It's Giving Tuesday Today!
It's Giving Tuesday!! What's Giving Tuesday you ask?
#GivingTuesdayCa is a global day of giving. After the sales of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Giving Tuesday is a time to celebrate and encourage activities of making a donation, volunteering time, helping a neighbour or spreading the word, in support of charities and non profits.
For years, I have played a large part in our consumeristic society. It's hard to not be like the society and culture you have been raised in. All this time I've been trying to "keep up with the Jones'". But, more and more I find myself having with no desire to buy things I don't need. I find myself fighting hard against society's strong push. More often now, my Malawian friends' needs and wants are the bar I see set before me.
Today, on Giving Tuesday, I think of my friends in Malawi who are already struggling to find food for themselves and their children. As subsistence farmers, they rely on healthy crops gleaned in April, to last them a full year. Many many families have already run out! My heart cries out for our friends living in absolute abject poverty ... with nothing but a few pieces of clothing each, mud floor and walls, and grass over their heads. And my heart aches at the contrast of our planet, as I think about how people have spent the last few days of their Thanksgiving weekend in a frenzy to fill their lives with wants, not needs, in the hopes of filling their hearts at the same time.
Will you spend a moment with me reflecting on what we have, what we need, what we want, and those who don't have an option to think on these things?"
- Julie Seath
Would you consider Love a Village this Tuesday?