Sunday, March 23, 2008

Giving Big

I love Sunday nights. It's The Extreme Makeover and The Big Give double punch. Call it cheesy, but I'm a sucker for those shows. It's great to see reality shows about helping people. There is a lot of focus on debauchery and and shock value in most reality shows (well TV in general for that matter). There are too many people willing to trade their self respect for their 15 minutes of fame. So I really respect what these shows are doing...and I find myself usually a little misty at least once during these 2 hours. I am always inspired and find myself wondering what I can do to make a difference.




However, in all fairness I think it's a lot harder than they make it seem on TV. On The Big Give, the contestants are able to raise a lot of money in a short amount of time--they make it seem incredibly easy. BUT, they also have the benefit of being followed around with a camera crew and making calls on behalf of Oprah's Big Give. A little name dropping never hurt anyone...and Miss O has quite a name to drop.

Have you ever wanted to really be a part of changing someones life for the better? Yes we all can do it through our friendships and families, but I mean helping a complete stranger in a really big way? Have you actually been able to do it? When, where, and most importantly HOW? I'm curious...

3 comments:

  1. I was actually the recipient of a Big Give. I was downtown with Ella having to appear in traffic court for a ticket that I KNOW I was not guilty of. It did not go well. I had the meanest judge (that was the word around the courtroom after it was all over) and the officer actually showed up. LOOONNNGGG story short: I was found guilty and had to pay $200 which made me get a bit emotional. I am sure we could have fanangled the $200, but I didn't have it at the time and said so. A man I had briefly talked with before the hearing approached me afterwards and said, "I had a buddy get me off. Here, take this." and shoved $150 into my hand. I was stunned! Shocked! SO GRATEFUL. When I went to pay the fine and ask for an extension on the additional $50, another woman overheard my plight and paid the $50 for me. Wonder of wonder. Miracle of miracles! Which made me get even more emotional and overwhelmed with the incredible kindness and generosity of complete and total strangers. I will never forget that.

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  2. Kendra--That's really cool. What a great story. I think it's nice to remember that it doesn't always have to be a big production (corporate sponsors, fund raising, etc) but sometimes just selflessly giving to someone else what they can't give themselves. And for some reason I'm hesitant to do that...I wonder if I saw a woman in a similar situation as yours, would I be so unselfish? It's like both of those people broke sort of this taboo barrier in helping you...do you know what I mean? I just think that kind of generosity is rare.

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  3. This is totally random (and afte rmuch sleep i'm finally reading blogs again :)) and completely late since your posting, but i've actually been thinking about doing a Big Give type club. Since I've been at home for the past month, I've thought about what to do with my spare time -- which is laughable with 3 kids, but hey! you still need to do something for yourself. I was contemplating starting a giving club where it's optional if you can participate, but once a month we come up with a giving concept for the month and we make it happen. I figure that if you can get 10 people together, and between 4-7 participate each month (based on the time and/or project committments), the group can really make a difference in the community. Plus, you can come up with many ideas with that many brains together.

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