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Wednesday, December 2, 2009

A Time to Give: Our Neighbors


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.

I'd like to say that it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas around here, but that's not quite the case. In fact, we're in for more mild weather for the rest of this week. But we did set up our tree tonight, and we'll be decorating it tomorrow. That certainly makes it feel more like Christmas!

One of the things we like to do at Christmas is let our neighbors know how much we appreciate them. We don't get extravagant gifts for them. Instead, we bake each family a loaf of homemade bread. We wrap it up, attach a Christmas card, and deliver it -- usually while it's still warm. It's just a small - but tasty! - way to let them know that we care.

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 savingandgiving@gmail.com. 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.



2 comments:

newmami_rgv said...

Yup... I always bake for Christmas. This year I'm making Trail Mix. I love my neighbors. Great post.

Amy Rainey said...

Thanks for hosting this, Jennifer. I have a "Giving Thru Christmas Challenge" on my blog. I've been trying to do something different every day since early November, and I am running out of ideas! I can't wait to read all of these!