In my mind, loving and giving are always linked. (After all, we’re mothers, we’re all about giving, right?) I don’t give as much as I should, and I confess that I let laziness and apathy get in the way sometimes. When the kids were at home, it was easy to put giving on the bottom of the to-do list, because we were busy with them. But our sweet little excuses have moved out of the house, so it’s time to step up! 🙂 Today I’m sharing five simple and convenient ways that you can show love and give to others. (And they’re all free!)
Charity Miles is an app that you download on your phone. It lets you donate to a charity of your choice (there are thirty to choose from) every time you go for a run, a bike ride, or even just walk your dog. Sponsors like Johnson & Johnson, Humana, and Chobani donate funds, which are paid out to various charities on a regular basis, in proportion to Charity Miles done for each by users. So far, Charity Miles users have earned over $2.5 million for organizations like Stand Up to Cancer, the USO, Habitat for Humanity, Autism Speaks, the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, and the Wounded Warrior Project.
2. Free Rice & Free Kibble
These two sites work in a similar fashion. They ask you a question (Warning: you might actually learn something!), and they donate either rice or doggie kibble to those in need. Fun!
This is an app on your phone that allows you to “donate” one of your photos to a good cause. For every photo you share, Johnson & Johnson donates $1 to the cause of your choosing. So far, 3.1 million photos have been donated by 188, 347 people, allowing donations to 157 organizations such as Save the Children, Operation Smile, or Special Olympics. It gives you the option of captioning your photo, adding hashtags, and connecting your social media accounts. (But you can donate without doing those things if you want to maintain your privacy.)
4. Greater Good
Greater Good is a site that allows you to donate to a variety of causes with a click once a day. (They’ll even send you a reminder to visit and donate.) Your once-daily click can provide mammograms to women in need, provide meals for veterans, help children with autism and fund Alzheimer’s research as well as several other options.
Between now and February 27, you can donate a new or gently used bra at any Soma store. Why? Bras are the most needed, but least donated item of clothing for women in domestic violence and homeless shelters. Soma ships the bras back to I Support the Girls, which distributes bras to more than 300 shelters in the U.S. and overseas. While you’re at Soma, be sure to check out the beautiful bras they have available. Most of the boutiques are offering $10 off a full-price bra or $20 off two full-price bras with a donation. (If you read my recent post on Style Tips for Midlife Women, you know that it’s important to get refitted for a bra at midlife, as things might have, um, shifted, with age.) 🙂 If you need a professional fitting (something I highly recommend), the staff at Soma is trained and there to help.
Giving to others is a tangible way to show love to others. The five organizations above are all ways that I give back. Do you have some easy and fun ways that you like to give back? If so, I’d love to know about them! Will you please share them in the comments? Thank you so much!
Happy Valentine’s Day, my sweet friends! I’m so grateful for your love, encouragement, and support. May your day be filled with love today!
Many thanks to Soma for sponsoring this post.