November…. It brings Thanksgiving, time for family, and The 30-Day Giving Challenge.
If you’ve been around for a while, you may remember the 30-Day Giving Challenge. If not, let me share the history of one of my favorite events with you!
The 30-Day Giving Challenge started back in 2009 when my friend Alyssa challenged us to give in SOME way each day of November. We each used a journal to jot down how we were able to give each day. It could be a grocery store gift card for the single mom in need, or it could be as simple as a phone call to someone who could use a little pick-me-up. The most important part was to simply focus on giving.
What started out as one woman’s challenge spread the following year. A group of us worked together to get the giving message out. After doing that for a couple of years, our group had to lay down the organized project. I know that many of you have continued this tradition on your own.
But this year…. Our group event is back! And YOU can be a part!
It’s simple! Be intentional, and give in some way every day for the next 30 days. It doesn’t have to be expensive. In fact, it doesn’t have to cost you a penny! Clear out some clutter in your home and donate some things to a charity. Get something free with a coupon, and give it to the food bank. Bake some cookies for a neighbor. Call someone who needs to smile. Get creative!
You can use one of our printable calendars to journal your giving. It might be fun to print one for each member of your family!
For me, November is going to be all about taking my eyes off of myself and being more aware. I want to be aware of other people and their needs. I want to make a conscious effort to meet some of those needs. I want to be a blessing to someone each day, even if they don’t know that it was me who blessed them. I want to be God’s hands and feet, helping people who could use a smile, a kind word, or a helping hand. And I want to teach our daughter to do the same.
What better way to celebrate Thanksgiving and get ready for the Christmas season?
This year The 30-Day Giving Challenge is partnering with Oily Families to encourage you to create a legacy of abundant giving. We’ll be sharing inspiration, ideas for giving, and more in our Facebook event. Come over and join us so you can follow along!
We’ll be working together to bless our friends, family, neighbors, and complete strangers by making a conscious effort to give each day of November. And we’ll do it all for God’s glory! Join us?