Back at the beginning of December (2009), I received an email from one of the folks at the PR firm for KIND Healthy Snacks. To be honest, I'd never heard of them. I mean, of KIND Healthy Snacks. So I put it aside and went on with procrastinating about all the holiday baking and holiday shopping. You know, the usual stuff.
Two days later, I read it again, and paid a bit more attention. Here's part of the email:
The holidays are the perfect time to spread good will and good nutrition! KIND , the unique, great tasting snack made with whole nuts and fruit, are not only delicious, they’re the only bar that can boast a mission to promote this holiday season. How KIND Bars are good for your taste buds, your body and the world:
· Enjoy the fun and festivities of the holiday without overeating. Even one KIND Bar each day can make you feel satisfied and, hopefully, keep you from overindulging in too many holiday sweets. KIND Bars have a unique combination of healthy fats, protein and whole nuts and fruit, ingredients you can see and pronounce. They are made with almonds, cashews, mango, cranberry and other wonderful flavors that will help you enjoy the holidays without the guilt.
· Daniel Lubetzky, founder of PeaceWorks, Inc., and KIND Healthy Snacks, is a globally recognized social entrepreneur driven to develop innovative ways to bring people in conflict regions together through food. He is now making his mark with the KINDED campaign, a goodwill movement across the nation to inspire random acts of kindness. Lubetsky was named one of the world’s 25 “Responsibility Pioneers” in September 2009 by TIME, and KINDED was featured in the same issue as a “New Way to Make a Difference.”
Well that sounded cool. So I replied to the email and asked if I could try some of these snacks so I could write about them honestly in my site. Within the week, I received a strange package.
It was THIS big:
So I opened it, and out came this long tube...with words on it...
...and colorful little packages inside...
And I have to say, these are THE yummiest Healthy snack bar things I've EVER had. They taste like...like what they say they'll taste like. Really! If they say, for example, "Sesame and Peanuts" on the wrapper, they taste like sesame seeds and peanuts.
And you can see the sesame seeds and peanuts, RIGHT THERE.
If they say "Almond and Cashew" then that's what you'll be crunching on. They don't taste like...weird ingredients. Ingredients that are trying to stand in for something else, like...oh, flavor. These KIND bars are incredibly yummy, and the 8 or more that came in that tube? They were gone in two days. And that's only because I stashed some out of sight when I saw the way things were going that first day.
Anyway, I emailed back that I would LOVE to be able to give some away, and was told that they'd get some out to me in the next shipment.
And then - it turns out the demand was way greater than expected, and they didn't have enough of the gift tubes to send out. I said not to worry - whenever they had some, that would be fine. Besides, I was buried in cookies at that point anyway.
So, time passed and 2009 was heading toward 2010 when I got an email letting me know that the KIND samples would be shipping out that day! I'd have them soon!
And I did.
And I didn't do anything. I had them, sitting there. Not tubes this time, but nice little boxes.
One for me, and one to give away.
I'm really sorry it's taken me so long to get this giveaway set up.
I had the best of intentions, and I dropped the ball.
I've picked the ball up now, and I'm throwing it out there to you. (Who writes this stuff?)
Here's the deal:
In the comments section, tell me about something kind and unexpected someone has done for you OR tell me about something kind and unexpected you've done for someone else.
For example, I used to like to pay the tolls for the person behind me, back when I used to drive through states with toll booths on their highways. It was fun. And it felt good. And it didn't cost much - a few quarters at a time.
So, it's your turn.
Oh, and WHY would I ask about good deeds and kindness? Because that's the program KIND is promoting with these gift boxes. In addition to the yummy snacks, you also receive a KINDED card. It's a little plastic card that reads "You've been KINDED. Pass it on." Your job, if you are the winner, is to keep this card with you and, when the opportunity presents itself, do something kind for someone and give them this card. They can go to the KINDED website, enter your kind gesture (using the code word on the card) and then they can go out into the world and do something kind and unexpected for someone else. As these KINDED stories are entered online, you can track the card as it travels through the country or around the world.
So let's get to it.
The contest begins NOW, and will end...tomorrow night - Thursday, January 28th, at midnight. I'll announce the winner on Friday, so come back and see if it's you. If it IS you, please send your mailing address to my email address - jayne (at) barefootkitchenwitch (dot) com and I'll ship the KIND samples out to you as soon as possible.