Friday, September 16, 2011

Pepsi Refresh Project - ATN

So what is a self-professed Diet Coke addict doing with a couple hundred bottles of Pepsi in the living room?

If you read my blog post, Dumpster Diving For ATN, you've got a clue what's going on.

I volunteer for a group called the Attachment & Trauma Network.  We work with families who have adopted a child with abuse and/or neglect in their early life.  Many times this leads to emotional and behavioral issues.  We help the families find resources to help these children.

Every single person on staff is a volunteer.  Not one person collects a salary.  Every single person on staff is parenting at least one traumatized child.  We understand the parents we work with, because we ARE those parents.

What does this have to do with Coke and Pepsi?  ATN is in a contest to win a $50,000 grant from Pepsi.  To do this, we need votes of all kinds.  There are three different ways you can help us.

1) Go to the ATN page at Pepsi Refresh and vote for ATN every day.  You can login through Facebook or you can create an account and sign in that way.

2) Text 109066 to 73774 (Pepsi) every day from every text capable phone you have.

3) This is where we need the most help - get us Pepsi codes!!!  There are special bottles and packs of Pepsi that have a code inside of them.  Each of those codes is worth 5, 10, 15, 25, 50 or 100 votes.  We don't know how many until they are input in the contest page.  You can vote these codes for ATN, or you can e-mail the code to me and someone from our staff will vote it.  These codes make a HUGE difference in where we finish.

So, how do you know where to find the codes.  First of all, they are only on Pepsi, Diet Pepsi and Pepsi Max bottles and packages.  The caps look like this.

It's the yellow cap on the bottle, and the cap says "Refresh Your World" on it.  If the color is other than yellow, it doesn't help us for this project.  If it doesn't have the refresh your world on it, it doesn't help either.

The 12 packs and cases are different.

They say "Power Vote" in the corner of the box.  Look at the upper right corner of the 12 pack in the picture and you'll see what I mean.  The code is inside the box.  You have to completely open the box up to find it.  It's not on an end.

If you live in a state that has redemption centers, please ask them if you can get the caps.  Some centers are very helpful, others are not.  Schools, ballparks, hotels, service stations, anywhere that sells Pepsi, ask if they will collect caps.  This contest ends on 9/30/2011, so there isn't much time left.

I want to give a huge shout out to the Shell station on Hwy 33 and Hwy Z in West Bend, WI.  They helped me get over 130 bottles of Pepsi products today, carried them to my car for me, and even went back into their cooler to help find more.

So.... look for those "Power Votes" or "Refresh Your World" symbols and either Power vote those codes for ATN, or e-mail them and we'll get them voted.

Send this information to everyone you know or refer them to this blog.  $50,000 will help thousands of families!!  You can be a part of that.

If you want to help another way, you can donate to ATN to help us offset the cost of acquiring these codes.

If you have questions, feel free to drop me an email.

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