Good morning! I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas yesterday. I know it was a great day in the Army Amy household. There was eating, napping, reading, running – all my favorite things rolled into one day. No complaints. Yesterday also happened to be the very last day in the 25 Days of Giving challenge, and I need to update you on my final charitable acts. For your reading pleasure:
Day 22: Trash pick-up
El Paso is sadly a very trashy town. Even though there was no way I could make a dent in the trash that piles up on the side of the road, I wanted to help a little. Stephen and I were taking Geronimo for a walk, so I grabbed some gloves and bags. I picked up trash until my bags were full and deposited it all in a big trash can in the park. Not life changing, but a small step in the right direction.
Day 23: Operation Beautiful Note
Day 24: Donuts for the gate guards
“Nobody likes working on Christmas Eve.” That’s what I told the gate guard when I handed over the box of Munchkins. He agreed. I just hope he shared with his buddies and didn’t eat all 25 munchkins by himself.
Day 25: Donation to my favorite charity
I saved the most personal for last. I’ve already donated plenty of dough to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation over the years, but I feel so strongly about this charity that I’m happy to give more. I knew that Ben would be on our minds on Christmas day. Making this donation allowed me to take action on his behalf instead of feeling powerless. I made a small monetary donation Team Bermudez. If you are interested in doing the same, you can find us here.
I admitted up front that the idea of coming up with 25 different gives and doing them daily was overwhelming. I was worried I’d embarrass myself or end up shelling out a ton of money just to make it all the way. That didn’t happen. I won’t say it was easy, but it was easier than I expected. Most gives took little to no time and many of them were free. The unexpected bonus of it all was that it made me feel really good. Hopefully I helped make the world a little bit better, a little bit happier for the month of December.
Here’s a recap of all the gives, sorted by how much money they will cost you (because let’s be real, money talks):
- Donating old books to the library free cart
- Smiling at every single person for one day
- Making lunch for a homeless man
- Leaving inspirational notes in books at the library
- Sending a letter to a soldier via Forgotten Soldier Outreach
- Donating Blood to United Blood Services
- Making a clothing donation to Goodwill
- Picking up dog poop at the park
- Writing my congressmen and signing petitions at change.org
- Giving a compliment to someone I didn’t like
- Answering trivia questions on freerice.com
- committing to drive friendly for a day
- More Love Letters
- Picking up trash in the neighborhood
- Operation Beautiful note
- Donating spare change to the Salvation Army
- Buying a special drink for my spouse
- Gift card giving to Salvation Army bell-ringer
- Donuts for the gate guards
- Donating to Emma’s fundraiser for Ethiopia Aid’s Muyo Bati Educational Fund for Girls
- Donating to Fisher House
- Leaving a big tip
- Participating in a 5k
- Donating to Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
Even though Christmas is over, it’s never too late to do good. I’ve included links, so it’s easy for you to pick your favorite organization and give a little. If you want to go the free route, there’s plenty of options there, too. Thanks for following along and encouraging me as I did my best to rise to the challenge!