Up until this year, we had little in terms of money that we could donate. We gave a few dollars here and there to the Salvation Army kettle and purchased toys for the local toy bin at Christmas time, but we’ve never really given a great deal.
What we’ve tried to do in the past is give in terms of our time. Whether it be to go to the local animal shelter to walk some dogs, help with a holiday dinner for the elderly or volunteering at my son’s school. Just something to give a little back.
This year, we are doing much better with income, but I am a little ashamed to say that we haven’t given much in terms of monetary donations or volunteering. So far, I have only given $47 and with the year coming to a close I wanted to give more. Paying off our debt has been a top priority, but with the holidays coming…it’s a reminder to us to give a little. But who should we donate to?
A little while ago, Jim at Blueprint for Financial Prosperity came up with the idea of having an American Cancer Society Drive. Since I have lost two people close to me to cancer, it was a great choice.
My grandmother died at the young age of 69 of lung cancer when I was 17 years old. It was one of the hardest things I have ever gone through. I was really close to my grandmother, for she lived with us. She never had much in terms of money, but she gave a lot with love. I could always go back to her room for a back scratch, and she never complained. Of course, as I got older I went back there less, but my grandmother was always someone who gave little things that meant so much. She used to make these little sandwich baggies with treats for Easter to give all of us grandkids and while it wasn’t much…it was really a lot.
Earlier in the year, a friend of mine passed away. She too died of lung cancer.
So, Sunday I made a donation to the American Cancer Society.
If are interested in donating, please visit Jim’s site for some details. He’s heading up the drive, and he’d like to keep a list of those who donated.