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December 2, 2010

This post comes to us from Sophia at Sofia’s Ideas

We are going to do the old standby’s – “elfing” the neighbors with a homemade treat and hope (fingers crossed) that they’ll keep it going, paying it forward at the starbucks drive-thru, volunteering at the boys & girls club, etc. But, I really like the idea of the anonymous post-it notes on mirrors around town. I think its called Operation Beautiful?
Aside from the boys & girls club, we like our small acts to be anonymous…
Can’t wait to read what others are doing! Great idea to have everyone contribute this way – I love new ideas! ūüôā

Thank you for sharing your ideas with us.¬† I have never heard of Operation Beautiful.¬† I love it!¬† I’m going to try it this week.¬† What fun!

Acts of Giving

December 1, 2010

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Do you have any acts of giving planned this holiday season?  Please share your ideas with all the readers by sending them to me at aseasonofgiving@gmail.com.  Perhaps your ideas will inspire someone else to give as well.

An Act Of Giving, Given To Me

November 30, 2010

I want to share what happened me over the weekend.¬† We have a new mail carrier and he seems to be having a hard time getting the hang of things.¬† On Saturday he delivered a check that was to reimburse me for miles to a neighbor 9 blocks away.¬† The difference in our addresses is simply a few extra zero’s so it would be a very easy mistake to make.¬† The very nice man that the check was delivered to, rather than simply putting it back in the mail took the time, during a snow storm, to bring it to my house.¬† How kind and thought is that.¬† That is an excellent example of giving of yourself.¬† Plus it made my day!

Giving Ideas

November 28, 2010

Here are a few ideas to help inspire you.  Please comment with any ideas you have to inspire others.

*Make a quilt for your local Children’s Hospital

* Shovel snow for your neighbor

* Take cookies to a friend

* Adopt an angel from an angel tree.  Here is the web address to the online JC Penny/Salvation Army Angel Tree:  http://angel.jcpenney.com

* Surprise a family member by tidying up their bedroom

* Clean the snow and ice off a someones windshield

* Be a secret Santa to someone in need

* Take a bag of groceries to someone in need

* Donate food to your local food bank

* Write a thoughtful note for a loved one

* Leave a larger tip for your server at lunch

* Take a freezer dinner to a friend or neighbor that is always on the run

* Donate your old winter outerwear to a shelter or school

* Help someone stranded on the side of the road with car trouble

* Hold the door for someone who has their arms full

* Donate school supplies to a local school

* Keep $5.o0 in your pocket and find someone to give it to on your next shopping trip

* Help a neighbor hang twinkle lights or trim a tree

* Surprise a family member by preparing their favorite meal for dinner

* Spend some extra time with your children reading books or playing together

* Donate your time at your local food bank or shelter

A Season Of Giving

November 28, 2010

 

Welcome To A Season Of Giving!

A Season of Giving is an opportunity for each of us to make this holiday season special by giving to others.¬† When asked what I remember the most about each holiday season as a child it isn’t the gifts I received, but rather the acts of giving and service we did as a family for others.¬† My parents taught us that we needed to give to others even when we had needs ourselves.¬† This is a tradition I am trying now to share with my children and would love to have each of you join with me in doing the same.

Acts of giving don’t have to be grand or expensive.¬† I have watched as my neighbor across the street gives of himself each time it snows by shoveling snow for his neighbor next door.¬† What a kind and thoughtful thing to do.¬† I have been overwhelmed by acts of giving from strangers who, as I juggle my babies, one in each arm, hold doors open for me or get me a cart at the grocery store.¬† These simple acts of giving make a world of difference.

My hope in creating this blog is to provide a place where we can all come together, encourage, inspire one another,  and share stories and pictures of the acts of giving that not only we have received, but that we have given.   Making this holiday merrier for everyone, one person at a time.

I would like to ask each of you to take some time and plan ways you can give to others.  Encourage your family and friends to join in.  A Season Of Giving is for everyone!

*Please take a few moments and write down what you did or tell us about how someone has given to you.  Take some fun pictures.

*E-mail them to me at aseasonofgiving@gmail.com.

*I will post the pictures and stories here for everyone to enjoy, and be inspired to give of themselves and make this a wonderful Season Of Giving.

I look forward to hearing your stories and sharing them with others!

Be Inspired

November 17, 2010

Here are a few of my favorite quotes on giving.  I hope that one, or many, bring you inspiration and a desire to give:

Of Course:  We can do no great things, only small things with great love.  ~Mother Teresa

I have found the paradox that if I love until it hurts, then there is no hurt, but only more love.  ~Mother Teresa

How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.  ~Anne Frank

Act as if what you do makes a difference.  It does.  ~William James

The purpose of life is not to be happy Рbut to matter, to be productive, to be useful, to have it make some difference that you have lived at all.  ~Leo Rosten

Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better.¬† It’s not.¬† ~Dr.¬†Seuss

It seems to me that any full grown, mature adult would have a desire to be responsible, to help where he can in a world that needs so very much, that threatens us so very much.  ~Norman Lear

Being good is commendable, but only when it is combined with doing good is it useful.  ~Author Unknown

I am a little pencil in the hand of a writing God who is sending a love letter to the world.  ~Mother Teresa (Agnes Gonxha Bojarhiu)

I am only one, but I am one.  I cannot do everything, but I can do something.  And I will not let what I cannot do interfere with what I can do.  ~Edward Everett Hale

It is the greatest of all mistakes to do nothing because you can only do little Рdo what you can.  ~Sydney Smith

Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could only do a little.  ~Edmund Burke

If you can’t feed a hundred people, then feed just one.¬† ~Mother Teresa

Wherever a man turns he can find someone who needs him.  ~Albert Schweitzer

He who gives when he is asked has waited too long.  ~Sunshine Magazine

This is the true joy in life Рbeing used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one; being thoroughly worn out before you are thrown on the scrap heap; being a force of nature instead of a feverish selfish little clod of ailments and grievances complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy.  ~George Bernard Shaw

Nobody can do everything, but everyone can do something.  ~Author Unknown

The true meaning of life is to plant trees, under whose shade you do not expect to sit.  ~Nelson Henderson

No man stands so straight as when he stoops to help a boy.  ~Knights of Pythagoras  (Thanks, Jim)

Charity sees the need, not the cause.  ~German Proverb

In about the same degree as you are helpful, you will be happy.  ~Karl Reiland

How far that little candle throws his beams!
So shines a good deed in a naughty world.
~William Shakespeare, Merchant of Venice, much later adapted to “So shines a good deed in a weary world” by David Seltzer for the 1971 film Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

If we could all hear one another’s prayers, God might be relieved of some of his burdens.¬† ~Ashleigh Brilliant

Dare to reach out your hand into the darkness, to pull another hand into the light.  ~Norman B. Rice

I expect to pass through life but once.  If therefore, there be any kindness I can show, or any good thing I can do to any fellow being, let me do it now, and not defer or neglect it, as I shall not pass this way again.  ~William Penn

Be an opener of doors for such as come after thee, and do not try to make the universe a blind alley.  ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

The greatest good you can do for another is not just to share your riches but to reveal to him his own.  ~Benjamin Disraeli

We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.  ~Winston Churchill

Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth.  ~Mohammed Ali

And my person favorite (this is for my sweet husband): The Lord loveth a cheerful giver.  He also accepteth from a grouch.  ~Catherine Hall

Thank you to : The Quote Garden http://www.quotegarden.com/helping.html

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