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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Thanks for your clicks - they help feed the hungry!

  Have you ever wondered what happens to the Google Adsense pennies earned when you kind folks click advertisements on this website?

  At least half (50%) of it goes to charity.  This year I've picked as the recipient.  Your clicks have helped provide 300 dollars worth of help to destitute folks in Honduras.  What I truly like about the Heifer project is that they don't just hand out food once.  Doing that helps a bit short term, but doesn't do anything to help solve the long term problem.

  Instead, Heifer helps people with education, tools and animals.  Yes, animals!  They provide everything from bees to apple trees, sheep to hens, and the training to properly raise them.  Over time, a single apple tree can provide a lot of food for a family.  Bees can provide honey, hens give eggs, and sheep provide wool.  The animals also reproduce, which means that the size of the flock can increase.  All of these can not only make the difference between a family going hungry, but with a little work the family can sell some of the eggs, honey, etc., lifting the family out of poverty.

  Most of us here in the U.S. can regularly enjoy going out and enjoying a variety of restaurants.  However, lots of folks across the world struggle just to have enough to eat.  Before you go out to eat the next time, I'd like to invite you to help take part in this program.  Your clicks have already helped the folks down in Honduras, and I thank you very much for that.  I'd like to challenge you to go a step further, however.  Would you be willing to donate the amount you might spend on eating out the next time to help change a family's future - even if it is just $10?

  If so, please take a moment to look over some of the current giving opportunities.  Thank you very much!

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According to BBB wise, 79% of donations go to programs, 15% to fundraising, and
6% to administrative.  Heifer has helped over 13 million hungry families since 1944.

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Monday, August 15, 2011

Marion's Piazza - 46% off this week

  If you are new to the Dayton area, or somehow have only enjoyed pizza from a national chain previously, consider trying out Marion's Piazza.  Marion's is a small local chain of pizza places, complete with arcade.  Marion's was a go to place for various TV personalities in the 60's & 70's when they visited Dayton, and on the wall you will likely recognize some of them.  I would go into more detail, but I reviewed Marion's just last year.

  I got to enjoy a couple of pizzas at Marion's yesterday, when a group of folks met there after church.  I'll admit that normally paying almost $30 for a couple of pizzas puts them out of my everyday price range.  However, once a year Marion's has a huge "percent off" sale to celebrate their anniversary.  This year, the savings amounts to 46% off up to two pizzas, with coupon - almost half off!  It was great seeing the price on the receipt go from $29.xx (with tax) down to about $15.

  In the past they have had this sale on one day only, which meant that you had to be willing to brave up to 3 hour long lines in order to enjoy the big discount.  This year Marion's is trying something different.  Instead of just offering the discount on a single day, they are allowing folks to come in on several.  The discount is available, with coupon, from Sunday the 14th through Thursday the 18th.  I'm happy to report that my wait time yesterday was about 7 minutes to place my order, and a grand total of about 20 minutes before we got our pizza.  The place was pretty busy, but there were a few open tables.  Be prepared to bus (and perhaps even wipe down) your own table, because some folks leave all of their things behind at the table, and the restaurant staff is a bit overwhelmed.

  Since we had too much pizza to eat in one sitting, I boxed up the pizza.  I noticed that they have an interesting guarantee:

  If you buy your pizza and it is burned, undercooked, doesn't seem to have enough toppings, or for whatever reason you just don't like it after trying it, they will make you another one, free of charge.  However, you have to call them right away, on the same day.  Plus, you can't have eaten more than 1/4 of the pizza - no eating all but one piece, then calling to say you weren't satisfied with it.  I'm glad to see them placing this prominently on every box.

  Keep in mind that Marion's is CASH ONLY - no credit cards.  They also have one line for ordering pizzas, another line for picking up your order, and a third line to order drinks, so that may be a bit different than what you are used to.

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