos to come
Lee & Andrew
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Ever wonder what happens to the Rockefeller Christmas Tree after it’s removed from the Plaza?
Well, the next time you’re driving around Philadelphia you might just drive right by it.
The 2011 Rockefeller Christmas Tree, which came from Mifflinville, Pa., was milled into lumber that Habitat for Humanity used to build homes on the 1900 block of Morse Street and on Gratz Street in North Philadelphia helping two families realize their dreams of owning homes.
via NBC10 Philadelphia – Monique Braxton
Frank Monaghan, executive director of Habitat for Humanity Philadelphia, stated, “Habitat for Humanity Philadelphia is looking forward to hosting the team to work on homes that will incorporate lumber from the 2011 Rockefeller Christmas Tree. The homeowner families are equally excited that a portion of the Rockefeller Tree will be used in their new homes.
It will bring as much joy to them as it did to the visitors of Rockefeller Center.”
Since 2007, wood from past Rockefeller Christmas Trees have been used to build homes in Stamford, Conn., Hudson Valley, N.Y. and other locations in the same state where the tree was grown. No word yet on where this year’s tree will go after the holidays but New Jersey seems like a good bet with this year’s tree coming from Mount Olive.
We just love the way this beauty of a tree can live on and help others smile this Christmas season!
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Our thoughts are with everyone affected by Hurricane Sandy. Seeing what’s left of many of our beloved places at the Jersey shore (which were also favorites of Peg’s, as she was a resident of Wildwood and Ocean City for years) are just heartbreaking. We at Peg’s Presents plan to help some of the families by providing toys to those children who have lost everything in the storm. We hope we can deliver a few smiles along the way in this very rough time.
With that said, we can always use gift cards, or if you wish to donate a new toy, please do – we’ll make sure it finds a great home. Learn how to donate to Peg’s at http://pegspresents.org/about.
We thought it was a good idea to provide this message, since this is the also the time of year for giving – we want everyone to be careful before handing out their hard-earned dollars to any non-legit charities.
These valuable tips below are provided by CharityNavigator.org
- Give To An Established Charity
Don’t let an unscrupulous charity take advantage of your goodwill. Find a charity with a proven track record of success with dealing with the type of disaster and in the region in which the disaster occurred. Avoid fly-by-night charities created specifically to deal with the new crisis. Even well-meaning new organizations will not have the infrastructure and knowledge of the region to efficiently maximize your gift. If you do feel compelled to give to a new charity, be sure to get proof that the group is in fact a registered public charity with 501 (c) (3) status.
- Designate Your Investment
Worried that your donation will go towards the charity’s general operating fund or saved for a future crisis? This is a very understandable concern. Many charities do encourage donors not to designate their gifts so that the charity can decide how best to utilize the money, but depending on your confidence in the charity’s ability to make that determination, you may choose to tell the charity exactly how to use your investment. By designating your gift, you’ll ensure that your donation will be used as you intended. Most charities with online giving portals offer a check box feature so that you can tell the organization how to spend your contribution. If you are mailing in a check, then write a note in the memo section of the check specifying that you want your gift spent entirely on the current crisis.
- Avoid Telemarketers
Be wary of fundraisers who pressure you to make a contribution over the phone. Never divulge your credit card information to someone soliciting you via the phone. Instead, ask the fundraiser to send you written information about the charity they represent and do some research on your own. Once you feel comfortable with the charity, send the organization a check directly in the mail, or give through their website, thus ensuring 100% of your gift goes to the charity and not the for-profit fundraiser.
Read Charity Navigator’s Guide to Handling Telephone Appeals
- Do Not Send Supplies
Knowing that people are desperately in need of basic supplies like food, water and shelter, it is hard not to want to pack up and send a box of supplies. But this type of philanthropy is simply not practical or efficient. Even if mail could get to an impacted region, no one is set up to receive these goods, much less organize and distribute them to the victims. Furthermore, charities are often able to partner with companies to acquire large amounts of in-kind donations such as bottled water and new clothing. Instead of boxing up and sending your old clothing, have a garage sale and turn your used goods into cash and donate that to a worthy charity.
- Be Careful Of Email Solicitations
- Be Leery Of People That Contact You Online Claiming To Be A Victim – Unless you personally know someone in the impacted area, anyone alleging to be in this position is most likely part of a scam. Obviously, people affected by a large scale disaster like a earthquake, hurricane or tsunami are in no position to contact you directly for assistance.
- Delete Unsolicited Emails With Attachments – Never respond to unsolicited emails. Do not open any attachments to these emails even if they claim to contain pictures from the disaster. These attachments are probably viruses.
- Seek Out The Charity’s Authorized Website
Criminals are likely to set up bogus sites to steal the identity and money of generous and unsuspecting individuals. We saw this after Hurricane Katrina when the FBI reported that 4,000 sites were created to do just that. So, if you plan to give online, be sure to find the charity’s legitimate site. You can safely give on Charity Navigator’s site via our partnership with Network for Good. Alternatively, we link to each charity’s authorized site so you can give there if you prefer.
- Think Before You Text
So long as you do your homework – meaning that you’ve vetted the charity and made sure that you are using the proper texting instructions- then texting can be a great way to give. Remember there may be additional costs to you to make such a gift. And it can take as much as 90 days for the charity to receive the funds.
- Consider The Nature Of The Charity’s Work
Not every charity responds to a disaster in the same way. Some provide medical assistance, some shelter, some food and water. Others will be more focused on either short term or long term rebuilding efforts. And some will just fundraise for other nonprofits. Think about what it is you want your philanthropic investment to accomplish and then take the time to find the charities doing that work. At Charity Navigator we link to each charity’s website so that you can quickly learn more about their plans to help.
- Be Inspired By Social Media, But Still Do Your Homework
Social networking tools like Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and blogs can deliver heart-wrenching images and information about a disaster to our computers and phones. These often include pleas to donate. While these applications can be a powerful tool to inspire your desire to help, you should not blindly give via these vehicles. You must take the time to investigate the groups behind such pleas for help to ensure that it comes from a legitimate nonprofit.
- Do Not Expect Immediate Results, But Do Keep Tabs On What Your Donation Accomplishes
It takes time for charities to mobilize, to assess the problems that need to be addressed and to develop effective solutions. Donors need to be patient so charities will not feel pressured to plunge in and offer ineffective aid, simply to placate impatient donors. That doesn’t mean donors shouldn’t hold the charities accountable for delivering on their promises! Be sure to follow up with the charity in a few months to find out (a) how your donation was put to use and (b) if the organization needs additional support to complete the recovery effort.
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St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital was close to Peg’s heart – you know how she loved children – so we wanted to share this wonderful giving promotion they are currently running (and it’s so easy too)!
Just text JUDE to 50333 to donate $5.00* to the kids of St. Jude.
St. Jude needs your help to ”make it better” for kids everywhere fighting cancer and other deadly diseases. No family ever pays St. Jude for anything.
If you’re able to give a little more, you can donate $35 online and get the #heystjude T-shirt seen in the video on our kids and your favorite celebrities.
This Video is a MUST-SEE!
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Peg’s Presents is thrilled to be part of Go Fund Me, an online fundraising service for a variety of needs.
Please visit our link at www.gofundme.com/pegspresents to see how you can help. Basically, we’re trying to raise funds for our IRS 501C3 paperwork (you see, once we are considered “official” by the IRS, we can begin to help more kids and families in need).
Click on over to www.gofundme.com/pegspresents and know that ANY amount really helps. Thank you!
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