Coach Holiday — A Girl Can Dream, Can’t She?

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Santa, Baby remains one of my all time favorite holiday songs.

Eartha Kitt is so elegant. So fabulous. So unabashedly materialistic! Eartha is cooing about the kind of Christmas most of us dream about. So maybe this year Santa won’t be bringing you a yacht or the deed to a platinum mine. But thanks to the Coach Holiday Blog-a-Day, you might just win something special from an esteemed accessories brand.

Coach specially selected thirty bloggers (including moi!) to share their favorites from the Holiday Collection. And one lucky reader will get to win a special prize! I’m super stoked — this is my biggest giveaway yet!!


Coach has a gift to suit your every need, but my absolute favorites from the 2009 holiday collection are as follows.

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The gloves. Coach has ‘em in every color, but I’m especially loving the motorcycle gloves. Paired with a simple black sweater and jeans, they’re subtle but effective statement makers.
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The Sabrina Bag. Does it get more classic than this? This is the perfect size purse for work, play, and the wee hours in between. Love the shape and the capacity — this is the kind of purse any bella would be proud to take a-traveling, am I right?
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The Textured Metallic Audrey. It gets no flyer! This purse turns heads. Trust me! The Textured Metallic Audrey was my companion on the Oasis of the Seas cruise, and I got nothing but questions about it. The wonderful thing about being on that particular ship was, I could just point the curious onlookers in the direction of the Coach store right there on board!

So 30 days, 30 blogs. Click here for the complete list. And to win a Sabrina purse of your very own right here on Afrobella — leave me a comment and let me know — have you been a good bella this year? Tell me the best deed you did in 2009!

Comments will be closed by Thursday night — or when I get to 100 comments. Whichever comes first, then I’ll choose a random winner! Please note — contest winners must have an address within the continental United States. Good luck, bellas!!

*** edited the next morning — WOW. Over 100 comments overnight?? That’s an Afrobella record, y’all! I’ll honor my first promise and keep this open till Thursday! Good luck everyone…

*** edited Thursday at 8:45 am Central Time — OMG. 450 comments. And SO many of them are inspiring and beautiful…I’m verklempt! Talk amongst yourselves! Will post a winner by tonight! Could it be you?? Hang in there and keep your fingers crossed!

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  1. Jenna Claire says:

    OOh enter me! fingers crossed

  2. Enter me please

  3. enter me please :)

  4. Brittany Tijerina says:

    My best deed for 2009- I found someones wallet in a movie theater parking lot, and returned it to them =) Enter me to win this bag please ! =)

  5. I’d say I was good this year. One good deed that stands out in my mind is that I played my flute for a nursing home. The residents really enjoyed it! Thanks :)

  6. First let me say I am loving the motorcycle gloves. That touch of class and toughness is hard to find.

    And now what I did to be a good bella this year. Helped an old lady cross the street. I was asked by her granddaughter when I was on my way to a workshop. “Yes, I’m going that way”. Famous last words. The old lady was going to a doc appointment and the g/d was in a hurry to not be late to work. Did I mention the Old dame’s top speed was 2 miles per hour. And I had to walk her three blocks. Then I had to get her a wheelchair. Twenty minutes later I’m signing in for my workshop. Weird experience. I must have one of those trustworthy faces or something.

    Anyway, that was my good deed this year.

  7. My best deed of 2009 was becoming a member of the ASPCA :) enter me please!

  8. I guess the best “deed” I’ve done this year has been coming home to take care of Ma (she’s getting up there and her health is not so hot). But I’m not sure if that counts cuz I’m her little one, and that’s my job. And really, she’s been so amazing to be around it is no sacrifice. So, hm…I gave some clothes to the Salvation Army? :D

  9. Coach gloves are awesome! They’re so stylish but its still practical, warm and comfy.

    I’ve been a good bella this year! I think best thing I did this year (and probably one of the best things I’ll ever do) was sign up as a Big Sister in my town. Such an awesome and rewarding experience.

    btw, my real name is Sabrina, the bag would be perfect for me :) kidding ;)

  10. I haven’t been the best diva but I have been trying to better for 2010. My best deed has been mentoring the teen girls at my church.

  11. Summer Jackson says:

    Been a very good bella and Sabrina will help me start 2010 off just right.

  12. Jennie Bowman says:

    My Best Deed for 2009: I provide 24 student’s a safe place to learn and be truly cared about everyday. I give them the confidence to do ANYTHING they can! And provide things for them as needed if their families cannot.

  13. Kimberly Jones says:

    I’ve been an extra good bella this year. Even though it was financially difficult at times, I made significant contributions to my church, a local non-profit, and donated TONS of clothes to Dress for Success. I’m especially proud of this last effort as DfS always has a need for plus-sized businesswear . . . I was more than happy to help outfit my full-figured sisters who are trying to get back on their feet and (re)enter the workforce.

    I’m so excited for this giveaway – I love Coach. Hope I win! *squeal*

  14. In 2009, I have helped countless people find employment while working at a non-profit. Moms, Daughters, Sisters, Grandmothers, Dads, Brothers, Sons, anyone you can think of. Its what I do for my community.

  15. This year I helped put on a charity even for the local children’s hospital. We had a bowling event and all the money went to the dental clinic. It was amazing! Please enter me! Thanks :)

  16. Susa Smith says:

    I have been a good bella! In June this year I moved from IL to GA to help my youngest daughter with my grandson so she could finish her last semester of college. A lot of people thought since she “made her bed…”, however, this was her last semester and she needed the help. I was laid off in April with no hope of being called back, and my daughter needed my help. So, my good deed was relocating to help my daughter however, I feel she gave me the good deed of my grandson, what a blessing to be so close even though he is a handful!

  17. Hello! I hope you will pick me. A good deed that stands out was giving cash to 2 people who had lost jobs this year. Thanks

  18. My best good deed this year was a couple effort. My husband & I gave his parents our car this weekend. We’re still have a few months to pay on it, but they’ve never had anything this new. (or nice as my father-in-law says). Actually had to convince his mom it was okay, us doing this for them. They have medical & financial things going on & we needed to know they are safe! To see how over the moon they are was so well worth it!!

  19. Aww bella, I just wanted to send love your way! You always pay it forward, a deed all bellas should do. Use your status to help others! That’s what this diva named Tray did in ’09, shared the love…. hoping the love and good karma comes full circle in ’10. Keep doing what you love, one day, it will all be worth it!

    XO

  20. I’ve been a great bella! Despite my hectic senior year, I’ve been committed to tutoring teen moms as well as organizing senior citizens, and developing programs for troubled youth! PICK ME :)

  21. The best deed I did this year was volunteer to meet with couples who have lost a child, specifically newborns through the local March of Dimes. My husband and I lost our baby girl 05/10/08, we felt it was important to show support to couple’s who have lost
    a child since we know exactly what they are going through.

  22. This year has been a bad year, I got laid off from my job, discovered I have congestive heart failure, which was diagnosed after I had my first born child but I’m blessed in spite of. I’ve tried to do many deeds given my unemployed status, but my best dead has been feeding the homeless. I realize that no matter what your situation there is always someone who is doing much worst!

  23. Love this giveaway!

    My good deed (along w/my husband) is offering to take my sister’s 3 children in while she receives treatment.

  24. I’ve been a really good girl this year, but the best deed I did was chaperone my younger sister’s orchestra trip. I had to fly from Atlanta to Detroit just to ride on a bus for hours to Boston w/ high school freshmen and sophomores and then take the bus back to Detroit to get on a plane to Atlanta the next day.

    Did I mention that this was during the last month of Spring classes and I was in the middle of teaching a freshman comp class, as well as my own graduate studies?

    Cost of field trip: approx $800

    Cost of plane ticket: approx $200

    Cost of Harvard sweatshirt for sis: approx $25

    Watching her play her violin onstage: Priceless

    She’s already told me to start saving for Japan in 2012 :)

  25. Please enter me. i would be very thrilled to win that beautiful bag i cant afford.

  26. sandra wells says:

    Hello! I hope you will pick me. This year I gave cash to 2 families at my church who lost jobs this year. I wasn’t able to make a mortgage payment, but just wanted to give them a ‘happy’ for that day. Perhaps to buy icecream and forget about troubles, if only for a little while. I am thankful for a job and I believe if you remember someone, someone will remember you. Thanks

  27. The best deed I did this year was try to help the young man that was living in the stairwell of my apartment building. My husband talked to him and gave him money and I looked up programs for him to go get his GED.

  28. This is my last year in high school, so it’s means i gona go to college last year. i take two ap classes this year which let me really proud of my self:) hahahhaa
    Address: 363 Fulton Street St.Paul MN55102

    Please enter me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  29. i feel that my greatest deed this year was helping out my great aunt with things like banking and grocery shopping. she’s 78, recovering from lung cancer and needs help getting around. i always look forward to hanging out with her. especially when all the errands are done and we relax and laugh over soup and sandwich at the local coffee shop. she cracks me up! i love her.

  30. OMG i love this bag!! i hope i win :)

    a couple months ago, i sang @ Children’s hospital (i sang disney princess songs). the kids were so happy to hear the songs that they grew up on (i grew up on them too) and i almost cried while singing! it was just a wonderful experience.

  31. I love that bag! And this is such a cool giveaway :)
    I have definitely been good this year. And my best “deed” has been volunteering with children with disabilities and mental health problems. It is so rewarding!
    Enter me please :)

    Thanks!

  32. I’ve been a good bella! Tho they are family, so I’d have done it regardless: My nephew’s apartment got broken into and his wife didn’t feel safe there anymore. Both of them and their 4 kids (11 mos, 2yrs, 4, 11)moved in for about 2 months this past summer. They were great for the most part, but let’s just say my decision to not have children was validated this summer! Kids take a lot of work and coordination! They are back on their feet and in a new place tho, so all is well. Shout out’s to all the other fabulous bella’s who have commented!!

  33. My best deed this year? I helped make a community garden, with proceeds going to The Hunger Project, a charity designed to help women and men in developing nations have the power to end hunger in their communities. This summer, I’m going to Tanzania to help the project personally. (but that’s 2010, so it doesn’t count haha!) And props to everyone else who is making a difference! It makes me smile =)

  34. i love coach.

    i have the manager of the michigan ave store, Keelan in my cell phone contacts!

    lol.

    so this is a contest i had to enter.

    as far as if i have been a good bella…well sometimes..

    and a good deed…a friend was depressed about not having luck finding a job and going on countless interviews and i literally had to drag him to an interview and he ended up getting the job

  35. I have been a very good bella indeed! There have been various deeds this year, but the two most notable: helping someone through their SECOND battle with Cancer, and raising money for Diabetes Awareness. Thank You so Much for hosting this giveaway, I know that comment moderation can be very time consuming so I appreciate that you agreed to host this amazing giveaway!

  36. I love this bag!! Yes, i have been good this year. The best deed that I did this year was volunteering with the Canada Revenue Agency to prepare income taxes for the elderly and disabled. Completing taxes can really be a burden for them and this really helped out. I completed more that 50 income tax returns! please enter me to win!

  37. This year I coordinated and hosted a benefit luncheon for a 15 year old cystic fibrosis patient who is need of a double lung transfer. it was one of the most rewarding things ever – now we are waiting for a donor.

    enter me please!!!

  38. I haven’t been as good as I could have been but I have donated a lot of clothes, furniture and appliances to different charities this year along with monetary donations.

    Love your picks!

  39. I have been so good. The best thing I did was mentor my little sister (big brothers, big sisters) regularly. I love seeing her flourish

  40. sandra wells says:

    Hi! I hope you will choose me. This year I assisted 2 families with cash donations who had lost jobs. It wasn’t enough to pay a mortgage but mabye enough to help them forget their problems for a moment. I believe if you remember someone, someone will remember you. Thanks!

  41. I would be over the moon to win a new Coach.

  42. Hi! My good dead of of this year, so far, was to help the family I live with as much as they needed and with there two year old. Families need to stick together in this tough time, even if it is not your own family! xoxo

  43. Hello! Happy Holidays!
    Please enter me!
    The best deed I did in 2009 was being a good daughter and not breaking the bank by asking for a coach purse from my parents. But I really want to win one, if that’s okay!
    >hearts and kisses<

  44. I have been a good girl this year and I also plan to be for awhile. My best deed of this year is making family, friends, and sometime a complete stranger have a better day by making them laugh by telling a joke or just being myself.

