Do Good, Feel Good: While parties and family dinners abound this time of year, many in our community go hungry. That's why the Delivering Happiness Team is hosting a "Leftover" Food Drive on December 27th.
If you're in the Bay Area, stop by the Happiness Institute between 6:00 - 8 p.m. this coming Tuesday with your holiday leftovers. Join us as we package 50 meals in decomposable to-go boxes and (if you have the time) distribute them to those in need. This is a great chance to share the gift of happiness and Do Good in our community.
Want other ideas for making spirits bright around the holidays? See the charities our team members have participated in:
Melissa Lacitignola (Community Happiness Orchestrator): Over the past few years I would give whenever I could to charity: water but this last year I decided to give up my birthday for charity water and was able to raise more than $1000 to help bring clean water to those in need. And I must say, that felt pretty good. Will definitely be giving up more birthdays in the future.
Clair Byrd (Captain Chatter): Charities I've worked with: charity: water (several times), Kiva (international peer-to-peer lending, my favorite conceptually), Meals on Wheels, and several YMCA branches. At charity: water my contributions went towards building a well in Africa. For Kiva, I loaned $50 to a lady in Guatemala who wanted to start her own fabric business (and was repaid the loan before it was due). For Meals on Wheels, my contribution went to providing home-bound seniors with warm meals and companionship, and my efforts at the YMCA fed 100s of local down-on-their-luck people.
Svetlana Saitsky (DH@work): I worked for for CAUSE to help wounded veterans. I rented free DVDs for soldiers who were in the hospital after they came home from the war. This was one of the greatest experiences of my life. Seeing 18 year-old soldiers missing limbs still smiling and getting so happy about renting movies really makes you realize the importance of perspective and how a positive attitude can cure anything.
Jenn Lim (Chief Happiness Officer): Habitat for Humanity — went to Louisiana a little less than a year after Hurricane Katrina. Couldn't believe the extent of damage still untouched since it happened - looked like a war zone in many areas. Helped build houses in a neighborhood 15–20 min outside of New Orleans (Slidell). I liked how they integrated the experience with people who would be moving in the homes after they're done.
Eleen Agustin (Happiness Hustler): Team in Training: I raised $10K for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society by doing the Lake Tahoe century bike ride. Habitat for Humanity: I helped build a small home for a large family in a town in Mexico.
Jason Rieckewald-Schmidt (Salesforce Sherpa): I have volunteered with Sacred Heart Community Service in San Jose, CA. We get food bags ready (canned or refrigerated) and pass them out to people. I love creating the bags (efficiency) and being able to work with people who are like minded.