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Spreading the Words

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By BookRenter Andy

If you haven’t seen our Facebook page recently, you might not know about our current “season of sharing” campaign: Spread the Words. In an effort to donate more books than usual (we love donating books), we’ve created some e-cards for you to send around to your friends and family.

Every time you share a Holiday eCard with your friends, BookRenter will make a donation to First Book, providing brand new books to children at KIPP Comienza Community Prep.

Spreading the Words eCard

Illustrations © 1997 by J. otto Seibold from Olive, the Other Reindeer published by Chronicle Books www.chroniclebooks.com.

My personal favorite e-card features Olive the Reindeer, the official mascot of our campaign, being towed through air by Santa’s reindeer. People seem to forget that most reindeer, Olive included, are flightless, and can’t share in the magic that Prancer, Dancer, and their homeboys/homegirls share. I believe this card sums up the holiday spirit in a nutshell. Showing true benevolence and care, Reindeer #3 is sharing his greatest gift, the gift of flight, with Olive. Granted, the knot he used to tie up Olive looks a bit sketchy, and I’m not sure any mountaineer (or Santa, for that matter) would approve, but it’s the thought that counts.

A big thank you to Chronicle Books for generously allowing us to use artwork from their beloved book Olive the other Reindeer.

So which one is your favorite e-card? Please share. Now give Olive the gift of flight and send him around the Internet!

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Adopt a Platoon

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By BookRenter Briana

Adopt a Platoon

As a part of our season of giving, we embarked on a mission to send care packages to soldiers in our overseas military. We were given a list of 5 military servicemen and women to shop for, and it was with great joy that we were able to give back something to our troops (if only something small). We were delighted to stroll around Target and pick out stuff to send our troops. Here are some of the items that we included in our care package:

-Baby wipes, Socks, & Deodorant

-Magazines (according to our Facebook fans they like Maxim and GQ)

-5 hour energy drinks

-Gum, Hard Candy,  Spices (seasoning), & Coffee creamers

Our Facebooks fans also had a few ideas of what to ship soldiers. Here’s what they said:

-Tylenol PM

-Batteries AA

-Hand Warmers

-Beanie Babies  (they hand these out to the kids overseas)

-Crystal light

If you are interested in helping please visit Adopt a Platoon and check out their care package ideas. Trust me, they love to receive packages!

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Season of Giving

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By BookRenter Briana

With Thanksgiving behind us, we’ve entered the season of giving. At this time of year I like to think about the different things people can do to help their local communities. So I did a little research, found some ways to help my local community, and decided to share them with you.

by HarshLight

First, think about how you want to help – What is it that you are passionate about? Animals? Cure foundations? Kids? Old People? Homeless? From there you can narrow down the most important and research accordingly. Check out serve.gov, where you can explore different charities and find ones that you might like in your area.

Keep your community clean – You do live there so try and keep it nice. If you see trash, try and throw it away. Your mom would be proud. Ehow.com has provided instructions on how to gather people together to help clean up your community.

Donate blood to your local hospital – This is ridiculously easy to do, it’s free, it takes very little time, and the reward is huge! Visit Redcross.org to learn about blood donations and see if you are eligible.

Clean out your clothes and kitchen – I know there are some perishable items in the back of your pantry that you could probably spare for someone in need. Same goes for the closet (those items aren’t as perishable). Check out TheGivingEffect.com,  TheGivingEffect is a site that helps you donate your “food and gently used goods” – it’ll also help find organizations near you that will take your donations.

Buy locally – Help out your community by shopping in your favorite local stores. Normally a small portion of the sales tax that you pay will be given back to your local community. Also, try to support your local farmers by shopping at the farmers market. You can get delicious produce AND help your community!

Gather friends and family together and create your own project – Getting people you care about together is an even richer experience when the group is doing some good for the community.

Check out Jumo:  Chris Hughes, a co-founder of Facebook, created Jumo as a “social network for social activism”. It could help you find a charity you’re truly passionate about.

And remember, even if you don’t have much time or money, doing something very small like baking a meal for a family or just a random act of kindness can bring joy to some peoples’ lives.

Have any other suggestions on how to help your local community? Please share!

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