Think beyond Black Friday to #GivingTuesday - My WAHM Plan

Think beyond Black Friday to #GivingTuesday

When The Motherhood sent out an email asking for volunteer #GivingTuesday social media ambassadors, I signed up immediately because I had been putting a lot of thought into how I might use my online voice to help others offline.

proud #GivingTuesday #Ambassador

 As a family, we give a little here and there all year long; whether that’s supporting Saint Jude when we get our hair cut, or donating our gently used clothes, toys and books to our local Goodwill. 

We believe that every donation helps, no matter how big or small. It’s the act of giving that’s the important life lesson. We’ve always told our girls, we may not have everything we want, but we are blessed to have everything we need and that if we look closely, we will see someone who may be struggling to have their needs met.

With the holidays drawing near, you may be feeling blessed with all that you have as well, even if it isn’t all that you want. Now is the perfect time to lend a hand to those less fortunate. #GivingTuesday can help find a cause or non-profit that speaks to where you are in your life. This is a fairly new initiative so here’s some information for you.

About #GivingTuesday:

#GivingTuesday was founded in 2012 by New York’s 92nd Street Y partnership with United Nations Foundation. #GivingTuesday, a global day dedicated to giving back, encourages people to share their own giving stories and favorite giving moments or organizations. No one charity is supported- with more than 12,000 nonprofit partners and projects, you have lots of choices on who to support and how, whether it's a tweet or a donation.

When: #GivingTuesday is on Tuesday December 2, 2014.  Please join us:! 


I invite you to learn more about #GivingTuesday by visiting their website and then joining. You can help spread the Give on Tuesday December 2, 2014 by sharing your own #Unselfie and sharing ways you are giving by using hashtag #GivingTuesday on your social channels. You’ll be joining your voice with charities, families, businesses, students, community centers around the world coming together for one common purpose, to celebrate generosity and give.

Share your Unselfie!

My UNselfie #GivingTuesday

Here’s my #UNselfie showing the charities my family and I choose to support this #GivingTuesday. I hope you’ll join us and post your own #Unselfie! Tag me on Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram @ismilefirst so I can share in your giving choose. Tag and follow TheMotherhood as well on Twitter

Like my #Unselfie?  Visit the tools page at #GivingTuesday to download your own #Unselfie template, check out tool kits, ideas and more. And stay tuned for more information on a special Twitter party I’ll be co-hosting with other fab TheMotherhood ladies!

I am truly blessed and thankful that my little O'Hana has everything we need and that we are able to help those who don't have a better day. 

 Happy Holidays from our home to yours!


  1. Hi Linda! Thanks for letting me know about #Giving Tuesday. I hadn't heard about it before and am VERY surprised because this is right up my alley. Thank you. I will definitely check it out.

  2. I completely agree that every donation helps. I want to take my kids to a toy drive this year just so they can see that in action.

  3. Hi Kathy,

    I'm so glad I could share this great giving opportunity with you.

  4. Hi Carlee,
    I think taking your kids to a toy drive is a great way to teach caring for others by showing them.

  5. Hi Linda, as so much of the media is focused on consumerism, I absolutely LOVE this idea of #GivingTuesday. Thank you so much for sharing this post.

  6. Hi Mikaila,

    I agree about the consumerism focus that seems so prevalent. I'm glad I could share this wonderfully refreshing initiative with everyone.

  7. Hey. this is my first time hearing of Giving Tuesday. During the holiday season especially I love to volunteer and give back. Throughout the year I am always moving from one task to another and during this season I get to slow down and really realize how blessed I am. it makes me want to give back!

  8. Hi Ashley,

    I'm so glad I could introduce you to this amazing cause. As an Ambassador, I can tell you- I felt an overwhelming love for us as humans, coming together from every nation all to give.
    We are blessed, even if we can't see it some days.


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