The 2012 30-Day Giving Challenge

For the last three Novembers in a row, bloggers and readers around the country and beyond participated in The 30-Day Giving Challenge. When I presented the challenge to my readers back in 2009 as a fledgling blogger, I had no idea what God had in store for this little project. Thousands joined in through Facebook, Twitter, email and beyond. Countless lives were touched in large and small ways. And the friendships I formed with some of those fellow bloggers is still treasured to this day.

As November crept closer this year, I wondered if anyone would notice if I did not run the challenge once again. Life has gotten busier, blogging, less frequent, and my passion, frankly, had waned. But in October, a few emails and Facebook questions trickled in…

“Is this happening this year?”

“What’s this all about? Can I join?”

And in the midst of life’s craziness, God nudged me. The challenge MUST happen this year. Somehow, there would be time in the hectic holiday rush for a little giving. And just like that, I announced on Facebook that it was coming. People DID notice. And were excited! Which spurred me on to make it happen no matter what.

Within the last few days, a new team of bloggers formed, some old, some new, to present the challenge this year to our readers. So, dear reader… I must ask. Are you IN?

The idea is quite simple. Grab a journal (or a free printable calendar) and GIVE in some fashion every day in November. This could be large or small, simple or extravagant.

I realize that 30 days may seem like a long period of time. The first week or two will be new, exciting and easy. The second half of the month might get busier, with Thanksgiving, family and travel. The challenge may get pushed aside. But I know there are always opportunities to give your time, talents or resources, if you are willing to be led.

Need some further giving inspiration? All new this year, which I am super excited about, is our Pinterest group board FULL of giving ideas and encouragement.

You can now officially RSVP for the Challenge here, and feel free to share it on your wall or invite friends to participate too! You are welcome to post links to causes you wish to support (spam will be deleted), along with comments, photos and videos on the event wall throughout the month.

It will be so inspiring to see what others are doing and learning! I also want to encourage you to get your whole family involved. A journal is just one way to document the process. What about a poster or chalk board? A dry-erase board in your kitchen? Allow your kids to write down ideas or draw pictures of your activities.

These were just a few ideas I had. Please share your ideas for involving your family below in comments!

As we move through November, don’t forget to follow the 30-Day Giving Challenge on Pinterest, Facebook, and Twitter (#30DayGive) to be encouraged and share your stories.

Are you ready to GIVE BIG this month?

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Ways to Involve Your Children in the 30 Day Giving Challenge

The following is a guest post from contributing writer, Amy.

I don’t know about you, but my children are saturated.

Saturated with the need for things.  The need for more.  We rarely allow them to watch television, so this idea isn’t coming from commercials.  As I leave for the grocery store, they ask if I will be bringing home a prize. What?!?!

So, where do they get this?  Is it from seeing other children’s things?  Or is it an innate desire to want?  To crave?

I have these same feelings. I see a great pair of shoes and I want them. Sometimes, I even feel entitled (gasp!) to have them. And while I contemplate that incredible footwear, someone, somewhere is hungry.  Or without electricity.  Or in need of a pair of shoes… simply because the ones they have are unwearable.

And while buying a pair of shoes is not a sin, I do believe we need to stop and think.  Are those shoes a need or a want?  Have I saved for them?  Will I be giving up something else so that I can have these?

Whether or not we purchase these, our children see what we do.  They see if we impulsively grab something off of the shelves, or if we have made a point to set money aside for something.

They see us when we take… and when we give.

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This giving season, our family is taking it a step beyond giving money in Sunday school.  There is a local family in need of many things, including clothing, food, and toys. The girls are really excited about the prospect of helping this family.

In years past, we, as a family, have each chosen an “angel” from our local Angel Tree.  The girls have a really hard time choosing just one apiece (Abby Grace wouldn’t mind if we took every one!), and then spend even longer choosing a gift for that child. We try to make that particular shopping trip only about the Angel Tree children, to make a point that we are doing something for someone else, rather than ourselves. The same goes when we purchase toys for our local toy run. The girls go nuts picking out just the “right” toys for both girls and boys.  Another option is to participate in the Toys for Tots program.

