Show & Tell Tuesday: Serving

I am sharing my post for Show & Tell Tuesday today, because tomorrow is the Show Us Your Books link up, where I will be sharing my October book review!  

I love the subject of serving, because helping out others is one of my favorite things.  It's almost selfish in a way, because although it helps out others, it makes me feel really good trying to make a difference.  Below are a few ways I help to serve others.


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Amazon Smile.  I mentioned this before, but if you purchase through Amazon Smile, a percentage of your total will be donated to a charity of your choice.  In my opinion, using this is a no brainer.   You are going to buy from Amazon anyways, might as well do so and give back at the same time.  I believe it allows you to pick your charity, and then it will remember that next time you shop through the website.  I have mine set up to a local non for profit, but I also know some people can help their schools this way, too.  Easy peasy.

My Schnucks Card.  This is more of a local / regional way to give back, but the My Schnucks Card gives up to 3% back to a charity of your choice.  You set up at the card online, then when you are shopping, you just have them scan your card before paying and a percentage of your purchase is donated to the charity you specified.  Another super easy way to give back while doing something you would do anyways.  It takes minimal effort.

I do realize that both Amazon Smile and My Schnucks Card are small percentages to give, but I think every bit counts and can add up.

Young Professionals Board.  I am part of the Provident Young Professionals Board.  Provident is an organization whose mission is helping individuals and families to a brighter future through counseling, suicide prevention and intervention, and community support programs.  A lot of different organizations have these YP Boards you can join to help spread awareness and raise money for that organization.  It's a great way to help out a good cause, network and meet other people in the area, and have fun!  

Donate.  For me, donations range from money to things to time.  My church has a mission junction, and there are often specific items that are needed.  Usually the items are cheap, and something I can grab while out shopping.  I feel like there are always friends are coworkers participating in walks or runs or other events, so making a small donation when I can is a great way to help out.  My work also has different campaigns going on throughout the year.  I have mentioned before that I head our United Way Silent Auction, and then this year I also made cookies for a cookie walk benefiting Operation Food Search.  There are also flea markets held at work during the fall for decor items, so when I am putting up my decorations for the seasons, if I see something that I don't care for anymore, I set it aside to donate.  It helps me clean things out a bit and get rid of unwanted items, and it also helps to raise a little bit of money.  Sometimes I can't donate money to all the things I want, because, well I still have to cover my expenses and ya know live, but donating time, or items that I may not have use for anymore, is a great way to give back without dealing with the financial aspect.

Sometimes I think serving is more of a personal thing, and people don't talk about it as much.  I think it's great to share, though, because we all could use a little more good in the world and knowledge of all these great things people are doing, whether it be big or small.  And it may inspire someone to get involved in something, too!



...and 2016 Show & Tell Tuesday posts below.



Linking up with Andrea.

16 comments

  1. I had no idea about the amazon smile program - definitely using that this holiday season! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

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  2. I totally agree-sharing this brings more good and we could all use more of that!

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  3. Love this post-- it's so true that you get what you give, and giving back really is the best gift. I think sometimes people forget that giving doesn't have to be all about money, giving your time is another huge way to make a difference!

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  4. Love all of the ways that you give! Such a great reminder!

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  5. Great acts of service. I love giving my time and money to organizations I know do good works.

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  6. I love that you're so passionate about giving :) We dedicate and tithe 10% of our income through our church, and I love knowing I'm giving back, too.

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  7. It's good that you're talking about Amazon smile because I bet a lot of people don't know about it!

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  8. It's wonderful how generous and giving you are. Giving back is so important. Thanks for sharing.

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  9. I've been meaning to check out Amazon Smile. I loved getting involved with charities in our local community to help out and we have an organization that donates wheelchairs to those in need around the world.

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  10. I guess since I just finally signed up for Amazon Prime it makes sense that I didn't know about Amazon Smile but that's awesome! Great share!

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  11. Totally agree...I think sometimes people just have never been exposed to serving and having some ideas really help.

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  12. I have a draft for this post saved but am struggling to write it tonight! I serve in a few areas, but for some reason I feel like it's hard to write a post about it! I feel like you did such a good job capturing this!

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  13. Yes, love Amazon Smile and I feel like so many people don't know about it yet everyone shops on Amazon! I agree, donating time and items are still both such good ways to give back :)

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  14. Hooray for Amazon Smile! Love these ideas. Pinned!

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