I have a confession to make: As much as I love celebrating other people’s birthdays, I’m far less interested in my own. I appreciate the thought behind birthday gifts, but I really don’t need anything. In the end, stuff is just stuff, and I already have plenty of stuff.
A couple of years ago, I decided to use my birthday as an opportunity to give something back to the universe. Instead of asking for personal gifts, I encouraged my friends and family—you—to donate to charity. It worked! Last year we raised nearly $1,000 for the Bradley Angle Women and Children’s Shelter.
Giving to charity has rejuvenated me in ways I never imagined. I used to dread my birthday, but now I am excited when it comes around because I know that together we can pitch in and do some good!
Although you will rarely hear me make political statements in a public forum, there are causes very near and dear to my heart, and it is an honor to support them in some way. I am very excited to announce that my annual birthday drive this year will be in partnership with FREE 2 LUV, a non-profit organization located in Seattle, Washington. FREE 2 LUV promotes anti-bullying and youth empowerment through a celebration of individuality and equality.
I’m going to try something a little different. Even though I’m proud of the $1,000 we raised last year, I want to do even better this year, and that will be my goal over the next thirty days.
In an effort to make that happen, I’m sweetening the pot by offering donation tier bonuses. That’s right, not only do you get to feel better about helping a worthy cause, but you also get something in return!
Check out my birthday charity drive video below for more information, and bless your kind little hearts for even considering a donation. You have my eternal gratitude.