Twenty years ago one Christmas I was very encouraged by the way our small town spread Christmas cheer. I have a Christmas tradition that I give something to baby Jesus for his birthday and it can’t be something easy to do or done once.
That Christmas I decided to keep the Christmas Spirit going in town all year long. I put Christmas Spirit jars in about 10 small stores and asked people to drop their spare change in the jar to do so.
Each month I went to each store, counted the pennies, nickles, dimes, quarters and occasional dollar. If the store was a grocery store, I bought flour, rice and beans there. If it wasn’t a grocery store, I used the money I collected and shopped at one of the Christmas jar stores. Then I took the food to either the Welfare Lady or the Food Pantry. Every month I sent out thank you notes with the amount that I had collected from each store. I kept records of each stores’ take and receipts from where I took the food, just in case Uncle Sam came calling.
At the end of the 13th month I stopped the collection. People had given over $500 in small change.
I have discovered something similar using Twitter. It’s a site called HelpAttack! Users can pledge an amount of money for each action they take on Twitter and then give it to their favorite nonprofits.
The staff of HelpAttack! have thousands of causes and you can find one for anything you feel strongly about. The coins are earned for certain actions you take in the HelpAttack! system, like signing up or giving to a certain kind of nonprofit. You will pay for your donations at the end of a cycle, usually a month, with either Visa or Mastercard credit cards. The minimum donation is $10.
Now my charity is in need and could use your help, but so could your favorite charity and here is a simple way to help out. After all ’tis the season and a good time to start your own holiday tradition. The website to check out is HelpAttack.com.
Books from Amazon.com that bring the Christmas spirit into your home include:
- Requests soaring from families in need (boston.com)
- 20 Selfless Things to Do This Holiday Season (bestcollegesonline.net)
- Holiday charity programs see huge increases this year (charlotte.news14.com)