Another great way to involve your family in this season of giving is to “adopt” a family through the Salvation Army Adopt-a-Family Program.  Let your children help you set a budget, make a list, go shopping, and then deliver.  This is such an easy way to show your children love for someone else.

I love the idea of having a Christmas Jar.  In fact, I wish I had started this earlier!  I really cannot wait to share with the girls how Christmas Jars work.  I am quite sure they will be racing around the house looking for spare change for it!  Personally, I have a family in mind, but definitely will involve them in praying for whomever might receive the money we are saving (my girls are quite opinionated!).

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Rice Bowls is a non-profit organization that seeks to provide food for orphans in the name of Christ. They feed over 1,500 kids every year. Rice Bowls provides the sponsored orphanage their food budget so they can buy fresh food locally and support their community. And while Rice Bowls is geared toward organizations, you can absolutely do it as a family. We have not done Rice Bowls, but it is on our to-do list for 2012.

If you are unsure of how/whom to give to locally, consider Operation Christmas Child. This is a simple way to give to a child in need. If you are in need of ideas of what to pack, the OCC website has a list of suggested items, as well as, what to avoid.

No matter who, what, or how you give, remember for Whom it is you give. In the end, all of this is to bring glory to His Name.


If you’re a blogger, feel free to link up your giving post here. Don’t have a blog? You can leave a comment below with your giving ideas. I invite everyone to participate.

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30 Day Giving Challenge 2011

Two years ago, God really put giving on my heart. The 30 Day Giving Challenge was born, and I had no idea the impact it would make.

I’m pleased to tell you that the 30 Day Giving Challenge is back, and will begin on Tuesday, November 1st.  Things will be a bit different this year, with new ideas and new opportunities.

I challenge you to get involved (and your family, too!), with your own ideas.  If you aren’t sure where to start, feel free to peruse the ideas found on the Get Involved page, found on the 30 Day website.  There is a printable planning calendar available, as well as, ways that you can share your giving stories throughout the month.

If you’re looking for giving inspiration, Myra will be sharing ideas for giving each day on the 30-Day Giving Challenge Facebook page.  Be sure to “like” the 30 Day page so you can stay up-to-date on these wonderful ideas.

Bloggers, there is a new opportunity for you!  You can link up your own post about the 30-Day Giving Challenge on different websites throughout the month of November.  The first opportunity for that will be at the Saving and Giving site on Tuesday.  You can challenge your readers to think of ways to give, begin brainstorming your own ideas for giving, or share what you have done for the past giving challenges.  You can find additional information about weekly link-up opportunities on the Blogger Info Page.

I am so excited to see how God will use this challenge for His Kingdom. Won’t you join us?

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30-Day Giving Challenge Recap

Thirty days ago, our challenge began.

“Give every day during the month of November.”

Participants from far and wide joined in to bless others. Hearts were changed. People gave generously… their time, talents, finances, food and more.

I loved checking in on Facebook each day to see how people were giving. Stories, ideas and experiences were shared to encourage one another. It was a social media experience unlike any other!

New this year, I had the support and help of nine fellow bloggers behind the scenes. Together we laughed, cried, prayed and rejoiced. I am honored to call these women my friends.

The challenge was most definitely at times, challenging. In my own life, there was illness, family challenges, and the unexpected loss of our family dog. Some days were tough to even leave the house. My giving was by no means extravagant, and often went to my own family. Devoting extra time to my family life and home was perhaps the best giving I have done in a long time. :)

Throughout the month, I shared special causes and giving ideas from fellow bloggers. In case you missed any of them, learn more about simple ways you can support these worthy organizations:

Thanks to twelve generous sponsors, we also featured giveaways and prizes throughout the month. It was truly a pleasure knowing that each prize was going to an unsuspecting reader, along with another for a local charity.

As November comes to a close, it is my prayer for each of you that starting the crazy holiday shopping season with an intentional focus on giving, rather than getting, will set the tone for a peaceful, meaningful Christmas.

Thank you for joining me on this journey! I hope you will join us next November.

For the LORD your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great God, mighty and awesome, who shows no partiality and accepts no bribes. He defends the cause of the fatherless and the widow, and loves the alien, giving him food and clothing. Deuteronomy 10:17-18

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