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Give fruit and help MS!

Written by on March 23, 2015 at 10:04 pm

Candy makes you fat, and flowers die — so why not send a gift that's healthful, fun, and helps the National MS Society?

Edible Arrangements specializes in that perfect gift of delicious and nutritious fresh fruit (okay, some is dipped in chocolate), artfully displayed in a colorful arrangement. All this month, when you purchase an Orange Citrus Blossom arrangement, $5 will go to the National MS Society for each one sold. No birthdays or anniversaries in March? No problem. You just have to purchase the arrangement during March; it can be delivered any time of year!

"As far as putting time and effort into any charity, it's the [National] MS Society," said Nick D'Alleva. D'Alleva owns three Edible Arrangements stores on the North Shore of Boston. The Society is his charity of choice because his brother-in-law and niece both have multiple sclerosis.

Orange Citrus BlossomIn 2011, D'Alleva came up with the idea to combine his business with a fundraiser for the Society. Since then, he and his fellow store owners have raised nearly $40,000 for the Society.

This year, 61 Edible Arrangements stores in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island are taking part in the campaign.

Don't you have someone you know who would love a healthful treat?

To order an Orange Citrus Blossom, visit edible.com/MS for a listing of all participating locations.

Aileen is the Director of Development for the Greater New England Chapter of the National MS Society responsible for the 2013 Challenge Walk. She has interned with the National MS Society at the Greater Delaware Valley Chapter with Program Events and is looking forward to working closely with the Steering Committee and Challenge Walk Teams to make this year's MS Challenge Walk a memorable one!

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.