I came home last Saturday at 1 in the morning, after having worked 12 hours straight, tired and stressed out of my mind…and I hadn’t even packed for my overseas vacation happening just 5 hours later!
All those weeks of looking forward to my precious holiday, and it looked like I was going to spend the first day a sleep-deprived zombie. You can imagine how I must have felt.
But the moment I stepped home, I saw something that lifted my spirits immediately.
It was a surprise calender gift and letter from Mercy Corps. This is what it said:
Thank you for your generous support of Mercy Corps as an online monthly giving member.
With your help, we are reaching more than 10 million people in 40 countries – from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe. Every day, we assist families in communities faced with some of the most difficult challenges of our time: hunger, lack of economic opportunity, conflict, access to clean water and education.
Your support helps open the doors to a new school, teaches a young mother how to provide good nutrition for her children, and plants a community garden that will feed a village. Together, we are empowering families, rebuilding communities and restoring hope.
As a token of our appreciation, we would like to give you the enclosed calender. Each time you look at it, we hope that you will be reminded of the life-changing difference you are making to individuals and families around the world.
Awwww. Now who wouldn’t feel great knowing your contribution is making a difference to someone else in the world?
In that spirit, I’m pledging 20% of whatever Life Coaches Blogs makes from now on to charity.
Because I believe it’s not just about us, and that those of us who have it better have the chance to give back and help build a better world.
P.S. If you want to start giving too, but don’t know where to start, the independent charity evaluator Charity Navigator is a good place to begin.