Five Ways To Pay It Forward Past Giving Tuesday
I am a T-Mobile ambassador and this post is sponsored by T-Mobile. As a parent, I wanted to teach my kids the nuggets of wisdom my mom taught me. One of my mom’s most often used saying was “Give Back To Others.” This was so important to my mom. Even as a kid, I understood that.
Passing Down A Giving Spirit
As a mom myself, I wanted my kids to have the same heart of giving my mom taught me. I recently heard that T-Mobile was going to be opening their hearts and their pockets on Giving Tuesday.
I thought that was a great opportunity to get the kids into the spirit of giving. Here are 5 ways to pay it forward past Giving Tuesday.
Donate Your Time: We have a local website that lists all the opportunities to give back to our community. They will list shelters that need help in their food pantry, serving or delivering meals or to hang out with the little ones for an hour.
Donate Your Goods: About every two months, the kids and I go through the entire house to see what we can give back to others. On average we can find 2-3 bags to donate to a local charity or shelter.
Bake Something: My daughter and I love to bake. To make this bonding experience more special, we bake holiday treats for others. Did you know that there are many people in assisted living, rehab facilities and more who don’t have visitors during the holidays?
What a treat to see their eyes light up when you bring them a cupcake baked just for them! It is a truly rewarding experience!
Be A Secret Santa: We have a group in our community that has a list of families who cannot give their children the gifts they would like to have under the tree.
You get matched with a family and you go with a relative of he child(ren) and help them shop for gifts and then take care of the bill. I bet you have a similar organization in your area!
Check With Your School: When my kids were in middle school, the PTA had a great program. They asked for donations from the families that cost no more than $5. All the items were put out and tagged. The “Reindeer Room” was open from Black Friday to the day the kids got out for the holidays.
Kids who were able, paid for tickets and could shop for their mom, dad, grandparents, etc. Those who could not afford to buy tickets, were given tickets to shop. It was so fun to volunteer and see these kids really think about what to buy. So precious!
Did you know that T-Mobile set aside more than $2 million dollars for Giving Tuesday? To make this even more mind blowing was they they empowered their customers, fans, employees (and even Verizon and AT&T customers) to decide where it goes!
To give back if you are a T-Mobile customer, you can go to your T-Mobile app and give $1, on T-Mobile, to Feeding America ($1=10 meals.) Also, every time anyone retweets to Feeding America ($1=10 meals.) Isn’t that super easy AND super generous? Before I was a T-Mobile, I would not have known the generosity of this amazing company!
For T-Mobile employees, they were given $27 by T-Mobile into their Giving Account. The employees were encouraged to give back to the charity of their choice. If the employee wanted to give above that $27, T-Mobile would match that amount!
In addition to their generosity on Giving Tuesday, the folks at T-Mobile pay it forward by supporting programs in the area of disaster relief, youth education, sustainability, hunger in America and more.
In 2018 alone, T-Mobile gave over $8M and 34,000 volunteer hours through their employee matching and volunteer programs. I just love that, don’t you?! Sharing this with my kids made them excited about the ways to pay it forward past Giving Tuesday!
I am so grateful that by being a T-Mobile Ambassador, I was able to have this opportunity to encourage my kids to pay it forward past Giving Tuesday. How would you like to win one of (5) $100 Benevity Gift Code prizes to give to the charity of your choice? Join us on 11/29 at 9pm ET. for the @Momtrends @TMobile Twitter party!
The T-Mobile Giving Tuesday actually kicks off their busiest giving season. You can find out their ways to pay it forward past Giving Tuesday when you visit their site.
How do you and your family give back to others on Giving Tuesday, and pay it forward during the holiday season?