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  • The 29-Day Giving Challenge: Day 19

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    Today was Day 19 of my 29-Day Giving Challenge. We went to my in-laws’ house for dinner, so I took some sunflowers for my mother-in-law. As I’ve mentioned previously, she’s extremely generous in her gifts to me. So this was just a little gesture to thank her for the gifts she’s given me.

    The 29-Day Giving Challenge: Day 18

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    Today was Day 18 of my 29-Day Giving Challenge. I donated two bags of clothing and a bag of miscellaneous items to Goodwill today. In a way, I feel like today’s giving doesn’t really count for the challenge because it’s something I would have done anyway, and it’s almost more for my own benefit than someone else’s. I mean, I cleared out two bags’ worth of clothing that I don’t wear anymore, and some other items that were simply collecting dust. It feels so good to get clutter out of my house that the donation aspect simply isn’t as rewarding. But I guess I still have 11 days to give meaningful gifts. 🙂

    The 29-Day Giving Challenge: Day 17

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    Today was Day 17 of my 29-Day Giving Challenge. I sent off the last of my copies of the book, The Crayon Box That Talked. Five copies went to the winners of the The 29-Day Giving Challenge Giveaway. The remaining copies went to several friends whom I don’t see very often, if at all.

    I have one copy of the book left, and it’s set aside for a friend who lives out east. I’m just waiting for her to confirm her address, and then I’ll send it out. With the books almost gone, I feel like I’ve lost my “fall back” plan for giving, and I will have to work harder to keep up with the challenge. We’ll see!

    The 29-Day Giving Challenge: Day 16

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    Today was Day 16 of my 29-Day Giving Challenge. I donated money to one of my favorite charities, the USO. I believe firmly in their mission, but their low efficiency rating at Charity Navigator has always bothered me. In an effort to force them to use my donations efficiently, I donate to a specific program, like Operation Phone Home, which provides phone cards to service members. I also like Operation Care Package and have donated to that in the past as well.

    Incidentally, Charity Navigator is a fabulous tool when deciding how to allocate your charitable contributions. I think the feature that lists each organization’s privacy policy is new, and I’m glad to see it. I knew charities often sell their mailing lists, but in checking the USO page, I realized that I’d never thought about their privacy policy and that I’d certainly never opted out. I’ll be sending an email asking them to remove me from their list tomorrow.

    The 29-Day Giving Challenge: Day 15

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    Today was Day 15 of my 29-Day Giving Challenge. I gave a very small but meaningful gift to Marc this morning: I took out the kitchen trash.

    This is something I don’t do very often. I don’t like doing it, and we agreed early on that garbage removal would be his job (and of course, I do some of the things that he doesn’t like doing).

    I don’t know if he even noticed that I had taken out the trash this morning, but I do know it made his morning a little easier because he didn’t have to do it himself. In marriage (as in personal finance), the little things really do add up. So I was glad I could do this for him.

    The 29-Day Giving Challenge: Day 14

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    Today was Day 14 of my 29-Day Giving Challenge. I woke up this morning to a very sad email. A friend reported that another friend in our circle had had a miscarriage in the second trimester for the second time in less than a year. I thought about calling but decided to write a note instead, since everyone handles grief differently. I mailed it this evening, and hope that my friendship and love give my friend some small measure of comfort.

    Please pray for my friend, her husband, and their three-year-old daughter. Thank you.