My Precious Pennies

I will be AWAY until late February as we do this moving thing...again.

Ginger from Attention Target Shoppers & Tricia from 1stopmom
will be holding down the fort in the meantime - thank you so much, ladies!

Thursday, October 9, 2008

My Personal Charity Challenge

For the past week or so, I have been mentioning a personal charity challenge. This is inspired by the $5 Charity Challenge hosted by BeCentsAble, Coupon Cravings, and Keeping the Kingdom First. However, I didn't want to limit myself to things that I can buy for $5 from a specific store. Many times I base my transactions on the coupons that I have on hand, and on many occasions my OOP will be higher than $5. It doesn't mean that it's not a great deal, it's just a different approach.

I strongly believe in giving back, and I want it to be a part of our lives. There's nothing wrong with doing special events or making that special contribution, but I want charitable giving to be a constant part of our daily lives. So, I've made the decision the donate 10% of my total savings to charity. It is a nice reminder to be grateful for all that I save, and a good starting point from which to give back. It also gives me extra motivation to save - I'm not only saving for my family, but saving for my charity as well! While 10% is not a lot, it sure adds up quickly!

This 10% donation will either be in monetary form or be merchandise donated...or a combination of both. The two main organizations that we support is the USO and Cuddly Canines rescue. Chloe came to us from Cuddly Canines nearly 3 years ago, so they hold a very special place in our family. There are more organizations that we support (like the Decker family, Dogs for the Deaf, and the SBCSD Search Dog Team), but we also lik to donate to local groups if they're having special events (like the House of Hope dog wash a couple of weeks ago).

Ultimately, where the money goes is not as important to us as the simple act of giving back. I encourage all of you to create your own personal charity challenge. Whether it be a percentage of your savings, or even a percentage of your income - create a donation plan for yourself and stick to it. Maybe you would like to stick with the $5 charity challenge, or you can dedicate yourself to doing one transaction per week per store in an organization's name...whatever you feel comfortable with doing as long as you're giving back in some way.

If you would like to share your personal charity challenge, simply leave a comment! It's simple...start today and just GIVE BACK!

1 comment:

goodnewsfarm said...

I wanted to tell you about my challenge. For the past 4 years I have made baskets for the ladies at our abuse shelter. It has become my passion. We have one shelter serving about several counties including Ft Knox KY. I make 12 baskets even though they can only hold 10 ladies w/children. I add 2 just in case there are some that come in after I go. I have some wonderful friends that help me out including my 91 year old mother. She makes the chocolate turtles for them and also donates gifts. My goal is to have something needed, something to make them smile and feel good.This year my friends and I had a thought of getting bathrobes and found a good deal at for only 12.00 including shipping beautiful long red robes. We are making things for them including a devotion book. We will have snowman soup mugs with the works inside, unbrellas, gloves, chapsticks, shampoos, sewing kits, phone cards. One one my friends donated small fishbowls that I will put bath things in. I feel so blessed that I can do this. I talked to the director years ago and she had said the kids get the gifts at christmas but not always the ladies so that was my goal. I find things through out the year so it makes it easier. I hit the after holiday sales when I can.

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