Pay It Forward (You’ll be glad you did) and #GiftOutsidetheBox

Sponsored by @SavingsBankLife

What: Are you planning on giving back this holiday season? While doing good deeds is a great idea all year, the spirit of the holiday season gives us even more inspiration to pay it forward. In this season of rushing around, buying presents, getting together with family and friends (all good things but what a busy time of year), it would be nice to take a step back and reflect. Some people donate time, toys, gifts, and there is no shortage of things you can do to help others. What makes you happy? What can you do to share that joy, not just of the season but year round? All the more reason to pay it forward and here’s one way you can do just that.

Join me for a Twitter party tomorrow from 1-2pm (EST) with the hashtag #GiftOutsidetheBox

Paying it forward means to perform an act of kindness without expecting anything in return, other than the person receiving the act of kindness doing something nice for someone else. It’s a simple, powerful concept that can change the lives of others and make us feel great. Doing something nice for a friend, neighbor, or even a complete stranger also makes you happier and less stressed – and we all need that during this hectic time of year.

What: Join SBLI and Charley Johnson, President of the Pay it Forward Foundation, for a Twitter party to share tips and ideas for how we can pay it forward this holiday season. We’ll also be talking about how you can get the whole family involved in paying it forward, and how to teach your kids the importance of spreading kindness.

When: Wednesday, December 10, at 1 p.m. ET (the party will last one hour)

Where: We’ll be on Twitter – follow the #GiftOutsidetheBox hashtag to track the conversation. You can see the details and RSVP via this Vite:

Hashtag: #GiftOutsidetheBox

Prizes: We will be giving away five prizes to randomly selected winners. Five winners who answer trivia questions during the party will receive $50 VISA gift cards, and a Pay it Forward bracelet!

Thanks to our hosts: @SavingsBankLife and @charleypif of @PayItForward

I’m looking forward to some year round inspiration!

Here are some links where you can learn more about it.

Pay it Forward Foundation Website:

Pay it Forward Foundation Facebook page:

SBLI Website:

SBLI Facebook:

Join me and my fellow co-hosts:

Danielle, Simmworks:  @simmworksfamily

Dawn, Homemaking Hacks: @dawnchats

Gena, Life with Captain Fussybuckets: @cptfussybuckets

Jamie, Roubinek Reality: @jmroubinek

Kristin, Exploring Domesticity: @ExpDomesticity

Leila, Life as Leels: @LifeasLeels

Melissa, Outnumbered 3-1: @OutnumberedMama

Shauna, Adventures of 8: adventuresof8

Tessa, 2 Wired 2 Tired: @2Wired2Tired

This is a sponsored post and I have chosen to donate a portion of my sponsorship to help families in need. Here are a few ideas from my fellow bloggers friends – there are good people helping other people out all over the place – you just have to look and listen.

Help a Mom and her three kids from Julie Maida at Sober Mommies

Support a Family in Need this Holiday Season from Alexandra Elizabeth

help out a family payitforward





Newton is running their anuual food drive and partnering with Lawrence, MA – There are many locations where you can drop off donations – here is the Auburndale Community Library’s information

Once again this year, the ACL will be a collection depot for the Newton Food Drive.  There is a vital need for donations in our city–Newton has 4 food pantries serving over 1200 residents monthly.  The following items are currently sought:

  • Bar soap
  • Toothpaste
  • Toilet paper
  • Vegetable oil
  • Canned fruit
  • Canned vegetables
  • Jar pasta sauce
  • Peanut butter & jelly/jam
  • Ground coffee & tea
  • Cake and pie crust mixes
  • Baby food
  • Juice boxes and bottles
  • Diapers: children and adult
We’re collecting items for the Newton Food Drive
The ACL is also seeking volunteers to help transport our donations to City Hall for sorting and distribution at 9:45 am on New Years Eve Day (Wednesday December 31).  Please contact Dana if you’d like to lend a hand and we’ll get you more information (families welcome–this a great opportunity to involve the kids in community service!).


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