Sunday, December 22, 2013

Christmas Eve morning Jingle Bell Jog for AGSF

'Twas the day before Christmas, when all through Davidson town,
Every runner was running, their Santa hats bouncing up and down.
Their shoelaces were tied-up with jingle bells nice and tight
So the magical sound of bells rang out through the mid-morning light.

All of the runners' children were invited to come out and run too
So visions of them crazed with too much energy, would not come true
Mama in her Nikes and I in my old running tee
Headed down to the parking lot at Summit Coffee

As 9 a.m. rang, there arose such a clatter
As runners and pets through the town did scatter
Looking for the 5K trail laid-out around town with flour
That would bring them back to Summit so they could all enjoy coffee hour

So grab your shoes and your kids and maybe your dog too
To head down town and if you donate $20 to A Giving Spirit there'll be a t-shirt for you.  
We'll provide the jingle bells, you provide the fun
And we'll all enjoy a nice Christmas Eve run.

A small group of local Davidson friends are hosting a very unofficial Jingle Bell Jog 5K at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec 24th, the morning of Christmas eve to raise awareness and money for A Giving Spirit Foundation (AGFS).    Everyone that donates at least $20 that morning to AGFS will receive a fun AND attractive t-shirt.   

Even if you can't run, please consider making a donation to AGFS through and clicking on the donate button. We will meet at 9 a.m. at the Summit parking lot and start shortly thereafter.  There's no support along the street closings, water stops or officers directing traffic, but we will have laid out the trail with flour so if you can follow an arrow, you can follow the trail.  We'll have jingle bells to tie on your shoes, but feel free to bring any other festive wear to enhance your holiday look.   There's a 5K route that you can walk or run and then a 1 mile fun run for the kids.  After we are done, we can all grab some coffee and let the kids run around a bit.   

Anyone is welcome so PLEASE forward on to friends and neighbors.  Email me if you have any questions

Thursday, December 19, 2013

It's A Great Day to Give!

Since 2008, A Giving Spirit Foundation has awarded over $50,000 in grants to mothers in the greater Charlotte, NC  area suffering from a debilitating disease. These grants have provided shelter to the families by paying months of rent or mortgage, allowed the lights to stay on, made homes handicapped accessible and purchased medical equipment.

Here are just a few of those stories:

Ms. Y. was diagnosed with breast cancer and had a double mastectomy and a hysterectomy.  A single mother of 4 children, Ms. Y was physically unable to work for 8 weeks during her treatment and fell behind in her rent and utility payments.  AGSF paid her rent and utilities until she was able to return to work.   

Mrs. J is 42 to years old and the mother of 6 (ages 2 - 16). She was diagnosed with Hodgkin Lymphoma and her 16 yr old daughter has also recently been diagnosed with cancer. AGSF responded to her grant request and have provided two months of mortgage assistance.

Mrs. W was diagnosed with ALS and needed a new bed with automatic back and leg recline features that will help with swallowing and breathing while she's in bed. AGSF responded to her grant request and paid for the new bed system.

Mrs. U was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2009 and lung cancer in 2012. Her husband is unable to work due to the time commitment to support and care for his wife and daughter. AGSF responded to their grant request and provided 2 months of rent assistance.

Any day is a good day to give a donation to A Giving Spirit Foundation.  You can be assured that your donations go directly to women like those described above or to organizations doing great work searching for a cure for ALS.   

Donate now securely by credit card by clicking the Donate button in the upper right corner.  Or, mail a check to:

A Giving Spirit Foundation
PO Box 815
Davidson, NC  28036

Matching Gift ProgramMany corporations allow their employees to increase the value of their donations to charitable and other organizations through a matching gift from the company.  Please consider checking with your employer to see if they have a matching gift program when making your gift to A Giving Spirit Foundation.

A Giving Spirit Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization.

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Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Show Your Giving Spirit on Giving Tuesday

You bought for your friends and family on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, now it's your favorite non-profit's turn!  What do you think about donating some of those great savings to A Giving Spirit or another deserving organization?

Your generosity will ensure that a local mother suffering from a debilitating disease will have relief from financial troubles this winter and it will help research organizations get one step closer to finding a cure for ALS.

Please donate online by selecting the yellow donate button above or mail your tax deductible check to the address on the right.