Giving Tuesday: Make a Difference

Many organizations and businesses are promoting today as the second annual Giving Tuesday.  We have a day to give thanks.  Then we have two days to shop til we drop – Black Friday and Cyber Monday.  Why not treat today as a day to give back – to celebrate the American tradition of volunteerism and charitable giving.

Doing something for others has been shown to make you feel good yourself.  It gets those endorphins humming along.  Instead of feeling stressed about the busyness of the holidays and holiday shopping, make yourself feel good – and make a difference in someone else’s life at the same time. Give something to someone who needs it for the sheer pleasure of giving.

Here’s a test for you.  Can you even remember what you got for Christmas or Hanukkha last year?  Or what you gave someone else?  I have to confess, I can’t on either count.  I have what I need, and I don’t need more stuff.

I have been trying to convince family and friends that they will make me most happy by giving me the pleasure of giving to someone else. Don’t buy me a thing; buy me the experience of making a difference in someone else’s life.

Actually, I have been doing this in forming Sherbro Foundation and giving my time and money to help develop Bumpeh Chiefdom in rural Sierra Leone.  It has made me feel good – very good.

So, I’d like to give you the same opportunity to feel good.  First, why give to Sherbro Foundation?

  • Make a Difference:  Helping people living on $2/day or less move beyond poverty makes a huge difference.
  • The Girl Effect: Investing in girls – and women – gives one of the biggest returns on investment of charitable dollars you can get.
  • Strong Partnership:  We work closely with one community to understand their needs & priorities and collaborate directly on delivering projects.
  • Efficient:  100% of donations go to projects in the field; administrative costs are paid separately.
Father hands newborn baby to the pastor for blessing at Naming Ceremony.

Father hands newborn baby to the pastor for blessing at Naming Ceremony.

I’ll now shamelessly ask you to contribute to Sherbro Foundation. Our projects range from girls secondary school scholarships and adult literacy classes, to raising trees for community orchards that will generate much needed cash for local development projects and investment accounts for newborn babies for their future education.

By the time you read this, you’ll probably be in the throes of holiday shopping.  Why not simplify by going to our Donate page for many stocking stuffer ideas that will make a difference for months to come – and larger gifts as well.

Thanks!  I wish you a joyful holiday season and a very happy new year.

2 thoughts on “Giving Tuesday: Make a Difference

  1. Thanks , I’ve recently been searching for info approximately this topic for a while and yours
    is the greatest I’ve came upon so far. But, what concerning the conclusion?
    Are you sure about the source?


    • Hi, Lorraine. The source of information on Sherbro Foundation is me – the founder and now President and Executive Director. It’s based on the 1-2 months I spend in Bumpeh Chiefdom each year and multiple phone calls each month in the rest of the year. So, yes, I vouch for that info. Giving Tuesday is a well known organization just promoting giving to charitable causes in the holiday season. They receive no money. They only encourage people to donate to their favorite nonprofit organization instead of spending money on traditional gifts people don’t really care about. Thanks for commenting. Arlene


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