Day #141: Give a Push When Someone Runs Out of Gas

We were coming back from a day in NYC with friends who live in New Jersey and pulled into a gas station for fuel and a restroom break. A man driving a Toyota Camry stalled his car less than a 100 yards from the pumps. He had completely run out of gas. I saw one of the fuel station employees walking over to the vehicle so I followed. The car was on a slope so I new they needed more man … [Read more...]

Day #140: Give Technical Support

A friend called me this morning with questions about his computer. He recently started using Apple's OSX and wasn't sure how to sync his MP3 player to iTunes or burn his music from his existing music collection. I walked him through each step. Sometimes we forget that skills that seem second nature to us can be a big help to someone else. … [Read more...]

Two New Sponsors

Last week we added two new sponsors to our RV. ParkGrades.com - "Offers the largest, most accurate directory of city parks in the United States. Before ParkGrades, you might have been able to look at a map and see if any parks were nearby. But you wouldn't know if the park is what you're looking for -- if it's clean, if there's a view, if it has both a basketball court and a tot lot, or a … [Read more...]

Day #139: Give Used Books

The campground where we are staying has a family center. It is a favorite place for our girls. Inside, there is a section just for kids. It has toys, puzzles, and books specifically for younger children. Today, we picked out some of the girls' books that are no longer on their most-liked list and donated them to the family center.   … [Read more...]

Phase II: Expanding into the For-Profit World

Up until now, we have only volunteered with, toured, and interviewed non-profit organizations. We have learned from people who are serving children, the elderly, the hungry, and even prisoners. We have asked questions about funding and management. We have evaluated the impact of each organization and what it takes to serve their cliental. Beginning on day #151, we will be expanding our … [Read more...]

Day #138: Give Cans For Recycling

As we drive across America, we get to see many different places. Out of our windows we've passed swamps, mountains, and beaches. Some have been uninviting; others breathtaking. Every so often Kayla will look out her window and shout, "Daddy! Mommy! look! Isn't that beautiful?"  She is right - America is beautiful and we are blessed to be able to enjoy it. As a family, we try to be conscious to … [Read more...]

Day #137: Give with Philhaven in Lebanon, PA

This afternoon, I went on a tour at a non-profit behavioral healthcare organization that offers a wide range of services for children 3-years-old through senior adults. It was founded in 1952 by a group of Mennonite men who chose public service instead of joining the battlefields of WWII. They discovered how horrible living conditions were for people in psychiatric institutions and they birthed … [Read more...]

Day #136: Give to Marlena

Congratulations to Marlena - this week’s featured giver and prize winner (gift certificate for Four at The Old Spaghetti Factory). Marlena’s story: Our neighbor was diagnosed with ALS about one year ago.  She has lost her ability to talk and misses interacting with our two toddlers.  We bring her and her husband treats and send them pictures of the kids.  Her husband says that it brightens … [Read more...]

Day #135: Give Your Family Rest

***We have committed to give our family rest each Sunday. Read more here. … [Read more...]

Day #134: Give a Phone Call to Your Parents

I talk to my parents on the phone often. I call them and they call me. They never seem to tire of hearing my voice or wanting to know how our family is. They enjoy talking to me, to Stephanie, and - of course - their grandkids. Today, I called my mom. Like always, she was excited to talk. She asked how we liked our campground, where we would go to church tomorrow, and when I would be going back … [Read more...]

Day #133: Give with Jubilee Ministries in Lebanon, PA

Today, we met with the executive director of Jubilee Ministries in Lebanon and toured their massive 3-story 70,000 sqft used clothing store. I felt like we were visiting a JCPenny's instead of a thrift store. Jubilee re-sells clothing and household items (including large furniture) to support chaplains in prisons in their surrounding county and transitional housing programs for men and women … [Read more...]

Day #132: Give Free Advertising

Over the last few months, we have met with numerous executive directors and CEOs, plus volunteered and toured over 50 different non-profit organizations. We waned to honor three organizations today that are doing an amazing job caring for others. Each organization will receive 2 months free advertising on both GiveEveryDay.com and MetropolitanMama.net. Give Kids The World Morgan's … [Read more...]

Day #131: Give Attention to Your Kids

Today, I spent most of the day with my two girls. In the morning the three of us went down to the family center here at our campground while Stephanie worked. The family center has a little area with toys and books for small children. While we were there, another little girl arrived. I read books to the three girls, played Tea, and chatted on and off with the other little girl's … [Read more...]

Day #130: Give to the Children’s Healthy Smile Project

Our family made a lengthy drive today to Sparta, NJ to visit the dentist. The tooth canal for one of my front teeth broke on day #13 and I ended up needing a dental implant. Today, the dentist took a mold of my teeth so a permanent implant crown can be made. To add to our dental woes, lat week Stephanie had a filling fall out. Fortunately, that was replaced at the dentist office today as … [Read more...]

Day #129: Give to Marcella

Congratulations to Marcella from CA - this week’s featured giver and prize winner (gift certificate for Four at The Old Spaghetti Factory). Marcella's story: I am currently training for the Nike Women’s Marathon and I am completing this marathon on behalf of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. I have pledged to raise $3200 for this charity to help out all those who are suffering with blood … [Read more...]