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Creative Giving Challenge #3:An Extra Week-What Will You Do?

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Occasionally a year will have 53 Weeks, but most have 52 to 52 and a half.  I just looked at the calendar on my cell phone today and it listed 53 full weeks. Granted that the 53rd comes between Christmas and New Year's Eve, how will you spend your extra week? You could spend a few hours of the week volunteering at a local charity or have an extra week to send donations in in time for an IRS deduction. These are a few ideas. Most folks will be busy celebrating the holidays and entertaining friends and family-   My challenge is not to spend the whole week volunteering or donating but at least a few hours or even 1 day of the week. We don't often get extra time, but here is one of the ways that we do. Remember that when I challenge you-I also challenge myself. So what will you do? I'm not sure what I will do yet. Please let me know in the comments.How have you done with the past 2 challenges/ Did you finish them? It's okay if you didn't do them on time- but these are projects to inspire you and me to give more. I didn't finish the last one. I've had a really bad cold for nearly a week- but I'm going to catch up when I'm feeling better.









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Top 10. Charity Paperbacks on Amazon


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;   Thanks to Daily Blog Tips for your blog post ideas. This post was inspired by you.  These are the top Charity paperbacks on Amazon.com. Most are available as a Kindle book for about half the paperback price. There are a few children's books in the list. I haven't read any of these yet but I have heard a lot of good things about Three Cups of Tea From top to bottom, here are the books that made the list; 














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Extreme Home Makeover Show Stand Together Against Bullying

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               In the latest episode of Extreme Home Makeover, the crew helps a family  not only with a new home, but to take a stand against bullying. The Walker's son was a young bullying victim. They joined the movement "Stand Together" to fight against bullying. You can join the effort, too, by going to  http://www.standtogether.tv/ . When you register, they will give you a number in a pdf file. Then you take a picture of yourself with your number and upload it to the site.  Kids and others are bullied for a variety of reasons; size(being either larger or smaller than their peers), race, gender, sexual orientation, religion and other various reasons. Most experts say that the reason someone bullies another person is that it gives the bully a temporary feeling of being superior .


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Share Kleenex™ for Free, Get 1 Box Free

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During this flu and cold season, this is an easy and free way to give to your friends and try to prevent germs from spreading. Check out the  Kleenex™ page for more info.






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Easy Ways to Make A Huge Difference During The Holidays or Anytime

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  • If there is a nursing home, children's home, or a home for children with special needs, consider "adopting " them this season as a family, group or individual(not in a literal sense). Then, visit them and consider giving a small gift such as socks or something else(first check with the center as to what they are allowed to have)
  • If you are in a church choir or school choir, ask the choir director if the group can go caroling at a local nursing or children's home.
  • The Ronald McDonald House collects tabs from Coke cans. Consider saving those and dropping them by your local Ronald McDonald House when you have a substantial amount.  
  • If you knit, crochet or do any type of sewing; there are charities in need of your skills; for abandoned babies, for US troops, and other charities







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What Influences You To Give?

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  • What inspires you to donate to charity?  Is it the charity's track record , word of mouth, or the stories that you hear about the people who benefit from the charity, or a combination of these and other influences?
  • What makes you choose one charity over another when you decide to give?






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Ellen and Walgreen's Help Toys For Tots| The Ellen DeGeneres Show

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Ellen DeGeneres and Walgreens are working to make sure that kidss in need aren't left out this Christmas. If you are  planning to see The Ellen DeGeneres Show  in person , now through December 17th; she is requesting a donation for Toys For Tots or a local charity. If you aren't planning to go to the show,  you can still participate by donating online or bringing a new toy to your local  Walgreen's. All of the info is on the link below;
   






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Creative Giving Challenge # 2 5 Random Acts of Kindness

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It's Monday-time for another Creative Giving Challenge. You have 2 options this week;
A. Choose 5 people and do 1 random act of kindness each or
B. Choose 1 person(or 2) and do 5 random acts of kindness for them throughout the week. Please come back and share how it went in the comments below.  




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