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Sunday, November 8, 2015

Passports with Purpose: Win a Yurt stay at Yosemite with Thousand Trails

Frisco Kids likes to do its part helping others, which is why we've been participating the past few years with Passports With Purpose. This blogger-run (and all volunteer) fundraiser chooses a new organization and project every year to raise much-needed funds for great projects.

For every $10 you donate, you get a chance to win a fabulous prize, and libraries in Kenya get stocked with e-readers. Photo courtesy of Worldreader.
This year we're working with Worldreader, and we'll be raising funds to bring digital readers (like Kindles) to five libraries in Kenya. Each library will get about 50 e-readers each, providing 6,250 children, teachers and parents with access to more than 50,000 books. The books will be in Swahili and English, with fiction and nonfiction books.The Worldreader program trains the librarians in their use, and also provides field-tested solar chargers to keep the e-readers charged if electricity is scarce. Read more about the Worldreader program here. and on the Worldreader website here. This fundraiser is close to my heart because I love reading, and so does my son. I can't imagine not having access to books.

So you're probably dying to know who is providing an amazing prize for this fundraiser, and what you can win. The answer is:

Thousand Trails Campgrounds and Encore RV Resorts, who is giving away a week's stay in a yurt at Yosemite Lakes Campground!
Imaging staying at this yurt for a week right outside Yosemite. For free! It's only $10 to enter to win. Photo courtesy of Thousand Trails and Encore RV Resorts.

Win this prize, and here's what you get: 

Enjoy a unique getaway for five with a week-long stay in a yurt at Yosemite Lakes Campground in Groveland, CA, located just outside of beautiful Yosemite National Park. Ideally situated just 5 miles from the west gate of the park entrance, this 400-acre preserve is a wonderland of activity, with the South Fork of the Tuolumne River offering the perfect setting for swimming, fishing and panning for gold. The campground is set in one of the most majestic natural settings in the country with plenty of woods, water and mountains to explore right outside your campsite. The yurts offer a truly different kind of getaway.

Yurts are large, dome-shaped, circular, tent-styled structures with wood lattice frames. These yurts feature private restrooms with a shower and include a kitchenette with stove top and microwave, refrigerator with small freezer and a dining table. Accommodations include either two double futons and one set of bunk beds or one double futon and two sets of bunk beds. Outside you'll find a picnic table and barbecue grill. Camping in a yurt offers the best of both worlds...the feel of the outdoors with the easy comforts of your home. Pet-friendly yurts are available.

This is a $1,600 package that you can use through November 22, 2016. Start planning your next summer vacation now!

If you love camping (or traveling via RV), check out our sister site, Jersey Kids. Thousand Trails Campgrounds and Encore RV Resorts is generously sponsoring a prize there too. They're offering a one week stay at any of their 180 campgrounds across the country, to use for tent camping or RV camping. It's also good for a year, and has a prize value of $750. Check it out here.

How to enter and win prizes:

When: The fundraiser runs now through Wednesday, November 18, 2015 11:59 p.m. EST. During that time you will be able to donate $10 on our catalog of prizes; each chance is $10 and all proceeds go to Worldreader.

How does it work? For every $10 donation, you choose one prize entry. Think of it as a raffle ticket. For every $10, you get one raffle ticket to the prize of your choice. Use them for different prizes, or have many entries to your top prize choice. It makes sense when you look at it online. To enter, go to this Passports with Purpose donation page.

Is it tax-deductible? Yes! Your donation goes straight to Worldreader.

How will I know I won? About a week after the fundraiser ends, winners get an email from Passports with Purpose alerting them of the prize they won (I won a GoPro camera a few years ago). Thousand Trails and Encore RV Resorts will then email you to let you know how to reserve your date.

I'll publish some additional posts about this, and let you know about the other cool prizes you can win. In the meantime, check out Thousand Trails and Worldreader, donate and SHARE.

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