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December Do Gooders

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We bring you Four more Mom It Forwards. These women have proven that Random Acts of Kindness are worth it. They bring big rewards. Thanks to all of them for their ideas and example.

Renee at Cutie Booty Cakes
Connie at My Chronic Life
Rhonda at Mother to Mother
Heather at I am Feathermaye

Cutie Booty Cakes
makes a few suggestions for good deeds and give backs. She shares the partnership between Fererro Chocolates and
The chocolate company partnered with Share Our Strength a leading hunger relief organization. And when you use the share something sweet site to send a simple ecard they donate $1 to help feed the hungry. Now that's sweet! And so is Renee and her son!

My Chronic Life says she broke the rules for the Happiness Headlines Challenge. But I'm afraid I have to disagree. Instead she points out what some other good doers in her online community did for her. I think she got it just right.

The power of the blogging community is strong. Sure there’s some drama every now and then. Just stay clear of it. I’ve learned my lesson about that. But please don’t let feeling like you don’t know enough about blogging prevent you from starting. Join Twitter, GNO and other groups. Get to know people and watch those acts of kindness, random or not come your way.

Mother 2 Mother is shipping packages to troops in Iraq and Rhonda is still taking donations up until Jan 1st. She says the guys have submitted a list:

Their list includes hard candy, homemade cookies, chips, envelopes & writing paper, pens, deodorant, tooth brushes, tooth paste, food powder, lotion, sun screen, chap stick, batteries (AA, AAA & D), gum, sports and/or automotive magazines less than 2 months old, disposal razors, white socks, cheese & peanut butter crackers, ramen/cup o noodles.


It's a great way to help and some items won't cost you a thing, just donate some old magazines or pantry items! Contact Rhonda for details.

I AM Feathermaye
had to get a little bit creative to Mom It Forward this holiday season. See. She found herself with an extra tree and all the trimmings when her husband came home with a new tree! Heather thought and thought about how to find a family in need of a great tree with all the ornaments to boot? She called some churches, got no answer, and then...

Yesterday, I got over myself. I made one call to the local elementary school's main office, who quickly transferred me to the guidance counselors' office, who was thrilled to hear from me! It turns out that the guidance counselors are working with social workers to match donors with families in need, of which there are many.

In less than 24 hours my little tree and bags and boxes of decorations were promised to a single mother with two elementary-aged kiddos who otherwise might not have a Christmas tree. I was so touched, imagining this family, because it was just a short twelve years ago that Jonathan and I were not so different from them. And if not for the generosity of others, we might have had some sad holidays of our own.

She asked herself:

Is it wrong of me to feel good for being able to do this? Not in an I'm-so-cool kind of way, but in an I-made-a-difference moment, for sure. Because sometimes we're not sure if we are making a difference, you know?

And, as far as I'm concerned, making even a little difference makes all the difference in the world.

What do you say? Mom It Forward women, is it worth it? The small things that help make a difference?

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An active part of the Mom It Forward team, Jyl primarily writes about parenting, social good, and all things travel related. In a past life, Jyl was an award-winning copywriter and designer of corporate training programs for Fortune 100 companies. Offline, Jyl is married to @TroyPattee; a mom to two teen boys and a beagle named #Hashtag; loves large amounts of cheese, dancing, and traveling; and lives in the beautiful Rocky Mountains. Topping her bucket list is the goal to visit 50 countries by the time she's 50.


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