We’re a day away from the close of 2012’s 30 Day Giving Challenge.
My excitement to start a daily 30 Ways To Give prompt went downhill as soon as the Thanksgiving holidays drew near…
and for that I have to apologize. (Scheduling posts beforehand has never been a strength of mine!)
To try make up for the days I’ve missed, today’s “GIVE” post is geared towards all of us who’re active in social media.
I hope this will help put things into perspective, as a blogger,…
and help you be a bigger blessing to those around you.
1. All of us were that new, lost, blogger once.
Help out a newbie with shout-outs on your social media channels, share his/her work, answer any how-to questions they may have. Just be there.
The Blogosphere does need more Big Brother/Big Sister Bloggers!
2. Be willing to share your online space for a cause, without expecting anything in return. There are many causes out there that need a voice to help raise money, spread the word…and yours could prove to be invaluable.
3. Review bloggers honestly don’t need all the toys/games/books they’re sent for their kids. DONATE!!
There are many public funded institutions, hospitals, Children’s Homes that would be thrilled to get what your child may play with just once and then toss in a corner.
And instilling a heart of giving in your child at a young age will be one of the best things you’ve done for them…just wait and see!
I asked a few bloggers how they’ve used their social media influence to give back and what I read was so heart-warming.
This will inspire you! …
“In the past, I have used my social media reach to help host an auction for a family back home who’s husband was diagnosed with life threatening disease and had just recently lost his job the week before. All proceeds went to help the family pay medical bills. I also have helped promote and advertise for similar events, helping bring awareness to those really in need, and organizations who help make a difference.
Obviously I can’t help everyone; but I do pick a few here and there that I feel a personal connection with and can passionately help bring awareness to.”
– Amber @ Jade LouiseDesigns
“I am currently working with three other local bloggers to adopt four families for Christmas. Through out combined efforts, we have already raised $1,000 in gift cards to spend purchasing much needed items for these families for Christmas. The project has just begun, so there is more to come. It is an amazing opportunity to use my social media connections to support local families struggling this time of year.”
– Jen @ The Suburban Mom
” I’m a member of Mom Bloggers for Social Good, where I participate monthly in spreading the word about great causes. I also regularly share non-profits that ion passionate about on my blog, fb, & twitter. Anytime there’s a campaign I can jump in to help bring attention to, I do it. I may not have a ton of money to give to charities, but I love being able to help non profits by spreading awareness through my online communities”
– Meagan @ Sunshine and Sippy Cups
“I created a group to help other (new) bloggers learn how to grow their brand and businesses, and in turn they help others… so it’s like a long chain of giving that keeps repeating itself and growing. Also, a family that lived near me had their house burn down about 2 months ago. When I mentioned it on my fan page, dozens of people responded and sent them clothes, necessities, etc. It was AMAZING to see them help!”
– Sadie @ Slap Dash Mom
“I organized this fundraiser for the American Cancer Society: http://mamasmiles.com/small-hands-creating-hope-page/”
– Maryann @ Mama Smiles
Used Pinterest to spread awareness for a Cause she is passionate about.
– Felissa @ Two Little Cavaliers
“I’ve worked with Nestle donating books to local schools. I’ve done donation giveaways. I worked with Disney a few years ago with the Give A Day Program at their parks and the kids and I planted trees with some of the Disney Channel Stars.”
– Kassandria @ Southern Bella’s Ways To Save
“Every month I do a Blog for a Cause Post usually involving a specific cause or charity that surrounds that month. I try not to do ones that are extremely well known to bring attention to other causes that are sometimes over looked. Last month I did national homeless youth awareness.
– Teresa @ Making It All Work
There are so many ways you can “Give Back”.
And even though the 30 Day Giving Challenge ends tomorrow, the spirit of giving should not.
Do try and find a new way to give back to your social circles and come tell us about it on Twitter, on the hashtag #30DayGive.
Can’t wait to see those tweets!