Today my email has been bombarded by nonprofits reminding me it’s #GivingTuesday. Unlike the onslaught of Cyber Monday emails that came the day before, I didn’t mind. I wished I could give to them all.
Fact is, we live below the poverty line, but I don’t consider us poor. We have a home, food, and I always feel comfortable.
We just don’t need that much.
I only wish we had more to give. I give when I can though. Sometimes it’s only $5. Sometimes it’s entering contests like a Babble contest a few years ago and winning $5000 for a charity of my choice (I picked the Preemptive Love Coalition).
We can all give. Each and every one of us.
We can give a tiny amount of money. We can give a few moments of our time.
This Giving Tuesday, I had $6.46 in my PayPal so I gave that to Broken Hearts of the Big Bend, a group that helps CHD families. When I told one of the co-founders that I was sorry it was so little, she pointed out it would buy lunch for a mom living in a hospital for days or months on end with her child.
I’m also giving by writing this post. I’m linking up to Bloganthropy.org and for every link up, that organization will give $1 to Postpartum Progress, an amazing nonprofit that supports mothers dealing with postpartum mental health issues.
It took me three minutes to write this post and a few minutes to donate.
Before I had Cora, I never gave as much.
She taught me that giving doesn’t have to be a grand gesture. It doesn’t have to be a lot of money. And it sure feels amazing.