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I wrote this post last year, but feel even stronger about our need to support our local and national charities.  Our world has seen destruction and upheaval and none are more affected than neighbors and citizens just like ourselves.

In the United States, more than 10,000 people died last year waiting for disability status to get help for the most desperate of situations.

Not everyone can do a big thing, but everyone can do some thing.



via Gratitude & Giving ~ What Elicits your Empathy?



As an avowed Empathy Queen, individuals with passion, enthusiasm, sincerity, humor, honesty, and resilience are the ones who elicit my strongest sense of empathy.

When you have created strong emotion, for good or bad, you have found an audience that wants to take action.  Sympathy, pity and fear are short-term motivators and cause people to disconnect.  Yet, empathy makes someone want to advocate for you.



This is the time of year when people want inclusion and to reinforce our desire for positive change in the world.  Every mass appeal still needs to reach the group as one person at a time to engage the head, heart and hands.

While I paused to consider those things for which I am grateful, my thoughts ran to setting aside some time and funds to donate on Giving Tuesday.


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#Giving Tuesday is today and is a global collaboration of social media and begins a notable period of charitable giving for the Holiday season and through the end of the year.

You can give your time, your money, or any other gift that can make a difference in your workplace, community, school, state, or country.  Last year, over 700,000 people in 70 countries raised over $116,000,000 online! 

We have so many wonderful charities to advocate for and people who need someone to fight for them. I have personally witnessed the devastation of ALS, destroying our loved ones and families, one neuron at a time.  Mental health stigma and shame still exists on a monumental level.  Not only do we still lack health insurance parity in the US, but, many are unable to seek treatment as fewer and fewer providers offer any insurance coverage at all. Less than 41% of individuals in the U.S. with a mental health condition received treatment this past year (

You are sensitive to those life-changing crises that have affected you and can offer encouragement, support, and comfort to someone who thinks that no one else in the world can possibly understand.

Choose a cause that elicits your empathy; you understand because you have experienced it firsthand.  Each of us has struggled and that can be a lesson and an aid to understanding another.  We have so much to be thankful for and gratitude for that which we have survived.  Sharing our blessings with those whom we care for is part of how we prepare for Thanksgiving.

Sharing our blessings with those who need our help is part of how we can prepare for #Giving Tuesday and throughout the charitable season.

Wishing you every blessing to share ~~~




Thank you so much for sharing your time with me.


In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “An Extreme Tale.”

keep calm and give charity

Seeing the devastation that nature and man can create upon another is the very worst of times. Seeing the joy and gratitude of someone whom you have helped, or comforted, in the most elemental, heartfelt, and selfless way, is one of the best feelings that you can experience.

Working in the non profit field, or as a volunteer, always exposes you to the best that people can do for each other and the worst that they have.

Part of giving charity is the empathy attached to it.  No one wants money thrown at them (well, Ok, a few) because we each try to maintain dignity in a situation that leaves little room for any.

Getting to know the people to whom you give your charity means listening and hearing them express the pain that they have lived.  You may only spend 15 minutes with someone in need, but listen, with ALL of you. Truly Listen.  The unburdening is a part of the kindness in that interaction.  You may not be able to change the situation, but your empathy can give strength and encouragement, a sliver of hope, and a small light at the end of a deeply dark tunnel.

We must remember that it is merely for the Grace of G-d that we are not on the other side of this equation.  Giving charity, with money or your time, raises endorphins and serotonin in the brain. Another hormone surge some people experience is oxytocin; this is the chemical of love.

Jobs may end but volunteering never does.  There will always be people in need of whatever support you are willing to give. Please consider giving your heart, your patience, and your generosity as often, and as much, as able.

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#Giving Tuesday

This link can lead you to some terrific charities

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