Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Tuesday Coffee Chat: So Many Ways to Help

Rory Bore of Ink Interrupted hosts the Tuesday Coffee Chat, where the topic this week is Giving Tuesday, and whether and how we are planning to participate.

Giving is a delight.  This past weekend, i gave time at the church for the homeless, and bought the toys for the Angel Tree child. 

Angel Tree Ministries allows you to give back to your community by purchasing a gift in the name of an incarcerated parent and delivering it to the child in that parent's name.  The parent this time wanted his 12-year-old son to have some sports equipment, so i got the boy both a basketball and a football, and a pump with spare needles to keep them in good shape.  My thinking on that was whichever he doesn't want to play with at the moment he can let his little brothers have so they will leave him in peace!

A friend and i are splitting an Angel Tree family between us this year, since with Sweetie still looking for work things are a bit tight, i couldn't do a whole family by myself.  The friend is going to arrange the meeting, and if i'm not working, i'll be there to help deliver the gifts.

Our church is also gathering toys for the church for the homeless, to make sure all of those kids have gifts.  Since i have a church ladies meeting today, i will take the toys i've gotten up there with me, and we will have a wrapping party this coming Sunday.

The Malachi Dads (men in prison who are learning how to become good fathers so that when they get out, they can go home and do right by their families) need toothpaste and socks and soap and such things, so i will take some of those items up to the church today, too.

Our local grocery stores have paper bags filled with holiday foods that you can simply purchase the whole bag for $10 and put in the food bank barrel.  All they have to do is add the turkey or ham, and a local family that qualifies for food assistance has all they need for a good Christmas meal.  Next time i'm at the grocery, i'll take advantage of that opportunity to help.

Through the month, i will have a few other things i will do, and the children will help with some of it.  We already sent a Christmas gift to the child we sponsor in Kenya.

A scientific study i once read about proved that money buys happiness if you are giving the money away, and i believe it.  The most fun we have is giving, and if Sweetie were still working, we would give even more.  Maybe next year, but we're going to do what we can now, even if it's less than we want.

Today is:

A Colonial Christmas -- Jamestown Settlement, Williamsburg, VA, US (through Dec. 31; enjoy 17th- and 18th-century Christmas traditions, comparing those of England and the Colonies)

Antarctica Day -- celebrating the Continent of Peace and Science 

Barbes Diena -- Ancient Latvian Calendar (celebrates the fertility of sheep)

Basketball Day -- commonly seen as the day Dr. James Naismith invented the game; while we know it was early in December, 1891, i cannot find any credible source that says it was on this date

Becky Thatcher Day -- birthday of Laura Hawkins, in 1836, who inspired the character in The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

Bifocals at the Monitor Liberation Day -- if you can't see, feel free! sponsored by Wellcat Holidays

Carnival of Celendonia -- Fairy Calendar (Celendonia is the Fairy City all Fairies want to retire to, by the way.)

Chia Pet Hunting Season begins

Christmas in Old Appalachia -- Clinton, TN, US (an old fashioned country Christmas; through Christmas Eve)

Christmas New Orleans Style -- New Orleans, LA, US (a full month of Christmas celebrations as only NOLA can do it)

Civil Air Patrol Day -- US (date of establishment in 1941; the US Coast Guard rescues you from peril on the water, the CAP on land)

Cookie Cutter Week begins -- sponsored by the Cookie Cutter Collectors Club

Crossing of the Cattle at Diafarabe -- Mali (celebrated through the month)

Damrong Rajanubhab Day -- Thailand (anniversary of the prince's death)

Day of the First President -- Kazakhstan

Dia de la Abolicion del Ejercito -- Costa Rica (Miliary Abolition Day; yes, really, they abolished the military after the 1948 revolution, are one of Central America's oldest democracies, and has only the Police Guard forces)

Eat A Red Apple Day

Freedom and Democracy Day -- Chad

Fullveldisdagurinn Islendinga -- Iceland (Self-governance Day)
     University Students' Celebration Day

Giving Tuesday -- after celebrating Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday, be part of the international giving movement 

International Prisoners for Peace Day -- a day to remember imprisoned conscientious objectors

Kalends of December -- Ancient Roman Calendar; also observed
     Festival for Neptune -- promiscuous god of the sea
     Festival for Pietas -- goddess of devotion, duty, and honor

Mindfulness Day -- Zen Buddhism (a day to mindfully see and act with compassion toward the poor and oppressed)

My Husband's Strung the Christmas Lights and Now I Can't Open the Garage Door Day -- commemorating an alleged real event, be glad this isn't your husband

National Pie Day

National Stress-Free Family Holidays Month -- sponsored by Parenting Without Pressure

National Transit Tribute to Rosa Parks Day -- American Public Transportation Association, on the anniversary of her arrest

Operation Santa Paws -- toy/treat/care drive to help local animal shelters, until the 21st; sponsored by Haute Dogs 

Proclamation of the Republic -- Central African Republic

Restoration of Independence -- Portugal(1640)

