The Blog of Jake Kelfer
Month #11 is here! As we head into the final 2 months of the 2019 Giving Challenge, I want to pause and say THANK YOU. We started this journey to raise $100 a month for 12 charities; what we’ve done is raised over $3,400 and built a network of people excited to change the world!
Before we dive in, let’s look back at our first 8 months:
As always, thank you in advance to everyone who’s participated in the Giving Challenge by sharing my posts, donating money, or just believing in the mission of helping others and spreading the good word.
November is the month of gratitude. One of the first things I think of in November is Thanksgiving which is all about being thankful. It’s the time of the year when most people take a few minutes to reflect on all we have to be grateful for.
Personally, I think gratitude shouldn’t just be practiced around Thanksgiving, but rather it should be a daily practice. Gratitude is linked to more happiness, less social comparison, deeper social relationships and much more.
In the spirit of gratitude, I searched charities related to gratitude because I want all of us in the Giving Challenge to make this a month long practice, to think about gratitude and practice it whether it’s through a mini donation or reflective thoughts.
The charity that popped up first was Operation Gratitude which is our choice for this month! I wasn’t familiar with it originally but as I had time to do my research, I felt it was a great fit for the Giving Challenge.
With our goal of $100, we will be able to send 6 care packages to military and first responder heroes.
Whether you feel it or not, there’s a lot to be grateful in life! I think perspective has a lot to do with it, but at the end of the day we are alive. If you are reading this, you are alive and that is a beautiful thing.
Let’s practice gratitude by raising $100 for Operation Gratitude, sharing this post, or even reflecting about everything you have to be grateful for.
You can donate here.
What is Operation Gratitude?
Every year, Operation Gratitude sends 250,000+ individually-addressed care packages to Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines deployed overseas and to their children left behind. Also, to New Recruits, Veterans, First Responders, Wounded Heroes and their caregivers. Each package contains food items, hygiene products, entertainment, handmade items, and handwritten letters of support.
Operation Gratitude Mission Statement
To forge strong bonds between Americans and their Military and First Responder heroes through volunteer service projects, acts of gratitude and meaningful engagements in communities nationwide.
I am a motivational speaker on a mission to inspire people to achieve their own definition of success and reach the highest level of personal success and happiness.