  45. My good deed of the year is volunteering my free time at a clinic. I’m a RN and when I’m not working I enjoy going to the free clinic where I teach people how to monitor their blood pressures and at the clinic we’re really big on preventive care and health promotion!

    XOXO
    Happy Holidays!

  46. Who doesn’t love Coach products?! *squeal*

    Thanks, Bella! I have been good this year…I think. I was going through a fast food drive-thru when I noticed a tired (as in I pulled a double shift)lookin woman with a couple of kids in the back of her car, so after paying for my order I paid for her food too. I just wanted to make her day a little special.

  47. Lovely Giveaway (I love Sabrina). During Thanksgiving, I helped out at my local church. We raised money and was able to serve families and individuals that are less fortunate to a nice Thanksgiving Day Meal. I had a blast there and plan on doing it again next year.

  48. The bags look dope. My good deeds are simply being a positive influence by being a cool teacher. Feels nice.

  49. I would love to have this bag. Or anything by coach. It would make my life. :)
    thanks
    enter me please

  50. I did a good deed just the other day! I walked into our local PX and saw a little boy about to run out of the doors in tears. He was crying for his mother. I stopped him and asked him if he was lost and where he saw his mother last. We walked into the main entryway of the store and waited while my husband went to have his mother paged. She ended up turning the corner and snatched him up and hugged him tight. She was so greatful that I stayed with him. I guess I would’nt call it a “good deed” so much as it was just the right thing to do. :)

  51. The best deed I did would have to be helping my family cope through a hard time, thanksgiving wasnt too great and things have been rough but I tried to keep the family together, tried making more activities for us today. I pretty much just try to cheer everyone up and give them hope because life does get better

  52. The best deed I did this year was to start recycling:)

  53. My best deed all year was preparing an extra lunch every day to share with one of my students whose family I knew was struggling financially.

  54. Crystal Warren says:

    I’ve been pretty nice but sometimes naughty (I buy too many purses…don’t tell Santa) I recently signed up to deliver meals on wheels..that’s probably my best deed this year..(that and the fact my I’ve kept my 3 kids and 2 dogs and husband alive and fed this year…a major accomplishment if you knew how wild they all are!) anyway thanks for contest I hope it’s of the chain.

  55. carrie chen says:

    HELLO!!
    I believe (and hope) that I have been a good bella this year. Hmm…a good deed…I can’t really remember all I’ve done this year. Maybe this is considered a good deed? But this thanksgiving, I had cooked everything, three dishes and a desert, the whole shibang(lol). Usually its my mom that does it but I thought I’d let her rest for the day plus I had also wanted to try out some thanksgiving recipes that I found online.
    Hope its considered a good deed.
    Thanks!!!

  56. Ooooh, what a lovely bag! I would love to win it. I’ve been doing a good deed this past month. I’m spending a month with my sister to help her out with her first baby. :)

  57. I best deed would be helping my sister get back on her feet, and now she is able to do things on her own. she is now successful.

  58. well i think the best deed i have done is i have a huge over loaded closet and this summer i was going to have a garage sale because i lost my job due to the economy and been unemployed for a year but instead i got a card in the mail that the salvation army will be in my neighborhood to pick up clothes and jackets i would like to donate and instead i did that.

  59. Thanks for hosting, would love to win this prize!

    The best, or at least the most self-rewarding deed I’ve done this year would have to be the online group I created for some high-school-age girls I know all across the country. These girls are all ambitious, smart, and driven, and from a variety of cultures. I decided to start up an online communication network for them to talk about and share ideas about everything, from their future educational goals, to what they plan on wearing to prom and other dances lol. My goal was for the girls to get a chance to interact with people from other regions and communities, and hopefully gain more friendships and future alliances with other high-achieving young women. So far, it’s been going great, and I hope to find some more girls to add to the network for 2010!

  60. The best deed I’ve done was help my parents with the bills by giving them some extra cash. Even though I only had the job for a month I wanted to help out my parents. I always told them once I have some kind of job I will give them extra cash which I did. I fell great doing that. Its something I would do all the time I get a job. Since I dont have a job right now as much as I can I help around the house and with their jobs to get things done faster. My parents have given so much to me and now its my turn to give them what they deserve and more :)

  61. Enter Me Pls!!!
    Yes, haha I have been a good bella =]
    The best deed I did would probably be staying home for almost the entire year, rarely going out, I’m a teen and that’s pretty hard. My family is tight financially and it hurts to ask for ten dollars to go to the movies, and that only covers the movie. Nowadays it’s hard to have fun and go out without spending money. Most of my friends live far from me and so everytime I go out I have to drive to where they live because they all live around the same area. It costs to drive back and forth and to go to the movies or out to eat or bowling or anything else we do. So I only went out about 5 or less times. And 3 out of those times, I didn’t even spend any money. Just the ride there cost gas. That’s what I did for my family. =]

  62. Thanks so much for this awesome giveaway bella!

    I would have to say that my best good deed this year has been helping my best friend with school. He is a professional dancer living in NY and just returned to school after a 5 year hiatus. He had been so nervous about going back to school. So, I have pretty much stayed up with him..sometimes all night helping him right his papers over the phone (I live in TX). I even typed up several of his papers for him when his computer went on the fritz and emailed them to his professor. Class is not over yet, but so far he is making an A. Yay! I think the best thing is that he has gotten so much more confident about his writing.

  63. i have been good ( i think soo lol). the best deed i did was help in a turkey drive. around thanksgiving, my church raises money to buy turkeys. this year we bought 100 turkeys. we gave 60 to a local charity/soup kitchen and we gave hand deliver the rest to our low income neighbors. although i got a bad cold because it was so cold that day, i still think it was worth it when i saw how happy they were to get a free turkey. some people even wanted to donate but we just told them that it would be better if they come to a service at our church. i realize how lucky i am to be able to gather around a table full of food with family. i think this bag would be a great christmas great for me and my twin sis.

  64. My best deed of the year was taking an Americorps position with a rebuilding non-profit in New Orleans, instead of continuing to look for a regular job that would have paid at least triple the money.

  65. I’ve been great bella! My best deed this year would have to be volunteering at a home where I go to college. They cook meals a few days a week and anyone can come in and enjoy a nice warm meal. I love going because at most food pantrys you simply serve a meal and leave. Here I actually get to sit down and eat with these people. I get to talk with them, learn more about their lives, and hear stories…it’s great!

    Enter Me Please!!!!!

  66. Elizabeth says:

    I think i have been good this year my parents have been going through a difficult time my mom cant work and my dad has not been doing good in his job. so i got a job while i was in high school to help them out and now im in college and with the help im getting im helping them out. So i would be very grateful to win this purse.

  67. Lindsey F says:

    My best deed this year was reconnecting with my estranged grandpa – really just putting the past behind us and becoming a complete family again was amazing. :)

    Thanks for the chance to enter, this is a great collaboration between Coach and beauty bloggers!

    You’ll have 100 comments in no time!

  68. My best deed this year is volunteering at the hospital in the oncology unit with all the cancer patients.
    Thanks for this contest! :)

  69. Alice Pang says:

    My best deed this year…perhaps it’s being true to myself and following my dreams. It’s scary to graduate from university and thinking that the life ahead is already planned out for me. It’s even scarier to break out of that mold and dare to venture out and explore. I did that, and I am glad that I did!

  70. My best deed this year is going back to Canada to surprise my sister on her birthday!

  71. Thank you for the contest. I have been good this year and my best deed this year is making sure my 84 year old mother is taken care of.

  72. Candicech1 says:

    I’ve been good. My neighbor can’t get to the store so I’ve been going to the store for her for the last 2 months to get her groceries.

  73. the best deed i’ve done this year was finding someones keys and student card, looking them up and contacting them to get the keys back to them…thanks for entering me!

  74. Stephanie says:

    The best deed I’ve done this year… I found someone brand new iPhone at Forever 21, then I called the owner and drove her phone back to her =)
    Also, I started volunteering at my local hospital~
    Thanks for entering me

  75. Elizabeth says:

    My best deed would be helping my mom and dad financially. I think I have not depended on them for money during the whole year! (And I plan on doing that for a long time!) Since they are struggling with the mortgage payments of our house.

    Thanks for enetering me! :)
    happy holidays!

  76. Hmm, best deed for the year was saving this dog someone had left in a crate during the hot July summer month. He was given a nice home at the local animal shelter.

    Thanks for holding this contest!

  77. Please enter me in! I absolutely ADORE this line!

    My good deed this year was to help my parents out financially by working and earning my own money. I also contribute to some of their bills if I can.

    Enter me please! Thank you, and Happy Holidays!

  78. I guess the first thing that comes to mind is I helped buy 25 turkeys and organize Thanksgiving meals for our church to give out for the Thanksgiving.

    Thanks for the great contest. I love the question you asked. Really makes a bella think!

  79. PurpleHorsie says:

    My best deed this year was to help out an old lady who could not see well go from the library to the bus station safely. It’s not much but I like helping people!

    Thanks for the giveaway opportunity!

  80. Hi I would love to win this bag. Really love it. Please pick me.

    Hmm…a good deed…I think my story is a good deed gone bad..
    haha anywhy here it goes.

    There was once, on my way home, this elderly man approached me and asked me if I could give him some money to take a bus home as he has lost his money. Seeing that he looked really pitiful, I gave him some money. But when I got home later, I found out that he was a cheat. He used the same story to get money from my mom! I felt cheated and dumb although the amount of money I gave him wasn’t a lot.

    However, this will not stop me from helping strangers on the street who really needed help.

  81. i’d like to enter this awesome giveaway. As for the deed, i work with foster kids and their families and help them to be self sufficient. The best reward is when i see them reunited.

  82. My best deed this year has been volunteering at local animal rescues. It can be hard work and sometimes dirty, but definitely worth it!! Happy Holidays :)

  83. JoJoBeans says:

    For the past 4 years, I’ve been away from home to chase my dreams. Recently, I moved back home to be closer to family. With my parents getting older, and new little niece and nephews…I thought the best thing I could was be with my love ones to help and support.

  84. What a classy way to start off 2010, with a brand spanking new Coach handbag.

    My good deed of the year is when I spent a few weeks during the summer at the SPCA volunteering full time to help the animals being brought in everyday. It took ages and ages to bring them back to their original state, mentally and physically, but you have no idea how rewarding it is to see a dog walk away into a new direction in life.

    Animal lover or not, it would warm any scrooge’s heart to see that.

    Cheers, and I hope you pick me!

  85. Really love this bag and the idea of writing a good deed one did to win this bag =D

    Here is my best deed. Hope that I will win this bag.

    I assisted in helping a blind man find his destination.

  86. Please let me win this bag.

    It has been a hard for my mom to raise four kids. I really hope I can give her something special. As I cant afford a coach bag for her, I really hope I could use this opportunity win this bag for her.

    And this will be my best deed for the year.

  87. khrystyna says:

    this bag is too cute! please enter me

    my good deed for the year has been helping out a friend achieve their goal

  88. Wow what a lovely bag. Please let me win it. =)

    I once found a lost boy in a mall. I brought him to the security guard at the mall and waited with him till his mom came after the lost kid announcement was made.

  89. Yes, I’ve been good. A good deed I did is to be cautious in what I say and do and respectful of others.

  90. It’s hard to think of the best thing I have done this year. I would have to say just being there for my friends who have had hard times and being there to listen to them and help anyway I can.

  91. My best deed this year has to be assisting my grandmother with her new business

  92. I totally love this bag. Pick me please.

    My best deed of the year was I donated blood through the blood donation drive.

  93. Hey,does the laws of the Universe make allowances for covetness-a deadly sin? Forgive me, Bellas for I have sinned–I want to win!!! :)

  94. In love with COACH !!!
    My best deed of the year was to book every single one of my clients for the latest hairstyle !!
    Please pick my :)

  95. Love the bag. Please let me win.

    My best deed was handing a wallet I found in the toilet to the mall’s lot and found.

  96. hmm..my best deed would have to be helping out with convoy of hope around thanksgiving time this year (:

  97. :)Hey there!

    This year I made several small donationas to Unicef and RC (for different purposes) from my small student budget.

    Please enter me and thank you for this oportunity! :)

  98. I just want to say I love this bag!

    The best deed I did in 2009 so far was leave college after a year to come help support my family. Both my parents lost their jobs and I came home to help them with my younger sisters. It’s hard because of how proud my parents are so to them they feel bad that I had to leave school but I would do anything for my family so I had no problem leaving.

