Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Support the American Red Cross by Sharing Stories of Safety and Security on Twitter + #Win Great Prizes #MasterLockProtects #sponsored

Disclosure:  This is a sponsored post through Global Influence, in which I will be compensated for my time. However, all views shared are mine and mine alone.



While I sometimes miss not working outside the home, I would never change my decision to become a stay at home mom.Being able to watch my girls grow and learn, and spend quality time with them each day has made my life complete.  Yes, there are days that I wish I could get in the car and drive to work, not having to worry about temper tantrums or their fighting, I know that this is just a phase they are going through and that they will not stay little forever. :-)  

Before I became a stay at home mom, and before I battled cancer in 2008,  I used to be a health educator.  I used to go into the community and schools and educate people on various health concerns and topics, through seminars, health fairs, etc.  My role as a health educator also opened doors and introduced me to some amazing people and non profits like the American Red Cross.  For over 5 years, I worked with volunteers and employees of the American Red Cross when putting on events for certain health awareness events, or simply teaching and certifying medical staff at the hospital I worked at, as well as the general in first aid and/or CPR.  You could say that I had my dream job...and, I loved every minute of it!

When partnering with non profit organizations like the American Red Cross, I learned about their missions and partnerships with local groups and organizations.  The ARC in particular fascinated me, as they seemed to be everywhere, and always ready to lend a hand to those in need. For those displaced due to a house fire or disasters like Hurricane Sandy, the American Red Cross steps in and offers up comfort and support, in addition to shelter and food, all with the help of generous volunteers and donations.  They also supply about 40% of the nation's blood, by hosting blood drives throughout the country.  The American Red Cross also helps military members and families during emergencies, as well as providing international humanitarian aid.  What don't they help with?  

But, being a not-for-profit organization means that the American Red Cross relies on support from the public as well as companies to show their support through volunteerism and monetary donations.  I was excited to learn that Master Lock, the world’s largest manufacturer of padlocks, recently kicked off their #MasterLockProtects campaign to help raise money and awareness for the American Red Cross.

How you can help with this campaign...

By continuing to focus on helping consumers stay safe, Master Lock's yearlong campaign will be dedicated to safety through every life stage and season. To kick off the campaign, Master Lock is asking consumers via Twitter to share the time in their life when safety and security has been most top of mind. For every tweet posted with the hashtag #MasterLockProtects a $1 donation will be made to the American Red Cross up to $10,000. The campaign will continue throughout the year with a series of safety tips and advice for every life stage and season."

So, how would you answer this question....“When in your life has safety and security been most top of mind?”  For me, safety and security became top priorities when we welcomed our girls.  We made a point to child proof our home, to keep the girls safe as they grow and explore.  But, we also know the importance of teaching them to be safe, and what to do in case of a fire by continually going over our family's fire safety plan.

“Each new life stage and season brings new adventures, excitement and memories. It also brings new safety and security considerations. From childhood, to marriage, homeownership, retirement and beyond, Master Lock is there to help protect consumers as their security needs evolve with these memorable life events,” said Rebecca Smith, vice president, marketing for Master Lock. “Through this campaign, Master Lock will show its dedication to providing a full range of reliable, easy-to-use products as well as resources consumers need to keep themselves, loved ones and valuables safe throughout the year and their lives.”

I hope you will join me in sharing your responses to this question, which in turn will donate $1 to the American Red Cross.  Not only will you feel good knowing you are helping an amazing non-profit like the American Red Cross, but who knows, maybe you will be one of the lucky 20 participants chosen to win a prize bundle. :-) 

Now through January 31, everyone who tweets their reply to this question -- “When in your life has safety and security been most top of mind?”  --  using #MasterLockProtects will generate a $1 donation to the American Red Cross and will be entered for the chance to win one of 20 prize bundles. Each winner will receive a $100 Visa gift card and various Master Lock products to help keep consumers safe through different life stages and seasons. 

U Tweet. We donate. Win, win!

"Master Lock will donate an initial $10,000 to the American Red Cross and will donate up to an additional $10,000 based on consumer participation in the sweepstakes for a total of $20,000 in donations – just one way the company hopes to keep consumers safe and secure through all life stages and seasons. Master Lock’s donation will support the urgent needs of the American Red Cross mission, whether it is responding to a disaster, collecting lifesaving blood, teaching skills to save a life, or assisting military members and their families during emergencies. This marks the second Twitter sweepstakes that Master Lock has hosted to benefit the American Red Cross. In 2014, Master Lock donated more than $15,000 to the organization."

In addition this wonderful #MasterLockProtects campaign to raise much needed funding for the American Red Cross, make sure you follow Master Lock, as they will continue to provide educational information to consumers on remaining safe and secure through various life stages and seasons. These tips will be available on www.masterlock.com, and will address the following topics:
  • Senior Safety
  • Tax Tips for All Life Stages
  • Safe Moving / New Home Safety
  • Marriage / Newlyweds
  • Back to School
  • First Job / New Job
  • Fall Family / Home Safety

Master Lock’s Live Secure Safety Squad blog panel will join the conversation and provide personal tips, stories, advice and product recommendations for remaining safe and secure through various life stages and seasons. 

Below are the participating blogs to follow:
·         Susan Heim on Parenting
·         Tech Savvy Mama
·         Mommy Kat and Kids
·         Nicole’s Nickels
·         ThreeDifferent Directions
·         5 Minutes For Mom
·         Mocha Dad
·         Little Tech Girl


So, what are you waiting for?  Join the conversation now using the hashtag #MasterLockProtects, and visit www.masterlock.com for more information. And, don't forget to share this campaign with family and friends so that they, too, can help the American Red Cross continue to support families in need, with the help of Master Lock donating $20,000 through this campaign. A few minutes of your time tweeting and share with mean the world to those who receive support when they need it most, by the American Red Cross and their generous volunteers.  How could you not stop to help? :-)

-- RSVP NOW FOR THE
 #MasterLockCares Twitter Party 
 Tuesday, January 27th at 8PM EST --

And, if you like Twitter parties, RSVP now for the #MasterLockCares Twitter Party tonight (1/27) at 8PM EST hosted by @Resourcefulmom. To learn more about this upcoming Twitter party as well as to RSVP, visit: http://resourcefulmommy.com/14562/master-lock-cares-twitter-party-2/
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About Master Lock
The Master Lock Company is recognized around the world as the authentic, enduring name in padlocks and security products. Master Lock Company offers a broad range of innovative security and safety solutions for consumer, commercial, and industrial end-users. Master Lock Company LLC is an operating unit of Fortune Brands Home & Security, Inc., a leading consumer brands company. Headquartered in Deerfield, Ill., Fortune Brands Home & Security Inc. (NYSE: FBHS), is included in the S&P MidCap 400 Index. For more information about Master Lock visit www.masterlock.com.

About the American Red Cross
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit www.redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

Disclosure:  This is a sponsored post through Global Influence, in which I will be compensated for my time. However, all views shared are mine and mine alone.

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