Friday, January 2, 2015

The Twelve Days of Yule: Happy New Year!!!

Thank you 2014 - Hello 2015!!

My twelve days of merry yuletide giving have passed for this year. I really enjoyed finding ways to express our "attitude of gratitude." It's a solid reminder to be grateful for the ease of our lives, and that we have enough to share so we all make it through the cold.   

To recap: 
Day 1: Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin
Day 2: Peace Action Wisconsin
Day 3: Doctors Without Borders
Day 4: Schlitz Audubon Nature Center
Day 5: Dogs for Deaf and Disabled Americans
Day 6: The Livestock Conservancy
Day 7: Milwaukee Riverkeeper
Day 8: Kiva
Day 9: COA Youth & Family Centers
Day 10: Milwaukee Achiever Adult Literacy Services
Day 11: Adaptive Adventures
Day 12: Interfaith Older Adult Programs

Something else I learned to be grateful for: the shear breadth of efforts of people doing things to help others. I know I don't have the resources to help every person, every cause, every day, all the time. Like many people, I choose to focus on something meaningful to me. But: I can in turn support others and their passions, even in very small ways (because those add up, am I right?). And collectively, we get it done.

I found a number of groups I wanted to feature but ran out of days. I may wait until next Yule, or find other festivals through the year to celebrate with some giving. 

Historic Milwaukee: Since 1974, promoting interest and preservation of Milwaukee's architectural heritage. They have great walking tours! International Institute of Wisconsin: Immigrant resettlement and assistance, since 1936
Next Door Foundation: Early childhood education, since 1969
Project SNOWstorm: Tracking the southern irruption of Snowy owl migration. When you want to help, but don't know where to start.

If you followed along, or maybe even chose to do some gratitude attitude giving of your own, I hope you found joy in the experience. 

I wish for you and yours every happiness - may your 2015 be blessed!!

Image from The Graphics Fairy

Twelve Days of Yule = Twelve Days of Giving is a personal initiative by me at the SoMil Homesteader to bring some focus to a holiday about gratitude. I don't have any official connections to any of these organizations, other than being a very small donor. Peace out. 

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