  99. oh, How I’d love this bag so much! I would shout from the rooftops! Literally! My best deed was tutoring a homeless child, here in Los Angeles.

  100. Thanks for such an awesome giveaway COACH! good luck to everyone!!

    My best deed would have to be volunteering at the hospital nearby by being a companion for the patients who don’t have any family visiting them so that they don’t get lonely. It was an amazing experience!

  101. Super edgy bag!! So CUTE!

    Ok, so, my great deed for 2009 was helping my mom out. She just had surgery to remove tumors that were growing inside her. While she rested, I helped clean the house, clean the dishes, Cook for my mom, do the laundry, get her water (repeatedly),help my sister, and my dad. I’m happy I helped my mom because she can’t move to do all these stuff or else she’ll bleed from her surgery.

    I also did myself a favor, I moved and exercised! hehe! =D

  102. Doh! Too late, this early Thursday morning. The best recent thing I’ve done was volunteer Thanksgiving Day at an organization that delivers nutritious meals to the needy/ill who could use a meal. Saddest part of my day was the three or four year old baby who greeted us at the door with a “Yay! we have food”. I’ve kept the address and I think I’m going to have to stop back w/ lots of nonperishable food after my paycheck comes in. Because no one should experience joy like that over a basic meal, you know?

    Thanks Bella! You do great.

  103. love thi bags!! enter me please!!!

  104. Despite having an emotionally devastating year. I have maintained positivity with my family, friends, coworkers and patients. I made sure this year that no matter what happen that day or week I had a smile on my face for my pateints and brought laughter to their hearts. My employers and managers barely knew my life was spiraling out of control and it made things a lot easier to me. Despite things not going right/planned in my life right now, I cherish what I do have. I refuse to let these hard times control me and going out of 2009 I am determined to take 2010 by the horns and make it my year. It will be my year for success, fulfillment, joy and happiness. Looking back if all the things that has happened to me this year if I was 2-3 years younger I would be broken. But my maturity has shown me how strong I am and how I can work through anything.

  105. 1. that bag is it.
    2. this year I have been an on campus advisor and I am working hard for world AIDS day to get young people tested and aware.
    hope I win but I think I need that bag regardless. ( might not get it regardless)
    3. Who dat?! ( nothing to go with post just happy about it)

  106. my good deed is that have help out in my neighbourhood charity drive! (just a small deed thou)

  107. My best deed this year was that I went to the homeless shelter on the weekends with a group of students from my school to cook breakfast for about 100+ people. There were even people who look like they have a home but just don’t have the money for food. It opened me up to a whole other level of understanding of what these people are going through. Many are suffering in this economy crisis, and I pray for their well-being. Happy Holidays! thanks for doing this contest!

  108. All year I have worked as a teaching assistant in a university where the student body is largely made up of at-risk minority students. I love everything about my job! I have helped several students see that they can get a college education and achieve their dreams if they just stick to it and commit to the program. It was amazing to witness the transformation in these students! A few who lacked writing skills at the beginning of the year are now writing at a college level with ease :) I am very proud of their progress, and I feel blessed that I was able to assist them in part of their academic journey.

  109. Ooh, I have been a good bella this year! I think my best deed was “adopting” a child from Honduras through Children’s International. It really is a great experience.

  110. Well, the BEST (but no brainer) deed I did this year was rescuing a little kitty.. I found him outside my apartment, and he had been lit on fire and burned really badly (people can be absolutely evil) so I took him 45 min. to a shelter. They treated his wounds, cleaned him and fed him.. I was hoping to adopt him once he had healed completely, but sadly he passed away a week later. I was told he died peacefully.. This year for Christmas I am making a donation to that shelter for making him last days a restful and safe.

  111. Long time lurker here! I would have to say I am most proud of providing my neighbor, a young single father of a 6 month old, clothing and money to purchase and pampers and formula for his son. New to fatherhood, he was struggling with how to handle the child. Due to circumstances, the mother was out of the picture and he was left to raise the child. I did not know this man but I felt compelled to reach out to him.

  112. Love the bag!

    I think I’ve done a lot of good this year. I’ve done volunteer work for 826CHI, raised money for donors choose, Childrens International and the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless. I bought Thanksgiving dinner for a family in Albany Park and am playing Santa to 3 kids. I grew up without a lot, so now that I’m in a position to help I try to any chance I get.

  113. I would have to say I have done 2 good deeds this year. The first would be that I gave birth to a gorgeous little girl in April. :) And the second would be that I mentored a 10-year old little girl that had a terrible home life and had no positive role models. Hopefully she and I both learned from each other and can go out and be stronger, more compassionate people. I believe that everyone should give back – no matter what your situation is.

    Thank you for considering me!

  114. Please enter me in the giveaway. My good deed for the year was volunteering with the Red Cross.

  115. I have been a good bella this year, I have been a good friends, wife & mother.

  116. Thank you Darling for keeping this open so I can get my 2 cents in! Love that bag-now my good deed for the year would have to be taking my special needs brother-inlaw in to live with me after my mother-inlaw passed.This is what families do and my life is richer for it.

  117. As a freshmen in college, I lessen the burden for my parents by receiving full year scholarship! I’ve done many volunteerings in high school and church, but one good deed I’d like to share with Afrobella is that I feel good about being able to give others and strangers feeling of even hint warmth with smile and respect.

  118. I organized a letter writing campaign to encourage our troops overseas.

  119. Nicole Harrill says:

    This summer and fall, I helped organize a lemonade stand with the children who live at my apartment community. It was the children’s idea to donate the proceeds to the local ICA foodshelf. I am so proud of the children for their generous act of kindness!

  120. please enter me! i was a good girl- my guy broke his hip this summer so i nursed and helped him for most of the year. that deserves coach, right? :) thank you!

  121. Outside of my normal Christian duties of feeding the poor and helping others, studying the Bible, etc. I found a kitten on the side of the road in July and another one last week. I took both home, nursed them back to health and found (will find) homes for them.

  122. It’s a little weird writing my best deed for the year. But, my best deed is that I am loyal to those I love. This means I have kept 2 children (in addition to my 3) for friends in a bind. I have helped friends pay bills when they couldn’t. I have worked with various programs for children. I have loved unconditionally but isn’t that what we’re supposed to do?

  123. The best deed that I took on for 2009 was to began mentoring an at-risk teenage girl, who I will call “E.” Before I became her mentor, E was always in trouble at school and had ran away from home several times, and is currently on juvenile probation AND parole. Then I stepped into her life and showed her that she didn’t have to go down the path that she was going down. I have taken her to plays, museums, house tours, and several girls conferences just to show her that there’s more to life than what she has been used to. I am so proud to say that she has turned her life around in such a short time. On her 14th birthday, she called me and told me that she was going to be a better person and that she was committed to acting right at school and to doing what she needs to do to go to college. Seems that she now wants to be a counselor to help girls like her!!!!

    Enter me Bella!

  124. It’s hard thinking of a good deed because many times we do things not even knowing that it is considered a deed. We do things out of the kindness of our hearts because we have people in our lives that we love or we meet complete strangers and we do something for them because it is in are nature. So after I pondered a moment and thought of my good deed, I would say being there for my boyfriend. He was recently laid off as a fireman after only being on the department for a year. He’s really down and out and instead of turning my back or talkin trash I’m right there holding him up and encouraging him. Doing what I can to look out for him the best way I know how. It’s hard to see a black man down, ya know! So I just support him and tell him “trouble don’t last always!”

  125. Sonia Singh says:

    First off this contest is amazing and I absolutely adore Coach! This year I started medical school and I think the best deed that i’ve done so far is volunteer in a third world country with underprivledged students to help them with education and health. That experience in itself was incredibly rewarding and it was a remarkable eye opener, it’s definately something I will continue to do in the future! :)

    Happy holidays!

  126. I’ve been good this year. I did a makeup fundraiser with my old high school. The top two sellers got to bring a friend and get their makeup done for the prom. They had a wonderful time, being pampered and having a professional do their makeup for a flawless look.

    I’m also doing a holiday fundraiser for toys for tots and the salvation army.

  127. My good deed – getting together a care package and donating PTO days to the family of a Ft. Hood victim that I worked with. Maybe Santa will bring me a Coach purse!

  128. I have been a good Bella! =)
    This year I made home made bracelets and gave them out to little girls at Children’s Hospital Boston. Also I help food pantry’s and collect toys for Toys for tots. I would love to win the bag!

  129. This year, I forgave people. I’ve been a huge grudge-holder my entire life and realized that being angry at people got me nowhere. Now, I (and the people around me) am a lot happier.

  130. ENTER ME!:)

  131. We moved this year and I donated all of our old furniture.

  132. Hey bella! My good deed this year?

    One day this summer two of the sweetest stray kittens visited my backyard, loudly meowing for some food. The only thing I had to give them was some crab meat (and expensive crab meat at that!) and milk. I love animals and I couldn’t help seeing them so hungry. Sure enough, as soon as I placed two cans and two bowls outside for them, they chowed down. Nothing beat seeing them eating some long-waited for food. Though I couldn’t get too close to them because they were a little jittery, they were both SO adorable!

    Thanks for the contest bella & hope I win! :D

  133. This is awesome! I dunno… I’ve been a really good bella this year, even during my bouts of unemployment. I recently started working at my church’s food pantry, where you really get to see how much of a difference you can make in someone else’s life, and how bad, in comparison, your own situation doesn’t seem. I help people carry things to their cars, hug people when they look like they need one, color with the kids, and am just there as a friend. It’s the most rewarding thing in the world. I’d even dare to say that I’ve found my passion in service. Miraculously, when I stopped fretting over my situation and started pouring more into others, my needs have been taken care of! It definitely pays off in more ways than one!

  134. My best deed this year was helping set up a blood drive at work.

  135. I think that I have been a good bella this year ! I am a college senior ( class of ’10 – yay ). I think the best deed I did this year was the fact that I used my bus card to put a person on the subway

  136. I’ve been pretty good this year. I think the best thing we did was got a stray mama cat and her kittens spayed/neutered and rabies shots and we’re still taking care of two of them who I fell in love with. Thank you for the great giveaway!

  137. I was unaware that Coach was so generous. That is really awesome though! I know what I’m eyeing for my wish list now!

    In other news…I think Eartha Kitt was one of the greatest sex symbols of the 20th century. Man, the way that woman cooed out a song…could send chills up your spine, and just singing along made you feel sexy.

    I always loved her quote “I am in the race of Eartha”…being that I was one of those racially ambiguous youngsters (and still am…sorta). But kudos to the Santa Baby posting. One of my fave Christmas songs!

  138. My good deed for 2009 – is my husband and I took in his teenage brother to live with us. Right now we are a 1 income household however we been doing good.
    This is an awesome contest and good luck everyone!!

  139. talktotisha says:

    OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOMG!
    Thanks Bella so much for paying it forward! You rock…
    This has been a very good blog year for Afrobella and I’m excited to see what 2010 has in store for YOU! (me too!)

    My good deeds for this year, I’m proud to say, are numerous. Volunteering at my church, and at homeless shelters.

    The one thing that I am most proud of though is helping my elderly neighbors get around. Doing work around the house, helping with the trash and driving them around.
    My grandma lives 800 miles away so I help them to make up for the time I am missing with her!

  140. My best deed this year is being a good daughter. My father and mother just recently got a divorce. Its devastating for both my mom and me but I have to remain strong and be there for my mom. Its tough but we are making it through.

  141. I just noticed the best deed commenting…(sorry, it’s early). I would have to say my best deed that I recall this year was splitting my Jimmy John’s sandwich with a hungry man on the street.

    I’m sure I’ve done some other nice things, but that one stuck out because I remember it was the subs for a dollar day and I only had a dollar. I only wish I had two.

  142. My good deed for the year, was planing and organizing a leadership camp for middle school girls. It’s a week of fun in the sun and empowerment to be the best they can be.
    PS Love the bag!!

  143. My prime good deed of 2009 is actually my New Year’s resolution from January that I vowed to keep all year, and I am proud to say that I have! I donate blood every three months (even though I’m squeamish around needles). I just remind myself that it is for a good cause, and suck it up. I know it really is a blessing to the people who need it, and almost anyone can do it! I think I’ve been a good bella this year, at least I know I’ve tried! Please enter me, thank you and God bless!

