One of the best things about being a blogger is that I've had the opportunity to help my local community in ways I would never be able to do on my own. We're not the richest of families, but we give what we can, and what we can't give financially I try to make up for by giving my time -- I volunteer at school, at local family shelters, and by spreading awareness for causes near and dear to my heart through my blog. But this year, through the course of my blogging, I've been able to team up with some amazing companies who have provided the resources to help me and my family spread some holiday cheer among families need it the most.
Case in point: at the beginning of the month, I was given $100 by the Yahoo! Motherboard to perform some Random Acts of Kindness this holiday season. The idea was to use the money to perform small acts of kindness, in the hopes that it would inspire the recipients to "pay it forward", do the same to others and create a "ripple of kindness". I myself was so inspired by the thought that I started even before I received the money -- I made dinner for a mom of one of my kids' classmates who has an inoperable brain tumor. Then, when the $100 arrived, we decided to step out of our normal "giving comfort zone" and use it to perform some acts of kindness we wouldn't normally do.
* When a man rang our doorbell selling magazine subscriptions, I wrote out a check for a two-year subscription for a kids' magazine -- then donated the subscription to the Boys and Girls Club of America. Normally I would have declined with a "Sorry, we don't need any more magazines", but thanks to Yahoo! I was able to give something to a worthy organization, and help the man reach his sales quota.
* When a mother approached us at a fast food restaurant asking if we had any change, we gave her some. Growing up in the Philippines has rendered me immune to the pleas of panhandlers -- I'm always suspicious that the money goes to a syndicate (like in Slumdog Millionaire) so instead of money I prefer to give the beggar kids candies or food -- but this time I threw caution to the winds and gave cash. Her grateful smile made my day.
* We bought grocery gift cards, stood out in front of the store and handed them out at random. Now that's something you don't get to do every day! It was fun to see the changing expressions on their faces, from puzzlement to suspicion to surprise to delight. The Pea especially loved dropping a dollar into the Salvation Army bucket -- then handing a gift card to the woman ringing the bell.
Could Yahoo! have donated the $100 without me? Of course. Which is why I'm so grateful to them for including me in the loop. Being able to witness the happiness that $100 was able to spread -- and being able to teach my kids a thing or two about giving -- has been priceless, and no better proof that it's more blessed to give than to receive.
This is an excerpt of a post written by Bonggamom on her personal blog, Finding Bonggamom. Click here to read the original post and read about the other ways I've teamed up with companies to spread joy this holiday season!
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