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The Year of Giving

About Year of Giving… 

The Year of Giving started officially on Tuesday, December 15, 2009 at 3:30 pm.  The concept is simple.  I will give $10 to a different person every day for a year.  I will write about the people who I intersect with as well as the truly altruistic experience that I am sure to have!

I recently lost my job at a nonprofit organization due to the economic climate so taking on this endeavor may not seem fiscally prudent.  However, I think it is exactly these times that we must focus on helping others.

I started the Year of Giving on December 15th in memory of my mother who lost her long battle with heart disease on this day in 2006.  She was a true altruist.  She always thought of others before herself.

My goal is not to change the lives of those with whom I come in contact.  Let’s face it, $10 dollars is not going to change someone’s life in and of itself.  I do believe, however, that the act of giving will hopefully inspire others to pursue the ideals that the French philosopher Auguste Comte envisioned when he coined the term “altruism.”  Whether that comes in the form of someone who reads this blog and wants to embark on their own Year of Giving or someone who uses the $10 to help someone else out, the specific results are less important than the overall good that we can achieve together.

In December of 2010 the year came to an end and I embarked on two new journeys.  The first involved sharing the unique experience of being a Kindness Investor for seven days for others who are out of work.  You can find their stories posted here six days a week.   In addition, I have made a personal commitment for 2011 to volunteer once a week.  You can see my blog posts every Monday right here.

Thanks for taking time to visit the site.  I hope that you find yourself inspired today to do something special for someone.  You would be surprised at how even something as simple as a smile or a thank you can make the difference in someone’s day.  And remember, “happiness [is] only real when shared.”

About Reed…

I am 36 and reside in Washington, DC.  In October I became unemployed for the first time in my adult life which has given me the opportunity to pursue several personal goals as well as focus on giving and helping others.

I could bore you with stories about how I lived and studied a year of high school in the great city of Guasave, Mexico or how I accidentally knocked Sir Anthony Hopkins over as we got off a flight in Miami, etc.   However, I would rather that you spend your time checking out some of the experiences that I have shared with the people I meet every day.

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