I saw this and had to laugh. Sadly.
So you may remember in my very first post that I am in the throes of breaking up with mainstream American culture. “Why?” you ask… The list is very long, but the above e-card pretty much sums it up. I am not going completely rogue and declaring a presents-free Christmas. But I am striving to make choices with my buying power that make a positive difference. I am so glad that there are others (and judging by the looks here, there are more than a few!) who are also looking to be a part of the solution instead of just contributing to the problem.
So, it’s with all of that in mind, that I am cordially inviting you to make a difference this holiday season.
When: Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Where: Any and every where
The principle is this:
“Find a way for your family, your community, your company or your organization to join in acts of giving. Tell everyone you can about what you are doing and why it matters. Join a national celebration of our great tradition of generosity. And together we’ll create ways to give more, give better and give smarter.”
#GivingTuesday™ is a campaign to create a national day of giving at the start of the annual holiday season. It celebrates and encourages charitable activities that support nonprofit organizations.
I love that this concept is here and being implemented!! Americans are known the world over for our overinflated egos, but also for our generosity! It is my hope and prayer that many people stop and question: “What is all of this hustle and bustle for??”
So my friends, I am nothing if not bossy. I am a definite first-born in that respect. Plus I love to be helpful. 🙂 You can go check out www.givingtuesday.org for lots of beautiful ideas on what you can do to get involved with this. I am also going to ask you to do a few other, super simple things that you can do right here and now. Nothing required but a couple of minutes and an internet connection.
1. Sign up with Pure Charity. They are pure awesomeness. If you are familiar with ebates.com and other companies that offer you the chance to “earn back” money you spend at retailers, Pure Charity offers a similar system. But rather than earn that money back, it goes to them to be used for charity. You’re going to spend money anyway, so this is one way to divert money into projects that are near and dear to your heart. I have my funds going to Help One Now – The Legacy Project. It’s a local-to-me charity that is raising money to build a school in Haiti and get kids out of “Tent City” – the stuffed to the gills with people and crime section of Port Au Prince, Haiti which was devastated by the earthquake. Almost. 3. Years. Ago. This is insanity.
2. Call or email your members of Congress. (Click here to find your senators/house of representatives by zip code.) I know many people may feel they’ve done their part just because they got out and exercised their right to vote last week. But you shouldn’t feel like you can sit back and complain (or gloat) if that’s all you do! Make your voice heard. Find things that you are passionate about and let it be known that you are passionate and want to see the people who are shaping our great country are shaping it in a way that you see fit. Here are a few that are near and dear to my heart.
- Voice your support for the Trafficking Victims Protection Act. The Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000 — the cornerstone of U.S. policies to fight modern-day slavery — created the first comprehensive federal law to address human trafficking. Encourage your senators to reauthorize this legislation immediately so that the United States can remain a global leader in the fight against human trafficking.
- Voice your support HR 4373 and S 3616: Helping make adoption affordable; keeping the tax credit and making it refundable. A 2007 study showed that less than one quarter of all adoptive parents in the US make more than $87,000 per year! Making $13,000 of what they pay to adopt children from all over the world, and even here in the US (averaging $30,000), refundable is only the decent thing to do. You can also go right here to sign an online petition.
3. As always, this fair trade fashionista encourages you to look for ways to shop ethically, responsibly, and conscientiously. According to a 2012 Nielson Report, 2/3 of consumers say they prefer to buy from companies that have implemented programs to give back to society. Socially conscientious consumers consider personal shopping as an opportunity to do charity work. Want to really have your world rocked? Go here and check out your slavery footprint. It’s pretty stinky to see that you have slaves working all around the world to support your lifestyle.
I hope these ideas will spur you on to get creative and think of ways you can bless others. Post comments below with your ideas. Let’s encourage each other to take back the holidays, enjoying them with family and friends, and focusing our efforts in the wise words of the Apostle Paul in Galatians 6:10 “Therefore, AS WE HAVE OPPORTUNITY, let us do good to all…” (emphasis mine).