Friday, December 27, 2013

Unwanted gifts? Read on for ideas on what to do with them!


You’re probably thinking about what you could possibly get with that gift card or what to do with that same ugly Christmas sweater your mom buys you every year. GoGreenRide is here to help! We're giving you the inside scoop on the best places and websites to swap or simply give away those unwanted gifts.
Trade In, Cash In or Swap
Many Internet sites are devoted to removing the burden of unwanted gifts by providing ways to exchange and sell your gifts to others. Below we have complied some of the best online websites to help you:
  • eBay’s separate category "Gift Certificates” makes getting rid of unwanted gifts card super easy!
  • PlasticJungle.com and Cardpool.com buy your gift cards off and give you cash! They, then give you the luxury to buy the card you really want using their inventory. With their discounted prices you’ll be loaded with more money for those gifts you deserve.
  • Treat yourself ! CardHub.com has taken the concept of a gift card exchange to the next level--customers can now use Facebook as a way to hunt for the card they want. Like other gift card exchanges, you can sell your card directly to CardHub and then buy discounted cards. But difference here is Cardhub.com allows you to swap with colleagues and people nearby using Facebook so that you can buy, sell and trade cards within your own community.
Donate your unwanted gifts
Donating unwanted gifts is also an easy option and it not only helps out those in need, but it can cut you a tax break. Below we have listed some organizations that can help you save some money.
  • Do you have a few dollars left on your gift card? No worries, plenty of organizations we be happy to accept your donation. Donors Choose will give your gift card remainings to help teachers and schools; or with The Giving Effect your unwanted gift card can be another's treasure. Donate today and your giftcard will go to the one of the 1,600 charities supported by the sites.
  • Received a new coat that’s not your style? One Warm Coat is here to rescue. This non-profit has numerous places to donate your coats. Check out their website today and get rid of that unpopular coat.
  • Did you get a dress that was one size to small? Abby's Closet knows just the way to help. This non-profit collects dresses in order to help a give a teenager the prom dress of her dreams. Your dress could change someone's life forever. 
  • Got an eye plate you don’t know how to use? Beauty Bus can now you put that gift to use. Looking good can make anyone feel a little bit more confident, so BeautyBus does in-home hospital makeovers for chronically and terminally ill patients in order to boost their self-esteem. Donate those beauty products that you are never going to use today!

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

It's Here !

We have all been waiting for this Christmas and as a special thank you for all your support this year GoGreenRide wants to share with you the best classic Christmas songs for you and your loved ones on this warming day.


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Monday, December 23, 2013

Holiday Recipes!

Looking for the best Christmas recipes? We’ve got you covered! GoGreenRide has compiled a collection of the best Christmas recipes perfect for any grand Christmas dinner or a party.

Start your event off right with these Appetizers


Hot or Cold? These little taters are stuffed with bacon, cheese, and sour cream. Put them on a plate and your holiday guest will be begging you for more.


 













Inspired by the Japanese dish Beef Negimaki, these Steak Scallion Rolls are sculpture to perfection with thin slices of juicy steak, crunchy scallions and a mouth watering sweet and salty marinade sauce. 





These Sausage Wonton Cups hold a delicious combination of  sausage, cheese, and ranch dressing. What's not to love!












For all you vegan lovers out there! Prepare this Kale Salad the day of your event and you and your guest will able to enjoy numerous flavors.












Delight your guest with these Holiday Entrees








Combine garlic powder, seasoned salt, basil, oregano, black pepper, cherries, pork loin, and bacon and you've got yourself a crowd pleaser! 





Apricot Braised Pot Roast




Unlike most meats, this luxuriously tender sweet-and-sour roast doesn't call for a lot of your attention. The dried apricots dissolve into a velvety sauce perfect for immediate serving.





Yucatan-Style Pork 





This Yucatán wonder is filed with prunes. It can turn that plain old pork into a marvelous main course meal. 







Lentil Mushroom Walnut Balls 




Prepared the day before, with your choice of Cranberry or Pear Sauce these Mushroom Balls are one of the easiest made entrees on your table, but with these mouth-watering flavors your family will think these took a lifetime to make! Fool your family this holiday season and show them your inner chief. 



End your event with one of these mouth craving deserts

 EggNog Cheesecake



For all you EggNog lovers who have always wanted to a find others way to enjoy your EggNog, GoGreenRide has put an end to search. With this EggNog Cheesecake you and your family will be tempted have it before dinner!





Italian Trifle with Marsala Sauce 









This Italian Trifle's special wine adds a heavenly flavor to this desert! 











Like little fluffy clouds, these maple cinnamon mashed sweet potatoes make a lovely addition to any holiday meal.





Sunday, December 22, 2013

Give Back to your city !



