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Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Help American Girl donate up to $1 Million to Charities and win your very own My American Girl Doll!

To foster a spirit of goodwill and help make the world a brighter place American Girl's Shine On Now™ program is a new charitable effort that harnesses the collective power of girls to help others in need!  Starting today through July 31, 2010, American Girl is calling on girls across the country to help the company give $1 million in clothes, books, dolls, and money to the following four organizations: Kids in Distressed Situations, Save the Children U.S.A., National Association of Children’s Hospitals and Related Institutions, and National Wildlife Federation.
Simply visit and receive a free star(s) that girls can donate to help American Girl reach its goal of collecting one million stars by the end of the program. In addition, every time you donate a free star (you can donate up to 100 each day!), your name will be automatically entered in a daily drawing to win a new My American Girl™ doll.

As part of the Shine On Now initiative and to further encourage girls to let their spirits shine, American Girl is also launching a brand-new virtual campus, Innerstar University™—a fun, safe online world where girls learn to be their best through a variety of games, quizzes, and other enriching activities that help boost their confidence and strength. Access to the new virtual world is free with each 18-inch My American GirI doll—the company’s newly enhanced contemporary product line that allows a girl to create a special doll as unique as she is.

I am proud to be an official Parent-Partner for American Girl and Shine On Now. Through my partnership with American Girl and Shine On Now, American Girl will donate an automatic $1000 stars in my name! I am also honored to be able to select a deserving girl to receive her very own My American Girl doll! Do you know a deserving girl who would love her very own My American GirI™ doll? All you have to do is become a follower of Solutions Sleuth Blog and leave me a comment here describing your nomination (what activities the girl is involved in, how she helps others, etc.) - without referencing the girl’s identity. The winner will be encouraged to videotape/photograph the moment as she gives the doll to the girl.   All comments from the previous Shine On Now post will be counted in this contest.  Winner will be chosen an the end of the campaign on July 31, 2010.

Thank you American Girl for being an amazing company that truly cares about girls and making the world a better place, and not just about making a buck. American Girl stands for celebrating a girl's inner star - that little whisper inside that encourages her to stand tall, reach high and dream big. With American Girl's' new cause realated inititave, Shine on Now, we can encourage our girls to become their very best today, so they'll grow up to be the women who make a difference tomorrow.

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Giveaway ends on July 31, 2010. Winner will have 48 hours to respond to notification with shipping info – if no response, another winner will be chosen. No purchase necessary – void where prohibited by law. Review product was provided to me at no cost. I received no monetary gain. All opinions expressed are based on my own use and experience with the item.


Mami2jcn said...

I follow your blog.

I'd nominate my neighbor (9 years old) who is involved in swimming & gymnastics. She helps others by babysitting & just being sweet to the other children in the neighborhood.

mami2jcn at gmail dot com

Unknown said...

I would like to nominate my little granddaughter who shall remain nameless, who has actually been to the AG Store in Los Angeles! She's an absolutely amazing little girl and highly deserving of an AG doll which at present does not have. I Hope and pray she will be a winner of this doll. No one deserves it more than she does.

Unknown said...

I follow.

Stephanie Spanos said...

Sarah, we're so pleased to have you as one of our Parent Partners. Thanks for helping us raise $1 million for our charity partners!
-Stephanie Spanos, American Girl

Lisa said...

I just became a follower of your blog! I would like to nominate my daughter to win this doll! My daughter is a little young to be out in the community but she does have a huge heart and an amazing spirit. She was born with a rare genetic condition that requires daily care and leaves her unable to sweat. Because she is unable to sweat, she spends almost all of her time in the house. That would be enough to make most people crazy but she takes everything in stride, is always cheerful, and is always sporting her gorgeous smile. She loves animals and people. She helps with everything she possibly can in our home and she reminds me constantly to be "good to the earth" by turning lights off and turning the water off when it's not in use. She is so kind and she has more compassion than I could ever imagine in a 6 year old. I would just love to surprise her with a new doll this summer! I know that it would make her year! Thank you so much for this opportunity!!
Lisa H.

T said...

