Monday, November 22, 2010

Countdown Continues....

....for my Nine Days of Thanks GIVING.


Today, on the third day, I am so thankful that I can give back.


I'd like to encourage you all to embrace the act of


GIVING



"There is always someone less fortunate" 
was my mother's mantra.


As the youngest of six kids growing up in one of the wealthiest towns in the world....it never really occurred to me that we were the 'less fortunate' to most of the citizens of Greenwich.
I certainly didn't feel like we were missing out on much.
We always had plenty to eat at our dinners together every night.
There was always laughter and love in our home.
We had access to the greatest library in the country.
We had wonderful vacations and adventures.
We had the kind of unconditional encouragement and support that is priceless.
We had the gift of time from our parents. Something many of my more 'fortunate' friends did not.

And always the sense
 that there were those less fortunate
that we could help.



CHARITY:


1: benevolent goodwill toward or love of humanity


2 : generosity and helpfulness especially toward the 


needy or suffering; 




also : aid given to those in need

Richard Branson gives back,
 and not just because he can,
because he knows how good it feels.






Benevolence




1. disposition to do good
2. an act of kindness

I am in different financial situation now, 
meaning more to give.
 It is better to give than to receive.
Tonight I will be going to the annual Operation Santa party,
where they give out letters to Santa written by kids at a school in the Bronx.
A school unlike anything you and I know.
The principal said that he would not risk the mandatory fire drills for fear of his kids getting shot in a drive-by.
Wow.
These kids have NOTHING. 
When I say nothing I mean nothing. 

One mother of three literally came over on a boat with just the clothes on her back.

Operation Santa has helped her kids get much needed coats, hats and boots. 

Operation Santa has helped me too.

I am involved with Operation Santa for the third year in a row.

I started out with three kids the first year.
Two brothers and a sister that lived in a shelter.

Last year I personally bought for 9 and asked my husband's company to donate some cash so I could buy for 20 or so more, I wanted to cover a whole classroom.  We did.
Jeff's whole office came over and helped wrap the loot. 
The barn really looked like Santa's workshop.
I found myself waking up early, like a little kid,
going out to the barn and just staring at the mountains of stuffed animals, boots and bikes...smiling.
Santa's ark.
Being involved with Operation Santa
has become my favorite part of the Holidays.




Tonight I'll pick up a couple dozen letters.

You could always come over and help wrap!


What will you do to give back this year?


Maybe instead of buying someone another cashmere scarf,
you can donate some good in their name? 
http://www.oxfamamericaunwrapped.com/home.php

that will really warm the soul

Quench a thirst. http://www.charitywater.org/




Just by clicking you can give. 1.1 cups of food a day, just by clicking. http://www.thehungersite.com/clickToGive/home.faces?siteId=1


more http://www.charityusa.com/


what to do with all those leftover skeins of yarn? http://www.savethechildren.org/site/c.8rKLIXMGIpI4E/b.6150569/apps/s/content.asp?ct=8654023


Buy some beautiful silver bracelets and give hope too.
http://store.invisiblechildren.com/silver-bracelet.html?utm_source=Email+Newsletter+Sign+Ups&utm_campaign=23c75069b0-XMAS_Campaign_11_15_2010&utm_medium=email


Plants some seeds of lovehttp://www.dinnergarden.org/

Donate a quilt square, or an organ! http://www.donatelifenw.org/programs/quilt/square

You can also clean out your pantry and give to a local food bank,
http://feedingamerica.org/foodbank-results.aspx
Clean out your coat closet and bring to a homeless shelter,
http://www.homelessshelterdirectory.org/
Go through your linen closet and give some blankets, sheets and towels to a
battered women's shelter. http://www.ehow.com/how_8640_find-battered-womens.html

Ask your guests to bring something...
a toy, a can of food, some gloves....
 to your party instead of a hostess gift.
We did this at our last Christmas party and I brought two car loads of coats, scarves, hats to the 
Homeless Men's Shelter!

Next time you make soup, lasagna, etc.. make double and give to your neighbor.

Doesn't matter what you give: money, items or your time. 
Just Give.

and 
give 
thanks 
for
all 
that 
you
have.


Count Your Blessings

2 comments:

Purple Flowers said...

We also live in a very affluent county in NJ, however, with the economy in the shape that it is, more and more people who have become unemployed, have reached out to the food bank. Allen and I have been bringing many bags of food on a weekly basis for quite a while now. The shelves need constant re-stocking. And for the upcoming Turkey day, yesterday we brought over a few turkeys and other assorted foods. We'll do this for Christmas as well.
I believe in paying it forward.

Gaston Studio said...

Operation Santa sounds like a wonderful organization to offer a little joy and hope to those kids in need.
I, too, believe in paying it forward. Hope your wonderful post makes others feel the same.

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