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Sara's Journey:

fall in love with giving

Hello Week 18 of Project Money!  Fall is here and I think about scents associated with fall:  apple pie, cinnamon, pumpkin, orange blossom, amber, and cedar wood are a few that come to mind.  This week I am going to deviate from talking about my Project Money journey and my musical-themed entries and speak about blessings.  It’s been more than two weeks since Hurricane Florence made landfall and many families and communities are struggling with the aftermath of all of the flooding.  Just this week the BBC reported at least 832 people have died from the Indonesia tsunami.  In Wisconsin, families have had their own issues with flooding too. Our neighbors cope with flooded basements, water-soaked memorabilia, and irreplaceable family heirlooms.  With these historic floods, farmers lose valuable crops and livestock and communities must rebuild. 

While others suffer from tragedies such as these, my children and I are healthy, safe, and dry.  Our basement is dry.  We have a beautiful brick home of modest size, lots of clothes, access to technology, great schools, churches, reliable transportation, pets who are loved, electricity and water, food in our refrigerator, music and board games, and access to medical care should we need it.  We are together and growing every day. 

Others are not so fortunate, and it’s time to not only count our blessings but to give back.  So this week’s financial fun fact:  no matter where you are at financially, many of us can spare $5.00 to help those in need.  Whether it is $1.00 or $5.00, every little bit helps.  Be sure in your giving that you donate to reputable organizations.  There are a plethora of GoFundMe pages, but unless the organizer has been checked out or you know them personally, be careful.  While lots of people are genuine and trustworthy, not all are honest.  Here are three resources to help consumers verify the credibility of nonprofits: Charity Watch, Charity Navigator, and Guidestar. 

With that said, make sure that your giving aligns with your own values.  There are a plethora of individuals and organizations who are doing great things.  In my community, I am particularly passionate about Helping the Homeless Fundraiser.  It is a yearly fundraiser that supports GIFTS Mens Shelter, Healthnet of Rock County, Project 16:49, ECHO, House of Mercy, and the Humane Society of Southern Wisconsin. 

I know this week that my budget will include some giving, and I hope yours does too.  Let’s make a difference in the lives of others. We only have one life to live. 

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