Category: Giving

May 11, 2011
Day #96: Give a Letter to Your Sponsored Child

The past 5 years we have sponsored a boy named Gift from Zimbabwe through World Vision. Without fail, we send $35/mth - it is automatically taken out of our account. But we haven't been very diligent about writing to him. As a family, we periodically pray for Gift and his community, but somehow we rarely get […]

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May 10, 2011
Day #95: Give with the Goodwill Career Center in Lexington, NC

Where does the money go from Goodwill's thrift stores? That is a question I have had for a long time. Today, we toured Goodwill's Career Center in Lexington. There are 165 independent, community-based Goodwills in the United States and Canada that offer customized job training, employment placement and other services to people who have disabilities, […]

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May 9, 2011
Day #94: Give to Julie

Congratulations to Julie in CT – this week’s featured giver and prize winner. Julie's Story: I give my time to write stories for my church’s kids program on Wednesday nights. They needed some character building stories to supplement their curriculum so each week I write a “Wild West” themed story that follows a group of […]

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May 8, 2011
Day #93: Give Your Family Rest

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

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May 7, 2011
Day #92: Give Your Mom a Mother's Day Card

Today, we spent several hours creating mother's day cards and printing out pictures for Stephanie's mom and my mom. Our two girls were in charge of the card-making. Our oldest drew a picture of my mom standing with her four grandchildren and Stephanie and I sorted through pictures and printed some favorites. What did you do […]

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May 6, 2011
Day #91: Give One-on-One Time to Your Child

We spend lots of time together as a family. That is one of the reasons we are on this 365-day giving adventure, but today I spent extra one-on-one time with our oldest daughter. I took her fishing at a lake near our campground. We hiked from fishing spot to fishing spot, talking as we went. […]

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May 5, 2011
Day #90: Give with The Shepherd's Center in Winston-Salem, NC

Before we began GiveEveryDay, Stephanie & I asked ourselves how we wanted to live our lives if we had only one year to live. We decided that we would want to (1) deemphasize our things, (2) spend time with our family, and (3) give to others. We want our days and years to be meaningful. We […]

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May 4, 2011
Day #89: Give Your Time To Find a Lost Pet

We were about to get in our truck and drive into town when a neighbor pulled up in their truck and asked if we had seen a black kitten with a scar on its nose. Their kitten had snuck out of their RV and vanished. The four of us decided we would hold off on […]

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May 3, 2011
Day #88: Give with the Ronald McDonald House in Winston-Salem, NC

I have lived in cities with Ronald McDonald Houses most of my life, but have never been inside one until today. Our family visited the RMH in Winston-Salem this afternoon. It was like a being in a 31,000 sqft mansion except with less superfluous bling and more love. The RMH provides a "home away from home" for families […]

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May 2, 2011
Day #87: Give Lemon Bars

We set up camp this afternoon in Advance, NC. We're planning to be here two weeks (unless the slow Internet drives us crazy first). Before we left Asheville, we wanted to say "thank you" to the campground owners at the KOA we stayed at this past week. Stephanie and our oldest daughter made lemon bars. […]

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May 1, 2011
Day #86: Give Your Family Rest

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

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April 30, 2011
Day #85: Give a Picnic for Friends or Family

Stephanie's sister, brother-in-law, and two nephews live about two hours from Asheville. Today, they met us for a fun-filled day of hanging out together and sightseeing. We met at 11:30am for a picnic. The Appalachian Mountains are beautiful this time of year - perfect for being outdoors. Stephanie and I brought simple fixings for all […]

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April 29, 2011
Day #84: Give with the Veterans Restoration Quarters in Asheville, NC

We spent a couple of hours today at the Veterans Restoration Quarters (another ministry of ABCCM). It is an old Super 8 Hotel that has been converted into a place where United States Veteran men can find hope and empowerment to leave behind homelessness and addictions. VRQ not only offers meals and a place to sleep for […]

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April 28, 2011
Day #83: Give with the Crisis Center in Asheville, NC

Today we visited the Crisis Center, which is operated by The Asheville Buncombe Community Christian Ministry. ABCCM has five different departments (Crisis, Jail, Shelter, Veteran, and Medical). The Crisis Center exists for those who need immediate assistance. People come to the center whenever they lack food or clothing or if they need money for an unpaid bill. One […]

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April 27, 2011
Day #82 Give with Big Brothers Big Sisters in Asheville, NC

Today, we met with Robin Myer (Executive Director) at the Big Brothers Big Sisters offices in Asheville. BBBS matches adult mentors with kids who need a caring role model in their lives. It is a process based on personality, hobbies, and experiences. I really like this one-on-one model. BBBS' goal is for the mentor and child to form […]

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Our Pledge

We hereby pledge:

- To spend intimate, quantity time with our family.
- To actively help the poor, the sick, the lonely, and the helpless.
- To value, protect, and advocate for children.
- To de-emphasize the importance of “stuff” in our lives.
- To bring publicity to good causes and good people.
- To live with intentionality, as if this year was our very last.
- To observe the needs in our country/community – and then do something about them.
- To give – every day.

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