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Think beyond Black Friday to #GivingTuesday

in , , , , , by Linda A Kinsman, Thursday, November 20, 2014

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!

Thank you to Depend for sponsoring today’s post about the #dropyourpants for #underwareness movement. All opinions and dropped pants are 100% my own.

Have you seen the Depend T.V. commercial where normal, everyday people like you and me are walking down the street just getting from point A to point B. At first you don’t know why the onlookers are staring.  Everybody looks normal enough.  

Then the camera pans out and we see that nobody is wearing pants! They are all proudly walking down the street in Depend products to prove a point. That point is that everybody at some point, no matter their age may experience bladder leakage and it’s nothing to be ashamed of. 

#dropyourpants for #underwareness

The first time I saw that commercial I thought, I could never be that brave! I couldn’t just show myself like that. Then I learned that the commercial is part of a greater social movement for a charitable cause, so I did it!  And it was all in good, clean fun for such a good cause! You should #dropyourpants and join the #underwareness movement too.

my #dropyourpants for #underwareness

Why join the #underwareness Movement: 

Depend will donate $1, up to $3 million, over the next three years to charities that advance the research, education and awareness of bladder leakage  for every photo or video uploaded and shared online with the hashtags #dropyourpants and #underwareness. 

I’ll be honest here and tell you right up front that I have never used a Depend product, but I’ve purchased them several times for a senior member of my family. She relies on them daily now and actually started needing them a bit here and there as she says in her late forties.

Recently she fell and could no longer do her own shopping and I can remember the pained look on her face when she had to ask us to buy her Depend products for her bladder leakage issue.

 I felt so bad for her in that moment, not because she has bladder leakage, but because of her embarrassment at having to admit it to us.  I told her there was no call to feel this way, we were family and we would treat these bladder leakage protection products as we would any other personal hygiene need and be as discreet as possible.

Speaking of discreet, that is exactly why she prefers Depend® Silhouette® Briefs for Women. They allow her to get dressed for her day confidently, knowing that her Depend briefs look and feel like real underwear, they give her a level of protection she can trust. 

Get involved:

Think you are ready to #dropyourpants for #underwareness too?  Visit the Underwareness site and join the #underwareness movement and help Depend reach their goal.

#underwareness charity goal

Get a free sample:

Claim your free samples today by visiting the Depend page and clicking on the "Get a Sample" button located at the top right-hand side of the screen. Then, select which sample you would like to receive and wait for them to arrive. 

Be sure to share this with family and friends too. As the Depend #underwareness commercial points out, you can never tell who needs bladder leakage protection just by looking at them.

Disclosure: Thank you to Depend for sponsoring today’s post about the #dropyourpants for #underwareness movement. All opinions and dropped pants are 100% my own.I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.