Sunday, December 16, 2012

Holly Jolly Blog Fest Week Three

It's great to be able to visit you and your readers on this third week of the Jolly Holly Blog Festival, Angie. This week's questions were a bit tougher for me to answer as they have a more serious edge.

Which charity is most deserving of your holiday generosity and why?

We continually see the amazing work of the Red Cross in times of natural disaster, but they also serve a day in and day out function that is too often overlooked.

I have donated blood to the Red Cross for many years. It is the one commodity that cannot be manufactured and is literally giving a part of one's self. This time of year many people get colds and flu, these illnesses not being limited in the general population. When regular donors are down with the flu it is even more important for those who are healthy to consider rolling up their sleeves.

Lots of folks travel and everyone is even more busy than usual. All the more reason to slow down for that hour's time it takes to answer health questions, donate and partake in a snack at the Red Cross Canteen.

Cash tight? It costs nothing but that hour to make a life and death difference. The medical personnel at the blood donations centres are always upbeat and so grateful to see you What a great career that would be—making a real difference every hour of every day.

If you are concerned with the percentage of your monetary gift a charity uses for non-charity pursuits or in administration, consider this: one hundred percent of a blood donation goes to the needy recipient.

Please give, not just of your money, but of yourself.

What is your favorite holiday tradition in literature?

O. Henry's classic short tale, Gift of the Magi has warmed many a heart over the years. A truly classic story of sacrificial giving and love, the heroine, Della, sells her lustrous long hair to buy a golden fob chain for Jim's prized pocket watch. He, in turn, sells his beloved gold watch inherited through three generations to purchase beautiful hair combs for her gorgeous long mane. Although Jim and Della are now left with gifts that neither one can use, they realize how far they are willing to go to show their love for each other, and how priceless their love really is.

In tough times we have to be all the more resourceful in our giving. When the gift is meant for that special love in our lives we want all the more to give something special. This story demonstrates in such a touching way, the selfless, and precious nature of love.

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Sara Wright needs this holiday job at Nottinghill’s historic cinema to pay her tuition, but her handsome boss Robert is a thorn in the side of every usher who breathes. She knows there must be more to a man who breaks his own rules to rescue a child. Can she figure out the puzzle before he self-destructs and she loses so much more than her job?

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Amy S. said...

My charity would have to be American Cancer Society. Fave holiday tradition in literature is A Christmas Carol.

Sharon Poppen said...

I really like the idea of a blood donation. Talk about coming from the heart. Lovely sentiment. Thanks for bringing it to mind.

Christine London said...

Thanks for hosting me this week, Angie and a Happy Holidays to all.

Need a happy ending? Nottinghill Scrooge is, as Angie mentions, now only 99 cents over on Amazon.

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