Giving Back

Stop Going and Start Giving Back to those in need. A New Year's resolution to pay it forward.

We do a lot of Going in our lives. Going to school, Going to work, Going to the gym and soccer practice and many other activities. The list of Goings is long and you can probably fill-in-the-blank of all the places you go. You probably have come to the conclusion that our lives are consumed with Going. That’s why this year, I’m taking a moment from the Goings and think about Giving. Giving back that is. It’s a privilege to be able to go, but it’s an intentional choice to give back. I’ve been trying hard to emphasize the importance of giving back and helping others to my boys, but the only way I’m going to succeed in this effort is by example.

Every month this year, I will have a blog post about a non-profit/charity/program that my family or I participated in to help others. I will also add a page to my blog (listed at the top) that will chronicle each month’s giving. I would love to hear your feedback or the ways you give back. You know the saying it takes a village, well I believe it take a blog community to reach, help and giving back to many more.

                                                                                               Giving Back–January

I always feel like fresh starts begin in January. After I take down the Christmas decorations and put away the presents, I notice that I have too much stuff- toys, clothes, books, etc. A large portion of this stuff, I don’t even use anymore. My January’s are filled with purging the closets, toy boxes, cabinets, and bookshelves and finding items to donate. My favorite local place to donate to is Dorcas Thrift Shop. Dorcas Thrift Shop is more than a thrift shop; it is a store that uses it’s profits to assist people in the community (Cary, NC) with crisis support, job training skills, childcare, a food pantry, and education. The best part is they take most items. Donations are tax-deductible, but most importantly I know people in my community will benefit from my donations.

One thing I have a hard time parting with is Christmas cards. They added much color and cheer to my cabinets this holiday season, and I hate to just throw them away. For all the picture cards I received, I put them in a photo album. It’s fun to look back every year and see how much everyone’s grown or changed. And the traditional Christmas cards, I send them to St. Jude’s Ranch for Children Recycled Card Program.  The program requires you to remove the front of the card (let the kids help). They do not accept Hallmark, Disney or Carlton cards, and actually I only got 2 cards that I couldn’t send.

St Judes Childrens Ranch recycled card program. Giving Back initiative

Not to be confused with St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, St. Jude’s Ranch for Children is based in Nevada and works with abused and at-risk children, young adults and families. The recycled card program teaches children basic job skills and pays them for their work. Send your cards to the following address:

St. Jude’s Ranch for Children
Recycled Card Program
100 St. Jude’s Street
Boulder City, NV 89005

Click here for more details about the Recycled Card Program.

Don’t have any cards to send, then consider purchasing a pack of cards.


Where do you take items to be donated?

Do you have a charity or non-profit organization that you would like to have featured in my Giving Back series? Please email me at and let me know about your cause.


12 comments on “Giving Back”

  1. Lynn says:

    What a wonderful, thoughtful, caring and giving post! Great idea and teaches the kids a great life lesson! Thanks so much for sharing!

    1. Rachel says:

      Glad you liked it. I love finding kid- friendly ways to help others.

  2. What a great idea! We love Dorcas. It’s a bit of a drive from our new home, but I try to pack up a good bit of donations and head that way to drop off (and shop!) at least 3 or 4 times a year. I have found so many good items there myself over the years. And great tip on the cards. I usually toss mine into a box to donate at the Scrap Exchange in Durham. It’s a good spot to donate to locally if you have other items that Dorcas won’t take (i.e., games with pieces missing, broken toys, old electronics).
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    1. Rachel says:

      I need to make a pile for the Scrap Exchange. I don’t like to throw things away. I once found a Willow Tree Angel in the box and Dorcas.

  3. Allison says:

    What a wonderful idea! Each month, the Women’s Ministries group that I attend features a charitable organization. The intent is to expose members to different organizations that need help and perhaps lead ones to finding places where they would like to volunteer and/or support. Knowledge helps. 🙂

    Speaking of…. I wasn’t aware that one could donate old cards. Every year I throw away cards. Thank you for letting me know there’s an alternative!

    1. Rachel says:

      That’s great what your women’s ministry is doing. I’m glad I could share with you about St. Jude’s card program.

  4. Andrea says:

    A long time ago I had saved cards to send, and then I ended up tossing them. But good to know the program is still happening. I definitely get a handful of cards I could send off!
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    1. Rachel says:

      I love how the program teaches kids entrepreneurial skills. Save your birthday and thank you cards too.

  5. Mandi Korn says:

    What a wonderful post and I am grateful for the information on the Ranch, I love a good story and giving is something I am trying to teach my daughter as well. Good luck on your giving project, I think it is great idea.

    1. Rachel says:

      Thanks. It’s been fun researching charities that can use help with more than money.

  6. Shasta says:

    I love what you’re doing! I too have a really hard time getting rid of Christmas cards and now I know what to do with them! Thank you 🙂

    1. Rachel says:

      Glad I could help. St. Jude’s Ranch also takes birthday and thank you cards.

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