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Homeless and Hungry

This week, we were nearly running out of time for our attempt at self-less-ness. We live in a pretty rural area outside of Grand Rapids. So, whenever we have items to pick up or errands to run, we typically will drive into town to get them. Today, we had stopped to pick up some new fish for the tank, some lotion and face wash. Important things. Anyway....more

Fighting Donor Fatigue - One Donor At A Time

There's quite a bit of chatter about donor fatigue:...more

Use Goodwill with Good Will

Being the holiday season, we've made a few trips to Goodwill, dropping off old, unused toys, and picking up new (to us) ones!I'm not really big into huge causes and I can't contribute much to society at this point in my life, but I love Goodwill because it's an easy and local way to show my kids that giving is not only important, it's also fun.We've been going since they were two. I bring them with me so that they understand that their toys and clothes don't just 'disappear,' they go to other people....more

Donations Give More Than Just a Present

During the holiday season, kids are so focused on what they can get as presents they don’t always stop to think about what they can give. I’ve been working hard on helping my kids understand not all kids get presents because their parents can’t afford them. When we did our toy cleaning, the boys picked out some toys they don’t play with that would make terrific donations toGoodwill. We also chose some toys that weren’t so easy to part with....more

One Dollar of Christmas Spirit

We parked, and my 4 year old son asked for the backpack he takes to preschool. He said he wanted the dollar we'd put in there the day before. The dollar was for show and share at school. He needed to bring a rectangle, so I'd put the dollar in his backpack. I reminded him, but he persisted. He wanted that dollar. At 4, it is time that he learns about money. That it is finite. That a dollar can only stretch so far. I let him take the dollar so that he could buy something in the store with it. But he didn't take it into the store......more

My top charities.

Our wold is full of people who need help. This time of year is a great time to give a gift to someone less fortunate. For just a few dollars you can give a child clean water, or supply a family with a goat. I have made a list of some charities that I feel do real good in the world. Check them out. If you see a charity that you would like to give to, please do. Giving a gift on someone else’s behalf is a great idea for the holidays. Let us get to it then. Here is a list of a few charities that I feel would help the most.1. World Vision

Selfless Giving

This time of year is a busy time for many families.  School has started, and the holidays are back to back it seems.  In my family we have a birthday every few weeks from September through December.  It is amazing how much money can be spent without even noticing when you have so much going on.  I started thinking about this post when my daughter approached me with a long list of what she would like for not only her birthday, but for Christmas too.  I mean, can we do one list at a time?  The items she asked for were not cheap and ranged from gift cards to...more

Charitable Contributions on Facebook Gifts

With what happened with Sandi Hurricane it’s good to know that Facebook Team just launched a new feature on Facebook Gifts: Charitable Contributions, now you can use Facebook to make a charitable contribution in celebration of a friend or a family member....more

Give up a Gift for Africa

Give up a Gift for AfricaWhen I was little I wanted to change the world, a little Lisa Simpson in the flesh.It was all so simple to me back then, why can’t everyone just share what they have? Then no one would be poor, no children would go hungry and everyone would have a house.Simple, right? A humble solution in my infant mind.My thoughts then turned into actions.I sent my football shirts to Africa (yes, I was a tom boy for a while, who’d of thought it?) and sent shoe boxes of presents to others at Christmas time....more
Hi Lisa - Many thanks for your kind comment. I am trying to get this campaign out to as many ...more