  144. Hi there! I’ve been a very good bella this year…At work, I’ve been volunteering to talk with minority junior high and college students about my field. I’ve even helped to organize web conferences with a few colleges. This was a pretty big step for me, because I don’t fancy myself a “teacher” or public speaker. But I thought it was very important for me to do, considering there aren’t many Black creatives in my industry. So I made it a point to step out my “box” and [hopefully] inspire a young mind. I’ve also donated clothing; and I plan on giving money to my two favorite charities before the year is over.

    Thanks for these wonderful giveaways!

  145. The best thing I did this year was dedicate my entire summer to volunteering in rural Panama. It was one of the best experiences of my life, and I was able to get closer to my favorite place in the world: Latin America

  146. Choose me please!

    We’ve been donating clothes, toys, and household goods all year instead of selling.

    In addition, if I win a Coach bag, I’ll give away three purses to women in need.

  147. I have been a good bella- I’ve dedicated this year to service to others, from a mission trip to painting schools to blessing people with money and food.

  148. I have been a very good bella. My favorite good deed this year was pulling over and helping after witnessing a bad car crash. No one else stopped and the driver in the accident was a young girl that just needed someone to sit with her and calm her down until the police arrived.

  149. Enter me. Please & Thank you.

  150. Thanks for the giveaway, love the audrey bag :) My best deed for 2009 is helping the old lady I see on the bus everyday to get off the stairs in Port Authority. Every time I help her she gets so happy and thanks me millions of times. So sad no one ever wants to do that and one day someone told me great job :) Making people happy is what I love to do!

  151. I have donated a lot of clothes to people in need..also I helped out in a halloween event for under priveledge kids..

    Enter me :)

  152. I have helped a people who are in need of clothes!!

    laura

  153. Enter me to win the bag!

    Good deed for 2009: Donate my time to those less fortunate.

  154. First off, the bag is amazing! And thanks for keeping the contest open until Thursday. You’re awesome :)

    My best deed was saving my friend from an abusive relationship. If you’ve ever done this, you know how hard it is. For a good amount of time you’re the enemy to both of them. In the end, she is happy and healthy now and that’s all that matters to me.

  155. My good deed this year was tracking down the owner of a lost credit card after several others walked over it.

  156. Bella,

    Best deed for 2009 was being the first college graduate in my family it made both sets of my grandparents so very proud. Please enter me into this contest as I have always been a woman of my community donating my time to TAME, GCTAME, NSBE, and helping students excel in math and science.

  157. My best deed this year was teaching my cousin to read. Her name is Destiny and she is adopted. Her biological mother was addicted to crack and alcohol during her pregnancy and as a result, Destiny was born with a severe learning disorder as well as some other health issues.
    She was held back from the 2rd grade and then from the 3rd grade. Over the summer I spent an hour every day teaching her to read, write, and spell when her parents were too frustrated to continue.
    She began school this year at a 5th grade reading level and was allowed to move up to the 4th grade. I am so proud of her.

  158. I had a very tough year and I still try to do my part and help others. I lost a 2nd son and my Mom so I have been down but try to keep busy. I try to help my friends, family and people I don’t know because it keeps me busy.I donate to many causes and send goodies to Military Families overseas.
    I gather clothes for Goodwill ,was a caregiver for my total care Mom and make sure my family gets together for Sunday dinner.
    I try my best because there is someone who need help and sometimes it just a phone call to ask how they are doing. I believe we should all try to do at least one good deed a day.
    Thanks for the chance

  159. I would love to win this bag!! I have volunteered this past year to help clean up school and recreation facilities in areas of need with my husband and his company! We really had a great time on these 2 trips and it was great helping out 2 needing and deserving communities!

  160. Everyday I make sure to smile and say please and thank you to everyone something so small has made a major impact in my personality and helps others to feel valued and apperciated

  161. I love this bag! I worked as a server for part of the year and was constantly finding money the other servers dropped or threw out, etc. and I never once kept the money I found. They never understood why I trusted them, but truthfully, I just knew I couldn’t miss money I never had or earned.
    Good luck everyone!

  162. In a week or so, I’m bringing life into this world, a sweet little Christmas angel! That’s a pretty good deed, I think!

  163. Kyera Tennyson says:

    Please enter me. I think my mother would love this bag. She’s worked veryhard to help me pay for college and she still has three more to go. She doesn’t really have any “namebrand” items are really much of anything that can make her feel like a “lady” except the regular “mother” clothes. I think this would brighten up her holiday! And i could actually give her a gift and she wouldn’t have to say, ” i love it cause it came from the heart” :) Thank you, and good luck to everyone!

  164. I’m a college student, and right now I’m volunteering in a preschool classroom with autistic kids. I’m not getting any credit for it. But, I love every second of it! That’s my good deed for this year, and I plan on continuing to volunteer fora long long time. I really love coach, adn I could certianly use this purse! Plus, I love the blog! :) Happy Holidays!

  165. I have indeed been a good bella this year! My best dead would have to be driving 4 other people home from University this year for Thanksgiving that lived an hour or 2 away from me.
    Please enter me in this contest! I absolutely LOVE this bag!

  166. Enter me as well please!!:))

  167. AuntieMedia says:

    I think my best deed this year was giving my sister money to help pay the final tuition bill for niece who was in attending a Catholic middle school. I let my electric bill fall past due to help them.

    My niece graduated in June. She now attends a public high school. :)

  168. I have been a good bella this year. The best deed I did in 2009 was a group of my friends and I started an organization called Y.B.B.E.W, which stands for Young, Black, Beautiful, Educated, Women. So far, we have done a clothing drive and donated clothes to Covenant house. We had a movie night and talked to the young women at Covenant house about their struggles.

  169. To be 100% honest, no lie, I’ve been VERY good this year. I did a lot of growing up & taking responsibilites for my bad actions in the past. This year has been amazing in so many ways for me. I wouldn’t change a thing! My best deed was when I dedicated my whole summer helping my Dad with his small business rather than hanging out with friends!

    I would LOVE to win thi! :)

  170. great bag! I’d looove to win! i have been good this year, helping my mother move my Grandmother into a nursing home and empty out her old apartment. stressful and draining!

  171. Omg i would DIE if I won this!! I have been the best bella this year, because I have worked hard in school to save my parents money on my last semester of college. Please please let me win!!

  172. I love your picks for the holidays. The nicest thing i did this year was letting my friend live in my house for a month because his parents kicked him out. Please enter me.

  173. My best deed this year . . . I would have to say that would be donating blood a total of approximately 5 times thus far this year, saving 15 people’s lives.

    Yes, I’ve been good :)

  174. I’m giving my mother a kidney so she can get off dialysis.I also want to win so I can give the bag to her;she deserves something pretty.Please enter me,and thank you!

  175. My yearly bonus was given to brother in hard times due to now work and a ugly divorce. I was going to buy a new flat screen TV w/ the bonus & really felt bad that he was going through such sad times. He won and I have NO regret!

  176. A good Bella? Sure. :) I’ve done my deed at doing good in school, which I sometimes don’t so now I’m proud of myself of making my parent proud :)

  177. Ashley Wood says:

    I work in non-profit and help people daily. I am a firm believer in Karma and good deeds and feel that being a good bella will come back to me in the long run. Good luck ladies! agirlw@hotmail.com

  178. The best deed I did for 2009 was start a non profit organization called, The Pretty Girl Project. It started out last year as a project to help the life of one girl going to prom but couldn’t afford all the bells and whistles, so a friend and I decided to sponsor her. This year we wanted to have a prom dress drive but when my local community center agreed to rent their ballroom to me for only $100, what started out as a prom dress drive has turned into a teen empowerment event. It takes place on April 24th and just thinking of the lives we will affect brings tears to my eyes.

    Happy Holiday!

  179. wow, I love that bag! chic and classic.

    I have been a very good Bella this year :)
    I volunteer weekly, and I also read weekly to an older gentlemen who is losing his eyesight & having a hard time of it.
    <3

  180. Those bags are adorable. Please enter me for the contest.

  181. I have been a good Bella. My good deed for the year was helping out a couple with their children who ran out of gas and money to get back home so I put 20 dollars worth of gas in their car and wished them the best and said goodbye.

  182. My best deed in 2009? I realized late 2008 that while I was not where i wanted to be, I was not where I was and decided to share that feeling in 2009. Each month was a promise to help someone (friend, family, organization) finacially as much as I could. And I did! My niece was so appreciative when I paid 2 weeks of day care for my great niece in October. A close 2nd was creating a women’s financial education/empowerment group set to launch in Jan. 2010.

  183. I’d like to enter please.. :)

    My good deed.. donating to charities here and there throughout the year.

  184. OOOHHHH!!!! I am in LOVE with the bag. Please enter me. I want the motorcycle gloves too : )

  185. I’ve been really good this year =D
    donated half of the clothes in my closet and it felt soo good

  186. I’ve been a very good bella. Please enter me!

  187. My best deed is trying to be extra generous to everyone in 2009…

  188. Hi! I fell that I have been a good bella this year, my best deed in 2009 has been donating several pieces of furniture to a local charity. Please enter me in the drawing thanks!!

  189. I’ve passed along coupons to others in line. I’ve given people the extra change they need to make a purchase. And I’ve mailed back a driver’s license I found on the sidewalk! Pass it along baby!

  190. I’ve tried to be the best person I can be in 2009. I feel so fortunate and blessed! I’ve tried to always give to those who have less and help those who are in need. If I could be fortunate enough to win a new Coach bag, I would donate my current one to charity!

  191. Hi Bella,
    I’ve been a good girl this year. My good deed was going back to school after being laid off from my job. I graduate in 2 weeks with my BS in Biomedical Science!!!! YAY, this deed is for my two daughters, so that they can see that despite all obstacles you can do anything!!! This would be a GREAT graduation gift ;)

  192. hi!

    i think overall i have been a pretty good bella this year.

    so please please enter me in this awesome coach contest!!! thank you so much :)

  193. Hi,
    I’ve been a very good Bella this year. I did volunteer work in an eldery home. I played with them and actually connected with them. It’s sad that sometimes families don’t visit them.
    take care! :)

  194. Carolyn LeRoy says:

    Love this contest! My good deed of 2009 is heading up the local United Way charity campaign for youth. The United Way helps over 60 organizations locally with funding!

  195. hiya!

    i hope ive been good this year. well at least i think i have.

    so please enter me in this cool contest! thx

  196. My BEST deed for 2009??? Allowing myself space and room to LOVE myself. I have gone many years dealing with self-loathing, allowing people to come in and take away the best parts of me. I finally stepped away and took time out to rebuild myself so that I could turn around and give love to those around me who deserve it…and I did just that! Regardless if I am chosen or not…2009 was this bella’s most awesome year!!

  197. Dang, no Hawaii love?

  198. Yes, I have tried my very hardest to be good this year…I can say that is was difficult at times, but always worth it in the end. I guess one of the best good deeds that I have done this year is to try to teach my little boy what it means to be good…:) I am raising my son and as his mother, I want nothing more than to see him grow up to be a good man, and fine citizen, and to one day teach his own children. I guess the payoff isn’t that good this year, or even for the next few perhaps, but in the end, I know it will be one of the “best deeds”. Thanks for the opportunity to win!

  199. Thanks for this contest Afrobella. I’ve done many good deeds this year, but I went to New Orleans this past weekend and it was a lady asking people for money to get medicine for her sick baby. Everyone was passing her by so I asked her what did she need w/o her even asking me. She told me and I walked with her to CVS and bought 2 things of pedialyte and children’s tylenol. She also mentioned that she wanted to ask for $$ for food but that was too much so I gave her $5 to go to McDonalds.
    People need to know that many blessings will flow when you bless other people. Happy Holidays to all of the Afrobella readers.

  200. Suthungal says:

    Pick me please! Let’s see. One of my best deeds this year was to buy a cordless phone for a senior citizen who attends my mom’s day program. She’d mentioned that her’s was broken and she doesn’t appear to have any family that take out time with her.

  201. that purse is super cute! (:
    I have been really goood (:
    i’ve been getting good grades in school! (:

    please enter me, thanks ^_^

  202. Margaret Poyhanya says:

    Hey! enter me please.
    My good deed would be helpin my parents around the house hehe (:

  203. My best deed was probably to breastfeed my first baby- all year long. In fact, I don’t plan to wean until next year…

  204. Joshua Foley says:

    enter me (:
    my good deed would be doin this for my girlfriend hah

  205. Melissa Miller says:

    Please pick me. I love that bag! I’ve tried to be super good this year!!!

