5 Cool Ways to Give Back

Giving back does not always require money… you can volunteer your time, skills and give your love.

1. Join the #HastagLunchbag movement (see video below), make lunches for the homeless/hungry peeps in your community.

*I will be joining the #HashtagLunchbag movement next Saturday, Feb. 22nd with my Echoes of Hope volunteer group. Join us! Details are posted on Echoes of Hope’s Facebook page. Donations are welcome. Feel free to ask me any questions.

2. Walk, play and take selfies with pups looking for homes.

 No Kill Los Angeles (NKLA) Animal Adoption Center is super clean, organized, and the staff is great.

photo 3. Decorate the visitor waiting area of a hospital and host a craft table for kids during the holidays.

Ask a local store for craft and decoration donations or gather a few friends that will pitch in.

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4. Join a group walking/running for a cause or volunteer to help with event registration.

The Los Angeles Brain Tumor Walk is free to register, unlike most walk/runs. However, donations are accepted. Events like these count on volunteers to help with registration and setup, look for “volunteer” links on their websites.

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The Great Urban Race is not free to register, but volunteers are needed at registration and scavenger hunt locations.

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5. Help prepare care packages for the troops.

Operation Gratitude sends out 150,000+ care packages to military veterans, first responders, wounded warriors, care givers and  U.S. service members deployed overseas. All supplies are provided, just show up ready to work.

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What The Heck is Friendsgiving?

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We all get at least two families, if we’re lucky one is functional. We’re born into and love our first family, but we need the second to take a break from the first. Our second family consists of the friends we choose. When holidays roll around, who gets us?

Thanksgiving should be spent running like a headless turkey taking orders from mom, then sitting at the table passing the baked mac n’ cheese to our little nose-picking cousin, right? This year, I learned that we can make up holidays to celebrate with our friends. Who knew?

Over the weekend, I went to my very first Friendsgiving. You’re probably thinking, “Is she serious?” Yes, I am. My new friends (sorry Drake), that I met through a mutual friend, hosted their seventh annual Friendsgiving dinner. It’s a pre-Thanksgiving celebration where the drinks flow and nose picking isn’t allowed.

Typically, Friendsgiving is a potluck style dinner, but this year’s happened to be a extra fancy. Wolfgang Puck catered the five course feast complete with servers, appetizers and dessert. Yummy to my tummy!

Feast your eyes on more food porn below. This Thanksgiving remember to eat, drink and be thankful!

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IMG_5415Pumkin Brûlée IMG_5424More Sweets

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