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.
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.
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 email@example.com and let me know about your cause.