This year the GoGreenRide Team encourages you all to give back to your community. Below we have rounded up some of the finest and flexible volunteer activities that you and your family can participate in or even start!

Holiday Gift Wrapping for Charity
This year, Puppetry Arts Community Arts Organization invites you to join their festive and fabulous charity by helping wrap books and gifts this holiday season. Lunch will be provided by Five Guys Burgers and veggie will be available.

Volunteers must be: 16 or older and must be willing to help 12/ 15, 12/20, 12/21 from 9am-9pm and 12/24 9am-5pm. For those busy souls who still want to be a part of the success are invited to participate at Park Slope for Shifts 9-1pm, 1pm-5pm, 5pm-9pm.

Holiday Cheer Volunteer @Hamilton-Madison House
The Hamilton-Madison House is looking for volunteers to make sure their annual holiday festival for children is amazing!

Volunteers must be: Crafty, creative, spirited and willing to dress up as elves, Santa, and create holiday decorations and craft booths that will entertain kids ages 6-10.


Volunteers are needed Dec. 21 11am-3:30pm.
50 Madison Street, New York,NY10038

Sat, December 21, 2013

11:00 AM - 03:30 PM


Toys for Tots

The U.S. Marine Corps Reserve program invites you to help collect new, unwrapped toys during this holiday season. These toys will be distributed as Christmas gifts to children in need. If you would like to be donate contact Toys for Tots at 718-434-0964 or visit the Toys for Tots website to find a drop-off location near you.

New York Cares 25th Annual Coat Drive
New York Cares' annual coat drive is back and ready to make homeless and low-income families winter a little bit warmer. This holiday season donate your gently-used coats or even start your own drive through Friday, February 7. Collection sites are located all around the city in transportation hubs, police stations and at participating retail stores. For a complete list of drop-off locations go to www.newyorkcares.org/coat-drive/map

Operation Santa Claus
Operation Santa Claus is the Post Office's program that allows everyone to make a child’s dream come true by answering their  'Dear Santa" letters. New York City’s program is the largest in the country, with tens of thousands of people adopting letters each year and you can become a part of the success! Pick up a letter today from the main post office at 421 Eighth Avenue (right across from Penn Station) on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 9am-4pm and on Thursday 9am-7pm.



Volunteers must be: willing to provide valid identification and sign a few forms. For more information call 212-330-3000.

City Harvest
Every year, City Harvest feeds hungry New Yorkers through their Food Drives. This year you and your kids can help by organizing a food drive at your office, their school or your place of worship. City Harvest will provide you with the tools. Help spread the word today!

Room to Grow

Room to Grow is a organization that provides essentials for babies born to families living in poverty. This unique organization helps as much as they can by monitoring the progress of these families every three months until the child turns three. Room to Grow accepts donations of baby gear, clothing, toys and other essentials for children up to age 3. Donations can be dropped off at the Chelsea location or picked up by a messenger for a tax-deductible fee. Smaller items can also be donated through the mail.

Volunteer in Ghana over the Holidays with Cross-Cultural Solutions

For all you travelers out there, Cross-Cultural Solutions gives you the opportunity to work side-by-side with the local people of Ghana and experience another culture like never before. In Ghana you will develop a sense of culture by visiting a small village and learning about herbal medicine and traditional healing with a local practitioner to improve the lives of Ghana's residents.

It's flexible! and they will work around your schedule. For more information: visit 2 Clinton New Rochelle, NY 10801



TeensforJeans


1.5 millions teenagers are homeless in the U.S and over the past several years, Aéropostale and DoSomething.org have been the proud partners of Teens for Jeans®. Together, they have helped collect over 2.5 million pairs of jeans to donate to homeless teens. This year they invite you to join them and start your own drive at your job or your child’s school. DoSomething.org will help your start your drive and Aeropostale in 34th street will collect the jeans you receive and donate them to shelters all around the U.S



Saturday, December 21, 2013

Get your Last minute deals!


GoGreenRide knows how hectic your everyday lives can be and so were are here to offer some suggestions to help you guys stop putting off what your putting off—Christmas shopping. We’ve got the best last-minute Christmas deals! From locals stores to popular chains.


309 Columbus Avenue at 75th Street
Thérapie sells quality playthings like animal figurines, puzzles and lots of Playmobile toys for kids. They also have bath and body items and discounted movie tickets for your loved ones.

36 Union Sq. East 6 

Check out The Children’s Place for Up To 70% Off! Shipping is free on the entire site and with promo code A5HHP30 you can take an extra 30% off at checkout!
  
808 Columbus Avenue near 97th Street
With this T.J. Maxx’s good toy section and great discounts you’ll be saving a bargin., but catch it before it goes--the inventory changes constantly so get  recommend getting out there before everything is gone.
506 Amsterdam Avenue near 85th Street

























Feel good about last minute shopping at this carefully curated boutique since all of its profits go to support TheChildren's Aid Society of New York. Their selection includes toys, clothes and gift items—perfect for last minute shopping!   

