I love giving. It's in my DNA. It's in the blood that runs through my veins. I can't help myself.
If someone is bag packing, I give.
If I can help bag pack, I'm there.
If I can think of an idea to help someone else fund raise, I'm on the phone. It's a part of living that is important and that I want to instil in my children.
On Periscope this week, whilst talking about the Joy of Giving, @Aundria said "Gratitude is the antidote to entitlement." and @TheSearch333 said "giving is living"
I love that. The more you give the more you get in return, because as you look around and see who is in need, you see how much you have and appreciate it more. It makes you grateful for what you have and what you can offer others. So whilst the goal in giving isn't to feel happier or make yourself feel good, the bi-product of doing it, is that it does!!
A few years back I volunteered to chair a group that raised funds for a wonderful local hospice that had nursed my father in law in his last days. The people who work there are literally angels and my husband and I wanted to give back something to say thank you. I sent a call to action to the local paper and 10 wonderful people stepped forward to help. Over 3 years we ran fundraisers such as local pub quizzes, Santa and Halloween pub crawls (Lots of bad Santa behaviour LOL), a Huge family Fun day, glittering Evening Dinner dances the list goes on. It allowed us to have a great social life when the Treasures were small , I didn't mind asking for babysitting because it was for the hospice. Yes we raised thousands of pounds, but we had a great time doing it to and I made some new friends for life. There was a definite payback. Unfortunately, as I went back to work, and the children's needs increased, I had to reduce my commitment to the group, as I wasn't able to give my time as freely. although, I will always support them. However, a new role found me back in the charity sector managing a charity and providing opportunities for growth to some of our most vulnerable members of society.
Having worked in the Charity Sector for over 13 years training, coaching, events managing, fund raising and developing projects and resources ( I helped to write programmes that are used daily in schools across the whole of the UK! I'm very proud of that), largely for young people to achieve their potential, then later for adults too, I understand completely how important the act of giving is to these organisations. Volunteers give up hours of time across the country and are providing vital services to some of the most vulnerable people in our community. People donate money and expertise that is invaluable to charities, which allows them to exist and support others. However, giving can come in many ways and it isn't always the big gestures that have the most impact.
@ms_sparky told me on Periscope how every week for 7 years she has taken an elderly couple to a local social club. Without that act of kindness they have no way of getting to a place where they can socialise with their peers and have fun.
So, at this festive time of giving and peace on earth to all (wo)men. I ask you one simple question, that will give you a feeling no material gift can give you, What will you do to give this month?
Tell me in the comments below, you might inspire someone to give too.
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