Friday, December 02, 2005

Don't Throw it Away!

OK, this really bugs me. I walk 2 miles every morning. That's not the part that bugs me. What bugs me is that every Wednesday (that's trash day here) I find all kinds of valuable stuff in the recycle bins. I rescue as much as I can, but I can't help wondering: How can these people just throw stuff away when someone could be benefitting from it?
What do I mean, you ask? Simple. People are throwing away Campbell's soup labels, General Mills Box Tops for Education, and milk caps from Golden Guernsey and Kemps. Our schools can use redeem all of these items for either cash or equipment. In these days of higher taxes or budget cuts, why not give the schools everything we can give them - especially when these things don't cost us a thing. We already bought and paid for the groceries and used the part we wanted. Why throw away the part the school can use? Simply collect the labels, box tops or milk caps and either drop them off in the school office, or send them to school with a student in your neighborhood. I know they will appreciate your help

Here is some information about the programs I mentioned:

About Labels for Education

For more than 30 years, Labels for Education has been giving schools free educational equipment in exchange for labels From Campbell family of brands. It's a fun easy program where students, families and members of the community work together for a common goal.

1 Collect labels from [ELIGIBLE CAMPBELL PRODUCTS] and participate in a [LABELS FOR AMERICA] program.

2 Forward Campbell labels, proofs of purchase, or Labels for America™ confirmation to your school.

3 Your school redeems labels for FREE [MERCHANDISE].

It’s that simple.

Box Tops for Education

Clip Box Tops from hundreds of your favorite General Mills products and send them in to your school. Each Box Top is worth 10¢.

Participating Products

Kids Caps & Cash

Raise Money for Your School 2004-2005
We're offering educators a way to earn money for those extras that aren't covered in your operating budget by redeeming caps from selected GG Golden Guernsey Dairy® and Morning Glory™ milk products. Through "Kids Caps & Cash," students are encouraged to collect caps from our half-gallon and gallon jugs of milk (poster, 185K PDF). The program has been extended for the 2004-2005 school year. If you are currently enrolled there is no need to enroll again. You may use the same identification numbers.

Nickel for Your Cap
GG Golden Guernsey Dairy milkWe'll pay your school five cents for each specially-marked cap that meets our guidelines (69K PDF), up to a maximum of $10,000 for eligible & enrolled schools. Public, parochial and private schools servingMorning Glory milk students in grades K through 12 are eligible to enroll.

Kemps - Nickels for Schools

Put Better Schools on Your Shopping List

Now you can help your school by simply enjoying the great taste of Kemps®. Buy your favorite Kemps milk products, collect the specially marked caps or proof-of-purchase symbols, bring 'em to school, and earn money for the things your school needs. Each stickered milk cap or proof-of-purchase symbol is worth 5¢, which your school can turn into computers, books, art supplies — you name it!

So, please don't throw it away. It won't cost you a thing to help your local school.

Originally posted in March 2005 (on another of my blogs which has been discontinued)