My American Girl is only 7 and is already someone I look up to in many ways. First grade was a good year for her, with many ups and downs and lessons on life. Before school started, she had found an American Girl doll which needed some serious TLC at a second hand store. She set out to save her money to send her to the doll hospital. At Christmas time she became very aware of a little girl in her class who was going to have a very tough Christmas. Many kids this age are only worried about what they are going to get for Christmas, however my girl was worried about what this other little girl was going to get. My girl decided that she couldn’t sit back and do nothing, so she got this little girl a present using some of her money she had saved.
When the earthquake hit Haiti, my sweet daughter brought home a list of supplies needed to make hygiene kits to send to Haiti. Once again, sitting back was not an option. We went to the store and got the supplies needed to make hygiene kits. She was so excited to pick out toothbrushes and washcloths and all the other supplies. Her heart was very touched by how hard of a time those children must be having and she was excited that she had found a small way to help them.
Another project she was thrilled to help with was making dolls for an orphanage in Africa. I sewed the dolls and clothes and she helped stuff them and lovingly dressed them and made sure they looked perfect for a little girl to love.
Whenever she earns money, she gives a part of it to our church to help those in need. She has passed up many opportunities for fun because she noticed someone was alone and chose to spend time with them instead. She is a friend to everyone and has a very kind heart.
There are not many things in life that my little American Girl would like, but one of them is an American Girl doll that looks like her. To earn one through this contest would be extra special because it would always be a symbol of love and service, which is how she tries to live her life.

tamra.wilson at gmail dot com

jcamp2020 said...

Three years ago, my son and his wife became part of the inaugural committeed that started Walk Now for Autism, Sacramento. As a result, our whole circle of family and friends have become involved. They have raised over $500,000 for Autism research. Our next Walk is in early October! Can’t wait. Their daughter Collette has walked every year. She invites her friends to walk with that now we have over 75 people on Collette’s Crusaders!

jcamp2020 said...

I am following you publicly thru Google Friends


jcamp2020 at aol dot com

for "o." said...

My friend "O." would be very deserving of this gift. She is nine years old like me and we go to the same school. Her parents were divorced last month and she spends a lot of time in the library after school reading the American Girl books and playing games online. I have seen her at the nursing home where my Grandpa lives. Her grandmother lives there, and she goes with her mom and younger brothers to sing to the old people and read them books, like American Girl. She is a nice girl. A lot of people do not want to be her friend because she is poor and has a stutter but I think she is so sweet. She drew a card for my birthday and cut paper dolls out just for me. Please pick "O." for this surprise. It would be the best thing that has ever happened to her life. She really really could use some cheer. Thank you!
Cassie (age 9) and her aunt Amber
seedlingsboutique at gmail

AB said...

I would be so honored to nominate my little friend A. Because of her breast cancer awareness event that she organized (with the help of her own mother, of course) MY mother's life was saved. Unbeknownst to us, my mother had breast cancer and because of this event, she was inspired and reminded to get a mammogram. The mammogram turned up bad, but I credit A. for my mother being alive today!
A. is a great kid. She is always ready with a hug, for every person she meets, no matter what. She makes cards for people in the community "just because" and gives her money (ALL of it!) to Haiti, the local food bank and orphanages. She also volunteers her time helping to wash dishes in the food bank! What kid likes washing dishes?!
I feel as if I owe her more than just a doll, and I know that the recognition from someone else that she is bringing kindness into this often dark world that we all live in would be so rewarding for her. I hope that this doll and the values that American Girl seem to stand by throughout the ages will inspire her to continue giving so fully of herself as she grows older.
Thank you, thank you, so much for the chance to shine the spotlight on this amazing child!

Ashley R said...

I follow your blog! (Ashley Reynolds)

I would like to nominate the (almost!) perfect little girl in my life. She is a kind-hearted, sweet spirit that is always concerned about the well-being of everyone around her, and never herself. She worries about the man that's walking on the sidewalk by himself; worried that he's lonely and needs a friend or maybe food. She is very active in her community with church activities and serving others all the time through random acts of kindness. She is a very giving child, always offering you something to drink, or something to do.....or even giving you one of her possessions to take home. She loves the piano, and dancing, and loves to play at the park and befriend someone new. This little girl deserves an American Doll of her own! Thank you very much for your consideration.
reynoldsmommy at gmail dot com

Unknown said...

I would like to nominate my four year old daughter. She sang in church today and helped with the offering. She has come to me spontaneously several times and asked if she could give a special toy to one of her visiting friends. She loves to meet new people and play with anyone and everyone. I am so proud of her open and welcoming spirit. While she is still a little young to participate in many organized volunteer organizations, we are working in that direction. Every year we ask her friends to donate art supplies to the local moms club ( instead of bringing presents. She has visited the local animal shelter to play with animals and love them for a few minutes, so they are not alone all day. She also helps make baked goods for the local fire stations.

Her most recent obsession is telling everyone that they are THE BEST mom, dad, friend, or “stephen” (eg) in the world. Well, she tells my husband that he is the best daddy in the whole wide CITY. That is just too cute to correct. *smile*

We are collecting material to make some special pillow cases for kids in the children’s hospital network that is supported by ShineOn. My daughter is going to use fabric paint to paint special designs on some of them. We are going to organize this as event for several of her friends to participate in. She can’t wait to make a pillow that will make someone feel better!

