Where I’m Giving this #GivingTuesday

If you’re anything like me, you started this week overtired and over-stuffed. Perhaps you ate too much for Thanksgiving. Perhaps you overshopped Grey Thursday, Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday deals. Or perhaps, like me, you skipped both Turkey and shopping, but still feel overwhelmed and overmarketed. And now there is the business of Giving Tuesday.

#GivingTuesday is great. The whole concept is to kick off the holiday season with the spirit of giving, instead of getting. Who can argue with that?

You care. You really do, but maybe you feel too tired to figure out giving right now.

If you’ve been reading around here very long you know I like giving. The idea of taking a day to focus on doing something that changes some small corner of the world excites me.

But to be honest, the holiday noise has already given me Facebook fatigue and email exhaustion. Every mailing list of every store I’ve ever shopped with online and every charity I’ve even given 10$ to is churning out an email every day telling me that there is a deal or an opportunity that I just can’t possibly miss, today.

So, just in case you’re like me and you want to give, but really can’t endure any more noise this week, I thought I’d give you three ideas for easy and impactful ways to give on #givingtuesday (or any other day of the year when you might be reading this). 

Mountain2Mountain. Earlier this year I was introduced to Mountain2Mountain, a small organization that invests in woman and girls in conflict zones because they recognize the power of women and girls as changemakers and catalysts for peace and prosperity. When I met the founder, Shannon Galpin in Colorado this year, she told me stories of women in Afghanistan and she gave me an amazing bracelet as a symbol of the “Combat Apathy” campaign that raises awareness for their work. Every time I wear this bracelet people ask about it and comment on its aesthetic of strength plus beauty- a perfect reflection of the women it helps. (The rockin’ bracelet -> http://combatapathy.wordpress.com/2013/06/02/combat-apathy-bracelets/)

Typhoon Haiyan Response The typhoon in the Philippines happened a few weeks ago. It isn’t the top story in the news anymore, but it’s going to take a long while to clean up and help people rebuild their lives. I’ve worked with World Vision in the Philippines in the past and have friends there on the ground right now. I know they’re in it for the long haul- to help families recover from this storm and to be better prepared for storms to come.

Give Forward: Christian Hannah’s Handicap Van Fund My friend Nate from Give Forward introduced me to this kid with a need we could easily meet in one day if we work together. Christian is a boy with cerebral palsy whose family is trying to raise money to get him a wheelchair van so he can be more active and go do more things. You can read his whole story at the link. His family needs $38,000 dollars to make this happen. Alone it’s nearly impossible for them, but together we could change his life this #givingtuesday.

“Remember that the happiest people are not those getting more, but those giving more.H. Jackson Brown, Jr. 

 PS. If none of these three excite you too much, check out Witness and The Hard Places Community they’re another two of my all time favorite groups making their corner of the world better.

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