The Holidays—A Perfect Time to Give

I normally don’t blog on Thursdays; actually, this is only my second Thursday post ever—who says I’m a creature of habit?

Anyway, a few weeks ago, my friend and fellow writer Rhonda Hopkins asked if I would like to write a guest post about my favorite charity and participate in her Authors Give Back blog series.  How does one say no?

Over the years, I have contributed both time and money to multiple charities.  Most of the time when there’s a 5K walk to support a cause, I sign up.  When I lived in Lubbock, I served the local American Diabetes Association chapter as a board member and assisted with one of the largest walks in the country—a stat we were all so very proud of, considering Lubbock, Texas’s population is just around 200,000.

Anyone who knows me knows that sick children and abused animals tug at my heartstrings.  So, despite how much so many different charitable organizations mean to me, I knew immediately which one I’d choose for Rhonda’s blog series:

Please be sure to stop by my guest post at Rhonda’s blog today and share with us how you find the resources to give back.

And, thank you Rhonda for this opportunity to showcase St. Jude Children’s Hospital… and Football Sweetheart!

Friday FabOoolousness – The Go Without Game

Usually my Friday posts are reserved for movies, books, sports, vacations, and favorite things; but today I’m breaking away from the norm.  What else is Ooo Factor worthy?  Philanthropy. 

My great friend and Wednesday writing partner, Amber West, decided a few weeks ago to start a new kind of blogging game.  It’s simple: she’s encouraging the rest of us to give something up in order to give back to the community – the Go Without game.   

I agree with Amber that the economy has taken a toll on a lot of us.  While it may be difficult to think about making any sort of monetary donation right now, look at it this way: what can we give up, in order to give back?

Step one – Choose something to go without 

I won’t begin to speak for others, but the list of items that I would consider giving up for a week includes Starbucks, Sonic, Barnes and Noble, and Rosa’s Cafe (my West and North Texas friends know that giving up Rosa’s would be a real sacrifice). 

What will I give up?  My weekly writing reward purchase of a half a dozen delicious treats from Sugar Queen Cupcakes

No Cream Cheese Lime or Berry Pecan for me this weekend!

Step two – Decide which charity to donate to

There are so many charities out there for us to choose from.  Amber has put together a list of charities that accept text donations to keep it super easy for us:

Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital:
Text KIDS to 27722 to give $10

Susan G. Komen – Breast Cancer:
Text KOMEN to 90999 to give $10

Elisabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation
:
Text HIVFREE to 90999 to donate $5

The New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children: Text NYSPCC to 50555 to donate $10

The list doesn’t stop here!

Jillian Dodd is giving up Chick-Fil-A for a week and is sending her donation to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.  Way to go, Jill! 

Stacy Green is giving up her afternoon coke (or soda for those of you outside Texas) and is sending her donation to the American Diabetes Association.  There’s a bit of poetry here, Stacy!  

Andrea S. Michaels is giving up pizza and is donating her money to Save a Jaguar.   I adore cats, Andrea, and your generosity melted my heart.

Who will I give to?  St. Jude Children’s Hospital

Why St. Jude’s?  St. Jude Children’s Hospital does not deny service to any child, regardless of the family’s ability to pay.  They continuously strive to research preventions, cures, and treatments for all diseases plaguing our children. 

I’ve always held a special place in my heart for St. Jude’s, and this is why I am donating $10 via their online donation center

Step three: Link your blog

Link your blog below and join the others participating in Amber’s Go Without game.   The linky tool will be active for a month, so there’s plenty of time to join.

Click here to enter your link and view this Linky Tools list…

If you don’t blog, don’t worry!  Anyone can participate in giving back.  Leave a comment below and let us know how you will play the Go Without game.    

Amber also set up the hashtag #gowithout in Twitter for those of us twittering around the Twitterverse.  Come tweet and tell us what you’re giving up and which wonderful charity will get a donation from you! 

THANK YOU, Amber.  Your Go Without game only goes to show what a wonderful person you are and I’m proud to call you my friend.

Will you join us in the Go Without game?  What will you give up?  Which charity will you choose to donate your money to?  I’d love to hear from you! 

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