2019 Holiday Resources

I usually do this post later in November, but I’ve been getting a lot of requests for information for 2019.

The holidays are more than food and gifts, but no one should go hungry any time of year!

Here is my post with a list of food banks/pantries in San Diego. Many of the food pantries also have special holiday distributions, it is worth a call to find out of any additional food or gift distributions will be done.

As of now, I am not aware of any free Christmas tree giveaways, however, as I gather more information, I will update this post.

Screen Shot 2017-11-13 at 1.53.34 PM.pngToys 4 Joy has 3 San Diego area events on December 14th. Toys for Joy is open to all children and families and no registration is required. One free toy will be given to all children attending the event ages 0 – 11. Free lunch will be provided in addition to free entertainment, kids activities and giveaways. All three locations have free groceries and one location has free gently used clothing available.

Screen Shot 2018-11-30 at 10.24.34 AM.pngThe Cameron YMCA is hosting a free Cookies and Milk with Santa on Saturday, December 14th.
Bring the entire family and join us for our annual Cookies with Santa!
Enjoy Cookie decorating, ornament making, letters to Santa, pin the
heart on the Grinch and photos with Santa!
Pre-Registration Required. This event is not limited to YMCA members! To register, please call the Cameron YMCA in Santee at 619-449-9622. Check with your local YMCA- most San Diego area YMCA locations have an event like this.
santeesantas.pngIf you live in Santee and need help with food and gifts for the holiday, contact Santee Santas. You can download and print forms, check into eligibility (it is income-based and they are very strict from what I’ve been told), and see what forms you need addition to the application here.

 

The intake dates are November 21 or December 3, 2019 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Rio Seco School on Cuyamaca St.

Representatives will be there to assist you in processing your application.

Once again the ladies of the  American Veterans Ladies Auxiliary Post 534 are working with the VFW in Lakeside to host a super fun event for kids age 0-11.

In addition to meeting Santa, there will be crafts, snacks, and lots of fun!

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In order for your kids to receive a gift, please sign up your kids up to 12 years old via email to Jerrilynn: Kids_Christmas_Party@cox.net by December 9th please include name, age & gender and gift idea under $20.00.

If you know of any other holiday events or programs that can help those in need, please post links in the comments!

 

Talk Back: What is your favorite way to help others? 

2019 Veteran’s Day Freebies

a480c0f99b8b6578a86a997c14a14036.jpgTomorrow is Veteran’s Day, and there are so many companies that want to show their appreciation for those who have served.

Below are just a few, the complete list of over 100 freebies for Veteran’s Day can be seen here.

  • Starbucks – Free coffee
  • Subway – Vets and active military get a free six-inch sub on November 11 at select locations
  • Olive Garden – Free meal
  • On The Border – Free meal
  • Denny’s – Free Grand Slam on Nov. 11th
  • Dairy Queen – Free medium Blizzard
  • Dunkin Donuts – Free donut
  • BJ’s Restaurants & Brewhouse – Free Entree & Dr. Pepper

In addition to a free meal, There are many museums and amusement parks are offering free admission, including the USS Midway located in San Diego, CA. As a special thank you for your service, the Midway and Qualcomm have partnered to offer Active Duty and Veterans and up to three (3) additional family members FREE admission to visit the historic USS Midway Museum.

  • Visitors must present their Military ID / show proof of service at the Midway’s ticket booth to receive offer.
  • Offer valid now through November 17th.
  • The Midway is open daily from 10am – 4pm.
  • This promotion does not apply to online ticket purchases.

National Parks are waiving their admission price on November 11, 2019 to everyone!

11/8/19- Friday Freebies and Deals!

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It’s Friday, and holy moly, do I have a busy weekend coming up! The Skyline Swap tomorrow morning, then I am off to a blogger mini-conference to meet with some new brands and bloggers.

But first, let’s dive into some freebies!

November is Military Family Month at the YMCA!

ymcaOne of the things I love about the YMCA is that they support military families with discounts and special programs. Through November 11, The San Diego County YMCA’s are directing 50 percent of new-member join fees toward financial assistance for military families.

Military families get extra membership benefits at the YMCA, including a waived join fee ($60 value), 10% off monthly membership fees, and access to child care referrals and the Exceptional Family Member Program for Navy families who have children with special needs.

If you haven’t checked out your local YMCA location recently, The Y will be free and open to all during regular hours, Monday, November 11. Veteran’s Day is just one of the many free community days the Y has throughout the year.

We love our local Y. With 2 hours of childcare each day, so I can exercise (or really, sometimes I just want to take a shower in peace), or make phone calls/catch up on emails/write in the newly remodeled lobby of our local Y (#nomomshame, I see lots of other moms do it too before or after their workouts), free classes, events, and weekly open gymnastic so the kids can play and get wiggles out- no matter the temperature outside, there is something for every family.

I’ve always got free passes too- so if you can’t make it on Monday, November 11, 2019 to your local Y, let me know and I can slip some passes your way!

California Residents: Unclaimed Property and Money!

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This is the postcard we received over the weekend. On the back is information about the State Controller’s Office, and how they are holding over NINE BILLION DOLLARS in unclaimed property (that includes money).

I checked the website and found about $27 in my name! I filled out the forms, printed them, signed them,  made copies of my ID, and mailed it all off this morning.  In 120 short days (or so, per the website), I should get my money.

It’s free to search, free to claim your property, so it is 100% worth 5-10 minutes to see if you’ve got anything waiting for you!

Click here to get started!

 

11/1/19 Friday Freebies and Deals

file000845666076Better late than never, eh? I had some hellacious adulting to do today, so as a result all my blogging got pushed aside until the kids were asleep and dishes were done.

I’m surprised at the number of free events this weekend, but I think that maybe in part because Halloween was on Thursday, so let’s get started!

Events/In-store goodies:

Free PetSmart Sample Saturday Event

Free Sample of Downy Unstoppables at Sam’s

Free Air Wick Scented Oil Warmer at Walmart

Free Box of Facial Tissue at Big Lots

Free Hot Wheels Breakfast Event at Pottery Barn

Free Magical Reading Wand at Lakeshore Learning

Free American Eagle at Home Depot

Panera Members – Free Bagel Everyday in November

Free Holiday Kickoff Party at Disney Store

 

Free Samples:

PINCHme – Possible Free Michel et Augustin Cookie Squares

Free Sample of Cheers Hangover Relief Supplement

Free Collagen Peptides

Free $50 Gift Card with Hyundai Test Drive

2 Free Keep Girls Safe Buttons

Free Sample of PooPeePads Dog Pads

Free Organics Family Grass Kids Whey Powder

FREE Amazon Baby Box Samples

Free Q Drinks Carbonated Mixer Beverage

Free RADIUS Children’s Toothbrush

Free Sample of Sephora Collection Cream Lip Stain

 

Deals:

Crystal Love Necklace Jewelry Set ONLY $2 Shipped

Mickey Mouse 90th Anniversary ONLY $5.69 at Amazon

Fisher-Price On-The-Go Breakfast Toy ONLY $4.90 (Reg $10)

Reusable Collapsible Silicone Straws ONLY $5.12 (Reg. $16)

LEGO City Arctic Exploration Set ONLY $6.23 at Amazon (Reg $10)

Munchkin Portable Diaper Caddy ONLY $7.11 (Reg. $25)

Fisher-Price Smart Scan Word Dash ONLY $11.12 (Reg. $30)

10/25/19 Freebies and Deals!

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Woo Hoo! Friday means Freebies and deals!

Free Food:

Free Health and Beauty:

Free Magazines:

Free In-store & Events:

And Now The Deals: