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Wednesday, September 16, 2009

A Time to Give - September 17

Last week I shared with you the cry for help we'd heard from our local Goodwill stores. With the economy being shaky, more people must be hitting the thrift stores before the retail stores. That's a good problem, but it also prompted me to do a closet clean-out. I made it through my closet, but my husband didn't have time this week to go through his. Here's what I ended up with.

The picture doesn't do the pile justice! I can't believe all of this was hanging around (literally) in my closet without being worn! I also found a pair of princess shoes that don't fit Emma, a purse that I didn't care for, a book, a bag of men's dress socks, some clothes that still had their original store tags! EEKS! It's 3 garbage bags full -- and I'm talking the big black lawn-type bags!

Hopefully you had a chance to go through your closets this week and donate some things to a local charity of your choice. If you did, be sure to link up to a post of it or leave a note in the comments section. You're welcome to do that in addition to sharing your ideas for being more generous. As always, we're not trying to brag. We're just trying to inspire each other to be more generous each day.

Now it's your turn to share your ideas for sharing, giving, and being generous.

You can participate in a couple of ways. If you're a blogger, write a post about a way that you've been able to give. It can be something simple or something out-of-the-ordinary that you did. It can be something from this week or from last year. Don't think of it as bragging... It's a way to encourage others to take action and be more generous! A few guidelines for bloggers:
  • Please add a link to Saving and Giving so that your readers can find everyone's ideas all in one place.
  • Make sure the link that you add here takes people directly to your A Time to Give post, not the main page of your blog. To do that, publish your post, view your blog, right click on the title, and copy the shortcut. Then paste that shortcut in as your URL here.
  • Bloggers who link to other posts or their main pages will have their links removed. This eliminates confusion for others who are looking for ideas on how to give.
  • Please do not link to giveaways, contests, or ads.
  • Feel free to use the image above in your post. It's not mandatory, but you're welcome to it!

If you're not a blogger, you can participate too! Simply click the comments link below this post, and leave your ideas there. I would love to hear from you!

If you have any questions about A Time to Give, please feel free to contact me at I look forward to being inspired by your ideas on giving! And stop back each Thursday for a new edition of A Time to Give.


Joy @ Frugal Menu Mamas said...

I love the idea of encouraging others to give! Great work!
I keep a bag in my closet for Goodwill items. I am continuously going through my clothes and the kids' clothes/toys and weeding them out and taking a load to Goodwill. I also love shopping there...its like a treasure hunt!