Category: Giving

March 9, 2011
Day #33: Give a Toll to The Guy Behind You

This morning we left Tomball, TX for Louisiana. We made it to Lafyette earlier this evening. On our way to I-10 from Tomball, we took a toll highway. The sign read, "$1.50 minimum." As we pulled our rig up to the toll booth, I clarified with the lady, "It's $1.50?" "Oh, no," she said. "You are […]

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March 8, 2011
Day #32: Give a Souvenir

Souvenirs are generally cheaply made and overpriced. Most of the time, I recommend avoiding gift shops, but every now and again there are times when you see something that would be a perfect gift for someone special. Today, we made a rather long drive (1hr 20mins - one way) to the other side of Houston so that we […]

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March 7, 2011
Day #31: Give Extra Attention to Your Sick Child

Today, we were supposed to tour the Houston Space Center. We had made plans to give to someone on the way into Houston. We had the day all set on our calendars, but in the middle of the night our youngest got a fever (~102+) and then threw up. Children's Tylenol came to the rescue and she was […]

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March 6, 2011
Day #30: Give with Mercy House Kenya in Houston, TX

We had dinner with a really great family tonight. You may have heard of them, actually. Kristen of We are THAT Family e-mailed me a little while back to invite us over to sort through donations for Mercy House Kenya, a 501(c)(3) which they run out of their garage. We pulled up and felt immediately […]

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March 5, 2011
Day #29: Give Cookies to say "Thank You"

The first half of today consisted of scrambling around the fifth wheel, getting things put away so that we could leave Austin and head to Tomball (north of Houston). It takes us awhile to get everything ready to roll. At around 1pm, we all jumped in the truck and drove away. Before we left, we […]

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March 5, 2011
Day #28: Give with Meals on Wheels in Austin, TX

At 2am on every day of the week, a team of food preparers arrives at a gigantic kitchen in downtown Austin and starts preparing hot meals for people all over the city. Meals on Wheels and More seeks to "nourish and enrich the lives of the homebound and other people in need through programs that […]

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March 3, 2011
Day #27: Give with Mothers' Milk Bank in Austin, TX

Today, the four of us met with the staff of Mothers' Milk Bank here in Austin. Their mission as a non-profit is to accept, pasteurize, and dispense donor human milk by physician prescription primarily to premature and ill infants. Premature babies are 6-10x more likely to acquire life-threatening infections. Hospital neonatologists strongly recommend that mothers of premature infants breastfeed […]

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March 2, 2011
Day #26: Give By Studying the Issues with "I Live Here, I Give Here" in Austin, TX

Did you know that 60% of people that live in nursing homes never receive visitors? Or that 1 in five adults in Austin can't read well enough to fill out a job application? Neither did I...until today when I met with Patsy Woods Martin, the Founder and Executive Director of "I Live Here, I Give […]

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March 1, 2011
Day #25: Give A Coffee to Someone Next In Line

This morning I went to a coffee shop on the northeast side of Austin called Java Dive to get some work done. I needed to catch up on my email inbox and work on a few short videos for upcoming posts. I put "Starbucks" in my GPS but when I showed up at the coffee […]

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March 1, 2011
Day #24: Give Toward A Family's Medical Needs Through Samaritan Ministries

Shortly before we began Give Every Day, Stephanie and I decided to join Samaritan Ministries. Samaritan Ministries is a non-profit 501(c)(3) Christian organization that helps individual and families care for each other when they have medical needs. Essentially, it's an alternative to health insurance (but it's not insurance - it's health care sharing). You can watch […]

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February 27, 2011
Day #23: Give A REAL Birthday Wish (not the facebook kind)

My little sister turns 21 tomorrow. She is smart, sweet, funny, tenderhearted, gorgeous, and one-of-a-kind (oh, and single). I wrote her a birthday card tonight and tucked a small gift card inside. Tomorrow, I'll stick a stamp on it and send it on its way to Colorado. What do you do for birthdays? In our […]

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February 26, 2011
Day #22: Give Breakfast To The Homeless in Downtown Austin

This morning, we hung out in downtown Austin with the homeless. A handful of families convened and brought breakfast foods to an empty parking lot across from a shelter. We served coffee, eggs, bacon, and cereal...out of the back of a pick-up truck. Our 4-year-old handed out homemade oatmeal raisin cookies and bananas. She took […]

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February 25, 2011
Day #21: Give To A Child Through World Vision

World Vision is a Christian humanitarian organization dedicated to working with children, families, and their communities worldwide to reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty and injustice. Stephanie and I sponsor an 11 year old boy named "Gift" who lives in Zimbabwe in a community severely affected by HIV and AIDS. Our $35/month support goes […]

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February 24, 2011
Day #20: Give with Any Baby Can in Austin, TX

Today was our first real trip into the heart of downtown Austin. [The rumors of bad traffic are true, by the way.] The four of us spent a couple of hours at Any Baby Can Child & Family Resource Center. The organization seeks to "bring help and hope to the youngest, sickest, and poorest children" in their […]

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February 23, 2011
Day #19: Give a morning to sleep in

Last night, Tim & I stayed up too late (even for us). We've been playing "catch up" for awhile with our inboxes and we have a million projects on our plates. I think the red numbers on the clock flickered 2:35am the last time I checked. This morning, when the girls stirred - my body […]

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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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