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Fabuloso Friday-Giving Big in 2010

Submitted by on January 8, 2010 - 11:30 am

It’s a new year and a great time to think about how you’d like to give back, to others, this year. As we transition from one year to the next I always find myself reflecting on the relationships that I had that year and where I would like to see them go in the next. Likewise, I take stock in what I have done for others. Reflecting on it, I am always surprised how much I really did do for others over the course of the year. That being said, I can always do more. So as this new year begins I am getting ready to give, even bigger than before.
Want to give more in 2010? The gestures don’t have to be grand. Here are some tips to help you give better this year.

Give Time As you know I am a big supporter of East L.A. Classic Theatre. However, over the years I have donated my time to all kinds of organizations, including the Wonder of Reading (where I read to a particular child every week) and KJZZ public radio (where I answered phones for their fund drives). (Can’t find the right charity for you? Browse back a bit in the Fabuloso Friday posts. I am sure that something will strike a chord with you). More importantly, I have given time to many a friend in need. Sometimes that is the most appreciated gift. I might watch a friend’s child so that they can have some time special time for themself. I’ve also helped friends organize rooms, files, do envelope stuffing, gift bags, etc. Lately, it seems that everyone is lacking time in their lives. Maybe giving a little bit of yours to someone else is the way to go. Try it and see!.

Give Skills Use your experiences and skills as a way to barter for services or products. Consider a skill that you have that would be helpful to a charitable organization, or even a friend (like web design, writing, fundraising, recruiting, etc.). I often teach a fitness warm-up at conferences and lectures. This way, I am sharing my skill and motivating the group, at the same time. Everybody wins.

Give Items I love the holidays because it is really easy to give things away. There are all kinds of toy collections going on and there are always those that could use a good meal. You can really give away anything (i.e. food, gently worn clothes, household items, wrapped gifts, etc). A great way to give away items that you no longer need is to contact local shelters, Goodwill and The Salvation Army.

Give Money You can give the jingling spare change in your pocket or a hefty donation to an organization you really believe in . If you do decide to give to an organization make sure it is trustworthy, and not something that George Castanza (of Seinfeld) made up. Contact the organization to ask how donated money is allocated and what their short and long term goals are. Depending on the size of the donation, it could be tax deductible.

I’d love to know what ideas YOU have for giving big in 2010. Please comment in the box below.

Here’s to a very BIG Year!


  • Anonymous says:
    January 9, 2010 at 5:08 am

    As soon as I go back down to where my school is, I’m joining Big Brothers Big Sisters. I can’t wait!

  • Anonymous says:
    March 24, 2010 at 4:53 pm

    WOW I actually have all those ingredients! That never happens 🙂 Might have to turn this breakfast into dinner…

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