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#GivingTuesday could be big in Gloucester this year with your help

First Thanksgiving Thursday, then Black Friday, then Shop Local Saturday, then Cyber Monday –and now “Giving Tuesday“?  At least we get Sunday off, and #GivingTuesday, which Gloucester businesses are picking up this year, is all about supporting charities after the commercial craze; find local causes here, or patronize local businesses that pledge to give on that day.

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Mathews’ Thrifty Spot puts your spending toward a good cause

Small Business Saturday may have come and gone, but there are still plenty of local deals to be found. Example: Mathews County’s Thrifty Spot offers all the charm and cheap deals of a thrift shop with the added bonus of supporting a good cause.  The store employs special education students from Mathews High School, giving them useful job experience; read their mission here.

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Help Norfolk Canyon get the protection it deserves

If you’ve never heard of Norfolk Canyon — or if you’ve only heard of the tasty beer — that’s probably because it’s almost a mile below the ocean’s surface off Virginia’s coast.  But the Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center is trying to get the ecologically unique site some much-needed federal protection as a National Marine Sanctuary; read more here, and sign their petition here.

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Free Krispy Kreme doughnut will make voters feel better

Hopefully you plan to hit the polls next Tuesday anyway — you know, because democracy — but if you needed to sweeten the deal, Krispy Kreme is promising free donuts of your choice to everyone with an “I voted” sticker.  Peninsula voters can make the trek to locations in Hampton and Newport News between 6 a.m. (incidentally when the polls open) and 11 p.m. — after voting, of course.

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Peninsula SPCA wants your pumps to help pets

Do three good deeds in one by donating any new or gently used shoes to the Peninsula SPCA’s shoe drive.  This will raise money for the animal shelter, provide free footwear for the needy through this partner organization and clean out your closet at the same time.  Donate by Nov. 5 — get details here.  No shoes to spare?  Download the Wooftrax app to measure miles walked with your pet and earn more money for the PSPCA.

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Enter your funniest #PokemonGo screen capture for a chance to win movie tickets!

Snag a Snorlax at a local pizza joint? Catch a Pikachu at a pet store? If you’re playing #PokemonGo, we know you’ve had some of these funny augmented-reality-meets-real-world moments, we know you took screen grabs — and we want to see ’em. A pair of Paragon movie tickets are at stake!

Here’s the deal: Beginning at 9 a.m. Monday, Aug. 15, Head to Blend757’s Facebook page, like us and post your funny screen capture as a comment on the page. You’ll have until noon Wednesday, Aug. 17, to post your screen capture on our Facebook page.

Once the submission window closes Wednesday, we’ll create a Facebook album of all the images we received as quickly as we can. A voting period will be open Wednesday afternoon through Friday at noon. Your “like” counts as a vote. Feel free to vote for as many images as you want.

Once the voting period ends at noon Friday, we’ll tally up all the likes. We’ll award a pair of Paragon movie tickets to the two trainers whose images garnered the most votes! They’ll be notified by private message on Facebook.

And that’s a wrap! If you have any questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to email me at bbuchanan@dailypress.com! Happy hunting!

Now here are the rules and stuff:

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. A PURCHASE WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING. Starts August 15, 2016 at 9AM and ends August 19, 2016 at 12:00 p.m. Open only to residents of Hampton, Newport News, York, Poquoson, Williamsburg, James City, Gloucester, Isle of Wight, Mathews, Surry, Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Suffolk, Chesapeake and Portsmouth counties, 18+ as of 8/15/16. Excludes Sponsor’s employees & their hshld/immed fam mbrs. To enter, complete form at facebook.com/blend757. Prizes (2): Two (2) tix to Paragon Theaters. Approx. Retail Value (“ARV”): $22 per pair. Odds of winning depend on number of entries and number of votes (Facebook “Likes”.) Further restrictions apply. Click here for full version of Official Rules. Email bbuchanan@dailypress.com for Winners’ List after 8/19/16. Void where prohibited. Sponsored by The Daily Press, LLC.

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