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One-stop Christmas shop

Written by on December 2, 2012 at 2:00 pm

Cyndie's Angels invites you to complete your holiday shopping at 323 Main Street, Oxford, this Sunday, December 2, 2–6 PM at their multi-vendor sale. Their vendors will help you find the perfect gifts for everyone on your list. There will be plenty of specials, cash and carry items and you can place an order to arrive before Christmas. RSVP on Facebook or See their flyer for more details!

Vendors include:

  • 31 (bags & organizers)
  • Scentsy (wickless candles)
  • Lia Sophia (jewelry)
  • Mary Kay (cosmetics)
  • Pampered Chef (kitchenware and cookware)
  • Tupperware (food storage / storage containers)
  • Tastefully Simple (easy to prepare foods)
  • La Casa Spa (new local business opening soon)
  • Velata (fondue)
  • Oxford 300
  • Windchimes by Sarah
  • Clay QT's (handmade custom ornaments and figurines)
  • Oxford Lions Club (first aid kits)
  • Stand up for Laughs (comedy show tickets)
  • Worcester Telegram & Gazette (complimentary papers and discount subscriptions)
  • Fibi and Clo (sandals)

A portion of the sales from this event will be donated to the National MS Society, Greater New England Chapter.

This is the events calendar, featuring official NMSS rallies and meetings as well as volunteer-sponsored fundraisers. Want to see your event listed here? Please submit the details, and we'll add it!

Fundraising Tip #5: Ask for birthday gifts

Written by on June 9, 2010 at 11:00 am

As we get older, we tend to acculumate more "stuff". Rarely is there anything left that we truly need. When you're walking for the MS Challenge Walk, just being able to put one foot in front of the other is a gift. It's one we want to give to those with multiple sclerosis — so for your own birthday, why not ask for that?

Gift box

The best gift brings us closer to a world free from MS.

If you have a reason to celebrate this summer (or anytime, really), save your friends and family the trouble of hours of shopping for "just the right thing" that will inevitably end up being a book you won't read, a gift certificate to an unhealthy restaurant, or a knick-knack that would look just horrible in your apartment. Instead, explain to them how much this cause means to you, and that a donation to the NMSS in your name would be a far greater honor than any birthday gift you could ever ask for. Chances are your loved ones may initially be taken aback at how "impersonal" this donation is, but once they see your sincerity and earnestness and the vigor with which you are tackling the cause yourself, they'll understand that their donation is the best way to contribute to an important part of your life.

I've found the best way to celebrate my existence on this planet is to know it's helping someone else. I've been asking for non-profit donations every Christmas for the last six years, and far more good has come of it than if I'd received ugly sweaters instead.

Can't you feel the warm fuzzies already?

Ken joined the MS Challenge Walk in 2005, more than a decade after his mother was diagnosed. After walking for three years and 150 miles, he switched to the support crew and now rides his bicycle along the trail, providing whatever encouragement (and snacks!) he can to the 600 walkers. He is also an alumnus of the event's steering committee and is this site's webmaster.

Charity Checks make the perfect holiday gift

Written by on December 4, 2009 at 11:49 am

This month, you may find yourself exhausted from shopping expeditions for the latest knick-knacks to give the loved ones in your life. Or maybe you'll be regifting what you received last year and never found a use for, making room to receive more well-intended but useless junk. Buying more "stuff" and "things" can leave you feeling disconnected from the spirit of the season. So why not give a gift that not only everyone can use and appreciate, but actually will make the world a bit of a better place?

Charity Checks are gift certificates that can be redeemed only by registered 501(c)(3) non-profits. When you order checks — which come in denominations of $25, $50, $100, and $250 — the recipient field is blank. You can then give a Charity Check to anyone as a gift, and they'll fill in their favorite charity's name and mail it to that organization. There is no additional cost or hidden fees or caveats, other than the cost of shipping (usually only $5). Checks can be ordered by check or credit card and ship US Priority Mail usually within two days, in time for the holidays. Plus, your gift will be tax-deductible.

Charity Checks let your loved ones choose the non-profit to benefit from your generosity.

Charity Checks let your loved ones choose the non-profit to benefit from your generosity.

I've been giving Charity Checks every Christmas for six years, and the response has always been phenomenal. They are not only a thoughtful and moving gift, but a timely one, as in today's economy, not all of us are able to give to charity on the scale we'd like. And though it may not be your intention, you may be doing yourself a favor as well: You'd be surprised how many of your loved ones will be so moved by your thoughtfulness that they'll return the favor by donating their newly received Charity Checks back to the NMSS.

The National Multiple Sclerosis Society is one of over 800,000 non-profits in the United States. Every year, MS Challenge Walkers ask their friends and family to support our cause above 799,999 others. This holiday season, consider returning the favor.

Ken joined the MS Challenge Walk in 2005, more than a decade after his mother was diagnosed. After walking for three years and 150 miles, he switched to the support crew and now rides his bicycle along the trail, providing whatever encouragement (and snacks!) he can to the 600 walkers. He is also an alumnus of the event's steering committee and is this site's webmaster.

Tis the season to send postcards

Written by on December 1, 2009 at 1:28 pm

If you're like me and use postal mailings as part of your fundraising campaign, then you probably keep a pretty exhaustive address book. But people move, and occasionally that book needs to be updated. Fortunately, the holiday season is a great time both to keep in touch and to update your addresses.

As you send holiday cards this month, consider this opportunity to check in on past and potential supporters. There is plenty of overlap between friends, family, and donors, but for those who fall solely in the "donor" camp, they may appreciate a brief note to thank them for their support in 2009 and to remind them that you'll soon be fundraising for the MS Challenge Walk 2010.

This additional holiday task needn't be stressful! An online service like Click2Mail lets you design a postcard online, and they'll print and ship it for you for as little as 43 cents each, which includes all production and postage costs. First Class mail will return the postcard to you if it proves undeliverable, often with a forwarding address you'll be able to use when you send out your next round of fundraising solicitation letters.

Your donors will appreciate hearing from you, and you'll be getting the information and encouragement you need for another year of fundraising. You can do all this for just a few dollars, right from the comfort of your own computer. Your thoughtfulness will truly be in the spirit of the season!

Ken joined the MS Challenge Walk in 2005, more than a decade after his mother was diagnosed. After walking for three years and 150 miles, he switched to the support crew and now rides his bicycle along the trail, providing whatever encouragement (and snacks!) he can to the 600 walkers. He is also an alumnus of the event's steering committee and is this site's webmaster.