  206. I’ve been a very good bella. My best deed was tutoring at risk kids every Saturday.

  207. please enter me

  208. enter me please!

  209. Well the best deed I ever did, is simple.I donated 300 dollars to a charity, which was for the churches in our community. Money can help with a lot of things and therefore donating that much amount is the best deed I ever did!

  210. My good deed for the year is letting my friend crash at my apartment after being laid off. It’s a 1 bedroom apartment, so her, her bed, and all her stuff are cramed in with me until she can find another job. And I don’t mind it!

  211. I’ve been good and would love to win this purse, but for Christmas, all I want is health in my family.
    Happy holidays to you and congrats on getting recognized by Coach!

  212. Crystal C says:

    Please enter me. Santa you totally owe me for last year’s debacle.

  213. BlackBetty says:

    Hey Bella.
    I’ve had a spectacular year. Does that mean I’ve been good? Periodically ;)
    My good deed isn’t directly related to something I’ve done for others. Sure I’ve helped the elderly, volunteered and done things to help others but my best good deed of the year is finally improving my idea of self-worth thereby increasing my self-esteem.
    When I finally realized my true worth, I was able to become a better friend, sister, daughter, employee, etc, and trailblazed a path towards future success.
    Being able to put my best foot forward sounds like a great deed to me!

  214. this year i volunteered at MUST ministriesa and we handed out lunch on Thanksgiving Day!!

    enter me please

  215. My best deed in 2009 is when I went to P.R. and I fed 6 homeless cats with my shrimp mofongo that I didn’t finish. During that vacation, I also gave like 10 dollars to a homeless guy asking for money. I love helping!

  216. My best deed in 2009 was being a part of Big Brothers, Big Sisters – Few things are as rewarding or as fun! Please volunteer in your local communities :)

  217. Hi, thank you for this contest opportunity!!!! Amazing!!

    I have been a good bella this year; I have taken in a stray kitty…. She was stuck outside in very cold weather and my heart melted for her! She is a bit of a problem child: scratching furniture, chewing everything possible, and jumping anywhere and everywhere; but she needs and deserves a good home, I am happy to help!

    Please enter me to win that fabulous bag!

  218. Enter me please!!
    This year a sang every single sunday on my church choir :)

  219. I’ve been trying to be a generous driver- letting people in, etc. I hate road rage!

  220. enter me please!!

  221. The best deed I did this year in 2009 was walking in the Arthritis Walk. I love doing it every year, and can’t wait to do it in 2010! I love to volunteer & help others!

    (I love those motorcycle gloves! I tried them on the last time I was at the Coach store. They’re so nice!)

  222. I think everyone has their good and bad moments each year. Well, no ones ever perfect, right? I’ve done much volunteering, cleaning, and helping around the community, so I think I’ve done some good deeds so far this year. A good deed could be as simple as being a good daughter, or friend to others. I try to live my life as much as possible, because if you don’t get the most of it, whats the point of it? Also, I try to accept myself for who I am, which I know is a very hard thing to do, and I know most women have experienced too. It’s very great to get to that point in life where you have to accept things the way they are.
    By the way, very stunning bag! (: Please enter me! I will be looking forward to who the winner is! THANKS! (:

    XOXO
    -CASSIE

  223. Best 2009 deed:
    Finding someones purse in a carriage in the Target parking lot and taking it back into the store – the woman came back to the store later on and retreived her purse, turns out ALL her holiday shopping money was in the purse.

  224. HI, enter me innn?
    my best deed is taking care of my baby cousin for a week when his mom was traveling back to a country. it was veryy harddd.

  225. Oh I love anything Coach! Their leather bags are one of the most timeless purses ever! Love ‘em.

    I have bee a good little Bella. I have used my bad situation (Recent college grad and unemployed) to help those in a worse situation. I have given my time, effort and meger fincinal means to charities and non-profits. Such as: The American Cancer Society, Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), ASPCA and the Salvation Army! Even though I don’t have a job, millions of others live a drastically harder life! Even if I don’t win the bag, I feel like the thank you’s I have recieved from those I have help is just as good….Heck maybe BETTER!

  226. mariahnicole9912 says:

    enter me (:

  227. I found a wallet full of money & credit cards at the mall on black friday and I turned it in to the information desk !
    Idk, I feel like that’s good.
    please enter me!

  228. My good deed…opening my new home to my entire family so that we can have place for Christmas that will hold all of us…pray for me…lol

  229. Catherine says:

    My 2009 good deed? reading your blog of course!haha
    well, i helped with the local SPCA(I LOVE DOGS!)
    Enter me please,I absolutely adore it!
    thankyou

  230. The bag is GORGEOUS…

    My good deed was giving away clothes to goodwill.

  231. For this past year I have taken care of my best friend, my mom. She has been very ill and I have used all of my vacation time from work taking care of her and making long medical trips. I have also moved back home to make things easier on her. As well as cutting weekends away with friends short to take her to the ER. I am not complaining, I love her more than anything and as much as she has sacrificed for me over the 26 years I can certainly go without for a few months.

  232. These are amazing items! My best deed for 2009 was taking in two dogs that were abused from a local shelter and gave them a new loving home. Yeah! They are truly great dogs that just had a rough start!

  233. I’ve done many good deeds in 2009 but, my favorite and most rewarding is being a parent volunteer at my daughters school.
    I do it because I LOVE not only enriching my child’s learning experience but, also other children.
    I’m a parent that acknowledges that these teachers can NOT do it alone!
    Afrobella…I passionately believe that “parental involvement” is essential for the most well-rounded learning experience.

    For my hard work and dedication, I received the Parent of The Month Award for the month of November 2009!

    Nope…
    It’s not a Grammy, an Emmy, or an Oscar but, when I walked up to receive it, I cried.
    Why?
    Because I was selected by the people who matter most, in my world..the students!

  234. Elizabeth says:

    First of all, I’d like to thank you and Coach for giving everyone such an amazing opportunity to win such elegant and quality products this Christmas! ‘Tis the Season :o)

    I feel like I have been the best bella I could possibly have been this year (and still trying to continue until the end of this month)! One of my good deeds I did this year give a six year old girl who was much less fortunate than I gave her the true experience of what it was like to be a “little princess.” We got our nails done, went shopping at Justice for Girls, and got our hair done together. It was such an experience for the both us. Giving a little girl the opportunity to feel more confident about herself felt amazing, she was grinning from ear to ear the rest of day.

    Thanks again! Happy Holidays & God Bless!

  235. My deed of 2009 was taking care of my best friend (and then later her mom when she got sick, meanwhile Erin (bff!) was still sick) when they had the swine flu during August in the summer. My mom would drop me off in the morning or sometimes I’d sleep over and then just keep them company and bring them things and take care of them. Luckily they got better! :)
    enter me please!

  236. the best deed so far is organizing a free holiday dinner for 100 families in dc..happening 12/15!

  237. Also, I forgot to add that I had taken all my old clothes and shoes that I didn’t wear or were too small and donated them to a local charity for younger kids and I was so happy to see them finding uses of those clothes! It made my heart all warm and tingly! :) Those are my deeds, thanks so much for giving us this opportunity to win a COACH bag!

  238. loving your blog!

    The best deed I have done this year is being a mother! ;)

  239. best deed I did this year…was be a mommy as a full time job.:0

  240. the best deed i have done this year is volunteer in the public schools of new orleans. so enriching!

  241. I’ve been a good bella this year. I have continued to live with my daughter and her family so that she can complete school even though they drive me nuts.

  242. Please enter me for this contest, that bag is amazing! The best deed that I did this year that I can remember is: Every few months, I went through my closet to get rid of stuff that I did not wear anymore and gave it to charity.

  243. I love reading all the good deeds! Awesome stuff and awesome giveaway Afrobella! I’m sure I’ve done several good deeds this year but at the moment the only one that sticks out is me giving and spreading my love where it was needed. Sounds corny but hey…it is what it is. Good luck to all the other bellas!! = )

  244. First of all, I love your blog!!

    I’ve been a great bella this year, and every great bella needs a great Coach bag!
    My best deed happened actually in the beginning of the year when I went on a school trip to Argentina. There are a lot of homeless people in Buenos Aires, and when my friends and I went to an Argentine McDonald’s for ice cream,there was a homeless boy standing right by the counter. No little kid should have to sit and watch people eat ice cream, so I bought him an ice cream cone!
    Please enter me to win!

  245. I brought a week’s worth of groceries for a laid off friend with no money and no food in the fridge.

  246. I gave a family how didn’t have a turkey for thanksgiving my families turkey.. :0)

  247. Best deed. I dont have a particular one in mind, just be sure I am having my smile on to show. =)

  248. I volunteered and taught kids over the Summer. I have been a really good bella :)

  249. My good deed was probably donating a bunch of my stuff to the less fortunate for the holdiays. I’ve been a very good bella, and my name is bella!

  250. Adria Johnson says:

    While there are probably many good deeds to share, the one i most vividly remember happened a few weeks ago. I was having frozen yogurt with some of my friends on a very cold and windy day. We had finished our dessert but were just sitting and conversing to pass the time. Soon after a bunch of people came in but all the tables.seats were full. Finally an older man ( i would say between his 50s and 60s) came in with his book in hand, but only wearing a sweatshirt. It was clear that he planned to stay awhile to enjoy his fro-yo and read his book, but once he had paid he realized the only free seats were outside in front. Though me and my friends could have remained in the restaurant to enjoy the evening, I figured that it was best to have the older man (who was wearing only a sweatshirt)enjoy his dessert out of the cold and in the warm and lit presence of the restaurant. I went outside to the man and let him know that we were leaving and that he could sit inside. We waited until he gathered his things to come inside before we left, to assure that he would have a place to sit inside. He gave the brightest, warmest and most kind smile that I will always remember.

  251. This year I went around selling different homemade items like jewelry, picture frames, and other items to raise money for kids who are severly ill. I got 17 of my friends to join and over 6 months we raised almost 13,000 dollars!
    I hope I have been a good enough Bella to win this GORGEOUS bag!

  252. the best deed i did this year was probably working ymcitys family fun day
    i prettmy much help underprivlidged childern to do crafts (i made buttos of their choice) it was a greate experience

  253. veronicav says:

    Ive been a very good bella this year!mostly , ive been good to myself
    this year, after new years i made a resolution to lose weight, take care of myself, and make my self just shine in general! and ive honored that resolution very well! i have way more confidence this year and cant wait for the next!
    good luck everyone <3
    tofupoo@gmail.com

  254. It’s no much, but there’s a group of men that live below me and my best friend. For thanksgiving we made them a full meal: turkey, mashed potatoes, mac and cheese, gravy, 2 types of pie, and grape juice. They looked so happy and they eagerly accepted the food. It just made me feel so good :]

  255. My best deed done this year? I went for a month and every drive threw I bought the person’s behind me meal/ drink. I plan on doing it again this month of DEC. It was a joy to see the unexpected suprise on the drivers face as I drove away. Also give my time to the american cancer society I lost my mom to cancer and this is the way I help give back.

  256. Please enter me!
    My best deed was helping young kids better their reading skills in a mentoring program I completed. :)

  257. Wow…I love the gloves and the Sabrina bag.

    My good deed of the year was returning a wallet to its owner after finding it during the Independence Day parade with my sister. She was ecstatic to get it back, since she had all her vital info in it. We ran in to her retracing her steps from her car back to the parade route

  258. The most recent good deed that I did was help a blind man find his way down to and on to the metro. It’s so sad how many people were just pushing past him in their holiday rush:(

    What a gorgeous bag!! Enter me please!!
    Olia

    PS Santa Baby is my all time fave!

  259. Omg so excited this bag is on my wishlist!

    My good deed for 2009 was really getting involved in my community, my friends and I put together a whole group and cleaned up a bunch of parks. At the end of the day I felt so good!

    Hope you have a great Holiday!

  260. Iliana Flores says:

    Enter me please! I really really hope I can win it! Thank you! :)

  261. My Good Deed for 2009 is Helping in my churches clothing pantry. We hosted about 20 to 30 families to come and shop in our free clothing pantry. We also have an annual food and clothing giveaway each year in decemeber and this year we are co-hosting it with our other family church to give back!!!!

  262. my good deed for 2009 was i volunteered with the mentally challenged at a training center.

  263. My good deed this year was to help 2 (not 1, but 2!) of my former students find jobs immediately after their graduation. A hard task to do in our current economic times. Please enter me!!!

