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Gift Card Challenge 2019

I was raised by a single mom.  I remember there was a Thanksgiving where we would not have had anything except for the generosity of an anonymous church member.  The church clerk gave my mom a check that would cover Thanksgiving and then leave a good deal to Christmas shop.  It was a blessing that I continue to remember into my adult life.  My mom was not irresponsible by any means.  She raised 3 kids who are productive members of society.  She did it working a full-time job and often taking on other jobs to fill the gaps.  I can’t remember why that year was so hard but we were truly blessed by someone.  With that said as we head into the new year, I have a challenge for all of you.  Kind of a pass it forward.  Buy a gift card.  It could be to a local box store, grocery store, coffee shop.  You name it.  Buy it in an amount that you can manage.  I know for some $5 is a lot of money and others $100 is no big deal.  Then keep it with you.  When you see someone you think could use a blessing give it to them.  No strings attached.  Give it in person or leave it anonymously.  When you do give a shout out and hashtag #giftcardchallenge2019.  Not to bring props to you (but well done you) but to bring awareness with the hope you will inspire others to give.  This challenge could be for a complete stranger or someone you know.  The choice is yours.  I have my gift card already.  I will keep it close by and give when I see a need.  #giftcardchallenge2019!

Be a better human in 2019!

Navigating Baby


  1. What a fabulous idea! Happy New Year #DreamTeam

  2. Pero

    Great idea !

  3. Marko

    Great idea , but at my place , small as it is , there aren’t that many stores with gift cards . If you want to donate in my place only one thing works , hard cash . To small town to have big stores with their own payment system

  4. Zvonimir

    Fantastic idea !

  5. What a great idea! #DreamTeam

  6. Wow, I love, love, love this idea. Even it’s just someone that is having a bad day, it could make all the different. Great idea!

  7. I love it! I’m a big fan of acts of kindness.

  8. This is such a kind, generous idea. Like you, I was raised by a single mom. My mom struggled to get by, and she went without quite often. I love the idea of gifting someone with a blessing, no strings attached. It’s a great way to start the new year!

  9. Petar

    That is wonderful idea

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