Thanks=Giving

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You don’t need to belong to a fancy group or be a fancy celebrity in order to give from your heart.

 

 

Last month, in one week, I was invited to two charity events for very worthwhile causes:

11th Annual Celebrating with Style-The Robert and Beverly Lewis Cancer Care Center at Pomona Valley Hospital (Pomona, CA)Celebrating in Style7

This luncheon and fashion show featured models that are cancer survivors who shared their journeys through cancer with everyone in attendance.  In addition, there were also gift basket drawings to benefit this worthy cause (and I won one of them!!)Celebrate in Style2

30th Anniversary Luncheon- Honoring the Founders and Celebrating the Future of Foothill Family ShelterFoothill Family Shelter

 This amazing organization is dedicated to helping families in crisis get back on their feet.

As I sat at these fine events, I couldn’t help but feel gratitude for organizations like these that exist to help the downtrodden. I also felt gratitude for my health and my circumstances that I am able to give to these notable causes.

And I also realized that there is so much more of myself that I can give to help others. I’m not talking about attending more  huge, hundreds of thousand dollar events kind of giving. Where there is more room to give is in simple, every day, ordinary, small ways that  don’t cost a dime.  Open a door, smile, start a conversation, hug, listen. There is always someone or something in my path that can benefit by my personal attention in giving back. All I  need to do to give more is to look around and be proactive.

This idea was confirmed when I watched this video by the entertainer, Michael Jr. Comedy:

If only everyone would worry more about how they could give to help others instead of how will doing something help them.

The perfect reminder to put this idea to give into practice is happening on Tuesday, December 1: #GivingTuesday:

Won’t you join me in this worldwide revolution of giving back? Keep the thanks=giving spirit going, every day of the year but especially on #GivingTuesday.

How will you give of yourself on #GivingTuesday?