77kids Gives Back - Operation Gratitude

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Two months ago, I (and 76 other bloggers) was approached by 77kids and themotherhood.com, to participate in a remarkable project. Instead of just promoting the opening of new 77kids Stores across the country, 77kids took the opportunity give back. In 11 different cities, 7 bloggers were asked to research, organize, promote, and execute a community service project of their choosing. I was lucky enough to ultimately join ranks with Liz Thompson of This Full House, Bay of Queen Mother Blog, Monica Brand of Paper Bridges, and Shannon Entin of Mom Improvement (and of course Cooper and Emily of TheMotherhood).

Our fearless leader Liz quickly shared her knowlege of Operation Gratitude, an organization near and dear to her heart, thanks to her brother's commitment to the United States Air Force. We set up camp at the Garden State Discovery Museum in Cherry Hill, NJ on July 15th to engage the public in writing thank you cards to our enlisted and veteran troops.

We doled out some goodies to reel in the do gooders
and tacked up our sign at the childrens' art station.
We were amazed at the eagerness and creativity of all the kids and adults who stopped at our "Gratitude Station."
Our littlest helpers got a thank you goodie bag.
And the grownups got 77kids store coupons, a $1bill, and a list of 7 good things to do for free and 7 good things to do for $1.
The kids were proud to put their finished products in our Operation Gratitude message box
and even more excited to get their faces painted by Liz's talented daughters (I know Katie was)!!
The 77kids Yummobile made an appearance and gave away extra nifty goodies like silly bandz and blow pops.
And Katie even auditioned for a commercial (knight costume not required)
Katie and I had a terrific day helping 77kids and themotherhood.com to "Do Good."
And I was inspired and amazed by my new bloggy BFF's ;)
(Liz, Monica, me, Shannon, and Bay)
(I was compensated for my participation with 77kids Do Good Day - sponsored by 77kids and themotherhood.com)


monica @ paperbridges August 19, 2010 at 12:06 PM  

great re-cap, Julie! fun day helping others, awesome to come together as NJ bloggers. I think the kids and their parents at our station had fun too. :)

debi9kids August 19, 2010 at 11:29 PM  

I have honestly never heard of 77kids or 77kids stores, so i will def. have to click on your links to find out what the heck it is.
Well done introducing Katie to something so inspiring :)

Liz@thisfullhouse August 20, 2010 at 7:46 AM  

What a GREAT day and thanks for sharing these awesome photos!!!

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