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Friday, June 27, 2014

How Do You GiveForward?

Last weekend there were a bunch of us in one of my moms groups that held a yard sale to help another member afford her cancer treatments. There was such an outpouring of support for her and her family, it was unbelievable. From the donation of the yard, to the donations of things to sell, cash donations and time spent from volunteers running the sale. Altogether $1500 was raised for this family, which amounts to about three months of treatment.  

All it took was one courageous woman to ask for help and for another to make good on her idea.

 From our yard sale last year.

Unfortunately, there are so many people out there that may want to help others in need, but don't actually do it. This could be for many reasons, but the feeling you get when you help someone else is incredible. When we lived in Pennsylvania, there was this foreign tourist on the train that didn't realize the train we were on wasn't going all the way to Wilmington. The last stop happened to be our stop and he was stuck. We could've easily just gotten in our car and gone on home, but we didn't. We gave him a ride to where he was trying to go. It was such a simple thing, yet it completely made this guy's trip and it made us feel so good to do something for someone else just because.

There are so many ways to help someone in need. One way to help is to start a GiveForward page. GiveForward.com is an organization that focuses on helping families in need due to a medical crisis. You set up your fundraiser and spread the word for people to donate. However, their administration fees are covered almost entirely by donors, meaning that approximately 99.5% of the funds raised go directly to the beneficiary. 

They have also started a brand ambassador program to help them spread the word about their mission to give others unexpected joy. I can't tell you how excited I am to be a part of the over $107 million raised to help those in need.

So, will you GiveForward?
http://www.giveforward.com/learn?utm_source=sverve&utm_medium=blog&utm_campaign=unexpectedjoy
I was compensated for this post. However, all opinions are my own.

13 comments:

  1. What a super idea for a fundraiser. I know we all have stuff to get rid of and people love going to yard sales. I will sure remember this the next time I need to giveforward. My prayers go out to your friend and her family.

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  2. I wasn't able to help as much as I would've liked, but anything is better than nothing!

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  3. I love this idea for a fundraiser! i would like to do more by give forward. i do small things now like pay for someones coffee, ect, but this is amazing. prayers for you and your friend.

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  4. Yard sales are a great way to help people. Our church raised 2,000 for Haiti with theirs.

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  5. You guys did awesome! That's a great donation amount

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  6. I hope you get your pool out! We have a busy weekend. Farmer's Market, Gymnastics, Swimming and Painting!

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  7. We're having a yard sale tomorrow and a birthday party in the evening so it definitely won't be tomorrow. Hopefully Sunday afternoon!


    PS - I just went to the farmer's market over lunch and got some amazing zucchini and peppers...I love summer!

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  8. We have just now been able to get in the pool because it took forever to get cleaned out. We definitely need to have you all over sometime!

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  9. How fun! I so want to get my son an inflatable pool and this gives me the motivation! Thanks for linking up!

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  10. Small actions can lead to big things!

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  11. This is an awesome program. I read everything I could on the site and it gave me an idea. It seems this is for an individual, most likely you would know. It gave me an idea. I emailed the site for an answer to my idea. I noticed one can make a fundraiser for burial expenses but again I assume its for one person. Which gives me the idea to start a foundation or something to help those who can't bury their loved one. I learned recently what happens. No idea where to start but researching. Thanks for the awesome post!

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  12. So much fun! Some of our most fun in the summer is spent in the blow up pool in the backyard.

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  13. How fun! We love the hose and kiddie pool in our backyard! Thanks for linking up with us!

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