Tuesday, December 1, 2015

“Don’t give till it hurts; give till it feels good.”

For those of you who follow our Holidailies posts each December, you’ve seen me talk about my mantra above.  And today just happens to be Giving Tuesday so I thought it worth a re-mention.

My family celebrates both Hanukkah and Christmas so as you can imagine, the gift giving is Olympic-level.  Nonetheless, in an effort not to raise incredibly spoiled kids, my husband and I devised a system where we do specific things each night for Hanukkah, with one night being an opportunity for the kids to give back.  This means they donate money to a charity of their choice.  Over the years, they have donated money to National Parks, organizations that provide instruments to children, “adopted” Florida manatees and African elephants, their grandparents’ church, dogs for Veteran’s, etc.

Each year, we give them suggestions of organizations based on what has gone on in their lives personally over the last year.  Sometimes they take those suggestions; sometimes they come up with their own.  In any case, for at least one night, they are thinking about the world around them.  And dare I say, I think they have actually grown to like this.

So since it is Giving Tuesday and all, I decided to share with you some of the organizations I will be suggesting the kids consider donating to this year.  Please take a moment to consider giving to these groups or wherever makes *you* feel good!

Bette Midler’s Stages for Success: Refurbishes dated & dysfunctional public school auditoriums. Support the arts, people!  http://tinyurl.com/pkqx6uq

Rosie’s Theater Kids: In-school program designed to introduce disadvantaged kids to musical theater. Sounds like a great way to keep kids off the streets if you ask me.  http://rosiestheaterkids.org/

America’s VetDogs: Provides therapy dogs to military hospitals, VA hospitals & nursing homes.  Animals that need love and people that need love – the perfect match. https://www.vetdogs.org/

Charity:Water : 663 people on this Earth live without clean water.  This group builds freshwater wells, rainwater catchments and sand filters where people need them.  https://donate.charitywater.org/donate/wayt

Rocky Mountain Conservancy: This year marks Rocky Mountain National Park’s 100th anniversary.  Let’s make sure it continues to thrive for at least another 100 years. https://rmconservancy.org/

There are so many worthy causes to give to.  Please take a minute today and give to one that resonates with you!  J

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