Rosa Parks Day -- anniversary of her arrest in 1955

St. Eligius' Day (Patron of agricultural workers/farmers, blacksmiths/ horseshoe makers, boilermakers, cab drivers/taxi drivers, carriage makers, cartwrights, clock makers/watch makers, coin collectors/neumismatists, craftsmen, cutlers, farriers, garage workers and gas station workers -- because most of us don't use horses any more, gilders, goldsmiths, harness makers, horses/sick horses, jewelers, jockeys, knife makers, laborers, locksmiths, metal collectors/precious metal collectors, metalsmiths, miners, minters, Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, saddle makers, tool makers, veterinarians, wheelwrights)

Surf Life Saving Summer Appeal -- New Zealand (Formerly National Jandal Day, now a three month campaign to raise money to support the Surf Lifeguards who keep you safe) 

Teachers' Day -- Panama

World AIDS Day -- WHO; related observance
     Day With(OUT) Art -- annual remembrance of the impact of AIDS on the visual arts, sponsored by Visual AIDS

Ziua Unirii -- Romania (National Day)

Anniversaries Today:

Yukon Order of Pioneers founded, 1894
US National Weather Service established, 1870
Napoleon marries Josephine, 1804

Birthdays Today:

Nestor Carbonell, 1967
Reggie Sanders, 1967
Carol Alt, 1960
Treat Williams, 1952
Bette Midler, 1945
John Densmore, 1944
Richard Pryor, 1940
Lee Trevino, 1939
Woody Allen, 1935
Lou Rawls, 1933
David Doyle, 1925
Mary Martin, 1913
Charles Finney, 1905
Robert Welch, 1899
Cyril Ritchard, 1897
Rex Stout, 1886
Julia A. Davis Moore, 1847
Anna Maria Grosholtz Tussaud (Madame Tussaud), 1761
Oliver Wolcott, 1726
Louis VI of France, 1081

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"Happy XMas(War is Over)"(Single release), 1971
"Promises, Promises"(Musical), 1969
"Flower Drum Song"(Musical), 1958
"Candide"(Operetta), 1956
The Great Train Robbery(First Western film), 1903
Sherlock Holmes, in "A Study in Scarlet"(Published in Beeton's Christmas Annual), 1887 
Dr. Pepper, 1885 (recognition by US Patent Office of first day of sale)

Today in History:

Henry V of England enters Paris, 1420
Pasha Muhammad ibn Farukh, governor, driven out of Jerusalem, 1626
Portugal regains independence from Spain, 1640
Massachusetts becomes first colony to give Statutory recognition to slavery, 1641
The first American school to offer manual training courses opens in Maryland, 1750
Charles and M.N. Roberts ascend 2,000' in a hydrogen balloon, 1783
Erie Canal closes for a month due to cold weather, 1831
Hans Christian Andersen publishes his first book of fairy tales, 1835
The first chartered mutual life insurance company opens, 1843
The first certified public accountants receive their certificates in New York, 1896
The first Israeli kibbutz is founded, Deganya Alef, 1909
Ford Motor Company introduces the first moving assembly line, 1913
The first drive-up gasoline station opens in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, 1913
Lady Nancy Astor is sworn in as the first female member of the British Parliament, 1919
The New York Daily News reports the news of Christine Jorgenson, the first notable case of sexual reassignment surgery, 1952
Opening date for signature of the Antarctic Treaty, which sets aside Antarctica as a scientific preserve and bans military activity on the continent, 1959
Malawi, Malta and Zambia join the United Nations, 1964
Lambda Theta Phi is established as the first Latino fraternity, in New Jersey, 1975
Angola joins the United Nations, 1976
The AIDS virus is officially recognized, 1981
At the University of Utah, Barney Clark becomes the first person to receive a permanent artificial heart, 1982
Channel Tunnel sections started from the United Kingdom and France meet 40 metres beneath the seabed, 1990
Representatives from more than 150 countries gather at a global warming summit in Kyoto, Japan, and over the course of the next ten days forge an agreement to control the emission of greenhouse gases, 1997
The Treaty of Lisbon comes into effect,  which amends the Treaty on European Union and the Treaty establishing the European Community, which together comprise the constitutional basis of European Union, 2009
In ceremonies held at Naval Station Norfolk in Virginia, the USS Enterprise, the world's first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, is officially inactivated after a 51-year career, 2012


  1. You are the living embodiment of the true spirit of Christmas, and an inspiration to us all.

  2. You gave to great causes, and you gave great inspiration to others. I wish all good things for you and yours this holiday season and always, Mimi. Hug.

  3. May some of the Christmas spirit you bestow upon others come full circle as blessings to you and your family.

    We gave toys to the nearby children's hospital for their Christmas in July drive, and will give to the Toys For Tots drive and the Salvation Army as we always do. This year, for the first time, we also gave to the AGBU (Armenian General Benevolent Union) which helps Armenian Christians, especially those suffering in the Middle East.

  4. You are so kind and selfless it's refreshing to see :-)

    Have a helpfultastic day :-)

  5. Hubby and I are giving to our favorite places. We give all year around though, not just the holidays. Love this post.

    Have a fabulous day. ☺

  6. Giving is a wonderful thing. Your post makes me want to open my wallet.

  7. Bless you for all those wonderful givings!! I love the idea of having the bag of food already done for people to just select. Our local grocery does that too at Christmas and Thanksgiving. And then you can get a smaller package that's $5 the rest of the year to go to the food bank.
    The Angel Tree is also a great one and we will probably choose that one as our Random Act Of Kindness. So many great organizations that need our help, I wish we could do more too.