Thursday, December 17, 2009

A Different Type of Giving

How are you all doing with your Christmas To-Do Lists?

I am sure by now you've gotten your tree, written out some cards, started buying Christmas Gifts...

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I love finding the perfect gift for the people I love. Whether it be something I buy, or something I make - both are giving of my money or talent. This weekend, Brian and I really wanted to do something special for Christmas, and be giving of our time.

As a lot of you know, Brian and I volunteer with the Downs Syndrome Association of Houston. I love people with Downs Syndrome, they are so loving and affectionate, and tender-hearted. This weekend we volunteered at their annual Christmas Party. This was our second year at this party and we loved it.

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Time is so precious and is something that we give that can't be replaced. We can always earn more money, but we can never earn more time, so to me - the giving of time is the most important gift you can give. This Christmas, I challenge you to find a cause or charity that is important to you, and give them some of your time.

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I promise you that it will be a rewarding experience and that you will actually get more out of it than you invest!

What are some ways that you've given of your time in the past? Or what are some ways you plan to this Christmas Season?

29 comments:

avant garde said...

wow, that was such a sweet post! i have to admit, i don't or haven't made alot of time to do something like that, but to be perfectly honest...i would LOVE it. i especially enjoy visiting nursing homes and speaking with elderly people. i used to work in the kitchen of a nursing home when i was in high school and on my breaks i'd head upstairs to sit with some of the clients to keep them company. one of the gentlemen there loved to watch hawaii five o and i'd sit with him. i would enjoy that again, except for working in the kitchen of the nursing home :)

Kaye Prince said...

I've volunteered, donated, and given my time quite a few times in the past. When I was in high school I volunteered at the Seniors Home and did their filing, a couple of years ago I volunteered at the International AIDS Conferance, I did residence tours for new students in my undergraduate, and I donate food to the food bank whenever we can because my Mum and I had to use it when I was a child. There are more, but I can't remember them all right now! I'll also be volunteering at the OLA Super Conference in February.

This year I've got a ridiculous number of toys to donate to the Salvation Army for Toy Mountain. These toys are given to underprivileged children for Christmas. They've had a lot of set backs recently with one of the toy storage warehouses burning down (with all the toys in it) and someone stealing an entire tractor trailer full of toys, so people have really rallied this year to help out.

Jaime said...

Love these pics- esp the last one. What a great cause :) I have volunteered in the past- esp high school and college w/ my sorority. I don't do much now, which I should! I do try to always make some sort of donation(s) to various charities/hospitals -St. Jude's for one- around this time though.

VivatRegina said...

Such a sweet thought! And such beautiful children! I have someone close to me that has autism and he is so precious! Wonderful post!

Caroline said...

Such an amazing post!!! This year, my husband and I are donating gifts to other families in need. I think your story is wonderful and I will have to look for centers in my area... time is precious and giving time I think is one of the best gifts!!!! xo

Sarah Mina said...

What a wonderful thing you and your husband did! Very selfless of both of you.

Meghan said...

I think it's incredible that you and your husband give so generously of your time. I wish I did more of it myself - I've always wanted to volunteer at a children's hospital here in Chicago.

Mechelle Harrison said...

Dionne what a precious gift to give of your time to such precious children.

God bless,
Mechelle

Kris said...

What a great thing you both do. They all look so happy to be around kind and generous people!

LBB said...

Nice post, Dionne. I love how you stated that about never being able to earn more time...so true and good to remember how precious it is, to use it wisely, and what a gift it can be to others. You've inspired me!

Phoenix said...

You are so incredibly awesome, Dionne. I'm thinking about ways in which I can give back and you've really inspired me to step up.

Have some wonderful holidays :)

Tender Branson said...

Since I enjoy cooking I've given time to soup kitchens and feeding the homeless in other ways. I never thought about it before but your explanation about the giving of time makes complete sense. You can't get it back so it should mean more than money.

Paula said...

Dionne,
you are one of those special people that makes the world go round:)
A wonderful Christmas to you and yours!!!
paula:)

simplesong said...

oh i love this post. you are so sweet and thanks for sharing these sweet, sweet photos! xx, s

Pamela said...

absolutely beautiful.

Rebecca said...

you so inspire me ms.. dionne. thank you!

Annie said...

you are such a sweet, sweet girl!! what a wonderful heart you have! :) makes me happy.
the pics are very cute.
i hope you have a great weekend hun!!

Sarah said...

Good for you, dear. Doing things for others should be our lifestyle.

Have a Merry Christmas!

-Sarah

Fallon said...

So nice of you :)

I always try and take 1 or 2 Children from the Salvation Army trees abround the city. It has their name and a gift they need and a gift the want. You drop it the items back where you got the card and they deliver them on Christmas. It makes me so happy to help a child at Christmas :)

oh, hello friend. said...

Dionne, it is so lovely that you and brian do this together. they are so precious. Many of my friends work with down syndrome children and they love it. what a sweet thing to do this time of year. love the pics.

xo. danni

Nicole Marie said...

that is so wonderful! i'm trying to find volunteer programs in the city.

Kristin said...

Such a beautiful thing to do! Two of my very good friends have sisters with Downs...They are such sweet souls!

mimi charmante said...

I don't know how I found your blog but I simply adore it, and this post is exactly why I find it so inspiring! I love when we can find something that touches our hearts and then be a part of it. Bravo to you!
xx

Mo said...

oo you guys all look so cute ! you're awesome !

I volontered once for the "Resto du Coeur" in France (giving out food to poor people) but im ashamed to say it was my only time...
I do give money every month to "handicap international" but i have to admit giving time is much more rewarding...

Tambria said...

Dionne, this post is so encouraging. It is so true that we can earn more money but no one can earn more time. That's why we decided to devote our time and resources into throwing our first ever Pink Ribbon Party. We had a blast and we learn so much!

We plan to make the Pink Ribbon Party an annual event. We also plan to work with Volunteers For Youth Justice Program in our local city. It is truly rewarding to devote your time and energy to a great cause.

:)

Tali Schiffer said...

Dionne, you are such a beautiful person inside and out!!
Good for you for all your selfless giving! You sure inspire me to do more!!

Little Miss Tiara said...

I can't believe I haven't commented on this post yet! :O I believe I've read this post before, so why didn't I leave a comment? I don't know! Maybe because of the connection, blame it all there, haha...

and btw, this one is so very a beautiful post, I love all the pictures <3 ahh... the joy of giving some happiness and share it too ;)

and where are you girly? I miss you! You've been MIA! :D

Just in case you want to join, I'm having a giveaway on my blog (or little bloglet as you said it) to celebrate its first bloggyversarry :) my little dear now can walk a little, mweheheh...

Little Miss Tiara said...

oh silly silly me! I forgot to say: HAPPY NEW YEAR 2010 Dear Dionne! Such a pleasure I spent the 2009 and meeting you somewhere along the line ;)

glauren5 said...

I wish I hadn't read this too late.