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Comment Contest Tuesday is about the heart

In today’s Comment Contest Tuesday GFG! readers have the opportunity to win a Charity Choice stocking stuffer gift card.

In honor of Go Fit Girl!’s December Challenge of the Heart this Comment Contest Tuesday is dedicated to that and helping others. If you would like to read the original post, please go here.

Years ago both sides of Curt’s and my families decided to stop giving each other Christmas gifts. Everyone has what they need and for the most part, what they want.

There are so many people who are so much less fortunate than we are. And we want to help them and make Christmas a little better for them.

In the past Curt and I have donated to Brighter Beginnings, Pajama Program, Heifer International, Planned Parenthood, Charity Choice Gift Cards among others.

We are doing something different this year. But I can’t tell you about it as some of our family members read the blog. But I am excited about this one and promise to share later on.

What are you doing for the Heart Challenge?

A reminder of the December Heart Challenge: Grab an Angel from a tree; run a toy drive; buy a toy (or toys) for a toy drive; deliver toys to needy children. Or find some other worthy cause you want to support.

Every person who comments will get their name thrown into a drawing for a chance to win a Charity Choice Gift Card stocking stuffer, which you can keep for yourself or pass on to someone else.

You have until noon (my time–Pacific) next Monday, Dec. 17 (which just happens to be a special person’s birthday) to comment. And for your comment to count you have to comment in the comment section below. Comments on Facebook, replies to Twitter, e-mails don’t count.

And if you want to know who the winners were for last week’s Comment Contest Tuesday, click here.

14 Responses to “Comment Contest Tuesday is about the heart”

  1. Jeremy Pepper Says:

    Nice family tradition.

  2. Ann Says:

    Thanks, Jeremy.

  3. Nicole Says:

    I don’t mean to try & one-up w/ our list, just sharing, this month we’ve: a) sent a pkg of running items to someone in the Bay Area’s who’s bringing them down to Mexico for runners there, b) donated coats to a Navajo reservation drive, c) donated a couple of boxes of doggie items to an animal rescue ranch, d) donated food items at our JCC, and e) will be dropping off a toy for Toys for Tots.

    Once I figure out our tax situation, hopefully before the new year, we’ll be making financial contributions to our list of favored non-profits/schools.

    Thanks for the challenge Ann,

  4. Ann Says:

    No way! These are all great. Love the variety of “heart” you are contributing to this month.

  5. Nicole Meade Says:

    Since we are down to one income right now, our charitable giving budget has to be cut too. We’ve already given to the food bank and my son’s middle school science program earlier this year, and we bought some shoes and a blender for the families my boys’ classes adopted as a holiday giving project. Last night at dinner I passed around checklists to my husband and each of the kids, with charities, schools, and blanks for dollar amounts next to each. I told the boys that our total budget this year for end of the year giving is $450. Then everyone filled out who they thought we should donate to, and we discussed some of the charities (the littler ones didn’t remember what Heifer does) and also debated whether to give mostly to schools or mostly to charities. THe consensus was that the schools are doing okay, whereas there is a lot of need out there. One of my step-sons initially wanted to give $200 to his school alone, which is a big chunk of our giving budget when you consider that our 5 kids go to 4 different schools. Some discussion revealed that their class had been promised a pizza party if they got the most donations (not cool, school!). Then we talked about whether it made more sense to donate to homeless shelters or the boys and girls club. We decided that this year we would put our efforts toward the boys and girls club, in hopes that helping kids early in life prevents hardship later. It was a really fun and productive conversation. The boys were surprised to hear that I give $50 to the woman who delivers our paper ever year. They talked about how it must be to get up so early and how we’ve never not had our paper when we wake up in the morning. They added $50 for her on their lists. Ultimately we decided on a breakdown of a modest gift to each school, with the rest going to Heifer, the Food Bank and the Boys and Girls Clubs. 2 of the 5 donated $20 of their own money – one asked that his be added to the Food Bank gift and one wants his to go to Heifer. It feels good to give!

  6. Ann Says:

    Wow! Just wow. I love that you all discussed it as a family. That is really awesome. And you are doing amazing things by teaching your kids about their feelings toward others, especially those less fortunate than them.
    And yes, it does feel good to give.

  7. Nicole Meade Says:

    What I love is that we all have something to give. If you don’t have money, you can volunteer. I LOVE the idea of knitting for charities. People are amazing and find all kinds of ways to give. Thanks for inspiring us!

  8. alicia Says:

    I think that is a nice tradition to have. Best to give something to someone who needs it than to someone who does not. This year I’ve managed to volunteer at the Food Bank, knit squares that will eventually be sewed together into blankets, crocheted a baby blanket, and make a few cash donations. I also bought some baby yarn so will eventually knit some baby hats to donate.

  9. Ann Says:

    All great things, Alicia. I love that we use our hobby to help others.

  10. Monica Says:

    The December challenge for the heart is a great one, and it is giving me a chance to do things with my son Matteo who is 12. At the beginning of the month we volunteered at the Alameda County Food Bank for three hours, it was or first time, and we had fun packing fresh produce (celery and oranges). We re going back in February. We are also helping with food and toys donation at his school, and at church. We will help warp the toys and organize them by family on Sunday morning. We donated money to World Vision. We do sponsor a girl from Africa who is Matteo’s age, from the same organization.

  11. Ann Says:

    Sounds like you are doing great things, Monica. And working with Matteo on them is even better.

  12. Gail Says:

    I donate blood. Actually, I do it year round but make an extra effort to do it in December.

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  14. Ann Says:

    A friend told me this and said I could share her story:
    There is a young homeless guy who lives behind her work building. He sleeps behind the building and disappears during the day, although she and her co-workers catch glimpses of him. Another co-worker and my friend decided they were going to do something for him for Christmas. The got others on board. They’re getting him some gift cards he can use for food or clothing, some clothing, non-perishable snacks. She brought in an old suitcase with wheels that she has only used once and they going to load that up with stuff.
    I absolutely love this. It made my heart melt. And it will mean so much to him.