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We must not, in trying to think about
how we can make a big difference,
ignore the small daily differences we
can make which, over time, add up to
big differences that we often cannot
foresee.”
~ Marian Wright Edelman

piggybank

The quote above is a perfect illustration of how every little bit can help us at Peg’s Presents warm a child’s heart by providing a birthday gift they would not otherwise receive.

One (FUN) idea is to start a Peg’s Presents Piggy Bank!

We’re not even asking you to give up your daily latte, and we can assure you the return on your investment (the ear-to-ear grin of a very a happy child) is priceless! AND, you can show your kids how to help others.

Let’s put some names to the giving — here are the current list of CHILDREN we need gifts for this HOLIDAY SEASON:

BOYS: Noah 5 / Jonah 4 / Judah 2 / Abdul-Aziz 8 / Abdullah infant / Kharique 3 / Kadir 1 / Terrance 11 / Joshua 6 / Aaron 4 / Elijah 6 / Elisha 2 / Hyseem 8 / Carter 4 / Maurice 7 / Zahi 2 / Raheem 13 / Izzac 1 / Nahiem 8 / Howard 10 / Mikai 6 / Ali 10 Justin 18 / Jahsir 8 / Yah’zhair 6 / Amauri 1 / Czekiel 5 / Jaron 16 / Amir 17 / Edward 14 / Jonah 7 / Layth 4

GIRLS:  Amatullah 6 / Asiyah 3 / Alayjah 4 / Kinaya 9 / Mariah 9 / Maci 3 / Alexander 5 / Alayah 5 / Elizeth 3 / Salaiah 12 / Delilah 2 / Khloee 2 / Dakota 5 / Denver 2 / Janiya 9 / MaLyane 5 / Samira 5 / Brianna 3 / Brook 3 / Naomi 5 / Zahia 2 / Alana 2 / Makaylah 4 / Shakyrah 14 / Fatima 11 / Zara 2 / Laylani 7 / Trinity 6 / Azaria 1 / Daisha 9 / Marsyana 8 / Aaliyah 17 / Amir 17 / Claudette 16 / Ashley 17 / Brianna 14

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Christmas 2016 is almost here, and we need your help (you guys rock every year) to gives gifts & toys to the children of Dignity Housing this Holiday Season.

Please know that 100% of ALL DONATIONS buy gifts for children.  You can donate at: http://gofundme.com/holiday2016 (every bit counts) or, if you have toys, please contact us and we can arrange a drop off, or you can mail them directly to us!
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Please know any amount helps being SMILES (like hers below) to kids in need at Christmastime.

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Thank you,
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(¸.·´ (¸.·’*~ Lee*

Peg’s Presents
http://www.PegsPresents.org
Bringing gifts (and smiles!) to children in need

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Another wonderful Dignity Housing holiday party featuring Peg’s Presents,  which brought so many smiles to children in need, and made our 2015 Christmas season extra special.

You can help us continue this work by visiting Go Fund Me — please know that every amount helps! 

Take a peek at these happy kids:

HAPPY NEW YEAR!! 

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give back

Giving back should be taught in schools across the world. Giving back requires compassion, empathy and a sense of community.  Many people realize that giving to causes you’re interesting in not only makes you feel better, but somehow the world seems a bit brighter when you do help a cause you care about.

Ever notice the more you give of the good stuff (time, money, assistance, caring) the more you get in return?  I happen to agree with these laws of the universe.

I created  Peg’s Presents (www.PegsPresents.org) to do what our tagline says “bringing gifts (and smiles!) to children in need” and I’d love to share why we do it as well as how we do it.

First the why:  As you know, I was lucky enough to call Peg my mother for a bit over four decades.  My mom and dad both adored children, and when I was a teen they welcomed over a dozen foster children into our home over the years (not all at once of course!)  Besides children, mom also loved gift giving.  She was the best Christmas shopper ever and the type of person that if you noticed a cute ring or necklace she was wearing, you’d later find it stashed away in your handbag as a surprise.  My mom passed in her sleep on Thanksgiving day when she just turned seventy – it was totally unexpected and out of the blue. We think she wanted to enjoy her Thanksgiving in heaven with my Dad.  Mom would have loved the idea of  providing presents to children in need as a way to honor her life and her memory.

Peg’s Presents works 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 provides gifts to children in need to let kids enjoy being kids and bring some smiles to all — givers & receivers — along the way.  If you’d like to help, please visit  www.gofundme.com/PegsPresents You may be thinking, there are so many causes you’d love to give to, but you’re not sure here to begin and you want to make sure your hard-earned money is going where it should be going.  

So here are 3 easy tips:

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 Every time you get a FIVE dollar bill as change, tuck it away in a box or drawer — you’ll never really miss the cash, and those bills will add up pretty quickly!

  • Every time you get a FIVE dollar bill as change, tuck it away in a box or drawer — you’ll never really miss the cash, and those bills will add up pretty quickly!
  • Visit charitynavigator.org America’s largest independent charity evaluator, provides free ratings of the Financial Health and Accountability & Transparency of thousands of charities across the globe.
  • Remember even a small donation goes a long way, so don’t feel you always need to give $25, $50 or $100. If you’re on a tight budget, give five dollars, as every five dollar donation adds up and really does help the cause(s) you support.

I’d love to hear your tips too, so be sure to leave a comment below.

xo

~ Lee

Peg’s Presents  ~ Bringing gifts (and smiles!) to children in need

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pegs letter

We received this letter from Dignity Housing’s executive director acknowledging the smiles we at Peg’s Presents brought to children in need this holiday season.

This letter had us tearing up, but in a good way. It also made us realize that we can all do more for those in need, don’t you agree?

As always, we count on your donations, so please go to GO FUND ME to help us keep children smiling.

THANK YOU, we cannot do this without you!

Lee & Andrew Sequeira
Peg’s Presents
http://www.PegsPresents.org
Bringing gifts (and smiles!) to children in need

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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!

Please visit www.gofundme.com/pegspresents  and know that
ANY amount helps – really!!
As Always, THANK YOU!

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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  https://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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