August 2011-
I am starting a 29-Day Challenge to give one gift each day and see how it affects my life. I have always considered myself a giver, but I feel this challenge will challenge and focus me on giving more. I was inspired by the book 29 Gifts: How a Month of Giving can Change your Life. I ran across it 2 years ago in a bookstore in Springfield, MO, and I titled a piece of paper 29 Gifts. I found that same piece of paper the other day, and I saw it as a sign to start the challenge. You can learn more about the book and challenge at

After 1 month of giving, I have continued this challenge in giving and sharing the stories with others. Hope you enjoy reading about my adventures with giving!

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Day 10: Volunteering at White Memorial Camp

Today my gift was organizing my first volunteer trip with ECM and volunteering at White Memorial Camp .  We had six great volunteers who gave up their Saturday to come volunteer at the camp.  The camp needed help restoring some old picnic tables, and my group was up for the challenge.  We spent the day scraping off old paint, replacing rotted boards, and putting two new coats of white paint on the restored picnic tables.  The maintenance person was so grateful for our help.  He was so surprised when he found out we came to volunteer out of the goodness of our hearts.  We weren't in any way required to come volunteer, but personally, I feel called to volunteer and help others.  Giving to others gives me so much back in return.  I feel this great sense of peacefulness swept over me when I am volunteering and giving back to my community.  I felt so grateful and joyous that three of my personal friends came out to volunteer today.  It made me so happy to share the volunteering experience with friends.  Thanks again to my group of volunteers! If you have never volunteered before, try it just once.  I guarantee you will be hooked for life.  I challenge you all to use the gifts and talents God has given you to help and serve others in your community and world. 

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has."  Margaret Mead

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