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I absolutely love the idea and spirit behind this week’s FMM, so let’s get right to it.

FMM: Creating Change

This week Kenlie decided that instead of writing about ourselves, we should look to the world around us and make a positive impact –  create a change, if you will – which I think will show more about any of us than a cute survey (although I do love doing those quizzes!).

The Details: She’s  asking that you write a quick post today about your plans to donate food to a local food bank or church or charitable organization in your area during the month of September. (You can even copy this paragraph for your own post if you want to.)  Maybe you plan to donate 10 cans of beans or 5 packs of spaghetti or one jar of peanut butter.  Or maybe you’ll make a cash donation or volunteer.  You don’t have to get fancy or expensive.  Just give as much as you can, and be proud of yourself for making a difference.   Then, like usual, post a link here about your plans to donate for change.  And if someone leaves a comment on your blog about their plans to donate food or money to the hungry, leave another comment here at www.alltheweigh.com letting me know.  And when you’ve gathered your donation, you can e-mail a photo of yourself and your goods so you can be featured on my blog.

My Donation: Not only will I donate a grocery bag full of food to my local food bank, Second Harvest Food Bank , and I’ll also volunteer my time there, as well.  Every year I try to organize an evening with some of my students so that we can give back to our community. The 12th graders in my Journalism class and I had planned on going to volunteer one evening this fall, and this just gives me more of an impetus to do it.  They have an “active citizen” project for their government class, but beyond that, they are really sweet kids that were absolutely willing to go and do this when I mentioned it to them last week.  Plus it’s a really fun way for us to do something great for other people and bond as a class.  Win, win, win!!

Spending just a few dollars and donating it to a food bank is an easy thing for most of us to do and it makes a huge difference in the lives of people who may not know where their next meal is coming from.  I applaud Kenlie for coming up with this project, and I am more than willing to show my support.

What will YOU do?

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Several of my friends are participating in charity walks for various organizations, and this morning I decided it was time to donate to all of them.  I had been meaning to give something for a while now, but hadn’t had a spare moment to sit down and actually make the donations.

Two of my friends are participating in TNT events – one is doing a 104-mile bike ride and the other is doing a triathlon.  I am so proud of both of them, because I know how hard it is to train for these events.  Plus, the friend that’s doing the tri said that I was her inspiration – how cool is that?  It really made me feel special to know that I influenced someone’s life like that.

Ish is participating in an Multiple Sclerosis 10K in San Francisco in April, and decided to join a team because a few of her friends have been afflicted with the disease.  I’m so proud of her for doing it, because this is going to be quite a challenge for her, physically. She has such a positive attitude about it, though, and I’m sure she’ll have no problem completing the event.

Last but not least is Lisa, from Doing It For Me.  Lisa is participating in the Toronto Weekend to End Breast Cancer, which is another amazing event.

Since I know all too well how difficult it is to raise funds in these hard economic times, I wanted to make sure to do my part to support these wonderful women.  I figured that if I could spend $100 on makeup on Monday, the least I could do today was spend $100 supporting these ladies.  It’s all about balance, after all.

So, if you’re able to, why not donate to someone who is participating in a charity event, or join one yourself?  There really is no better feeling than giving back.

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