Receiving more than you give on GivingTuesday

I’d like to share with you a giving story. Rose lives on a fixed income, but her one-bedroom apartment is filled with things that she buys to give away to others. She donates time and money to her church. She donates food to a nearby Foodbank. She visits with an elderly neighbor who now lives in a care home, bringing food and offering companionship. She doesn’t need special recognition for giving, but she inspires me, and I hope she inspires you.

Today is GivingTuesday, a global day of giving, and I hope you will join me in giving back in some way. It’s not just about money – you can give your time to a nonprofit, your skills to a charity, your goods to someone in need, and your voice to a cause.

Today in Honolulu, learn about Hawai‘i Community Foundation at their Giving Tuesday pop-up party the corner of Bishop and King Street between 6 am and 8:30 am. Eat a morning snack and enter to win a grant for a nonprofit of your choice, given in your name. Ask about how you can make smart and meaningful choices when you donate to a local nonprofit.

Tonight in Honolulu, sign up for a paint party at Painting with a Purpose from 7 pm to 9 pm to benefit the Hawaii Opera Theatre. Attendees will receive step-by-step instructions for creating a beautiful 16”x20” canvas, all materials provided, with half the proceeds benefiting HOT.

Over the next few weeks across Hawai‘i, support The Salvation Army’s Angel Tree Giving Program, November 24 through December 24, 2017. You can find Angel Trees in various malls, Burger King restaurants, and Central Pacific Bank branches. Pick an angel, buy a gift, and return both tag and gift to the Angel Tree location. Help make holiday wishes come true for underprivileged children in Hawai‘i.

However you give, share it with the hashtags #GivingTuesday and #GivingTuesdayHI and challenge others to give.

“When you give yourself, you receive more than you give” – Antoine de Saint-Exupery

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