Sunday, December 18, 2011


I know a lot of the focus this time of year is on receiving, so I thought I'd do a little post on giving. I want to share some ways that we give for others that may be interested in doing the same thing.There was a talk on giving earlier this year at our church and we adopted a few of their suggestions.

First, we sponsored a child. You need to do research before sponsoring to see exactly where/what your donations go to. We sponsor a little girl the same age as Christopher. We exchange letters with her family a few times out of the year. It so interesting to hear about about how her and her lifestyle are similar and yet different from our own.

Second, we give weekly to our church. I'm sure this is the most popular form of giving. We also donate clothes and other used items to Goodwill or the Veterans.

Third, we give to our university (LaSalle and DeSales) "annual funds." It's very important to us to give to our schools since other people's donations made it possible for us to receive scholarship.

Fourth, I volunteer on our community's social and landscaping committees. We also volunteer at special events like Operation Santa Claus.

Last, we give to a few organizations that we are affiliated with such as Generation Life.

How do we do this? We tithe (but for now less than 10%) meaning a percentage of our pay goes directly to our donation account. It seems difficult at first, but you can choose the percentage that works for you and just set it aside. It's simple, easy and rewarding. I'd love to hear how/what others contribute to, please share!  


  1. This is a very nice post! Thank you for all your giving. While this time of year can focus on receiving, we have made it a point to focus on the the best gift for each individual, making cards, etc.
    We too give to our church, donate canned food, clothing, and toys. We donate books to families with children since we value reading and believe that reading to a child is vital to their growth.
    We rotate each year giving to our universities. Our organizations of interest are St. Jude's and A Baby's Breath.

    If you could give me information on the adopt a child, I would appreciate that! It seems like a wonderful thing to do and really helps children connect with the giving aspect.

    Again, beautiful post!

  2. Wow, and I feel like I'm contributing when I donate to things like disaster relief. You and your husband are by far the most generous people! I think it's amazing what you do and we can all be lead by your example. Thanks for all you do to make a difference. :)

  3. Awesome to hear about your sacrificial giving! You are definatly an example to me of selflessness. God bless you this christmas friend!!

  4. There's still a lot of ways we want to grow. Particularly, with volunteering more time and expanding to other organizations. I just listed this to share what we've learned, not to be showy and because I'd love to hear about how others give.

    Sarah- We choose Christian Foundation for Children and Aging, but there are so many to choose from. I want to look into A Baby's Breath because I remember you mentioning them.

    Hope everyone has a Merry Christmas!

  5. I should also clarify that we tithe less than 10%. We just started tithing this year and are taking it slowly, but it's a step.

  6. Love your suggestions for where to give & your perspective on the season. Merry Christmas.

  7. Wherever the spirit leads :)

    I wasn't raised with the concept of tithe, but hubby was, so I've learned a lot since we've been married. It's opened my eyes to truly see that everything we have is a gift from the Lord. A very different voice from the current entitlement thoughts of our generation. It took some getting used to, but now I love the idea!

    Sarah, World Vision is also reputable.

  8. Such an inspiration. So glad to see you helping others.

  9. I love how much you give! I think I need to start to give more, and this post inspired me!

  10. you inspire me! honestly... absolutely amazing. giving is something we all need to do more of.