April 14, 2014

Easy Wins: Low Entry Giveaways

The cool thing about blog giveaways is you can usually tell now many people are entered. The less entered, the better your chances to win. Here's some I found with low entries ending TODAY!

If you have a giveaway with less than 60 entries per prize ending in the next 6 day, please submit it here.






Ends April 15

Portable Cell Phone Charger (52 entries) - US

Heroes of the City Kids iPhone App and Prize Package (0 entries) - WW




April 20

2 Vintage Cookbooks (3 entries) - US

BOOK: Alone but Not Alone (85 entries) - US


April 21

Smile Love Designs $15 GC (38 entries)

Giraffe n Stuff Print (25 entries)


MORE GIVEAWAYS (NOT LOW ENTRY)
The following are not low entry giveaways, but I'm sharing them with you for a
totally selfish reason--I  can get extra entries if I do.  Thanks for taking a look.

Gymboree (4/15)
LEGO Mixels (4/19)
Jord Watch (4/20)
$1000 Educents Shopping Spree (4/30)


Abbreviations
GC = Gift Card or Gift Certificate
WW = Worldwide

*Full Disclosure:  I sometimes get extra entries for posting some of the low entry giveaways, too, like those starred.



I've added the low entry giveaway blogs to my Easy Wins Blog List.

April 8, 2014

Easy Wins: Low Entry Giveaways

The cool thing about blog giveaways is you can usually tell now many people are entered. The less entered, the better your chances to win. Here's some I found with low entries ending TODAY!

If you have a giveaway with less than 60 entries per prize ending in the next 6 day, please submit it here.








Ends April 10

Joy's Fit Girl Wear T-Shirt (11 entries)

Loom Boom (50 entries/2 Mandatory = 25 real entries)


Ends April 11

Mug Rug (157 entries/3 Mandatory = ~53 real entries)

Easter Basket Fillers and $10 Starbucks GC (40 entries)



MORE GIVEAWAYS (NOT LOW ENTRY)
The following are not low entry giveaways, but I'm sharing them with you for a
totally selfish reason--I  can get extra entries if I do.  Thanks for taking a look.

Zutano Giveaway (4/13)
Gymboree (4/15)
LEGO Mixels (4/19)
Jord Watch (4/20)
$1000 Educents Shopping Spree (4/30)


Abbreviations
GC = Gift Card or Gift Certificate

*Full Disclosure:  I sometimes get extra entries for posting some of the low entry giveaways, too, like those starred.



These blogs have been added to my Easy Wins Blog List.

April 3, 2014

Hearts Should Be Free 2014 Recap - Our Impact

Hearts Should Be FreeIt's been a little over a month since Hearts Should Be Free (the giveaway event I host here to raise awareness of modern slavery ended), and I've been going over the giveaway entries.  They tell a lot about how much need for awareness there really is, so I wanted to share with you some of what I found.

544 people in total entered the giveaways (many entering more than one). All but one of the giveaways required people to answer a different question related to modern slavery to enter.    Below are the questions I asked and how people answered.  Some of the specific things they said really moved me, so I shared some of them too.




QUESTION 1


Before today, did you know that there were as many as 27 million people currently in slavery?

  • 111 people answered this question
  • 90 answered no (81%)
  • 21 answered yes (19%)*

*5 of the yes answers were those who didn't know that exact figure, but knew it was around that much.  Since different organizations vary a bit on their estimation, I counted that as being aware.

What some people said...

"Wow - I did not.  Am I naive to have thought it was much less??  That's terrible!"

"Yes. Shocking and tragic. I want to do something."

"I didn't realize the number was so high. This has to be put to an end."




QUESTION 2

Before today, we're you aware that sex trafficking of minors was a problem in the USA?

172 people answered this question
50 answered no (29%)
120 answered yes (70%)

(2 answers were too vague to decipher)


What some people said...

"Unfortunately, yes. It happened to somebody I know. "

"Yes. I have four daughters. I worry about it all the time. I love that you are bringing awareness to this!"

"I had no idea that sex trafficking of minors was a big deal in the US. I honestly haven't heard anything about it, and didn't think it was a problem. It should be more talked about! The foundation you've provided is amazing, as well as helpful for any teen (my age) - or children. This foundation deserves to get noticed and talked about!"




QUESTION 3

Before today, did you know that there were still people illegally enslaved in The United States?

147 people answered this question
63 answered no (43%)
81 answered yes (55%)

(3 answers were too vague to decipher)

What some people said...

"Yes, but only because of another HSBF post!"

"I knew it happened in other countries, but I never thought it was still happening here"

"I did. I used to attend talks about it at my college. We tried to raise awareness within the community, but people don't want to hear about it. There needs to be more attention drawn to this problem in main stream media. Its a problem that we can help, but a lot of us choose to remain ignorant."






QUESTION 4

Before reading this post, were you aware that  in some parts of the world today the cost of a slave is less than $100?

121 people answered
93 said they didn't know (77%)
23 said they did know (19%)

(5 gave ambiguous answers)


What some people said...

"Yes, and it sickens me."

"I knew slavery existed still. sigh...but cost? I had no idea!"

"I didn't even realize that there were slaves. It's heart breaking!"*

*Though this wasn't specifically asked, 5 respondents said that they were not even aware that there were still  slaves in the world today.  That's exactly who I wanted to reach with this event.


QUESTION 5

Before visiting Hearts Should Be Free, did you know that there were millions of children in slavery today, and that many are sold for sexual exploitation?

