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Hi friends!  About a month ago, I participated in a 5k for pancreatic cancer.  My nana was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer about two years ago and she passed away within the past year.  It is because of this that I  wanted to run and raise donations in her memory.  

Additionally, PurpleStride.org provides you with a lot of help so you can encourage family and friends to donate (pre-set emails, your own donation page, etc.)  There is a required donation of $25.00 in order to receive a t-shirt, but anyone can come to race and support the cause even if they cannot afford the $25.00!  Since this cause was a close one to my family and friends’ hearts, we ended up raising 1,025.00, but any amount of money is helpful!  I really encourage everyone to participate in a 5k whether it be for cancer, for another disease, or just for fun!  I know I had a lot of fun with my family at this race and I think you guys will too!  

Below I have the upcoming events listed!  See if you can find one in your state! (: 

Phoenix- March 22

Las Vegas- March 28

New York City- April 11

Miami- April 12

Birmingham- April 18

Tidewater- April 18

Chicago- May 2

Detroit- May 2

Kansas City- May 2

Los Angeles- May 2

Madison- May 2

Rhode Island- May 3

Chattanooga- May 16

Raleigh-Durham- May 16

Delaware- May 30

Nashville- May 30

San Fransisco- May 31

Omaha- June 2015

Cleveland- June 13

Washington D.C.- June 13

Indianapolis- June 20

Visit http://www.purplestride.orgto sign up and for more information!

Thank you so much for visiting my blog! (:

Love,

Nicole 

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Hi everyone!  This is my first blog post to my new series called, “Get Inspired to Help”.  It is my hope that through this section of my blog, some of you will either become more aware of how to help in you community, or be inspired to create your own ways of giving back.  When I became aware that DoSomething.org and H&M had partnered together for a cause called, “Comeback Clothes”, I knew I had to help.

Being a fashion major in college, I have been educated in some of my classes on the danger that clothes can bring to our environment.  I learned that it takes an unbelievable amount of energy, and water to make textiles.  Not only so, but every year, 11.1 million tons of clothing that could be recycled ends up in landfills.  We need to be conserving energy and landfill space, and you guys can help!

When I came home for the summer from college, I grabbed a big box and I started sorting through my closet for clothes that were stained, ruined, bleached, etc.  Any kind of clothing that can no longer be worn is perfect for this campaign!  So feel free to grab that white shirt that you accidentally dyed pink in the wash and throw it in the box.  Next, go through your closet a second time and look for clothing that isn’t ruined, but you would no longer like to keep for whatever reason.  H&M and DoSomething will be donating clothing that is in good condition to people who need it!

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Before you go and drop those clothes off, snap a picture with yourself and your clothes and post it to DoSomething.org.  A person will be chosen at random to win a $10,000 dollar scholarship from submitted pictures!  Now go ahead and take that box to your nearest H&M drop-off location.  If you have a lot of clothes it might be a good idea to call before hand and give them a heads up!  This campaign is ending on June 20th so go through those clothes A.S.A.P.! ( :

You can also text DROP to 38383 for 15% off of your next H&M purchase and it is another way to enter for the scholarship!

If any of you decide to do this campaign because you saw my post, hashtag #GetInspiredWithNicole on either Instagram or Twitter!  I would love to see what you guys are up too ( :

Love,

Nicole ♡