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Fall Fundraiser and Holiday Gift Ideas

Hello! I am reaching out to garner support for the kids at my son's school. I  hope that you will consider shopping with us!  Our 2023 Fall Fundraiser  began on Friday September 8th and will continue through Monday September 25th. As for myself, I am doing double duty with this fundraiser! I am supporting our school AND getting some Holiday gifts for my friends and family! Gift wrap and gourmet goodies included!  Here are a few of my favorites! For my plant-loving Mom: Distracted by Plants Shopper $22 For Sis (or Me!) : Bento Style Bamboo Lunch Box $14 To share at the office: Gourmet Truffle Assortment $28 For Music Teacher/Music Lover/Planner Lover Music Notes Paper Clips
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