For the last five years, American Girl Dolls have been a big part of my family’s life. Every holiday, birthday, road trip, etc. there was an American Girl Doll book, outfit, story, movie…. I know those girls almost as well as my own! So when I was asked to be a Parent Partner for the American Girl Shine On charitable initiative, I happily agreed! I’m also thrilled to be giving away a doll to one of my readers. Sort of like passing the torch. Great fundraiser, great product, great giveaway! So here’s what it’s all about:
Shine On Now harnesses the collective power of girls to help others in need. Through Shine On Now, American Girl is calling on girls across the country to help the company give up to $1 million in clothes, books, dolls, and money to the following four organizations: Kids in Distressed Situations, National Association of Children’s Hospitals and Related Institutions, National Wildlife Federation, and Save the Children.
Starting now, girls can become official American Girl Ambassadors at shineonnow.com and inspire other girls to join the Shine On Now effort. As ambassadors, girls will receive a free, downloadable tool kit filled with fun and actionable tips and ideas for fund-raising, volunteering, or donating to the four worthy charities participating in Shine On Now, or wherever they see an opportunity to make a difference.
On July 13, 2010, girls can go to shineonnow.com and put their collective efforts to powerful use. Visitors can contribute up to 100 free stars each day to help American Girl reach its goal of collecting one million stars by the end of the program on July 31, 2010. If the target is reached, American Girl will donate its maximum gift of $1 million in clothes, books, dolls, and money to the four designated charities.
Here are some memorable American Girl Doll Moments in my life: Birthday parties at the store, and the view my daughters wake up to, EVERY DAY. Apologies for the doll nudity by the way. I decided to go authentic and not pose or dress the dolls on their (predictably!) messy shelf. This is just a part of their lives.
American Girl is about to take things one step further however, with new customizable My American Girl dolls and an online world for girls to interact, learn, play and explore. American Girl is also launching a brand-new virtual campus, Innerstar University™. Access to the new virtual world comes with each 18-inch My American GirI™ doll.
Sound like fun to you? Do you know of an awesomesauce little girl who would be thrilled to be one of the first kids to get one of these new dolls? Then you have come to the right place. I’m giving one away!
Here is how to enter (1 primary entry):
Leave a detailed comment on this post telling me all about your special little girl. I want to know why you think she deserves to win, how she helps others in the community, and what the doll would mean to her. We want to hear about girls who really makes a difference! On July 24th I will select five finalists, and write a second post, telling you more about each of the girls. One winner will be selected and announced on July 31st.
Note: Please do not provide specific identifying details about girls nominated, such as name & location. If you are seconding a nomination for a specific child who has already been nominated, please refer to the original commenter’s post.
Here is the only way to get extra entries (Note: You must make a primary entry first):
- Get your friends & family to comment on this post, after your comment, and to second your nomination! (one entry per unique commenter)
Here is how to get good karma (and possibly some official secondary nominations/entries for your girl). These actions don’t count as official entries, but they will help spread the word about your nomination and this awesome initiative. What can I say? I believe in Karma!
- Tweet the link to this post
- Join Momfluential Media
- Follow Momfluential on Google Friend Connect (1 entry – click the box on the home page to join)
- Post a note with a link to this post on Momfluential Media’s Facebook Page (don’t forget to like us!)
- Post a note with a link to this post & your comment on the American Girl Shine On Facebook Page
- Comment with a link to this post on the American Girl Shine On You Tube Channel
- Sign up to be an Ambassador on the Shine on Now page
Disclosure: I have not been paid to be a part of this initiative. American Girl is providing me with a My American Girl doll for review purposes and one to give away to my readers.