A Dollar...

The ripples of even the smallest gesture can reach miles. Help others in an expression of gratitude. Consider giving a dollar for every
>birthday of a loved one
>weekend that brings rest
>day of good health
>100 miles your car runs
>pay check
>time you eat out
>year of your child's life
>year you've had a pet

When you send us your dollars, tell us what they represent so we can share it with others.

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From the Executive Director


Start a TGIF Jar in Your Home or Office

No matter what your occupation, Friday feels good. (Unless, of course you work all weekend!)

Start a Thank-Goodness-It's-Friday Jar to encourage children and adults around you to live a life of gratitude. Whether it's a penny or dollar, every contribution is an active expression of optimism--about a productive week and some quality time over the weekend.

Click here for your TGIF Jar Kit. Start one. And tell us your stories. 


From the Storm

The tornado on Saturday ripped through southern United States at 160 miles an hour taking captive land, home, and lives. The reports and testimonies are tragic; the loss tremendous. Yet, eventually, the land will heal, homes will be rebuilt, and people will be survive. This will happen because when disaster shakes us at our very core, we rise in strength and faith.

A survivor of the tornado, Dale Thrasher says ""The Lord will bring us back bigger and better this time, if we stick together." Sticking together, that's what it takes to survive. (Read Dale's story and others at http://bit.ly/Fromthestorm)



Little Things, Big Difference

Just this morning I read that cutting 100 calories from my day--about a slice of bread--could result in me losing one pound a month. Over a year, that's would be the weight I've been struggling to lose for so long. Suddenly, what has been such a laborious task was now a cinch.

It was an epiphanic bolt of reality. In the moment I relearned and rediscovered the power of the little things in life--One small act or word can be the tipping point of success or failure, the straw that breaks the camel's back, the act that gives someone a second chance, or the puff that brings the house down. 

Every day, we have the ability to do bring about change, we have that power to move that one little thing to make that big difference. 




It is the time of Thanksgiving. Even in the worst of times, we can always find something to be thankful for. Just being alive and able to feel pain and joy is something to be thankful for. 

Thanksgiving is too precious to be confined to one's heart. It should be shared and expressed in tangible ways so that someone else may have something to be thankful for. It doesn't take much to make a difference in someone's life--I have 226 friends on Facebook. If every one of them would give a dollar for every person around their Thanksgiving table, it would probably be enough to fix and paint the roof of the Mugonero Hospital in Rwanda, buy some fetal monitors for a hospital in Malawi and even train some healthcare workers.

Often times, that's all it takes--a dollar. Give a dollar. Be the reason for someone somewhere to be thankful.


The Giving Jar

When she was four, my daughter received a weekly allowance of four dollars. The allowance was in dimes and nickels so she could learn to allocate the money in the following manner: 10% tithe; 5% offering; 10% savings; 50% personal expenses that Dad and Mom didn't cover; 15% treats for family and friends; and 10% charity which went into a glass jar.

Most of her allowance was gone almost as quickly as it came--either to the bank or to the church or a store clerk. But the glass jar for charity sat on her dresser, growing slowly and steadily. And then about a week before Christmas, we got ADRA 's Christmas Catalog--a place to go Christmas shopping, not for yourself, but for others. That was her first experience in learning just how far a dollar could go. That Christmas she gave her charity jar to ADRA to buy a little girl in Azerbaijan lunch every day for a year. Thus began a habit to value money in how far it can go to make a positive difference. 



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