52 Weeks of Giving: Weeks 17 & 18

Each week throughout 2011 I will share how I am giving back somehow, whether it’s by offering my resources, my time, my talents or my support.

Giving back doesn’t have to be on a grand scale. And doesn’t have to be about money.

Oftentimes charities, organizations, causes and foundations need support beyond donations. And that’s what I’m going to try to focus on.

I will be sharing what I’m doing each week; perhaps you, too, will be inspired to give back.

Together we can make a difference.

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52 Weeks of Giving: Weeks 17 & 18

I went to high school with a guy who, in recent years, has not only inspired me with his fitness and athletic accomplishments, but for his civic-mindedness and desire to make the world a better place. Along with his wife, he is the co-founder of LIFEcycle, Inc., a RI-based non-profit organization that promotes healthy, active living. Team LIFEcycle supports local healthcare by hosting fundraising events directed at meeting a particular need. I was supposed to participate as a team member in an upcoming TLc event, the Ragnar Relay, but had to withdraw due to injury. I am going to volunteer as a van driver, but I also wanted to show my support for LIFEcycle financially, so for Week 17 I donated money to this worthy cause.

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The storms and tornadoes that ripped through Alabama were horrific. It devastated me to see and read the first-hand accounts of people who were in the path of the destruction, like this post at 5 Minutes For Mom. Thankfully, the post offered ideas for people like me who felt the need to help somehow but wanted to make sure that our contributions were going to the right places. For Week 18 I donated food through the Amazon Wish List set up by Christian Service Mission. On this list are desperately needed items for those families who have lost everything. From 5 Minutes For Mom: All you have to do is purchase items from this wish list, and they’ll be shipped directly to the mission, who will immediately deliver them to the dozens of communities that have been devastated by these tornadoes.

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