  264. my good deed this year was working over 100 hours leading a project over the summer to rebuild a youth house for the use of a youth group and a group session for troubled teens in the community.

  265. Hi! Please enter me into this contest!

    My good deed for 2009 was spending most of my time babysitting my 2 nephews and my niece for most of my time. Since my sister and brother in-law work about 10 hours and six days a week, they don’t really have time to look after the children, so I volunteer and helped them watch the kids! It’s really hard since I have to go to college and everything, but the kids also go to school.. but since I’m in college, I get out earlier than them..so I would like pick them up after school, make dinner for them, and help them with their homework and everything until their parents get home…
    it’s hard but it’s fun at the same time and I also love them very much! :)
    Family always go first!

  266. Hi, my good deed of the year was helping a fellow college student jump her car with my car. She would have been stranded at school for the rest of the day had I not come along to help. Thanks.

  267. enter me pretty please(:
    well, i think ive been a pretty good bella(: today i gave $5 to a lady at the gas station who said she had no money for gas.

  268. hey please enter me.
    This year Ive been good
    the best deed ive done was helping my aunt when she had surgery. I baby sitted her daughter and also brought her food since she wasnt well.
    family comes first. :)

  269. soooooo pretty!
    this year i became more green– using water bottle, saving electricity, recycling, carpooling… :D

  270. Thank you for this opportunity.

    Often times, the smallest deeds can bring the biggest joy to a person.

    This summer while on my way to go school shopping for my three children. I stopped by a neighbors house and asked if their son could go to the store with us. I knew both of his parents had lost their jobs and things were really rough. Well, the money I had for school clothes I divided between the four kids and bought the neighbors school clothes and sneakers. He was elated and overjoyed and most of all, thankful. My kids didn’t mind having less because that’s what I have taught them, to always help a friend in need.

    By no means are we the Huxtables, I haven’t worked in a year, I’m on medical leave. It was a sacrifice but my heart was glad we could lend a helping hand. God knows, I would have wanted someone to help me.

  271. Jamie Novak says:

    Love your site! Thanks Coach for letting me explore new blogs!!! My good deed of 2009 has been taking care of work for my co-worker who just found out she has cancer. She is 63 years old and has a son and grandson (father and son) who are both serving in Iraq at the same time. On top of the daily stress of her loved ones being in Iraq, her finding out about her cancer and how she will take care of her husband who lost his job 8 months ago has been mentally challenging. I stay late for work to help her take a load off her desk, leave her words of encouragement everyday, and recently bought her 3 granddaughters dance shoes (as a surprise).

  272. Alejandra says:

    Hi there!! Love your blog and love Coach!! Even though I;ve never owned anything, but the bags look divine!! Now have I been a good bella? I love to help other people and also giving stuff or buying stuff to people without getting anything in change. I like to see the expression on their faces when they got something that they been looking for in a while, and if I win this gorgeous purse I will not keep it for me but for my aunt, I’ve helping her out throughout the year and I would like to give her a nice gift for this holidays!!
    Thank you so much for entering me!!
    Happy Holidays!!!

  273. I absolutely love this bag! As for how I’ve been good this year? I have been giving up a lot of my time to help out at some of the local animal shelters.

    Thanks for entering me and Happy Holidays!

  274. Love the bag! One of my good deeds this year was to give a stranger (woman) a ride to the gas station after her car broke down in the post office parking lot.

  275. I’ve donated artwork to my school’s annual art auction to raise scholarship for students in need and always donate to food pantries around the holidays! enter me please!

  276. My best deed this year was volunteering after school and on the weekends to help run a chess club for elementary school students in an impoverished city. It kept them safe and invested in a great activity!

  277. Please enter me
    the best deed I did in 2009 was when I volunteerd at church in the pre-k class

  278. My best deed this year…adopting puppies from the SPCA!

  279. my best deed: i went to shut ins houses when the leaves started to fall and i raked leaves and out them in bags.
    please enter me. thank you.

  280. all three items you talked about are gorgeous!! my good deed of 2009 is tutoring people in my college in chemistry :) please enter me! thank you!

  281. enter me please! :)

  282. The best deed I did this year: I rescued a bunny from a bad situation! Best decision ever!

  283. Awesome opportunity!! Enter me please :)!!

  284. Thanks for this awesome giveaway. This year I had the priviledge to volunteer at my local Dress for Success, helping out women of limited resources get fitted for a suit for their first interview. I was also able to empower them by offering help with interviewin skills and resumes. This has been by far one of the best things I have ever done. I am very happy!

  285. i did so many great things for people this year such as be there for my friends when their boyfriend left them or just to give them a ride to go somewhere..and i felt like they were honestly my true friends but in the end they stabbed me in the back and even though i did many great things for them my thank you in return was them talking badly about me..but in the end im still a great person and those people are no longer a part of my life thats why i choose to stay positive and im thankful for all the great people in my life…
    and winning this bag would sure make my christmas season way better after everything i have been through the past few weeks

  286. Please enter me. Best deed is I missed my Dad’s family reunion because I made a prior commitment to babysit my nephew overnight while my inlaw attended a wedding. My Dad was disapointed but I had to keep my word.

  287. Kimberly Nguyen says:

    Ive been good! I tutor elementry school students (:

  288. Jenna Claire says:

    coach for me~!

  289. hey afrobella,
    one good deed i did recently was when i went to the movie theaters and i bought a ticket for New Moon, and then a family of four behind me went to purchase four tickets, however, there were only three tickets left. since i had seen New Moon three times already, i gave the family my ticket so they could all see the movie together, mostly because its rare that you see a whole family spending time together these days.

    well that my good deed.
    happy holidays!

  290. ooohhh!! Such a Coach fan–please enter me!!! :)

  291. The best deed i’ve done this year would be becoming a “study buddy” where i help elementary aged kids with school work once a week!

  292. One of the good deeds I have done in 2009 is I have volunteered to decorate for the Christmas holidays at a nursing home.
    Enter me please :]

  293. Meghana Prasad says:

    My best deed was….
    I started a tradition where whenever I go to the Starbucks drive through (which isn’t very often, but still) I buy a coffee for the person behind me. It happened to me once and it’s such a cool bright spot in your day.

    Good luck to everyone!

  294. I’ve definitely been a good bella this year! Thanks for the chance!

  295. Best deed for 2009?
    I work in retail, and all year I’ve been trying just to smile and make sure everyone is having a good day. You never know when you are going to change someone’s life even if all you do is smile and are friendly.

  296. Shelley Johnson says:

    I recycled, gave my seat up for old ladies, and was nice to my fellow man kind.

  297. Quite recently, I helped a friend of mine who’s been out of school for several weeks, catch up on her mountain load of homework. She is very sick and has been in and out of the hospital, but shy to tell us what is wrong with her. I worked very hard to make her know that her friends were there to support there and that we only needed her to be open with us.

    Thanks! Breana

  298. My good deed is that I always help me friends when they need help for anything.

  299. My best deed for 2009 was over the summer I volunteered at a senior care home. I was there for probably a month and a half. It was fun because I volunteered in the beauty shop and got to watch people getting their hair done.

  300. Hmmm. my best deed… I think that would have to be what I did, finally, for myself. I got out of a career that I was not happy in and went back to school! That was a good deed.

  301. Please enter me! Happy Holidays!

  302. Oh how beautiful!! I just love it! PLease enter me ;)

  303. Beautiful bag and I’m always a good bella :) I make cards for soldiers to send home, I help out friends and family all the time (babysitting, dog care, etc).

  304. the best thing i did this year was take my grandmother on a trip to mexico

  305. What a darling bag! ?
    enter me, won’t you?
    And I love love love love Santa Baby! its my fave christmas carol!

  306. Oh! oops! I forgot to include my deed!
    I worked at a soup kitchen this year, I left school for a few hours when me and my bestie were called. We missed a lot of review for finals, but it was so great knowing we helped the FAMILIES that went there,even the little boys and girls that needed high-chairs! We slipped them extra cookies ?

  307. I would love to win this bag.

    I am a volunteer for Pet Orphans. I just love spending time with pets that don’t yet have a home.

  308. Wow what a beautiful purse! I can see why you got so many compliments on it.

    Anyways, I think my good deed this year was to work on being a better listener for friends and family. Several people I know had a very rough year: economically, romantically, psychologically and even with their physical health. The best thing I did all year was to take the time to put some of my own troubles aside when my friends and family needed someone to just listen, vent or cry to.

  309. I have been a very good Bella this year! The best thing I have done is really ongoing. I am a constant source of support for my friends and family, who are all dealing with economic and medical hardship.

  310. The deed that stood out the most is , I have been volunteering at my childrens elementary school, helping a 10 year old from Mexico , when she came to the US she spoke no english, I would spent 2 times a week in the afternoon help her with her reading, the biggest joy was to see her graduate from 5th grade and go to 6th grade.

  311. I would love to win that purse! :) I have been a good belle this year, I think the best deed I did this year was my trip to Albuquerque new mexico to build houses for habitat for humanity with a church group! it made me feel so good.

  312. Yes i have been a great bella this year. I volunteer at a local library & local suop kitchen which feels amazing when those people thank yuh that is the greatest feeling in the world :]

  313. I would love to win this bag! I think the best deed I performed this year donating a ton of clothes to “dress for success” to help underprivelaged and abused women prepare for interviews/resume writing/obtain employment.

  314. I try to be a good bella. Sometimes I procrastinate when I should be working on homework. But I also try to be more environmentally friendly. I walk home from school each day and on the way, I pick up litter to recycle.

  315. Fabulous!

    I’m an active participant of the ‘Key Club’ at my high school. The key club is an organization that contributes to volunteer activites every month. Each month, we have a bagel sale to raise money ( mind you, this involves waking up at 530 am to prep the bagels) We stay after school to set up for activites; hand out brochures at school plays; donate clothing, or food to the needy. I’ve been trying my best to be a loyal member of this club and it’s definitely giving me a good vibe. I enjoy helping other people out!

    Crossing my fingers; Michelle.

  316. The best deed I did all year just happened. I didn’t yell at Verizon for screwing up my internet.
    haha! j/k

  317. I am a soldier’s wife, my husband just got back from his second deployment. Since he has been deployed 2 of the past 3 Christmas’ I am always hearing about the guys who do not receive any packages throughout the deployment, and worst of all NOTHING for Christmas! This year I organized friends and family together to send 40 boxes of Holiday goodies to 40 deployed soldiers who have not been receiving anything from back home during their deployment. We will be sending them this week and they should arrive just in time for festivities!!

  318. i’ve been great this year.
    i helped my neighbor clean her car, she’s older and has troubles, but she’s also the nicest women i’ve met other than my mother.<3

    enter me :)

  319. The best deed I did this year was be there, like really be there for my (now) husband when he got gall bladder surgery and we were 2 weeks away from our wedding. We were both so stressed, I had to commute back and forth to where the wedding was, 1 hr. away, to secure details, but we made it work.

  320. Hannah Malcolm says:

    I’ve been a good bella this year! The best deed I did in 2009 was to help my mother in law with cleaning and organizing her house all summer.

  321. Please enter me! The best deed I did in 2009 was forgive my friends…REALLY forgive my friends!!

  322. Wow…I should have entered last night, huh? My best deed for this year was to help my mom clean up her room…and I like the Sabrina bag for obvious reasons as well :)

  323. Hello,

    I always love helping out others the best I can so that makes me a good bella:]. Well, the good deed that I done in 2009 is working as a certified volunteer tax preparer at my school. Not only did I serve my community, I have save many clients money they needed to make payments. LOVE the Sabrina bag:]. Tehee.

    XOXO,EVA.

  324. I have done so many :P I didn’t get upset at my employees for being late!

  325. Caribbean Girl says:

    Hi bella,

    Just my two cents – it is gonna be tough for you to choose on this one!

  326. I try to do good deeds every day, not just a few times a year. Small things like a friendly hello, opening a door, and asking others if they need help can make a bigger impact than you can imagine!

  327. The best deed I did this year was to renovate my mom’s office for her while she was out of town. I wrote about it on my blog.

  328. Tahitian Moon says:

    Hi Bella, My good deed is that I started volunteering. It’s new to me, but I enjoy it.

  329. I supported our local hospital foundation to give free care to needy families

  330. Aline Costa says:

    I helped out at my local nursing home! the elderlies are so lonely. they need someone who cares and loves them no matter what! Please enter me!

