Thursday, December 3, 2009

The Great Give: Reminder

Just a friendly reminder that time is running out for The Great Give! You have til midnight on Sunday to email, comment or blog your great give.
I've received some very sweet emails, comments and links and hope that you'll take part too. Not only will you feel great for doing a good deed but you'll have a chance at winning over $1600 in prizes (total). There will be three winners so your chances are good. And really who needs a reason to be grateful, helping and kind this time of year?!?!

Take time this weekend to do your own Great Give. Here are some ideas to get you started:
  • Donate some extra clothes to a shelter.
  • Bake cookies for a friend.
  • Visit a nursing home and provide companionship to those who are lonely.
  • Start you own Red Kettle.
  • Ring a bell for the Salvation Army.
  • Donate a toy to a children's shelter.
  • Sponsor a needy family in your community.
  • Sing carols with your kids in the children's ward of a hospital.
What would change a life, help someone out, or a brighten a day in your community? Do it! What are you waiting for?!?

In case you need a are the rules for The Great Give....
  • In order to enter this contest you must do a great, good deed. What kind of good deed? Well that is up to you! Maybe you'll donate funds to a charity that is close to your heart. Maybe you'll bake cookies for a few neighborhood kids. Maybe you'll volunteer at an organization that needs help. What does your heart tell you to do? What could really help your friends, family, or community? Whatever you feel moved to do will qualify! Use your heart and imagination and make a great give!
  • Remember that little deeds and seemingly small actions can set off a chain of positivity that could in essence change lives and the world.
  • Please don't shy away from entering because you think your idea is not big enough or great enough!
  • Use this as an opportunity to involve your spouse, family, and children. Let them help you in doing great things.
  • Once you've done your own great give, write about it on your blog. Your action doesn't have to be huge in scale or cost lots of money. It just has to be heartfelt. When writing about your great deed(s) be sure to say why you choose to do this and how it turned out. Elaborate with photos if you want to.
  • Please don't shy away from entering because you think your idea is not big enough or great enough!
  • If you don't have a blog you can email your entry to: lindseysgreatfull at gmail dot com.
  • After you've blogged about your entry, comment on this post with a link directing us to your great give. Be sure to turn in your link by December 7th at midnight CST.
  • I will read all of the entrants and select three of my favorites to win fabulous prize packages.
  • Winners will be announced by December 11th, 2009 so please check back.
And if you need a little are the goodies that you could take home as a result of doing a good, no, great deed!

What could you do in the next few days to make the world a better place. Sometimes it doesn't take much to make a change. Join me, won't you?


  1. My great give is to take my voice-lesson kids (ages 8-14) caroling to a cluster of homes where we know the residents are widowed, elderly shut-ins or far-from-family this December. We are each bringing thermos of a cozy beverage & cups to share with them (instead of them giving the kids treats for singing). And I'm very proud of how hard the kids have worked to learn their carol medleys & even a Latin aria!

  2. I don't think I qualify because (1) this Great Give happened almost a year ago, and (2) my husband did it, not me. But I had to let you know because I'm so proud of him: he gave away his car to a young mother. You can check out the full story here at my blog:

  3. I sent you an email too. Here is my give. Simple, nit great, but form our hearts.

    Will you be posting all of the entries? Or telling us about them? I'd love to hear about them.
    Thanks so much for sharing this great idea.

  4. Wow. Lots of typos in that last one. Can you tell I was in a hurry?

  5. i'm having trouble logging into typepad right now to blog about my great give so i'm going to write about it here and email you! this year the soldiers fighting in iraq and afghanistan have really been on my mind. they sacrifice so much for us. it saddens me to see them away from their families during the holiday season. i'm sure moral is low during this time of year and they need to know we support them, so I am sending christmas cards to those brave men and women telling them how grateful I am for their sacrifice along with a drawing from my 6 year old son. i hope that it will brighten their day just a bit.

  6. My great give was helping at a nursing home this weekend.

    the whole story is on my blog!


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