Years ago, when I was working, I was pretty good at being charitable. When I stopped working and we went down to one wage, we stopped most donations. Before that I sponsored a child through World Vision. I always donated when worthy causes came door knocking. I put bags of clothing and other unused household items in Charity Bins (still do that one, including toys now!). For a couple of years I even chose to forgo a Christmas present from my husband and asked instead for him to make a sizable donation to the charity of my choice. I thought this was such a good idea I wrote a letter to one of the women's magazines and it was actually published!
I got my $50 and promptly forgot about it. Yes, I know, it's shameful!!
This morning I was watching the Today Show and saw that it is Jane McGrath Day at the cricket. I hate cricket but I love pink and I think it is so cute how all the cricketers and the crowd wear pink for a day to raise awareness and funds for the McGrath Foundation.
And that's when it hit me...a brilliant idea!! I love it when they just pop into your head like a little angel has whispered a secret to you. I am going to donate $5 every week to a different charity for this whole year. I used to be a magazine junkie but have just recently kicked the habit. I figure this is the same amount as a magazine and it's going to a much, much better cause! Here's the catch, if I buy a magazine, I am not allowed to donate for that week. That should keep me on the straight and narrow.
So today, for my first donation, I am giving $5 dollars to the McGrath Foundation. I know it's not much, but it is better than nothing and every little bit adds up. I am excited about this idea and I can't wait to choose a charity for next week.
Anyone want to join me?
I've started another blog to track my list of donations.
Follow it here.