  331. Is it wrong that my good deed was to be good to myself? I’ve been doing good upon others for so long that I took the selfish way and took care of myself for once! What a load off of me.

  332. I worked at a place that makes meals for shelters, it was so rewarding.

  333. I have been involved with the National Charity League :)

    Enter me please, thanks!

  334. My best deed of 2009 was to adopt a puppy from the animal shelter. He is the sweetest dog in the world and I am very thankful to have been able to give him a home!!!!

  335. Marissa Fugate says:

    My good deed? Well, it’s been good for me, too :)

    I moved home from Boston to help care for my grandparents. They both have Alzheimer’s and my mom and dad live too far away to help them, so I moved back. I love being able to be around them and spend this precious time with them, though, so I don’t know if that’s a good deed or a selfish act!

  336. please enter me to win!

    my best deed of 2009? taking care of my family when they were sick this year. i had three family members in the hospital and i would do anything for them always.

  337. I honestly do try to practice random acts of kindness on a regular basis. One bigger thing that comes to mind…
    Although I lost my job to downsizing about six months ago, I still donated my regular amount of $100 to my local homeless shelter for Thanksgiving.
    Thanks so much!

  338. Hello! Indeed, I have been good this year — my most recent good deed was giving a coworker a ride to the airport last minute so she could go home for the holidays. It’s the little things, like getting help when you have car troubles, that mean the most around the holiday season!

  339. I volunteered as a mentor through the Northern California Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Foundation which helps high school sophomores realize their leadership potential and learn ways to make a difference in their community through volunteering. During the three day seminar we also held a service project and raised over $2000 for Alex’s Lemonade in four hours.

  340. Elizabeth Nguyen says:

    I have beed a good girl this year. I participate in my school’s builder’s club(like key club and i cant wait to join key club next year!) and we are currently making blankets for children in the hospital like st judes. We are also making cards for the elderly that live in a home. After this we will be mking easter basket for the elderly, we help around our school, and we have bingo night with the elderly! Please enter me because i know that my sister has been wanting this coach purse for the longest and i cant wait for the holidays when I give it to her(if i can)!

  341. Love it:)) pls enter me :)

  342. love the bag — my best deed of the year is doing a “deed” every day by letting those around me know how special or appreciated they are!

  343. Gracie Wilson says:

    My good deed of the year was I pulled over on the highway to help a woman whose car had broken down on the side of the road. She had 3 kids in the backseat of her van and it was about 40 degrees outside. I took them all to a friends house who lived nearby and gave them the number to a local towing company. Without my help they probably would have been stranded on the side of the road till someone decided to stop.

    I would really love to win this bag I own nothing coach and this is an awesome opportunity :]

  344. I volunteer to assist low-income and homeless individuals find housing, employment, health care, etc.

  345. Whitney Seamons says:

    Amazing bag!
    The best deed I did in 2009 was write my mom letters every month to tell her how much she means to me. I know she gets lonely and I try to cheer her up a bit! Plus although we talk almost every day, there is just something so fun about getting mail!
    Thanks for this opportunity!
    Whitney

  346. My best deed this year is being forgiving instead of holding a grudge. I forgave someone that needed forgivness. I did it for the other person because they needed it. But it turned out to make my heart a lot lighter as well.

    Please enter me into the contest for this AMAZING bag!

  347. My best deed for 2009- i take cared of a poor dog. he got hurt when he cross a road and got car crash, his leg’s bone was broke. i take him to clinic and take care of it for a month and when he was better, he became my dog !! now he is a best security of my home :)

  348. Christa J. says:

    My best deed for 2009 was to end old grudges that served no productive purpose! Very liberating!

    Enter me into the contest, please!

  349. Oh My Goodness. I WANT THAT BAG!!! ENTER ME IN!!! email: kannie_yangsta@hotmail.com

  350. Cheryl Reyes says:

    Ive been a very good bella! My best deed for 2009 was that I found a small wallet that belonged a girl when I was at the mall. It had cash in it but most importantly the girls ID. I decided to go to her address and give her her wallet back. She was very grateful and I feel proud that I was able to help her! Enter Me Please! Thank You.

  351. Thanks so much for giving us a chance to win this gorgeous bag!

    I was a good bella this year — when a friend had to have surgery on her foot, I brought her TONS of groceries.

  352. Tiffany M says:

    I have been the most gracious of children this year! (:
    My best deed this year was that since I volunteer at a hospital, I get to work with patients and I am just a person who loves to help so it’s actually pretty fun talking with the patients and helping them with whatever they need even if the jobs are trivial, it’s always a good feeling to help others. Okay so this isn’t exactly a specific deed but they’re compiled experiences. I hope that counts! haha.
    Please enter me because I’d love to win this bag! :D Thank you so much for this opportunity!

  353. I haven’t really been good or bad I guess. I try to help out animals in need, but I don’t do enough.

  354. I’ve been a very good bella this year! Instead of buying a new bag, I donated my extra money to Susan G. Komen as well as volunteered, planned a fundraiser, and walked in two of their charity walks in the Dallas area this summer and fall. I would love to carry this beautiful new bag to my charity events in 2010!

  355. I have been good! One of my good deeds was putting together a care package for a girl who was going through a bad time.

  356. Hi bellas!.
    My best deed was helping a kid that was lost in a ski resort. I worked there teaching and I was very happy because we found his family very quickly.
    Please enter me to win! I love coach bags, although I canĀ“t afford them. =)

  357. thanks you for extending this contest :)

    I think i was i good- i made good grades at my grad classes, volunteered (and still do) for Catholic Charities and helped watch an old lady with Alzheimers :) Now i need a nice reward, like a cute Coach bag! thanks!

  358. enter me please i would love to win that bag!
    Now i wouldn’t call this a good deed but it is something I am proud of. over the past year I really changed my life around and became right with myself and most importantly, right with God.

  359. Ah I forgot to tell my good deed. Umm nothing really stands out. I just am always trying to be a good daughter, sister and caretaker.

  360. I’ve been a good bella! I’ve been donating small amounts to charities that give away food. Thanks for the opportunity to win!

  361. My best deed is regularly visiting my 89 year old Grandma and drinking tea with her while I listen to her stories of days gone by.

  362. Oooh those are beautiful gloves! I’d love to enter! Hmm my best deed was by far taking care of my father while he was in the hospital after being hit by a car whilst on this bicycle. It was a cruel, cruel summer but he’s much better now and we’re closer than ever!

  363. Please enter me into the contest

  364. My best deed for the past 4 yrs., including this year has been raising money and walking the 5 mile March for Babies walk. I don’t have any personal experiences for doing this, it was just something I decided to do with my sister one year. And from the there on I have continued to do it. It is really one of the most gratifying things ever. Not only to be able to raise money and help the families with premature babies in need, but to also walk with the families of those who lost loved ones as well as walk with the families and children who survived. What a humbling experience to say the least. It is a day I look forward to every year.

  365. what a lovely bag! thanks for the opportunity

  366. My good deed for this year is that whenever I see a homeless person on the street asking for money, I give them whatever cash I have in my wallet. Please enter me to win the purse! Thanks so much for sharing!

  367. I’ve been a good bella. My good deed was helping less fortunate families this past Thanksgiving. I kept telling my kids why it’s important to help those less fortunate but figured I needed to show them. So, we donated food for food drives and helped sort food for a feeding program that fed hundreds of families. A few days later, as we were leaving Sam’s and my son (8y.o) ran back to give his change to Salvation Army. He was soo proud he was helping.

  368. Love the gloves.. the sabrina bag is awesome.. Hmmm maybe for those who didn’t win coach will give you a coupon code or something to possibly purchase LOL

    My best deed for 2009 was mentoring my daughter’s 2 friends after their parents died last christmas. I include them on everything I do with my children and help out their grandmother with them.

  369. Candace Morrison says:

    Enter Me. I love that Metalic Audrey bag. Thanks to Nikia for hooking me to your site. Loving it girl! Good job!

  370. WHY I HAVE BEEN A GOOD BELLA:
    My friends cousin just died a few days ago. I have been supporting her and helping her in every way possible. It’s such a tragedy especially so close to the holidays that nobody really cares about the presents. But I know she loves coach and I will give her one of the bags :)

  371. Uma Katipally says:

    My good deeds for 2009:
    Helped a couple whose car stalled on the road.
    Donated lots of clothes and shoes to Dress for Success.
    Enter me please!!

  372. My good deed this year was helping a neighbor who had fallen and broken their ankle while walking their dog.

    Please enter me in the giveaway, thanks!

  373. love! so cute. my good deed is working in the hospital every day and taking care of patients in the free clinic who have no insurance

  374. I think this is a great contest! So here I am commenting in hopes that my wife (a huge Coach bag lover) wins! Please, Please it would be the perfect Christmas gift! This is my good husband deed of 2009!

  375. Shelby Grosenick says:

    Such a great contest!
    My good deed this year was over the summer i volunteered at a hospital and went and held newborn babies! :)

  376. A good deed i did this year was I got a job at my internship to help support the income of my parents. I am only 17 :D

  377. I love the “Sabrina” bag. It looks very functional as well as stylish!
    for 2009 my good deed was; I started counseling those with drug addictions. some of the people just break my heart, but I don’t give up because they don’t give up.

    thank you for the contest opportunity.
    my best to you and yours this Holiday Season.

  378. I have been a good bella this year. I have been volunteering for several organizations and I’m probably going to do more over the winter break. : ) If you’ve got the time, why not?

    Thanks for entering me!

  379. The best deed I have done was help out a couple at the gas station to get home by giving them all the cash in my wallet. [:

  380. This bag is amazing. It’s more than anything I could dream of. And i really deserve it, I swear :) My best deed in 2009 … I’ve been living in NY for 6 months, I was walking back home late at night on a Friday evening, and I found this AMAZING professional camera on a bench in Mc Carren Park. The next day, in the morning, I went back and talked to someone who was working for the park and that person told me that a man came and was looking for his camera … so i gave it back.

    good luck to everyone :)

    thanks so much for this giveaway!

  381. The best deed I have done this year is participate in a day of service with my school where we helped out at a girls’ shelter.

  382. I’ve been good (mostly) this year. I finally got the office building I work in to start recycling paper. After months of arguing with management we have our little blue bins all over the place.

  383. Hi Afrobella!!!! I love your blog btw, and have been a faithful reader for the past year. The best deed I did this year in my opinion was be by my dad’s side and take care of him in the hospital before he passed away. And although it’s nothing to brag about, it was one of those things where although it was very sad and painful to deal with I would not trade those last days with him for any other moment in the world.

  384. My best deed this year has got to be when I cleaned up the whole house for my mother. And I’m not just talking about vacuuming, dusting, etc. I’m talking about I-went-through-every-single-box-in-the-house (closet, attic, AND basement). Afterwards I dusted and vacuumed and sorted out all the junk/treasures and donated most to the Salvation Army!

  385. Five days a week, I help high risk youth by providing emotional and practical support; providing them with resources, helping them to disown destructive behaviours and discover their true purpose.

  386. Petite Goddess says:

    That is a really cute bag! Some of the good deeds that I have done this year was helping my mother out of a financially when she fell behind on some bills, and always being just a phone call away when someone is in need of my babysitting skills. I’m also thinking about looking into some sort of volunteer functions. Its just nice to know that I am doing something, no matter how small, to make someones day a little easier.

  387. Well, I would have to say that my best deed of 2009 was that I volunteered with a neighborhood Girl Scout troop every other Friday night. I got to know many of the girls and I look forward to working with them through 2010 as well.
    Thanks for the opportunity to win such a beautiful bag!

  388. My friend and I started a children’s literacy program!

  389. Took care of my family, and loved every minute of it!

  390. Katie Johnson says:

    Lovely, Amazing. Mine?

  391. Love the bag! And grrrreat contest idea as well. The world could use some more good deed-doers.
    This year, I made it my mission to ensure that a project, started by a beloved community member, was completed during his lifetime. It meant a lot to him, and it was important to me that it not fall through the cracks.

  392. pleaseee enter me
    suchh a prettyyy bagg

    this year i volunteered at my public library and helped younger students with their reading

  393. my best deed of the year was when i completed a 30 hour famine and raised money for starving kids in africa … please enter me !

  394. Please enter me!
    The best dead that I did this year was I found a lost dog and returned him to his home.

  395. Elizabeth says:

    My best deed in 2009. Let’s see, there’s the volunteering for Habitat for Humanity and Alpha House (a shelter for displaced families). I also organized my friends into creating a custom bobble-head that looks just like another friend of ours for his birthday. That was pretty awesome.

