AL Gives Day – Help End Domestic Violence

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The domestic violence shelters in the Birmingham, AL, area are coordinated through the Central Alabama YWCA.  On February 2nd {today!}, the YWCA Central Alabama will participate in Alabama Gives Day, a statewide day of giving.

They need our help to reach their goal of $5,000.  They have secured matching funds of $1,000 from an anonymous donor if they can raise $4,000.

Every gift helps. No gift amount is too big or too small, and you don’t have to live in Alabama to participate.

Donations will not be accepted before February 2nd.

How to Help


On February 2nd, visit the Birmingham YWCA’s Razoo page and make an online donation.  That’s it!

Also, if you’d like to learn more about Alabama Gives Day, visit this site.

True Confessions:  I was not compensated in any way for sharing this information.  I believe in supporting organizations that work to end domestic violence, and wanted to let you guys know about this great campaign!

Animoto Plus One Year Subscription Giveaway {CLOSED}


Looking for a creative way to say I love you to those special people in your life? Or even to create a marriage proposal?

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Here are some sample Valentine’s video slideshows:

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