I want to submit my story anonymously as the reason my giving story is even a story now, is that it is born out of heartbreak. I have an alcoholic husband and i had been a housewife for many years raising our children. When our kids were grown, youngest a freshman in high school, i had a VERY part time job fall in my lap, so i took it. Even before my first paycheck i knew that 1, i was going to tithe, as we have never tithed before, my husband would never have even contemplated that and 2. that i would set giving goals with the little money i was earning. I decided that for every 1000 i earned (after tithing of course) i would give 200 away and tithe another 10% of the 200, so really for every 1000 i earned i would give 220. Weird i know, but i felt empowered, as i never had financial freedom in my mairriage before and i was not going to let my husband try to control what i was earning. With the rest of what I was earning i put it toward getting our mortgage paid down, so i didnt feel bad in the least for not keeping anything that i earned in our checking account for us to jusy blow like all the money we have ever had has been. For every 1000 I paid on the house I put another 100 toward giving. I give to a variety of causes, from people we know with cancer, to my church for special youth events, to the Christian pregnancy support center where I volunteer. I have paid 100 toward Christmas layaways for people i dont know at our local Kmart, and handed out 100 worth of Starbucks cards in 5 or 10 dollar increments to local homeless people i see in our town. I have given to struggling single moms, and gave Starbucks cards with memorial letters anonymously on the anniversary of ths Sandy Hook shootings. I started out working only 4 hours a week, so 1000 took a while to earn. 4 years later, 1000 comes about more frequently as my work hours and pay rate have increaased. I had thought about not giving every 1000, but feel firm in my conviction to continue what i started and havent wavered from those amounts, and it feels amazing. I dont want my story published with my name as my personal home struggles continue. Giving makes me feel empowered, knowing I am doing good, and helping others. If I were to win, my charity of choice would be Tree of Life Pregnancy Support Center whein Atascadero and San Luis Obispo, CA. I would also want it done anonymously and I dont know if that would even be something you would do. If not thats ok, I just wanted to tell my story. When I first heard about giving tuesday, it challenged me to think of different ways to give, and I love trying to think of new ways to give the litte that I can. Since my story is so personal and i would not want to be identified, i want to protect my kids from knowing this story is out there, that is why i am not giving my name.
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