Giving Back to Others

Several things came together a couple of weeks ago, before Hurricane Sandy disrupted life.  Well, they do say that things happen in threes, no?  oh-oh … after Hurricane Sandy and then this nor’easter, does that mean we’ll have another extreme weather-related event?  hmmmm …. anyways ….

First there was a post on Facebook.  Can’t find it now, for the exact quote, but it was about those people who had nothing, and are still happy even if they get nothing.

Then, there was a post by Mustard Seed Budget on ‘Don’t Expect the Expected‘, which stayed on my mind.  Again, it was along the lines of those who didn’t have much were the ones who were the answer to a prayer request.

Browsing and clicking on links, I found this article on how one person can make a difference in the lives of others by giving back to others.  Coincidentally, it’s also about another Sandi.

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Meet Sandi Allen.

She’s crocheting a 14,000-foot-long chain, which represents the number of children who eat from a local food bank every month.  Her goal is to finish the 14,000-foot chain by 19 November.  For every foot she chains, she’s asking the public to donate $5.  The donations will go to the food bank to help feed the families in her area for Thanksgiving.

As of today, she has completed over half of her goal (64%).  That’s about 10,000 feet.

Read all about the fundraiser on this page.

Donate to the cause by clicking here.

Image courtesy of Sandi Allen

Sandi Allen is doing her part in giving back to others.  Let’s help her meet her goal, and feed the children.  As she says in her article, we need to set our priorities straight.  Food is a basic need, and no child should have to go hungry.

We’re almost in that season of thanksgiving and good will towards men.  With the two storms that has disrupted lives in the Northeast coast, there’s a sudden flurry of donations and contributions for those in need (which is expected in events such as these), and has moved up the season of giving earlier than usual.

But it always gets me thinking as to why we have to wait until it’s the season to show thanksgiving and good will?  Why not all year round, no matter how small?  Is it that we collect all those little random acts of kindness and then give it all out only when it’s in season?  If I was on the receiving end of those random acts of kindness and good will, I wouldn’t want to have to wait for a season.

Hmmm … Perhaps we also need to reset our priorities … What do you think?


  1. Hi Marissa! Long time huh? Yeah, this Thanksgiving will definitely be one to remember…Sandy has really helped me put things in perspective. Just wanted to let you know (in case you were wondering what happened to me) that I’ve moved my blog and can now be found at Hope all is well with you, love the site redesign! Rashelle

    1. Hello! Yes, I had wondered where you’d been. Thankfully we were not affected too much by Sandy (only power outages, which we can live with). I’m now busy planning on working on knitted/crocheted items to donate. And yes, I think that events happen just to give remind us of our perspectives. Glad to know you’re doing okay as well. Stay safe and warm!

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