Giving Back (30 Days of Gratitude: Day 16)

Today in Minnesota, it is “Give to the Max Day” — give early, give often, and encourage others to do the same!! Millions of dollars are raised in a 24-hour period to support non-profit organizations across the state.

We wait for today to make our annual donation for some organizations and give a little extra for others, and always scatter our donations throughout the day to help each one get a chance at the bonus donation giveaways that occur as part of this event.

“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.”

~ Winston Churchill (attributed to)

'Be kind .... always. Thank you, Penzeys Spices, I shall wear it proudly and carry on! #kindnessmatters #whyimarch #womensmarch #shepersisted #bekind'

While there are countless worthy organizations out there, here are some we support annually on this date (with embedded links to their websites):

“The whole idea of compassion is based on a keen awareness of the interdependence of all these living beings, which are all part of one another, and all involved in one another.”

~ Thomas Merton

The "catio" at Animal Allies Human Society in Duluth, MN

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed individuals can change the world; indeed it’s the only thing that ever has.

~ Margaret Mead

Heading to the dock after the race at the Duluth International Regatta

“Here is your country. Cherish these natural wonders, cherish the natural resources, cherish the history and romance as a sacred heritage, for your children and your children’s children. Do not let selfish men or greedy interests skin your country of its beauty, its riches or its romance.”

~ Theodore Roosevelt

Running the Trails at Hartley Nature Center in Duluth, MN

“Think of giving not as a duty but as a privilege.”

John D. Rockefeller Jr.

If you want to learn more about GiveMN and how to “Give to the Max”, check out the article: “5 Things to know about how Give to the Max Day 2017 works.”

~ Kat

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