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Count Your Blessings and Give Some, Too – 24 Easy Ways Online

I’m counting my blessings this month even as I run around stressing about getting everything done: the shopping, the wrapping, the end-of-year sales and finances, the travel plans, etc. But I’m not forgetting how, even though I’m crazed, I’m extremely lucky. I have a warm home – in both temperature and spirit, a great marriage, two glorious children, great and patient friends, a thriving business on my own terms, fabulous employees, a supportive extended family, three dogs who make me crazy but are great for cuddling, and much, much more.

As I look around this month and count my blessings more than usual, I also want to give back as a way of saying “thanks” to the universe/Kismet, etc. It’s easier than ever these days – so no excuses. Click on any of the URLs below to share the spirit this holiday season – and always, for that matter.

  1. Support research for many medical causes. My personal passions: Alzheimer’s and Cancer.
  2. Be the example to a teen at risk.
  3. Boston’s very own Globe Santa can use your help for granting holiday wishes to needy families.
  4. Californian? Shop at Out of the Closet thrift stores to support AIDS Healthcare
    Foundation
    through proceeds
  5. Choose a volunteer project or go local – do something in your town
  6. Keep us all healthy – donate for vaccinations against deadly diseases
  7. See clearly – donate your old eye glasses
  8. Keep walking – donate old shoes
  9. Nature matters – protect rain forests
  10. You can provide a month of care for sexual slavery victims
  11. Not flying this season? Donate your frequent flyer miles to families of injured soldiers
  12. Each year the average teacher spends over $659 from their own pocket to buy classroom materials; you can help locally or otherwise
  13. eBay isn’t just for buying; sell gifts online, too – a percentage of sales goes to charities of your choice
  14. Enjoying your family at the holidays? Our homesick troops aren’t so lucky – help brighten their holiday
  15. Give blood
  16. Education matters – support a future college student
  17. Help time pass for a hospital-bound child
  18. Brides Against Breast Cancer can use your gown
  19. My Mom’s Golden is a therapy dog; yours can be too
  20. Send your old laptop to a child
  21. Shopping anyway so why not donate a portion of what you buy this season by shopping here
  22. Support the need for medical supplies for children
  23. Upgrade your car or mobile phone and donate the old one for domestic violence victims
  24. Warm and cozy? Many are not. Donate stuffed animals, baby blankets, and children’s books

Technology is great – when it works

  I’m a huge fan of technology – obviously, it’s what I focus on for a living – but when it doesn’t work it’s maddening! I’m pretty busy between running an agency, managing a family with two young children and dealing with three (slightly-maddening) dogs. So when I need gifts I usually order them at the last minute and online. Not the most personal approach but hey, it’s better than forgetting!

So when I skipped the food and went online during my lunch break to order some last minute birthday gifts, I expected it to be quick and easy – food basket, flowers – done. Usually that works. For some reason, tech karma is not on my side today. The first site, 1800flowers.com, kept insisting that my credit card number was wrong – it wasn’t, I checked it about a zillion times. Okay fine, I don’t have time to talk to customer service so I quickly go over to Hallmark. I choose my gifts, add in the addresses and go to pay…and the site keeps crashing. Over and over again that annoying pop up tells me the operation has been aborted. Dreadful words, especially when you are trying to hurry.

So technology today actually slowed me down. It’s great when it works but when it doesn’t – you feel like ripping your hair out. I guess my late birthday gifts will be even more late than usual!

 Where do you buy gifts online? Have any great suggestions? Please share!