Today’s Day of Giving came in the form of a donation at the register while checking out at the pet store. The donation goes to help pets in need and since our pup is the center of our lives, we always opt to help other pets when we can.
That last one is so typical. Actually they’re all typical – our pup’s favorite spot is right in the middle of us
15 days ’til Christmas!
So today’s Day of Giving was sort of a bust. The hubs and I were supposed to join Janelle and her team for the Jingle Bell 5k. But then we all got snowed in.
There was probably about an inch or two sticking to the road around the time the race was scheduled, so it was a last minute decision but pretty clear that running conditions were not ideal. We were disappointed not to participate, but happy that we had registered beforehand so the organization did not miss out on our donation.
I’m even more disappointed that I’m one for three in terms of running this race. The only year that I’ve registered and been able to participate was the first year, which I wrote about here. Last year I was able to take some pictures, but I was took sick to run. Crossing my fingers for next year!
I’m super excited about today’s day of giving, I had been looking forward to it all week. Today I took pictures of a friends new born baby
She had asked me to take pictures after the baby was born and I was so honored to be able to do that for them. The baby was super cute and I was fortunate to capture a multitude of great moments between baby and new mom and dad.
But you’ll just have to take my word on the cuteness overload because I don’t feel comfortable sharing pictures of other people and especially their kids. And enjoy a couple of the details I shot instead. Now I’ve got to finish going through and editing the nearly four hundred I took today! Enjoy the rest of your weekend
For today’s Day of Giving, I used my rewards points to make a donation to the Children’s Miracle Network. Every year I save up all of my points to buy gifts for others, and the past couple of years I’ve racked up enough points to be able to make donations as well. It’s easy, makes me feel good, and I’m done in a couple of minutes.
The hardest part was picking which charity I wanted to donate to. The hubs helped me choose the Children’s Miracle Network because typically the money stays local to help the children’s hospital near us. Our local hospital is Penn State Hershey Medical. I was fortunate to be able to tour the facilities a few years ago and it’s pretty amazing what they do there.
For my Fifth Day of Giving I chose something really very simple that took literally two seconds to do – I signed up for Amazon Smile. If you haven’t heard, Amazon Smile allows any Amazon customer to select the charity of his or her choosing, and Amazon will automatically donate 0.5 % of the customer’s purchases to that cause. It’s exactly the same as shopping on Amazon, except you go to http://smile.amazon.com/ instead. Almost every item is eligible – including deeply discounted items and stock listed on Amazon Prime.
I chose the A-T Children’s Project for my charity, which I’ve written about before here. My old college roommate has a brother afflicted with the disease, so whenever I have the opportunity to sign up for something that benefits the charity (like I did by signing up for the Good Search toolbar during my 25 Days of Giving two years ago) I always choose the A-T Children’s Project.
I hesitated to post this as I haven’t purchased anything yet through the site, but then realized that I should help spread the word about this great program before you all finish your Christmas shopping.
The BFFE is at it again. Her and her hubby decided to adopt not one, but TWO families down on their luck this year. She had received so much interest in helping last year that they decided to expand their giving :). I’m always amazed by what she’s done with this. I always give however it’s easiest for me – but she goes out of her way, works really hard and makes a huge difference in many peoples’ lives.
I wrote about this last year, and was happy to be able to help again this year. And again this year I was able to use my credit card reward points to score a gift card that one of the family members had asked for. So this morning before I left for work, I put my donation in the mail. If you want to contribute to her adopt a families, contact me and I will put you in touch with her.
For my third Day of Giving, I borrowed from one of my days last year: sending thank you notes to military members. This year I again chose to send the cards to Holiday Mail for Heroes because you can send cards up until the 6th of December. This gave me time to ask a couple of my coworkers to help out. I provided the cards, they provided the words and I mailed them out today. It was even easier for me this year because I just referenced the picture I took last year of what I wrote and copied. So even though I’ve been so busy I literally only had time to write a couple of cards, it was doable because I didn’t have to think about what to write. So feel free to use my words if you want to join in on the thank you letter writing:
“Wishing you a Happy Holiday
and I say this with sincerity,
a deep heartfelt thank you
for everything you do!”
You may have already noticed a trend with me repeating many of my Days of Giving from past years. That’s the beauty of this project. It’s even easier to give as the years go by because I don’t have to do as much planning as I did the first year. Just lather, rinse, repeat