Happy Giving Tuesday! For those of you who may not know, the Tuesday after Thanksgiving is Giving Tuesday, a global generosity movement that inspires hundreds of millions of people to give, collaborate and celebrate generosity around the world. I thought today would be a perfect day to announce that I am going to be giving away $10,000 in the month of December.
The holidays in my family have always been extra special. When I was little, my mom and dad would go above and beyond to make them fun for my siblings and me – between long car rides to see lit-up neighborhoods with hot cocoa in hand, to Elf on the Shelf shenanigans, to buying, wrapping and donating boxes of toys and presents for families in need. We grew up volunteering in our community – from cooking and serving meals, to painting houses, to helping sort clothes at a local thrift store. For many years, my parents asked each of us four kids to pick one charity each to donate to (the humane society is still one of my favorites). The power of serving others has been ingrained in us since we were little. As I’ve gotten older, that holiday spirit is still very much inside of me and the holidays have become special for a different reason. It’s a period at the end of each year when everything slows down, and in this moment of rest we’re able to really reflect on how the year has gone. Including how much we have served others.