171 total answers
54 said no
18 said "sort of" or "didn't knwo the extent"
98 said yes

(1 gave an ambiguous answer)

What some people said...

"I had no idea... I imagine most people have no idea."

"I didn't realize that the number was so high, so so sad."

"I know that there are millions of kids sold into slavery everyday and it breaks my heart."






QUESION 6

For the final giveaway I asked what people planned to do about slavery.   73 people answered and 44 people (60%) said they planned to do something.  That stat just made my day.  Here's what people said they planned to do:

  • 18 people said they would help spread awareness.
  • 13 said they would learn more about slavery
  • 9 said they would try to make a difference with their shopping habits (buying more fair trade, boycotting shops that had ties to slavery, ect.)
  • 2 people said they would donate 
  • 2 people said they would take political action
  • 2 people said they would pray
  • 2 people said that they would be more aware
  • 1 person said she would take "every possible action i can take within my means and capability, stand up when i can for them , or help the, in any way"  (Wow!)

(Some mentioned they would do more than one thing, and one answer was ambiguous, so that's why this doesn't add up to 44, if you're wondering)


Here's some of the answers people gave.  Hope you find these as encouraging as I do...

"I'm trying to buy local, fair trade, and certified cruelty free. It's harder than I thought :/"


"I've never really thought about it as a current issue so I guess the first thing to do would be to get educated! Thanks for the info/resources!"


"I'm not sure yet, it seems like such a huge issue for one person like me, but I think the first step is to raise awareness!"


"I'd love to do something to help, I've actually done a lot of research on it and it kills me! I'll definitely be looking into charities to help!"


"I showed my sister your links about raising awareness when she stopped by earlier--she said she had no idea that these things were still going on. I plan on showing many more people to raise awareness for something so awful, that not enough people even know about!"


"I've decided to boycott certain chocolate and clothing companies with bad ratings on free2work."


"No plans just yet, but I am still thinking about it.:


"We shop with awareness - for example, every year for Christmas my MIL buys us girls (herself, me, her other DIL, and her daughter) matching pajamas. Our pajamas for 2013 were from an organization that helps women who have escaped sex slavery"


"It is something I should do something about but I haven't yet.  I think it is one of those issues that almost feels to large to tackle.  Thank you for the reminder to act."




Would you like to help with Hearts Should Be Free next year?  





    



Hearts Should Be Free: How You Can Help

Hearts Should Be Free is a yearly event which uses giveaways to raise awareness of modern slavery.  The events start in the middle of January and goes through mid February.   There are various ways you can get involved.    Below are some ways you can help.  Please contact me at ecarian@yahoo.com if you are interested in helping or want more info.

Be a Co-Host
I am looking for co-hosts for next year's event.  I realize that this is too big of a project to continue to do on my own, and  I am looking for a few other bloggers dedicated to this cause who would be willing to share some of the responsibility of putting on this event.  I would like people who would be willing to share in the burden of promoting, writing posts, seeking out sponsors, and doing research on slavery.  In return co-hosts get traffic to your blog and the satisfaction of knowing that they have participated in something that makes a real difference.

International Friends - Help Me Bring These Giveaways To More Places
Since slavery is a world wide problem, I would like to open this even up to as many countries as possible.  But I am simply not able to research giveaway laws in every country  If you are from another country and would like to be able to participate in our giveaways, I could use your help researching the laws about giveaways where you live.  E-mail me at ecarian@yahoo.com with HSBF if you are interested in helping with this.

Translation and Research Help 
I am working on compiling a list of websites about modern slavery in as many languages as possible.  If you speak English and another language, I could use help finding websites and online articles about slavery in your language, and I also need help translating a couple sentences to introduce these websites.   E-mail me at ecarian@yahoo.com  if you are interested in helping with this.

Promotion
I always appreciate any help you can offer to spread the word.  Sharing about this event on your blog, facebook page, twitter, and other venues is extremly appreciated.  I also would love to have people volunteer to be on the "Linky Promotion Team" where we each split up a list of linkies to post this event to.


IF YOU ARE INTERESTED
CONTACT ME AT 
ecarian@yahoo.com

April 2, 2014

Easy Wins: Low Entry Giveaways

The cool thing about blog giveaways is you can usually tell now many people are entered. The less entered, the better your chances to win. Here's some I found with low entries ending TODAY!

If you have a giveaway with less than 60 entries per prize ending in the next 6 day, please submit it here.





Ends April 3

Novica $75 Gift Card (25 entries)


Ends April 6

Lulu and Linen Prize Package (16 entries)

1000 Custom Postcards (88 entries)*


Ends April 8

Disposable Diaper Changing Pads (26 entries)


Ends April 10

Joy's Fit Girl Wear T-Shirt (10 entries)



MORE GIVEAWAYS (NOT LOW ENTRY)
The following are not low entry giveaways, but I'm sharing them with you for a
totally selfish reason--I  can get extra entries if I do.  Thanks for taking a look.

Zutano Giveaway (4/13)
$1000 Educents Shopping Spree (4/30)
Gymboree Giveaway (4/15)




*Full Disclosure:  I sometimes get extra entries for posting some of the low entry giveaways, too, like those starred.



These blogs have been added to my Easy Wins Blog List.

Giveaways 4 Good

The following giveaways are for products that help a good cause, or fair trade products which provide a living wage to those who make the product and the materials in it.


Fair trade company

Portion of sales support breast cancer research.


Uses fair trade Shea Butter.