451 Amsterdam Avenue near 82nd Street

Bring your own bag to this adorable eco-friendly store that sells green toys and other children's items. Green sounds good to us!
191 Amsterdam Avenue near 69th Street



Get your child that dream doll house or floor-model scooters  they have been asking for. One of the best places to find all kid items at reasonable prices.

We know the holidays can be a chaotic time to shop for all of your loved ones or to simply get around the city. Our book per hour rate is regularly only $45, but for the holiday season we are slashing that price down to $40.



Use the code 'spree' to receive $5 off the per hour option, which is available on our website or by giving us a call.


Friday, December 20, 2013

Christmas Countdown !

Knowing how close Christmas is, GoGreenRide wants to liven up your holiday season with some of the best modern Christmas songs.






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Thursday, December 12, 2013

International Christmas Tunes

Calling on all GoGreenRide music lovers:This holiday season GoGreenRide wants to share with you some of the best international Christmas songs for all the music lovers out there. We have compiled some of the best songs for you to enjoy during the holidays.





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Wednesday, December 11, 2013

GoGreenRide Holiday Events Roundup

As the holiday season arrives, GoGreenRide has rounded up events to keep your holiday season full of fun for your family and friends.

BEST PLACES TO TAKE PICTURES:
Holiday Under the Stars Show

Take a break from Christmas shopping and check out Time Warner Center’s state-of-the-art holiday light display show @ 10 Columbus Circle.

Rockefeller Center Christmas tree
This year we encourage you to enjoy the view of this year’s 76-foot-tall tree at Rockefeller Center. This tree is decorated with 45,000 LED bulbs between Fifth and Sixth Ave 
in Midtown, New York.

HANDS ON EVENTS FOR FAMILIES: New York City Fire Museum's Annual Santa Rescue
This year Santa made an early appearance—and got stranded on the roof when his reindeer flew off without him, so New York City Fire Museum is calling forth the bravest New Yorkers to come to the rescue.

McCarren Park RinkThis hidden gem @776 Lorimer St between Bayard St and Driggs Ave, Greenpoint, Brooklyn offers families this holiday season their best prices starting at $8 for adults, seniors and students $5; and skate rental at $5 For more information go to http://mccarrenrink.com/ or call 347-482-7798


Macy's Santaland
This holiday season Macy's Santaland located on the 8th floor of Macy's Herald Square on 34th Street between Broadway and Seventh Avenue is back and is once again partnering with Make A Wish to help make the dreams of critically ill children come true. You and your family can become part of the success story by having your child write a letter to Santa, printing it out and bringing it to the mailbox in Santaland. For every letter Macy's receives, it will donate $1 to Make A Wish. GoGreenRide encourages you to go out early beat the crowds and make a difference.

HOLIDAY SHOWS:
Radio City Christmas Spectacular
After more than eight decades— the show still remains one the most popular shows during the holidays. Deck into the holiday season with radio city’s annual Christmas show.


The Nutcracker
This year let George Balanchine's Nutcracker stage elements and intricate lights astonish you. 
These technical developments will pick at you and your families imagination.

A Christmas Story: The Musical
A Christmas Story:The Musical is a musical version of the film A Christmas Story. Ralphie Parker, the main character of the musical, only wants only one thing for Christmas: A Red Ryder Air Rifle. This musical is a hilarious reenactment of Ralphie’s adventures to ensure that his rifle gift ends up under the tree.


A Christmas Carol
The players village theatre is proud to present its annual Christmas carol musical about a Christmas hating grouch, who is visited by four ghosts and is forced to pick between changing his life around or being doomed forever. Find out what grumpy Ebenezer Scrooge will choose by joining the players village theatre this holiday season.

Angelina Ballerina: "The Very Merry Holiday Christmas"
This holiday season Angelina and her friends are back and they are ready to start planning their annual spectacular holiday dance pageant! However, when a mix-up prevents the pageant from going on, Angelina and her friends must put their heads together to save the show. From their experience they discover the true meaning of the Christmas-- Christmas is not about things you receive, but the holiday cheer you share with your friends and family. 

FOOD:
Breakfast with Santa @ Rockefeller Center
Treat your children to an experience that truly brings Christmas to life with the most beloved holiday traditions:Breakfast with Santa at Rock Center Café or The Sea Grill.
Rawther Fancy Tea with Santa
This holiday season bring your little ones to the Plaza Hotel to sip tea, sample sweet treats and hear a story from Santa Claus, an experience every kid must have!


Need a comfortable way for you and your family to get to any of these events? Let one of our friendly GoGreenRide drivers take you there.


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