Tuesday, November 13, 2012

On Giving

As the holiday season nears, I often hear people talk about wanting to do something for their community. Love this kind of talk, right? But I also hear chatter of not knowing where to start.
Thus, I present to you, a darn good helpful little ditty from Real Simple (real simple addict over here..).
This list has pulled all of their charity related posts, featuring helpful sites like Volunteer Match
and lots of tips for when and how to give. Delightful, no? Yes.

If you're anything like me, you're like wait wait how can I help the arts and/or animals?!
(You guys, I did say if you're anything like me..)
How wonderful of you to ask! Petfinder can help you find shelters near you that need donations of money or supplies, or volunteers to help with the animals. AND, get ready here because I'm about to blow your mind.. but, if you can believe it, volunteering is FREE! Seriously, that just bowled me over, I had no idea we could get anything for free! And my, oh my, oh my, we sure do 'get' so very much from sharing our time by helping others, right? Right, right, right indeed.

this is one of my favorite pups at BARC, miss colleen

As for ye olde arts, I happen to big a big fan and supporter of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.
This Broadway community staple raises money for what seems like an endless list - they truly cover such an incredible range of help. I highly encourage you to check out their site for more info.
with a cast full of people i love and a big ol' donation check to BCEFA

also, if you're not in the mood for gifts, you can sign up over at causes to ask for donations instead of presents for your birthday, a holiday, or even your wedding. you get to pick where the donations go!
and if you're like listen woman, i like presents.. perhaps you would fancy to make a donation to a charity in someone else's name. this will also mean one less tray of "i didn't know what to get everybody" brownies at your office. yes that's right: giving makes you skinny. you're sold, right?
happy beginning of the holidays, friends. xo

“I slept and I dreamed that life is all joy. 
I woke and I saw that life is all service. 
I served and I saw that service is joy.” 
- Kahlil Gibran


  1. LOVE this. A few years ago I "gave" all my family members a gift from Heifer International. I also like just asking people to pick an angel off the giving tree at the mall and buy Christmas for someone else, then just give me the angel and write on the back what they gave to whom. Love it!

    1. those are excellent ideas! it just never feels right to get without giving, you know? you know. xo