Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Thanks for giving

Yesterday I participated in Giving Tuesday.  What's that?? you might ask.

"Giving Tuesday is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration.  (I saw several posts on Facebook reminding me of this.)  Celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving (in the U.S.) and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Giving Tuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving."  This is from the official website.

I always like to give locally so the help remains in my community, so on Giving Tuesday I gave donations to my local SPCA and to a local Veterans Service Dog Initiative.  Our precious Marvin came from the SPCA, which rescues, cares for and places abandoned and surrendered pets.  The Service Dog Initiative procures and trains dogs to be companion/service animals for veterans with PTSD.  I felt that both were worthy recipients of my help.

As I do every year, I also donated shelf-stable food and household items to local organizations.  I don't bring this up because I want recognition or praise, or because I'm rich.  Far from it.  I bring this up because much of this kind of giving/help can be done anonymously, and because I'm not rich.  But even a few dollars given by many people can change a person or animal's life.

Whether on Giving Tuesday or on any other day of the year, I challenge you to seek out ways to give a little so you can help make a big impact.  You'll be glad you do!  And when you do, please share your experience with others in order to inspire a domino effect of giving, making your community and the world better, 1 dollar or 1 can of food at a time.


anne marie in philly said...

my gym and todd's workplace are collecting food for a local radio station's "camp out for hunger".

todd also gives to the southern poverty law center and cityteam ministries (they help feed the homeless for the holidays and everyday).

my fave charity is philabundance - they gather food from swanky parties and grocery stores and distribute it to the homeless and destitute.

Fearsome Beard said...

San Diego Humane Society got our annual donations. Thanks to them San Diego county (geographically about the size of Connecticut and just over 3 million in population) is at zero. Zero adoptable pets are euthanized county wide as they take them all from other shelters and even rehabilitate the ones with health and behavior issues.