Let’s start out with a simple question: Do you have stuff that you no longer need?
Some of us do, and Hero Search is here to help. No matter the donation, Hero Search connects you with local charities and non-profits where you can take the stuff you no longer need, donate it, and leave knowing that your donation will go to people who need it. Ensuring that what you give has an impact on the lives in your community.
Hero Search’s aim is to maximize the impact charitable giving has on the people. On those who are in need and on those who are giving and serving.
This is what we will all be running for on Saturday. To increase awareness of charities in our communities and of the need of everyday people for help. So lace up your running shoes tight, give your muscles a good stretch, make sure to stay hydrated, and put on your cape. You’re a hero after all!
A quick note: make sure to stick around after the race for your free milk and two free cookies, also there will also be prizing drawings, so don’t leave right after finishing to see if you’ve won something!
And even if you are not running, you can join us for a fun morning! Bring donations for YouthLink to help youth experiencing homelessness and make a difference right then and there.
What's your vote??
What Kemps brand milk do you love to dunk your Cookie Cart cookies in? Classic 1% Or does your inner child lean towards chocolate? Let us know in the comments!
The winning milk will be served at the Cookie 5K for Hero Search June 10th!
It's a lot of fun!!!!
My mom just moved and I also had a few items to donate so I made a stop to MORE on Wheelock Parkway in St. Paul. Every Saturday, they have a free 'garage sale' (in their garage) for the refugees they serve. The garage was closed but I quickly realized there was a warmth of activity inside. Everyone looked at me and smiled at me as I sheepishly opened the back door and many said hello. There were about 15 people there looking through the donated goods set out on tables there to find the basic items they need to start a household from scratch. The volunteer in charge was called over and she warmly shook my hand. We went to my car and I asked her what they could use (I hate dropping junk off that becomes a burden, but also have learned that I can't assume I know what is needed - it's always best to ask) I brought out a bag of new sponges and cleaning supplies, a perfect but extra crock pot and some solid pots and pans, a warm sweater that is too small for me, and a bunch of other things. Each time, she smiled at me and said 'yes' they need that (except for a tattered blanket I have for the Humane Society). As conscripts from the group carried things from my car to the garage, I noticed those things were immediately picked up and walked back out in the hands of someone with a smiling face. You don't often get the chance to witness your donations bring joy to someone else. It was incredibly gratifying. The kind volunteer thanked me and hugged me at least three times as we parted. I feel confident that I drove away from that garage with more joy than anyone else there.
This is exactly what I created Hero Search to do - to individuals to connect to others in the community and to feel the joy of knowing you made a difference to someone.
Share the love!! ....and your stuff ;)
What do Lolipop, Gummy Bear, Jimmy, Tank Girl and Muffin all have in common? They are pocket pets awaiting forever homes. Yes, MN Pocket Pet Rescue is a real thing.
Seriously, it doesn't get any cuter than this. If you don't have a date tonight (or even if you do) spend some quality time with this website. Be prepared to smile from ear to ear.
If you aren't quite ready to adopt, find out what Pocket Pet Rescue needs on HeroSearch.org/Search to care for the critters while they are waiting for homes. Then, do whatever you can to meet them by dropping off donations or at an event because it will make your day!
In the US, millions of pounds of usable supplies – from medical items like gowns and gloves to other items like school supplies and construction equipment – are thrown away every year. Meanwhile, the rural poverty rate in rural Bolivia is up to 94%, and the most basic supplies are not available for residents in these isolated communities.
Mano a Mano collects donated supplies in the US and ships them to Bolivia, where they are distributed to Mano a Mano’s network of clinics, other hospitals & clinics, other nonprofit organizations, and individuals in need from throughout the country.
Last year, dozens of organizations from around the Bolivia traveled to Mano a Mano to receive donated supplies; some had traveled 2 and a half days to attend. Many individuals came to receive wheelchairs, walkers, crutches, and braces.
WANT TO HELP?
DONATE ITEMS: Go to HeroSearch.org to find out what they need: canes, walkers, packaged bandages and medical supplies (even expired items can help train medical professionals)
VOLUNTEER TO PACK!: Mano a Mano sends shipping containers full every year. A great project to get involved with!
LEARN MORE: ManoAMano.org
I came across a great organization blog that suggested 15 minute declutter missions.
Finally, something I can actually tackle!
I would love my whole house to be organized, but this targeted mission is worth the result of a decluttered area rather than the typical organizational projects that leave me with more piles and disorder than I started with....
A great place to start is your kitchen.
You might just want to start with appliances and cooking tools and do a separate mission for food (fridge, pantry and spices)
Here are the 3 EASY STEPS:
1) Start on one end of your kitchen and work your way around
2) For each item, ask yourself the following:
Remember that you can usually borrow those odd things you only need once every few years.
The holidays have come and gone, and like many Americans, you probably received something you didn't want or need - Clothing that doesn't fit quite right, too many scarves or hats, or duplicate toys for the kids.
Before you return these to the store (or worse, stick them at the back of the closet) do something heroic instead!
The coldest months are just beginning - Donate that extra winter wear to a shelter and keep a homeless child or adult warm through these tough months.
Make the New Year or a birthday special for kids that don't typically have the luxury of new toys. Bring your kids with you to drop off donated gifts and start a post holiday tradition that is truly about giving - with no expectation of something in return, except the deep joy that comes with doing just that.
Socks and underwear. Think of life without them! Yet we have drawers overflowing. It is funny how many such gifts are given this time of year so if you have a pair to spare, bring your new packaged treasures in to donate to someone who has none.
Give body care products to youth experiencing homelessness. Travel size products can easily fit into their backpack so even if they don't have a stable place to lay their head, they have basic items with them to help life feel a bit more normal.
Find out where to give at HeroSearch.org
Black Friday is about buying lots of stuff.
Thanksgiving is about being grateful.
What happens if you turn Thanksgiving and Black Friday upside down?
You become a superhero.
Remember the Justice League? A group of amazing superheroes who worked together to save the world? It's easy for you to follow suit (get it, suit??). Get your family, friends, or neighbors together and become a superhero for one cause or one organization in your area.
Be a Hero in three steps:
1) Go to the HeroSearch.org SEARCH and pick an organization you are passionate about.
2) Gather or buy the items needed (like a scavenger hunt!)
3) Deliver it
Then CELEBRATE the impact you were able to make together. Because, YAY!!! You changed a life! you made the world a better place!
What an amazing thing to do to celebrate the holidays and all that we have.