Friday, March 26, 2021

#GiveThanksNotPranks with T-Mobile helps teachers

Raise your hands if you like April Fool’s Day! I can’t see you but I’m sure most of you reading this raised your hand. I don’t really do any tricks, but I do enjoy seeing what people come up with. This year, however, I wanted to take a different approach. With everything going on in the world around us, I love the #GiveThanksNotPranks idea that came up with. Not only is it a great concept, but it will give back to the community and to some of the most important people in our kids’ lives: Their teachers. Let me explain below. 

Before I dig into the program that T-Mobile created, I want to touch on why the program spoke to me personally.  Like for many of you, this past year has not been easy for me, and it really put into perspective what I’m thankful for. My mom died in late May, so it’s almost been a year without her. I’m thankful we got to say our peace and our goodbyes as I know so many have not been given that.

With COVID Dan and I had a commitment ceremony this past September to officially combine our two families. 

I’m thankful for my family; my kids, my husband, and my friends who without them, I wouldn’t make it through my days. They help me push through. I may be disabled and sick but I’m so thankful that I’m still here and can spend time with them and now, my new grandson! Simple things like spending the afternoon baking bring us such great joy. I’m thankful I can spend my time doing things like that with them. I think this year more than ever, it’s important to show as much gratitude to those who have helped us and to be grateful for the things we have.

Ok, enough with the sappy stuff, let’s talk about how amazing this #GiveThanksNotPranks program is and then how you can help show thanks to those who give so much. 

In my opinion, teachers have the very hardest and most important jobs right now. Some are teaching in-person, virtual, and hybrid. Just a little more than a year ago they weren’t dealing with the incredible pressures they are now. I thought teaching was a stressful job then, but throw COVID-19 into the mix and I can’t even imagine how hard their jobs must be. We entrust them with our children’s enrichment as well as their health for the majority of the day. The least we can do is support them right now. 

So, when T-Mobile presented the #GiveThanksNotPranks idea to me, I thought it was amazing. I mean I have one kiddo that graduated high school early this last semester, one in middle school and the other in elementary school. Could my kids be any more spread out? (Anyone else say that in Chandler Bing’s voice?) 

In 2020, T-Mobile really started a movement by raising $500,000 for the Boys and Girls Club COVID-19 Relief Fund. This year, T-Mobile has committed to donating up to $500,000 through nonprofit education crowdfunding platform DonorsChoose to support our country’s hardworking teachers who are often under resourced and in need of basic supplies - whether they are teaching virtually or in person! They asked other companies to join in and support teachers or another meaningful cause of their choosing. It’s all in the same spirit of giving! 

How can you help? 

It’s really simple actually. You have three different ways of helping to provide teachers the basic school supplies they need, like pens, paper, crayons and notebooks: 

Share the Hashtag: From now through April 1, T-Mobile will donate $5 to DonorsChoose for every post on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram that mentions the #GiveThanksNotPranks hashtag, up to the $500,000 campaign total. 

Donate: From now through April 1, they will match individual donations made directly toward T-Mobile’s DonorsChoose campaign to provide classrooms nationwide basic classroom supplies, up to the $500,000 campaign total. 

Text to Give: From now through April 1, text THANKS to 50555 to make a $5 donation directly to DonorsChoose.

I love that and the companies that they are partnering with are going above and beyond to show what’s important right now. Yes, pranks are fun but our communities, our friends, loved ones, and especially our teachers are more important in times like these. We need to come together and help them. 

I gave you three VERY easy ways to help! T-Mobile and others are doing the heavy lifting, but they can’t donate without you. Please share this post and also go onto my social media posts where I will be sharing and share those with your friends and loved ones and spread the word. Let’s help as many teachers and schools as we can by giving thanks with the #GiveThanksNotPranks program!

This post is Sponsored by T-Mobile but opinions are 100% mine. 

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  1. I have T-mobile so this is good to hear. Helping teachers is an awesome thing to do.

  2. Totally support the initiative that encourages to help our teachers and schools. Let's do just a little thing which will make a huge difference in someone's life.

  3. This is so great to hear. I love that T-mobile is doing this. I have them myself, so it's great to hear this.

  4. I love this idea. Teachers need our help now more than ever.

  5. This sounds like a really lovely idea to help teachers and schools. I'm pleased I'm on T-Mobile.

  6. Thanks for sharing these easy ways to help! I am going to do all 3 right now.

  7. Thanks for sharing these tips. I now have T-mobile, and all is well so far.

  8. It seems like T-Mobile is making it easy to make a difference in the lives of teachers and students. It makes me happy when companies help other people out.

  9. It is always wonderful to see companies giving back to the communities. That is wonderful gesture.

  10. Mama Maggie's KitchenSunday, March 28, 2021

    This is such a wonderful idea! I will definitely give a hand on this and will share the hashtag #GiveThanksNotPranks!

  11. That is such an awesome campaign. Kudos to T-Mobile for giving back and making a difference. -LYNNDEE

  12. Love this kind of initiatives. It's great to hear that there are ways to support teaches and schools!

  13. We have T-Mobile and love the company. As someone that has teachers in her family this initiative brings joy to my heart.

  14. Teachers have been amazing when it comes to making the changes necessary for students to continue their education despite the pandemic. I love that Tmobile is giving back.