Last Dollop of Giving

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

(I stuck it on the scale in the locker room before getting my sweat on.)

(I stuck it on the scale in the locker room before getting my sweat on.)

I’ve been wanting to leave an OB note at the gym for a while, but I wasn’t sure what to say. Over the course of many workouts, I found the words. It’s not the prettiest note, but I think the meaning is just right.

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

great strides

Team Bermudez 2013

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):

Completely free or using items on hand
$5 or Less
  • 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
More than $5 or variable

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!

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14 thoughts on “Last Dollop of Giving

  1. Impressive. Well done.

  2. This is inspirational! Great job Amy and Merry Christmas!

  3. As captain of Team Bermudez, thank you for your donation!!!!

  4. You make me proud to be your husband.

  5. Thanks for all these great ideas. You make me proud to by your mom.

  6. Congratulations on wining a free headband on Emmer712′s blog from BellasBoutiqueMN! I will be mailing it to you in the next few days and then you will be able to enjoy your prize.

  7. Great list! It has been fun watching you do this! I have been wanting to give something to the gate guards too, but I didn’t know if that was a thing or not! I may have to do that when I get back to KY.

    • I was nervous driving up to the gate because I knew I’d feel really dumb if he couldn’t take the donuts. (It seemed like it might be a security issue.) Thankfully, it was no big deal and the gate guard was stoked.

  8. I LOVE the OB note you left on the scale. You did soooo well on 25 Days of Giving. I am so stinkin proud!! And impressed. And blessed and tickled pink that you participated. You are super cool, Amy B. Super cool.

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