While I certainly don’t want her to grow up too fast. I can’t wait to know the person that she is destined to be. I am so happy that she is my child. I can’t wait to see the good that she is going to bring into this world.

Christine Jensen said...

My 10 year old daughter is a fabulous girl. SHe is a wonderful friend, always sharing with others, even if that means she ends up with less than those around her. She truly cares about her friends. I am so proud to be her mother and think that she deserves a new My American Girl doll!

kissyjensen at gmail dot com

T said...

I am a follower of your blog

tamra.wilson at gmail dot com

Anonymous said...

I am a new follower and I nominate my little princess. She is very involved in many activities. Although she is a bit older than some of your entries I think she needs to remember what it is like to be a child. She helps out in many programs - one where she helps care for special needs children, she dances, she cheers and she volunteers often. She is very outspoken but I think this would give her a chance to remember what it is like to be a child because she is growing up very quickly as of late. Thanks

lexigurl_17 (at) hotmail

Abbi said...

I nominate my 9 yr old daughter. I call her my little hippie. She is all about love, earth, and animals. She is very in tune with nature. Our family likes to go fishing but while we do that she cleans the lake. She would rather pick up other peoples trash and make the lake "pretty" again. She is always scared there might be something there to hurt the animals. I can't tell you how many times Daddy and I have had to pick up glass because she was worried someone would get hurt. She is an amazing little girl and it will be interesting to see what she becomes.
kidpack05 at yahoo dt com

Anonymous said...

I met the most wonderful child while volunteering at the local Food Bank last year (she was there to help, which was her own idea). We have become great friends, and I think her story is worth sharing.
Let me introduce you to my little friend, M. She is a bright, beautiful, and so sweet 9-year-old girl. She was born with only one hand, which led her birth parents to give her up for adoption. I would like to say that she is living a much better life now, but at the end of last year, her adoptive parents both found themselves without a job and neither have had any luck finding one still.
No matter what issues little M. has encountered, she has held her head high throughout her short life and has spent the past few months brainstorming ways that she can help OTHERS in a similar situation. She does not think of herself first, which is a very rare trait in humanity, let alone found in a little girl. All of her Christmas money, birthday money, etc. she has donated to others that need it, namely others that have been born with defects or those that live in impoverished countries. In fact, for her birthday, I wanted to carry her to the American Girl store to have a birthday brunch, but instead of spending her money there, she requested that we just contribute to her donation (which she sent to Haiti). She was content to just flip through the pages of the free catalog, dreaming of the day when she would have a nice doll of her very own. Her friends all have several of these beautiful dolls, many of the accessories, and I know that she feels left out sometimes when they compare, but she does not complain. Instead, she compliments them on their new outfits and has even started making furniture and storage cases for her friends out of miscellaneous boxes.
I cannot think of a more deserving and more giving child than little M. and I really hope that with your help, we can make her dream of owning an American Girl doll come true. Thank you so much!


My e-mail is at gmail: auddy.b
My log-in isn't working for some reason tonight :(

Anonymous said...

I would like to nominate my precious daughter. She started a group called Hopeful Hugs which collects bears to pass out to children in hospitals. It all started as she has an undiagnosed illness and wanted to encourage other children not to lose hope.

- Cher

Melanie said...

I would like to nominate a girl from my son's preschool class. He was very shy when schools started but her friendship has helped him a lot. She is such a sweet little girl.

tina reynolds said...

I would nominate my daughter she is so kind and giving, I am very proud of her gentle spirit.

Unknown said...

I'm a follower.
I would like to nominate my daughter who is 10. She is active in our church and Bible club. She's always the first to befriend any visitors and rarely meets a stranger. This summer she's befriended a relative of the neighbor's who is visiting for the summer. It doesn't bother her that he mainly speaks Spanish and she speaks very little. They've still became fast friends.

She's also a help around the house and a big help with her little brother. She's really big on making sure we compost everything possible. She's also appointed herself in charge of recycling in our house. She's a really good kid who would love an American Girl doll.


Stacey said...

I'm nominating my niece. She is very involved in her community through the Girl Scouts, her church, and her school. She volunteers at the local library and she can't wait til she's old enough to volunteer at the hospital. She donates her gently used toys and clothes to the Salvation Army.

Her father is currently stationed in Iraq and she has coped with missing him remarkably well. She's sent items to him to give to the Iraqi children (like beanie babies--apparently the kids there love them!) She is kind to everyone she meets and helps her mother with her siblings at home. She helps in her community clean-ups and assists in the toy/clothing/food drives of her Girl Scout troop, school, and Church.

Silenttowr at aol dot com