  396. Enter me into the contest please.
    This year, the best thing that I did was help out more around the house even though they weren’t my chores to do.

  397. Drove from Pasadena to Glendale to pick up an amazing cake then to Irvine to give a friend an early birthday present when I knew he wouldn’t be in town for his actual birthday. :)

  398. Enter me, please!

    & I am loving those gloves by the way.

  399. Love, love, love the Audrey bag!! It would definitely be the highlight of my Christmas this year! Hopefully some of the beautiful items I dontated to ARC (a program that helps the developmentally disabled)will make someone else’s Holiday season as well. Warm Regards, Ashlee

  400. Please enter me! I made it a point to reach out to my friends just to show them i care.

  401. I have tried to be a good bella. My good deed this year was mentoring/tutoring homeless people. But the best bella was the woman who organised the program. She is such a selfless person and is an inspiration to me.

  402. enter me please! the best thing i have done this year is donating food to the needy

  403. Enter me! I adore coach but am using my money this holiday season on my friends and family not myself, thus it would be a delightful treat and surprise.

    I’ve been a good bella, a busy bella, but a good bella. I have taken care of my aunt after two surgeries in addition to juggling full time college and internships. In addition – but I do this every year – I collected children’s books for local schools and shelters as I believe that books as a child are just so important in fostering growth and creativity plus I loved them growing up.

  404. I try to be as good of a bella as I can.

    Last month on my way back from this poetry jam thing, my roommate and I are going back home. She drives a truck(the reaction we get when folks see 2 black chicks hop out of an old truck makes my day!). As we’re going along, I tell her that I think I just saw someone on the side of the road. She’s like girl you always seeing things, but I’m sure of it. I make her turn around and sure enough this guy was there. We’re in school, so it was like a frat guy but he was soooo wasted like her couldn’t get up. We were so scared b/c he tried to get up many times and slammed his head onto the concrete sidewalk(no joke) like 3 times! He came up to the truck and we got scared again because well we didn’t know what he’d do. What did he do? He banged on the windows telling us to help him, then somehow flopped in the back of the truck. We called the ambulance and they took him to the hospital. whew! we were just glad he got medical attention.

    (hope i get the purse)

  405. i like coach bag.
    hope i can get the purse!

  406. The best thing I did this year was last May when I cut my hair short and donated my 18 inches hair to Locks of Love. Back then I was depressed and in the middle of a divorce. Well, when things are down, there’s only one direction one can go: sideways. I hope the recipient (especially the children) are happy and smiling again seeing their faces in the mirror.

  407. The best thing I’ve done is volunteered at my local library!
    Please enter me !! :)

  408. enter me please!!!

    happy holidays :)

  409. Melissa H says:

    I adopted a dog from a shelter! The dog was going to be put to sleep but we rescued it instead! :)

  410. Wow, just trying to think of things I did this year makes me feel I don’t do nearly enough charity work! The funnest thing I did was participate in an after-school program for an organization called La Familia. The kids were a blast!

  411. Sandra Dennis says:

    I try to do one anonymous good deed every day–sometimes they are big but mostly they are just little things to brighten someones day.

  412. Shaina's Alter Ego says:

    I have to say, ive been bad this year. but this year has been bad right back.
    so i think the best thing ive done this year is forgive.

  413. Mehak Saini says:

    Hey I think i’ve been a good bella this year lol
    well a good deed that I am proud of doing this year is really helping out with the charity drive at my school. We raised about $1,000!

    We’ll I hope I win, love the bag.
    Happy Holidays

  414. I have been good this year. I went to a soup kitchen and fed the hungry

  415. I’m definitely been a good bella this year. I traveled to Africa to design technologies for developing countries. Love the blog !!

  416. A good deed that I did this year was taking care of my mother while she was recovering from her surgery. I am so proud of not only my mother for sticking it out and staying strong, but also proud of myself for being a patient person. I also joined a club at my school called R.A.K.E, which stands for random acts of kindness and etc (:

  417. Hi there, I would love to be entered!

    On Monday night I helped organize a benefit concert for a local orphanage – to provide a holiday to a number of teenage girls who do not have families to spend the season with. Next, we get to go shopping! (of course tehy all want Twilight stuff!)

  418. Gabriela Nino says:

    I have definately been a good bella this year. I am taking care of toddlers whose parents are in esl classes while they are playing with me. im actually heading out ther right now :)

  419. Hi there. :)

    The best deed I’ve done this is just my volunteer works. I voulnteer at least 50 yours at different places every year.

    Please enter me! Thanks.

    <3Mae

  420. Hi there!
    The best deed I did in 2009 was taking shifts at work for a sick friend and also helping out my friends in college with a really hard project I completed and they had troubles with.
    Thank you for entering me!!

  421. monica montoya says:

    hi,
    well the best deed this year was to go to the food bank more often than not to help more and more people fresh food and it feels so good
    please enter me!!!!

  422. Melody Lai says:

    I have !
    the best thing I did this year was take care of my sick mother who has depression.
    I love her dearly (:
    so it was out of pleasure and care to do it !
    thanks for the giveaway !

  423. My best deed this year was sign up to go to another country and fix and give out wheelchairs to those who are in need. The actual trip is not this year, but the tickets have been bought, and the fund-raising for wheelchairs has begun.

  424. Hi Afrobella!

    This year I wanted to give back to the community and make a difference. Two months ago, I raised more than $4,000 to create a meal to feed the homeless of San Francisco this holiday season as part of the Asian Chefs Association event =)

    Thank you for your consideration =)

  425. My good deed this year would have to be being a part of Make-a-wish foundation. Being able to volunteer, dress as Minney Mouse and visit young sick children. Not only have I been able to help young children but its been a very gratifing experience for me as well.

  426. The best deed that I did for this year was to give two friends a gift f $1,000.00 each. I am very spiritual and I was led by the spirit to give and I felt so good about giving.

    Thank you for your consideration.

  427. My good deed this year would have to be being a part of Make-a-wish foundation. Being able to volunteer, dress as Minney Mouse and visit young sick children. Not only have I been able to help young children but its been a very gratifing experience for me as well.

    See my pix http://twitpic.com/rxb00

  428. Heather Garland says:

    I like to think I’ve been a good Bella this year :) I give to charities and buy the homeless hot meals so hopefully Santa will approve! Thanks for the chance!

    hether78(at)gmail(dot)com

  429. The best deed I can think of off the top of my head from 2009 was when we took in a dog who’s owners were getting rid of him. He was in bad need of a costly surgery on his eye. His previous owner didn’t want to spend the money to have it fixed. I was so glad that we were able to take him in and have it treated, otherwise I don’t think she would ever have brought him to the vet. Sadly we don’t have Charley anymore as he passed in October.

  430. Have I been a good bella? Lets see. The thing that stands out the most to me is the friendship I made with a 93-year-old woman. I feel like I got so much more out of our friendship than she did. Just listening to her stories inspired me to lead a better and fuller life. The joy that every day brings her is amazing, as is her love for sparkly shoes. Knowing her changed my life the way so few friendships do. I had to move across the country and I miss her everyday. Now we are pen pals and that is nearly as much fun.

    xoxo

  431. lauren e. says:

    Hey bella! One of the deeds I like to do throughout the year is to always offer food to anyone who looks in need of a meal. Whenever someone asks for money, I prefer to offer food. Be it a sandwich from subway or a hot dog, chips, and juice from the gas station, it seems to go a lot further than 50 cents from the drink holder in my car. I hope everyone can do the same during this holiday season, and make someone elses day a little brighter.

  432. My best deed- I have been a good college student this year :)
    Please enter me too

  433. My best deed this year would be helping fellow residents in my building set their goals and plan their college classes.

    Please enter me!

  434. One good deed this year? I work at CVS and one customer was trying to by food with her benefit card and the machine wasn’t taking it so I paid for the transaction so she would be able to have food.

    Please enter me. Thanks so much

  435. The good deed I did in 2009 is helping someone get on an escalator. What? how is that a good deed you may think?

    THe old woman’s daughter told me her mother had a fear of escalators and has been waiting there for 10 minutes for her to get on the escalator so they could go down.

    I came up to them, held her arm and helped her step on the escalator, and she could not stop thanking me. I felt good that I made someone else feel good =).

    xoxox

  436. I help out my classmates during finals week!

    Enter me please!

  437. I Love helping people.. I strongly belive that good deeds are blessing in our heart and homes. I try to be a better person every day by doing good thins for other.. even if its helping kids aroung the neighborhood with their homework..( hispanic background main language spanish) But one that made my heart shake was this morning. coming out of a doctors office (where i volunteer to traslate) and there was this elderly lady that would barely hold on to her self and maybe her daughter. well it was raining and I grab my umbrella and that lady by the arm, and walk with them to get their car( it was raining so bad here in ga.) it broke my heart in pieces just because i don’t have my grandparents here with me.. I ended up wet and step on a puddle, but it was all worth it.. Oh and then i went and grab my baby to get her in the car.. it was all a coinsidence that i helped her.. i was only suppost to get my daughters blanky to cover her from the wind.. please enter me. please.. low on cash it would be a great persent for me.. please enter me..

  438. good deed gone bad too.. I was going back home one afternood and it was raining. so i saw a lady walking on the side of the road.. i felt so bad for her i wanted to give her a ride, but how could i put a stranger in the car with my 5 month old baby. so i drove to the nearest store and bought an umbrella, when i got back she was gonne.. i drove for like 10 min looking for her, and never found her. So now i cary that same umbrella just in case i come across another person that might need it..

  439. The best deed I did in 2009 happened as I was walking towards a building on Campus. As I approached I noticed that there was a woman calling for people as they passed. I approached her and noticed she was blind. I asked her if she needed anything and she told me she was stranded and needed to call for a ride. I then let her use my cellphone and talked on the phone to the person giving her a ride and gave them directions. One of the few days I felt genuinely good about myself. It was wonderful!

  440. Well, how do I enter, it can’t be as easy as asking you very nicely to enter me could it?!?

  441. The best deed i did this year and I am so proud of myself for it because I learned so much from it. I went to Mexico with my school to build a house for a family there. It was build from scratch and it was a team of 11 students. None of us had any building experience. it was amazing to be able to help the family to give them house. I was so touched by this trip. It was the best thing I think i did this year.

  442. I’m so excited for this, could you please enter me? This year I’ve been interning at the American Diabetes Association helping out those living with this condition :) I will continue working there in 2010 :)

  443. I am a nurse who works with Oncology patients. I have previously worked with bone marrow transplants and deal with death often. So this past year I signed up to become a Bone Marrow Donor because the chances of people being a perfect match are very slim. So go out and sign up.

  444. Victoria Harris says:

    Well, I’d like to leave you a poem first. Here it goes:

    A Coach bag is what I seek,
    to make me feel stylish and chic.

    I’d love to stroll around,
    flashing this bag around town.

    I hope this comment shines through,
    and somewhat amuses you.

    Please, let this bag be mine,
    so the diva in me can shine!

    On a serious note, I’ve lost 48 pounds so far. I’m hoping to reach my fifty pound goal by this Friday. It sure would be nice to celebrate such a great scale victory with an awesome new purse.

    P.S.- This is an enjoyable blog to read. I’m happy I found it. :-)

  445. This year my good deed was to listen to everyone’s problems. Thank you and good luck to everyone :)

  446. Yes i have totally been a good bella. The best thing i have done is to send good thoughts and vibes to my friends and family and praying that they all get what they want !!

  447. I’ve done lots of little good deeds this year, but what I enjoyed the most was volunteering for the Dress for Success Gala this past spring and I got to meet & take pictures with Michael Phelps mother & sister (they were so sweet!)

  448. oohhh- i hope i win! now let’s see, good deeds i’ve done this year. . . hmm. . . i did most of my shopping on ebay and consignment stores this year thus making the world a greener place! haha! i also volunteered at Chicago Canine Rescues adoption drives this year. <3

  449. Coach is my favorite!!!

    I have been a good {fashion}bella this year…
    I gave away over half of my wardrobe to one of my friends who is going thru tough financial times.
    I gave 2 Coach bags to my little sister :)

  450. I donated my time to a local animal shelter. I helped out at adoption events to find homes for dogs. :)

    I also voluteered at a nursing home.

    Happy Holidays!

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