>> Friday, December 21, 2012
So far, our 31 Days of Giving has been going very well. I've had to readjust a few days...but in the end have managed to "give back".....even if in just a small way! Some of the things we've been doing.....
Donate Coffee to the Troops:
I started off simple and made an online coffee donation to the troops through the "Cup of Joe" program. For just a $2 donation, you can donate a cup of coffee to a service member overseas.
I've already gotten some email "thank you cards" from our donation. It's such a nice feeling!!
If you'd like to make your own donation, click here!
On Black Friday, I took the girls for our traditional Toys for Tots drop off. Starting in January, we keep a box in our garage and fill it up throughout the year of random toys and items for T4T. By December, we have a trunk full of toys to donate!
Instead of shopping on Black Friday, we take toy donations to a local T4T drop off and then go to lunch. I love teaching my girls about giving....and not focusing totally on getting.
I also did a toy donation through the Dollar Tree and purchased toys for a Catholic children's charity.
Random Acts of Giving:
At least once a week, I offer to pay for the coffee of someone behind me in the Starbucks drive-through. I love doing it and never question the cost. Earlier in the month, Starbucks was doing their 12 Days of Gift Giving. On two separate days, I purchased one of these gifts and asked the barista to randomly give it to someone going through the drive-through. I really liked this one a lot because I had NO idea who was going to receive my gift. I hoped and prayed that it was someone who could really use a lift or a smile.
At our local thrift store, I purchased a couple cute Christmas mugs and filled them up with tissue paper, packets of hot chocolate and some candy canes. I gave one to my regular mailman, one to our trashman, and put a third on the door step of my neighbor. I have one more that I still need to give away!
I also did a couple secret acts of giving as well....but they're still a secret so I won't be sharing those!!
A few months ago, I read "29 Gifts" by Cami Walker and was so inspired by it. I went to the website "29-Day Giving Challenge" and registered. I do want to say that this project has 1) brought me great joy and 2) has come back to me in more ways than I could even imagine! (And I'll be writing more about that in the next day or two!).
I really enjoyed doing this and am planning on doing this again during Lent!