Giveaway: Live On. Give On.
During the holidays, it is easy to get caught up in the to-do lists, travel, and frenetic schedules that can come with the season. However, some of the best and most memorable moments can be the simplest: spending time with family, untangling the bundle of Christmas lights, and trying to keep that perfect gift a secret. For many people, a huge part of the joy of the holidays is celebrating the people we are closest to, and focusing on giving – time, effort, maybe a thoughtful gift, and love.
What if we expanded that circle, and used the holidays as motivation to give back to a wider community? I recently heard about the Bakken Invitation Program, in which 10 honorees who have been given another chance at life after overcoming a medical challenge and have gone on to give back to their community are awarded a $20,000 grant to direct to a charity of their choice. Some of their stories are so amazing. I was especially touched by Lucilla Bossi, an Italian woman who started exhibiting the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease at only 36 years old. Deep brain stimulation now helps to control her symptoms, and she revels in being able to use the simple gestures of everyday life again. For more than 10 years now she has served as the president of the Italian Parkinson’s disease organization, advocating and representing those affected by PD. Her tip to savor a regular, busy day really resonates with me, and the way she is using her time to help others enjoy more regular, busy days in spite of the challenges of Parkinson’s is inspiring. You can read about all of the honorees and their life tips here.
Even for those of us lucky enough never to have experienced a life-altering illness, there are so many little ways to give back. To help you do something nice for others, learn more about the Bakken Invitation here and then comment on this post for a chance to win a prepaid $100 Visa card, which you can use to give back in your own community! The card could be used to stock food pantry shelves, buy holiday gifts for less privileged children, organize an event at a local nursing home, or donate to a local organization you feel strongly about. Even using it to perform a random act of kindness, like paying for everyone’s coffee in the Starbucks line, could have huge ripple effects. Share how you give back below before December 30 for a chance to win!
Thank you to Medtronic for sponsoring today’s post on giving back.
Update: The winner has been chosen – congrats, Marie! Thanks to everyone who commented – these were all such great ideas. You are an inspiring bunch! Thanks for reading The Boston Day Book. :)