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Wednesday, November 4, 2009

A Time to Give - 30-Day Giving Challenge Update

Welcome back to A Time to Give, my weekly feature where we share ways to give, ways to share, ways to be generous. If this is your first time stopping by, welcome! You can read the original A Time to Give post HERE. In a nutshell, I started this feature as a way for us to inspire each other to be even more generous. I tend to get wrapped up in finding great deals, and I don't want to lose sight of one of the reasons we live frugally... to be able to give more. Each week I'll share a giving idea of mine, and you share a giving idea of yours.

Hopefully you've been taking part in the 30-Day Giving Challenge that's being hosted by Kingdom First Mom. If this is new for you, you can read more about it HERE. I wanted to share with you a few ways that I've been able to give so far. As always, this isn't to brag but to offer ideas for you if you're participating too.

Day 1 - I wanted to offer encouragement to some bloggers, ones I don't usually interact with. So I stopped by Alyssa's RSVP link-up page, visited some blogs that were new to me, and left comments encouraging the blog owners. This was a fun way to view some new blogs and hopefully offer some encouragement to others.

Day 2 - I was able to offer a listening ear to a co-worker who needed it.

Day 3 - My niece was born this day, so I gave of my time and sleep! We left the house at 2 a.m. and drove to the hospital (2 hours away) to wait for her arrival. I thought about staying home and sleeping, but I wanted to be there to cheer on my brother and sister-in-law.

Day 4 - Today I made and gave some notecards to my daughter's preschool teacher. She's always sending out encouraging notes to the kids and parents! I also taught a two-hour class on how to save when you're shopping. This was for my church's Financial Peace University group. This is a fun way for me to help other save, hopefully helping them reach their financial goals even faster!

Are you participating too? Do you have any great ideas for ways to give this month? I have some ideas that are free and not-so-free. We'll see what doors God opens to for me to give. I really appreciate this 30-day challenge, because it's making me be even more intentional about giving.

Now it's your turn to share your ideas for sharing, giving, and being generous. Note: If you are reading this post via an email subscription or a blog reader, you'll need to click the title of the post in order to see the links left by others.

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.


Lesley said...

I live close to the Humane Society, Homeless Shelter and the Salvation Army center were they feed lunches to the poor. I use my coupons to purchase food and items for next to free and donate to these organizations. I had Register Rewards from Walgreen that were close to expiring and I didn't have any deals to use them on. I saw some decent socks on sale 3/$2, and used my RR to purchase them. I was able to donate 75 pair of socks to the homeless shelter.

Jennifer said...

These are great ways to give, Lesley! It sounds like you're giving in ways that are really making a difference too. That's so rewarding!