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Archive for July, 2010

30 Jul
Linda

Farmers' Insurance

Be a Hero for Babies Day was a huge success this year with Farmers’ raising over $2.6 million but Farmers’ support for the March of Dimes continues year round.

Farmers’ is now offering bracelets to support the March of Dimes and our mission!

Full details are listed on Farmers’ Web site FarmersMOD.com.

For more than 20 years, Farmers has supported the March of Dimes by raising awareness and millions of dollars for the sake of infants and their families.  Across the country, Farmers customers, family and friends like you, participate as sponsors and volunteers to make sure all babies get a healthy start in life. Your support helps March of Dimes researchers, educators, outreach workers and advocates give all babies a fighting chance against prematurity, birth defects, low birthweight and other threats to their health.

23 Jul
Linda

One Billion Points!

March for Babies sponsor Kmart is giving away up to One Billion Points to the best video that tells them what you would do with One Billion Points. The winner will get 50% of all Points in the contest prize pool and the March of Dimes could get the other 50%! We would use ours to help moms and babies, and you can use yours for anything Kmart sells!

Check out their Web site and the official rules and good luck!

23 Jul
Linda

A massive thanks goes out to all the Farmers’ agents and employees who raised over $2.6M to support and help the cause of healthy babies!

Another massive thanks goes out to all those folks who donated and have shared their stories and pictures with us on Facebook and on Twitter!

For more than 20 years, Farmers has supported the March of Dimes by raising awareness and millions of dollars for the sake of infants and their families. Across the country, Farmers customers, family and friends like you, participate as sponsors and volunteers to make sure all babies get a healthy start in life.

Thank you, Farmers!

22 Jul
Linda

Hero For Babies!

Today March of Dimes partner Farmers’ Insurance will hold their fifth annual Be a Hero for Babies Day. All across the country agents and employees are busy raising money to help the smallest babies. Their goal: more than $2 million in a single day! Farmers has supported the March of Dimes for more than 20 years – helping raise awareness of the problems that threaten our babies – and millions of dollars to tackle them. Farmers’ customers, family and friends like you, get involved to make sure all babies get a healthy start in life.

All week we have been sharing stories of Farmers’ agents who are heroes for babies and many of you have shared your own stories and pictures of your heroes–both big and little–on our Facebook page. We love seeing them so keep them coming!

Today, if you see a Farmers’ agent or employee, give them a big thanks for all they do to help babies!

For more information or to make a donation, please visit marchofdimes.com/farmers.

21 Jul
Linda

Adults and young adults, between the ages of 18 and  44, are needed to pose as parents, family team members, and corporate/CEO team captains.

Volunteers must be able to attend a photo shoot in New Canaan, Conn., for about 6 to 8 hours one day during the first week or two of August.

Specific location and date TBD. Volunteers must provide their own transportation.Parking and park facilities on the premises.

Please send an e-mail to mfbad@marchofdimes.com and use the subject line: MFB Adult Volunteer and include your name, current photo and your contact information.

Thank you!

The March for Babies Creative Team

20 Jul
Linda

Hero For Babies!

This Thursday is Be a Hero for Babies Day. March of Dimes partner Farmers’ Insurance will challenge agents and employees to raise more than $2 million for healthy babies in a single day!

We will be sharing stories of Farmers’ Agents who are heroes for babies throughout the week and invite you to share your own.

Today’s spotlight is on Heather Gilbert, a District Recruiter for Farmers’ Insurance from Portland, Oregon.

Heather’s twin boys, Daniel and Dominik were born 13 weeks early in 1995 weighing and weighed only 2lbs 2oz. and 2lbs 3oz. In her own words:


“I had been on bed rest for over 5 weeks when my little ones arrived. I was so scared for them. The team of doctors whisked them away before I could even hear their first cry.

That evening I arrived in the NICU. After gowning up and scrubbing in I got to see them in their open isolates. I remember thinking, “oh my goodness I have baby dolls bigger than them.”

It was so hard to see my own boys hooked up to all the machines. After 5 days Dominik was able to breathe with the help of oxygen and I got to hold him for the first time. It was a moment I’ll never forget. At 10 days, I held him for the last time. He had taken a turn for the worse and the staff did all they could to keep him alive until I could reach the hospital. I remember running in and hearing Daniel screaming. Doctors and nurses were huddled around Dominik’s isolate performing CPR on his tiny little body. I yelled at them to stop, picked him up and held him close as he opened his eyes a final time and took his last breath. I took him to a private room where my parents were waiting and we said our goodbyes.

