Giving Tuesday 2017

I’m getting a very late start on my blog post tonight, due to a full day. However, I paused long enough to honor the day, which is Giving Tuesday, and make donations to the organizations of my choice.

Giving Tuesday, also referred to as #givingtuesday, is an international day set aside for donating funds or time to charities and organizations around the world.

This special day, which is always observed the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Cyber Monday, was created in 2012 by the 92nd Street Y and the United Nations Foundation.

I learned about #givingtuesday in 2015, and it has become a yearly event for me. I typically celebrate Thanksgiving with family, and devote focused awareness on gratitude. I sometimes participate in Black Friday. This year I did. I sometimes participate in Cyber Monday. This year I did. Since learning of Giving Tuesday, I have always participated.

Here are the recipients of my donations this year:

BlinkNow – Created and run by 31 year old Maggie Doyne, this organization is in its 10th year. Traveling after high school graduation, Maggie was deeply touched by the children in Nepal, who were living in destitution. With her savings of $5000, Maggie began to care for children who were without parents, homes, education, medical care and basic necessities. In 10 years she has built a children’s home, a school, and a women’s center, and her organization provides necessities, education and medical care. Maggie is Mom and guardian to 50 children.

Check out BlinkNow HERE.

TOGETHER RISING – founded by blogger, author and activist Glennon Doyle, this organization began through Glennon’s blog, Momastery. Women began reaching out in tangible ways to help each other. Today Together Rising restores hope by helping women and families in crisis and by responding immediately to disasters around the world by raising and sending funds and necessities.


World Vision – this Christian based organization has created programs that benefit children, families and communities in need, around the world. They offer child sponsorships, medical and school supplies, food, sustainable living by way of seeds, fruit trees and farm animals, clothing and clean water.

Learn more about World Vision HERE.

Haven of Hope Rescue Foundation and Carthage Humane Society – both of these organizations aid animals by rescuing dogs (Carthage rescues other animals as well), and helping to place them in foster homes and ultimately into forever homes by way of adoption.

Haven of Hope, based in the Oklahoma City area, has saved hundreds of dogs since 2009. Check them out HERE.

And Carthage Humane Society has been in operation since 1948. Their mission is to provide a safe haven for animals in their care and aid in finding suitable homes for those pets. Find out more about them HERE.

Of course, donations and the volunteering of time and services can, and should, take place year round. I am grateful though, in the midst of this busy holiday time, that there is a special day for focusing on those people and organizations that live the giving lifestyle 24/7. These people and groups are making a difference in the world. Our attention and awareness, our funds, our time, supports them in their efforts.

And that is such a good thing. That’s #givingtuesday. Together we can change the world.

Day 335: Gratitude Grams

gratitude gram Dayan 2

What a perfect first, coming so soon after Thanksgiving. Greg found this site online and shared it with me. Due to very cold temperatures today, and having the sniffles, I remained house bound all day. This created the wonderful opportunity to try out the site and express gratitude to some of my favorite people, my children and my grandson Dayan.

gratitude gram Elissa and Josh

The website is and this is their gratitude gram project. It is all free. The site is easy to navigate and the grams extremely easy to create. From my computer (or my iPhone would work as well) I uploaded the recipient’s photo, chose a filter if I wanted one, and added a personal message. After the gram was completed I could email it, or post it to twitter, Facebook or Pinterest. I would like a texting option so I can send gratitude grams to my younger grandchildren who don’t have Facebook pages, and I’d like an option to post directly to the recipient’s own Facebook page, rather than sharing from my wall. Over all, though, I like the site.

gratitude gram Nate and Megan

The idea behind the #ThxLeads2Giving project is that thanks leads to giving. The website states: Research has shown the benefits of gratitude for physical, psychological, and relational health include higher levels of life satisfaction, positive emotions and social interaction, and lower levels of depression and envy. With the evidence indicating how important gratitude may be, each of us can actively cultivate more of this virtue in our own lives and help activate more abundant gratitude in the world. There is a cyclical relationship between gratitude and giving. Dr. Robert Emmons, professor of psychology at UC Davis and the world’s leading scientific expert on gratitude hypothesizes that gratitude “moves recipients to share and to increase the good they have received,” thereby creating opportunities for others to experience gratitude and for the original giver to reap the myriad rewards associated with gratitude.

gratitude gram Adriel

#ThxLeads2Giving seeks to show the world how gratitude and thankfulness leads to giving and vice versa. They have declared tomorrow, December 2, as Giving Tuesday, with a focus on Global Gratitude. With gratitude being foundational to my life, I am happy to have found this site. I look forward to sharing gratitude with others by telling them, often, how thankful I am for them and for journeying together through life.  Thanksgiving is more than a day set aside once a year to express gratitude….it is a lifestyle, lived daily and expressed frequently. I….am….grateful.