I am loving this challenge more and more each month.
The only problem: my desire to give is still greater than my actual budget.
I over-gave this month, and that probably won't surprise anyone, considering recent world events.
I meant to "catch-up" with New Zealand in March, and then the events happened in Japan. I also wanted to support a friend raising money for MS, which is really important to me personally.
So... I knew I would give more than prescribed by the rules of my own challenge.
Then, when filling out the form at the Americares site, I thought I put in "$30.00" and somehow when I clicked send it came out as "$100.00".
After a BIG GULP I thought, while it was more than I planned to give, I could never begrudge the Japanese people this donation.
It is likely that I will be TOTALLY BROKE this summer (as a teacher I don't get paid in the summer. YIKES!).
With that in mind, I will bank some of these and use them in the summer months as I need them to meet my challenge.
What did I read this month?What my Mother Doesn’t Know by Sonya Sones
Wake by Lisa McMann
13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher
A Killing Frost by John Marsden
Prisoners in the Palace by Michaela MacColl
Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
The Secret of Chimneys by Agatha Christie
The Time Machine by HG Wells
Who am I giving to and how much?By my own contest rules, that would merit a $40.00 donation for the month.
What did I give:
$50.00 to the Crimmins family's MS walk (here's the National Multiple Sclerosis Society page)
$30.00 to New Zealand Earthquake Relief via the Red Cross
and $100.00 to Japanese Earthquake and Tsunami Relief via Americares (which has a 5-star charity navigator rating)
So, I actually gave $180.00 this month.
But please, understand, this is WAY out of my budget. I am BANKING the extra $140.00 to cover me over the summer when my checking account hovers around 0.
So, what about you, did you join the challenge?
What did you read this month and what did you choose to give? To whom did you give it?
You can join the challenge at any point in the year.
Happy READING and Happy GIVING!