Daniel stayed in the NICU for another 3 months and I was there through every alarm, ultrasound, bottle feeding and diaper change. Then, he came home, on oxygen.
The March of Dimes is important to me because there are so many babies born early or with birth defects. These small babies did not choose this for themselves, nor can they battle for their lives alone. They need support and love from their families and from the doctors and staff that care for them in the NICU. The March of Dimes is there, too, to provide research, education, and community services that help give babies like mine a fighting chance.”

Thank you, Heather for sharing your powerful story – and thank you to all the Farmers’ agents who are heroes for babies. For more information on Be a Hero for Babies Day or to make a donation, please visit marchofdimes.com/farmers.

19 Jul
Linda

Hero For Babies!


This Thursday is Be a Hero for Babies Day. March of Dimes partner Farmers’ Insurance will challenge agents and employees to raise more than $2 million for healthy babies in a single day!

We will be sharing stories of Farmers’ Agents who are heroes for babies throughout the week and invite you to share your own.

Today’s spotlight is on Jimmy Gary, a Farmers’ agent from Dallas, Texas.

Jimmy was born with a birth defect and, on top of that, contracted polio when he was just 6 years old. As a young boy in the 1950s, he and his mother went door to door collecting funds for March of Dimes.

In 2008, Jimmy and his agency started a March of Dimes Chili Cook Off. Through the event, he has raised more than $50,000 for the March of Dimes! Jimmy also walks in March for Babies. And every year, he’s among our top walkers. In 2009, he was the #2 walker for Fort Worth. So far this year, he’s up to $15,000!

Jimmy’s whole family gets behind the mission. His wife Margo is on the local March of Dimes board. They have lobbied at the Texas capital in Austin, and take part in Fort Worth’s March of Dimes Signature Chefs event.

Jimmy is driven to help promote research and education to improve the chances of premature babies. He always reminds friends and co-workers that long-term volunteers do not get involved to grow their personal agenda/business, but to better the people and the community.

Thank you, Jimmy ­– and all the Farmers’ agents who are heroes for babies! For more information on Be a Hero for Babies Day or to make a donation, please visit marchofdimes.com/farmers.

16 Jul
Linda

I'm a Hero for Babies!


On July 22nd March of Dimes partner Farmers’ Insurance will hold their fifth annual Be a Hero for Babies Day, when it challenges agents and employees to raise more than $2 million in a single day! For more than 20 years, Farmers has supported the March of Dimes by raising awareness and millions of dollars for the sake of infants and their families.  Across the country, Farmers’ customers, family and friends like you, participate as sponsors and volunteers to make sure all babies get a healthy start in life and provide comfort and information to families with a baby in the NICU.

Throughout next week, we will be featuring stories from Farmers’ Agents who have a connection to the mission of the March of Dimes and we would love to hear about how you or someone you know who has been a hero for babies!

For more information or to make a donation, visit MarchofDimes.com/Farmers.

14 Jul
Linda

Head on over to the Johnson’s ® Baby YouTube page and watch the nine finalist videos and vote for your favorite!  There are great cash prizes for the first and second place winners and the grand prize winner gets $10,000!  Remember:

– You can vote everyday until July 27th
– For every video viewed during the voting phase, Johnson’s ® Baby will donate 5 cents to the March of Dimes (up to $5000)

Don’t forget to check out the official rules and happy voting!

6 Jul
Linda

Everyone loves an adorable baby, and we’re no different.  We’re looking for a bunch of cute and easy-going babies, between 7 – 13 months, to be in our printed material for March for Babies 2011. It’s our biggest and most-attended fund-raising event of the year. Over 1 million people participate. Creating the photos and material is always a lot of fun, and we’d love you to join us.

The specific dates are not set yet, but we are planning on 2 days with a professional photographer in an outdoor setting  (CT/NY area) during the 3rd week of July.


PLEASE NOTE…

  1. All volunteers will need to provide their own transportation to and from the location.
  2. All babies must be 6-13 months of age, be accompanied by a parent, and be available for a 1-2 hour window.
  3. Refreshments will be provided.

ANYONE INTERESTED IN VOLUNTEERING,
please send the following information to MFBAD@marchofdimes.com

  • One or more photos (jpgs) of your baby
  • Baby’s first and last name
  • Your first and last name.
  • Baby’s age, clothing size, shoe size
  • Any specifics on your availability for that week (3rd week of July)
  • DON’T FORGET TO INCLUDE A WAY FOR US TO CONTACT YOU!
  • (phone number and email address would be best)


You will be notified either way on or before July 14th

Thank you, and hope to see you soon!
The entire March for Babies Creative Team

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