Easy giving with big impact

I was on my way to TJ’s the other day and came across a wonderful coat drive exhibit. With my camera on me at all times I decided to snap a few pics for you guys.:)

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This powerful exhibit could not be missed and reminded me of a coat I haven’t worn in a few years.  I dropped off this coat at the dedicated donation bin the very next day. This was such an easy thing for me to do, yet I’m sure will have a tremendous impact on someone’s life. It’s getting cold here in Boston!! Have you gone through your closet recently and donated clothing you don’t wear? I do this several times a year, and still find pieces from college and even high school that I can’t seem to let go of. Every time I make a little step in the right direction, and I hope that someone out there is able to benefit from it! 😀

With the holidays around us, it seems that everywhere you look, someone wants a donation for a charity. Although the causes are noble, it can get frustrating. We should be giving back all year long and not just during the November-December stretch. This is why I love when companies step up and make donating a whole lot easier, like by shopping!!

Boston readers – 15% of every purchase from Mint Julep in Harvard Square on December 10, 2009 between 5-9pm will be donated to The Boys and Girls Club in Somerville and Cambridge! You may be able to find a unique gift there, or even a little present for yourself 😉 I’m pressed for cash these days, but I may buy something small for a good cause. 😀

All right, all right – let’s get to food!!

BREAKFAST

2 pumpkin spice waffles (one with choc chips, one with walnuts) with crunchy Barney Butter and 1/2 banana + coffee

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LUNCH

PART I – turkey, laughing cow cheese + cranberry/cherry sauce on TJ’s ww Tuscan bread

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PART II (a few hours later) – Oikos with remainder of cranberry/cherry sauce

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MID-AFTERNOON SNACKS

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DINNER

A larger version of Saturday’s salad + pan fried tofu

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+ a tiny treat:

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These chocolate calendars are at TJ’s for 99 cents!! I couldn’t give up such an amazing deal 😉

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I am now enjoying some ginger yogi tea…

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Today’s yogi message: “I am beautiful, I am bountiful, I am blissful.” I’m leaving this post at that. Namaste. :mrgreen: [PS – right before dinner, I practiced yoga for 45 minutes.]

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15 comments to Easy giving with big impact

  • Aww, that’s awesome! Good for you for donating that coat. I’m sure someone really appreciates it! I donate the clothes I don’t wear regularly–I actually just donated a few days ago. I’m sure they benefit someone else more than just sitting around in my closet.

    That waffle sammie pretty much looks like the best thing ever, and the chocolates are so cute!

  • I love that you dedicated part of your post to the coat drive, and its lovely that it motivated you to donate. I am driving around with 2 bags of clothes right now just trying to figure out where to drop them. Wish I would drive into a bin or something!

    Your dinner looks great – having a hard time believing the hubby participated in that…

  • That coat drive was great! Very effective!!! Those waffles look amazingly yummy! What batter did you use or did you make it yourself?
    Can’t wait for our baking sesh!
    I think I’m going to have to make a stop at Mint Julep myself.

  • what a great exhibit! I definitely donate things a few times a year as well. I have a bad habit of holding onto stuff though. I always think I’ll wear it but then another few months goes by and I still haven’t worn it!

  • You raise such an important point about the ease of giving. I haven’t seen that coat drive exhibit yet, but it looks like a powerful illustration of how many people are without warm winter jackets! I’m planning on attending the Mint Julep event next week.

    The turkey sandwich you made looks really yummy. I need to make cranberry sauce just for topping sandwiches! Oh, and for stirring into yogurt ;). The waffles also look fantastic. I love the addition of choc. chips and walnuts!

  • I think the coat drive exhibit is great this year. It definitely gets your attention.

    This post is making me crave cranberry sauce!

  • I had MANY bags of clothing that I donated when I moved. It felt great to get rid of so much “excess” stuff. That coat drive sounds great!!

    Love the message in your tea :)

    In response to your other post, one thing I really want to do is replace all our cleaning products with more “green” products.

  • I totally love Christmas countdown calendars – or Christmas anything really! To get in the holiday spirit this year, so far, I’ve put out a mini-tree and Santa and Mrs. Claus figurines, bought a scented candle to light every night, changed my computer desktop backgrounds to Christmas trees, changed my iGoogle page to Winter Village, set my Gmail colors to be red and green and uploaded Christmas music on my iPod! I love this time of year. :-)

    This is a totally random question, but I was just reading your About Me and saw that you grew up in Russia and Israel, so was curious – do you have an accent? I always wonder what bloggers voices sound like!

  • i donated some blankets last year and it did make me all warm and fuzzy!

  • Your sandwich looks soooo good. I want.

    We are giving a bunch of stuff away as we pack for the move. Anything that I do not wear on a regular basis or does not have sentimental value is getting donated! Even food! It is a win-win: less stuff to deal with for me, something useful to someone else :) Great idea with the coat.

  • Your turkey sandwich looks out of this world…Yummyyyy…I could bite into that right now, hehe.
    Have a great day!

  • breakfast waffle sandwich looks so good and so does your turkey sandwich. OMG i want it now! i love those chocolate calendars for christmas, my mom used to get them for us allll the time when we were younger!

  • Elina

    Coco – I used a pancake mix I got in Austin and then just added the walnut and choc chips to the waffles. Next weekend I’ll make my own from scratch 😀

    24carrot – you’re right. He was on his own for dinner so that’s why I could just make a yummy salad. He did get a bite of it and said it was delicious :)

    Ashley – that’s some awesome Christmas spirit!! :mrgreen: <-- green smiley for xmass 😉

  • What a great cause! We’re pretty good at donating items, but I also get a bit sentimental about some stuff.

    Your pumpkin spice waffles look awesome! I wish I waking up to them tomorrow instead of my boring oatmeal!

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