All posts tagged: giving

Grandpa Dobri

Grandpa Dobri from Bulgaria

Grandpa Dobri from Bulgaria is not a typical 99-year old man. In the past couple of decades, he has been walking 15 miles from his home to the city of Sofia daily, so that he can beg for money. He doesn’t keep the money however; he donates every single penny  to the city’s churches and orphanages. In this video clip, the church officials noted that Grandpa Dobri has given an equivalent to $52,000! I’m not saying that we should give away all of our income to causes we are passionate about, but I am sharing this story because I’m very inspired and humbled by this man’s perseverance, kindness, generosity, and greatness of heart. May love and light be showered upon you every day, Grandpa Dobri! Source: Humans are Free

Real Secret Santas

I first heard about real “Secret Santas” happening at a K-mart in Michigan last year, and I am so happy to learn that it has inspired others to do the same. Most recently, a $10,000 check was given by an anonymous donor to help payoff layaways in Walmart, and other similar stories have been reported across the nation this season. It excites me because that’s what the season is about: Giving, sharing, and spreading smiles wherever and whenever possible. At the end of the day, it’s not just about the money; it’s the invaluable and irreplaceable feeling that anyone is blessed with when he or she realizes that someone cares. There are times when I wish for this positive energy to be available all-year round; and I don’t think Christmas will be any less special if this was the case. For my part, I truly hope that I can keep up the message of joy, kindness, care, and love with everyone I meet in the coming years. Being appreciative and happy feels good. Making someone …

JK Rowling and Her Hogwarts Cash

Her rags-to-riches story is well-known and her achievements in writing one of the most popular series in the world are astonishing. Although tears almost accompanied my goosebumps when we visited “Hogwarts” in Orlando, I wouldn’t call myself a die-hard fan. I just always thought JK Rowling was notably impressive and of course, a great story-teller. Well, I also now believe that she’s an amazing person. Recently, I learned that she didn’t make it to the “Billionaires’ Club”  this time around because she made substantial donations to charity organizations focusing on children’s welfare, ms, poverty and illiteracy. This truly inspires me. While I donate what/when I can to charities and causes I believe in, I’d like to think that when I amass millions of dollars in the future (or in a parallel universe which is more plausible), I would follow suit and give as much as I receive. “You have a moral responsibility when you’ve been given far more than you need, to do wise things with it and give intelligently.”  – JK Rowling Source: Mother …

A Gift for Giving

This is one of the coolest gifts I received last Christmas. It’s the first time I realized this service exists but after I figured out that I needed to go to the website and pick charities I would like to donate my gifted funds to, I was smiling all the way. They have a huge list to pick from and I wish I can give to all of them — but to me, in the process of choosing which charity I’d like to support, it made my final choices all the more meaningful. It reminded me that my chosen organizations have objectives that I strongly believe in, and more importantly, they are close to my heart. I left the website with a warm feeling. The good kind that you only get when you know you’ve contributed to something in need of your support. This gift also reminded me to give, to pay it forward, to be selfless for a moment, and to continue rallying for causes I believe in, even when it’s hard enough to …