Now that Black Friday and Cyber Monday, and SexyTime Saturday is over (oh sorry, did you miss that one? ;)), it’s time to get back to what this Thanksgiving time was REALLY supposed to be all about – giving, over getting.
So when my friend Nate told me about this new day that’s really taking off, I couldn’t pass on the chance to participate and help spread the good word even further. Saving money on deals and doodads and presents is totally awesome of course (what type of blogger/human is going to hate on that??), but if you have a few moments today, I’d love for you to hit pause and join us in celebrating thankfulness again for a little longer :)
But first, what exactly is #GivingTuesday? From their site:
“A new day for giving back. Just find a way for your family, your community, your company or your organization to come together to give something more [and] be a part of a national celebration of our great tradition of generosity.”
So, in a nutshell, it’s a day of giving back in a way that’s meaningful to you. It can be with time, money, thoughts, prayers, whatever you have to offer today that will add another drop of goodness in this fast-paced world of ours.
Here are some examples:
- Help a friend with a problem
- Donate a few dollars to your favorite charity
- Buy a stranger a cup of coffee
- Hug a stranger (this is fun, but please be safe ;))
- Help someone manage their money better (a perfect match?)
- Volunteer at a local shelter/organization
- Call someone you haven’t talked to in a while
- Write someone a real-life letter telling them how much they mean to you.
- Bring some food to the homeless in your area, or those on the streets
- Smile at everyone you cross paths with today – even those who look scary :)
- Tell your entire family/friends you love them.
There are a ton of easy – and do-able – things any of us can do the second we stop reading this post. And I REALLY encourage you to do so!
How I’ll be participating in #GivingTuesday
As for me, I’ll be partnering up with my bud Nate, GiveForward (an awesome fundraising site he works at), and dozens of other bloggers to help get Christian Hannah’s family a wheelchair van to enhance the quality of life for both him and his family. At only 14 y/o, Christian has cerebral palsy and cannot feed or dress himself, nor can he walk or talk. It’s completely heart wrenching :(
This is Christian:
And here’s a clip from his fundraising page:
Christian Hannah is 14-years-old and was born with cerebral palsy. He cannot feed or dress himself nor can he walk or talk. Christian is now approximately 5′ long and weighs around 65 pounds. His mother, Janet, has been lifting him in and out of his wheelchair and into his car seat for transporting for over 14 years. She herself is only 4’11” and when she picks him up Christian’s feet touch the ground. Their current van is a 2003 Honda with over 131,000 miles and is in need of numerous repairs. Christian’s younger 10-year-old brother is now tall enough and strong enough to help their mother load and unload the wheelchair but this is a heavy burden and not a responsibility a young child should have to bear. This is done 3-4 times a day when you consider loading and unloading to school, doctors appointments, shopping, etc. since as a divorced working parent she cannot leave either of the boys alone to run errands. The daily routine includes changing diapers, spoon feeding Christian his baby food twice a day, waking up with him in the middle of the night, etc… Just being able to leave Christian in his wheelchair and wheel him in the van would eliminate one large burden of their every day routine.
At the time of this writing, they’re a little under the halfway point of hitting the $38,000 needed.
Giving means a lot of different things to people
Giving means a lot of different things to people, but I encourage you from the bottom of my heart to take a break from life’s madness today and *DO SOMETHING* to help your fellow community. It can be as small, or as big, as you want – it doesn’t matter. Taking the time to *ACT* today does.
So whether it’s a dollar or a phone call, please take the time to give back and appreciate everything life has given you. Like my friend currently waiting on a heart transplant, you just never know how many days we have left on this Earth, so better to fill it up with as much love and kindness as we can offer. Money is great, but life is better.
How will you be celebrating #GivingTuesday?