Hi everyone! I meant to share this on Giving Tuesday, but, as usual, I’m a day late and a buck short!
Awhile back, I decided that I wanted to give back to my community (and my world, but I’m starting small). With a small business, it’s easy (really easy) to want to save all of our money. Without a steady paycheck, it’s hard to know how much we’re going to make and how we are going to pay ourselves every month (and not sure if I’ve shared this here or not, but my husband quit his job to help run our shop full-time…so finances are tight!).
So this had me thinking…Charles can always go back to work if he needs to. I can take on more jobs. We have a way to make it work, and we don’t have to worry about how we’re going to get food on the table.
I decided that we’d find an organization to donate to in our area, on behalf of Carrie Elle. Because I can’t stand the thought of someone being hungry or not having a roof over their head, I knew it would be an organization that helps feed people.
But first, I wanted to make sure it was legit. I wanted to get involved. I wanted to start by donating my time.
Which is a whole other story, because, who has the time, right?! I certainly don’t have extra hours in my week. But when I decided to start volunteering as a driver for Meals on Wheels Collin County, I made carving out a few hours every other week my priority.
Not long after I started volunteering, I learned that budget cuts meant they would no longer be able to deliver breakfast to seniors in need. While still able to provide a hot lunch M-F to seniors in the community, it saddened me to know that some seniors would no longer be able to receive a breakfast they may have been depending on.
Moving forward, we’ll be donating $1 from the sale of every Meal Planner to our local Meals on Wheels.
The wheels were turning and this was already in motion when The Dallas Foundation reached out to me about their Giving for Good gift cards. They sent me a $50 gift card and asked me to pass it along to someone to share with the organization of their choice.
So if you need a gift for the person who has everything? You can buy them a Giving for Good gift card…the recipient gets to choose where they’d like to donate the card to, and they can either go online and redeem the card for that organization, or give the card to the group and let them redeem for themselves. The value is redeemed as a donation and can be used by any 501(c)(3) public charity in the United States, including schools, churches and synagogue
I decided to pass my card along to my kids and let them choose where to donate. The day I told them about it, we were headed up to Meals on Wheels to deliver some Secret Santa gifts we’d purchased. Jack, my oldest, said we should donate the card to Meals on Wheels.
We hand-delivered our card. I really, really, REALLY want my kids to understand the impact of giving and experience it themselves, so I thought it was important that they deliver it rather than have me redeem it online.
If you have friends and family who are hard to buy for, this is perfect. And for the friends who like to give to others? Also perfect!