May 042015

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Kmart & March of Dimes. I received a promotional item to thank me for my participation.

It’s that time of year again!  People all over the country are walking for a great cause – the March of Dimes.  I have walked in the March of Dimes for 6 years, with my friend Amanda’s family team.  We always have a good time.  It’s great exercise, we get the opportunity to see each other and reconnect, and of course, raise lots of money for the March of Dimes! 

Me and Amanda March of Dimes

There have been a few years when I have been unable to walk with Amanda’s team, like the year I was 9 months pregnant with Kayleigh, but I have always given a donation to her team, as this cause means so very much to me.

Amanda has given birth to two preemie boys (see photos below), and is currently pregnant with her third child, who will most likely be a preemie as well.  I watched her family as they went through the struggles that come with having a preemie.  Can you imagine giving birth to your child, and then not being able to take them home with you?  Especially knowing that they are so little and fragile, and anything could happen.  I can only imagine that it must be the most difficult thing ever.  My heart hurts just thinking about it. 


The March of Dimes is the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health.  Donations raised for the March of Dimes help support teams of scientists who are working to discover the causes of premature birth and develop innovative treatments at five March of Dimes Prematurity Research Centers.

This year, Kmart, the top corporate fundraiser for the March of Dimes, has teamed up with celebrity fitness icon, mom and Kmart ambassador, Jillian Michaels, to kick off its 2015 fundraising campaign.  Kmart has been raising funds to support the March of Dimes for 32 years now, and has raised more than $125 million!

Kmart March of Dimes

These donations have helped moms and babies over the years by:

  • Providing the best information on healthy pregnancy and delivery
  • Advocating for better healthcare coverage for the most vulnerable
  • Fighting for better newborn screening standards in every state
  • Helping moms to overcome substance abuse with community outreach programs
  • Increasing access to prenatal care with mobile clinics and transportation to doctors
  • Educating generations of parents on the value of vaccination

If you’d like to help support the important research done by the March of Dimes, you can contribute in-store at any Kmart or online at  You can feel good knowing that 100 percent of the funds raised will benefit the March of Dimes.

Kmart March of Dimes

You can also purchase Kmart’s collectible puppy figurine, available in-store or online for $5, and $1 from each sale will be donated to the March of Dimes.

Kmart Collectible Puppy FigurineIf you are a Shop Your Way member (I am, and I highly recommend this program!), Kmart will reward you for your donation.  Now, through June 20, members who donate will receive a coupon for five percent back in points on their next qualifying in-store or online merchandise purchase.  How great is that?!


As part of Jillian Michaels partnership with Kmart this year, she has designed a March of Dimes t-shirt!  Below, you can enter to win one (1) of two (2) of these exclusively designed Jillian Michaels/March of Dimes t-shirts.  


Contest entrants are only eligible to win once per sweepstakes, per household as part of a campaign sponsored by Influence Central.  Please note t-shirt size winners receive cannot be guaranteed.  This giveaway is open to US residents only and will end Thursday, May 7, 2015 at 11:59pm EST.

This contest has ended. The winners are Amanda P. and Angela L.

How will you help support the March of Dimes?

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