Giving Tuesday

~★~♥~♥~★~ El Morno! ♥~★~★~♥ ~
December 3rd, 2013


★~ Today’s Quote:  For it is in giving that we receive. ~ Francis of Assisi

★~ Giving Tuesday: 


This day is an opportunity to step back from the chaos of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, and embrace the best part of the holidays—the season of giving. Find a way to give back to your community or support the causes that mean the most to you!

To celebrate Giving Tuesday, donate to your favorite nonprofit, drop off some canned goods at your local food pantry, or organize a neighborhood coat drive. For more ideas about how to get involved in the national day of giving, visit

El Morno will celebrate Giving Tuesday each week throughout the season. Today, we are giving canned goods to a food bank.

★~ This Day In History:

♥~ 1967 – The world’s first successful heart transplant was performed. Dr. Christiaan Barnard performed the operation at Cape Town, South Africa.

♥~ 1977 – After 29 weeks in the #1 position on the album charts,Rumours, by Fleetwood Mac, was replaced at the top spot by the album Simple Dreams, sung by Linda Ronstadt.

♥~ 1978 – Mommie Dearest hit the best-seller list. The ‘poison-penned’ book, by Christina Crawford, the adopted daughter of movie-star Joan Crawford, stayed on the list for 42 weeks.

♥~ 1998 – A London woman  abducted by a phony cab driver sprayed an aerosol at his face when he lit a cigarette and set his hair on fire. While the kidnapper dealt with his bad hair day, the victim escaped.

♥~ 1999 – After rowing 2,962 miles in 81 days, Tori Murden of the United States eased her 23-foot boat, American Pearl, to the dock at Fort-du-Bas on the French Carribean island of Guadeloupe. She had just rowed across the Atlantic Ocean. Astonishingly, Murden appeared relaxed, even radiant, as she stood up to toss out a rope. “Next time, the Concorde,” she quipped, as she bounded out of the boat.

★~ Born Today:

♥~ 1818 –  The state of Illinois  was admitted to the Union and became the 21st  United State. Today Illinois is the “most average state” in America according to the Associated Press, which analyzed data from the U.S. census, looking at things like income and age and race, as well as education, immigration, rural population percentages and more than a dozen other factors. The Associated Press concluded that Illinois mirrored the makeup of the country as a whole better than any other state. Second was Oregon, and then Michigan, and Washington, and Delaware. The “least average state” in the Union: West Virginia. Illinois’ official slogan is the “Land of Lincoln.” Springfield is the capital of Illinois.  The Illinois state flower is a violet, and the state bird is the brightly colored cardinal.

♥~ 1927 – Andy Williams Emmy Award-winning entertainer: The Andy Williams Show [1962-63]; singer: Can’t Get Used to Losing You, [Where Do I Begin] Love Story,Days of Wine and Roses, Canadian Sunset, Moon River, Born Free, Butterfly, I Like Your Kind of Love [w/Peggy Powers], Are You Sincere,Lonely Street, In the Village of St. Bernadette

♥~ 1948 – Ozzy (John) Osbourne songwriter, singer: groups: Rare Breed, Black Sabbath: Paranoid; solo: Blizzard of Oz; dead bat-head biter

♥~ 1960 – Daryl Hannah actress: The Fury, Splash, Steel Magnolias, Blade Runner, The Pope of Greenwich Village, Roxanne, Attack of the 50 Ft. Woman, Grumpier Old Men, Diplomatic Siege, Dancing at the Blue Iguana

♥~ 1960 – Julianne Moore actress: As the World Turns, The Fugitive, Jurassic Park, The Forgotten, Laws of Attraction, The Hours, Far from Heaven, The Shipping News,Evolution, Hannibal

★~ Good to Know:


Since its launch last year, Giving Tuesday has catapulted from a grassroots movement to a global force for social good.

The unified effort to kick off the holiday giving season takes place on the Tuesday following Black Friday and Cyber Monday.  Here are some great causes to consider giving to and/or supporting.

GlobalGiving’s Gift Cards for Good. You can buy a holiday GlobalGiving gift card for the holiays in amounts ranging from $10 to $10,000 and let the recipient choose where to give. One special project donates to a Typhoon Haiyan relief fund.

Right to Play’s 20 for 20 for 20 Campaign. Non-profit Right to Play is hoping to raise $100,000 in an Indiegogo campaign, aiming to bring 20 Olympic athletes together to improve the lives of 20,000 children in the developing world through sports programming.

The Case Foundation gives $100,000. Beginning on Giving Tuesday, the Case Foundation will highlight one creative way to give back on its Facebook page each week. It will also give away $100,000 in matching grants to non-profits that sign up their campaigns on Crowdrise.

GoCoin donates bitcoins. Bitcoin processing company GoCoin will donate the Bitcoin equivalent of $1 to the Boys and Girls Club of Santa Monica every time someone tweets with the hashtag #Go4Good.

Glee fans can meet the cast.. Glee is giving Gleeks everywhere a chance to meet the entire cast when you make a $5 donation to Invisible Children through an Omaze campaign.

tinyGive donates $12,000 on Twitter. Micro-donation platform tinyGive is partnering with several non-profits to give away $12,000 in a Giving Tuesday social-matching campaign on Twitter. For the first 2,500 unique donations of $5 or more that are mentioned on Twitter, tinyGive will add $2 to the gift.

CafePress sells personalized ornaments for the Red Cross. Decorate your Christmas tree with an ornament that gives back when you purchase a personalized holiday ornament from CafePress, which donates proceeds from the sale to the American Red Cross.

Melinda Gates matches Catapult donations. Melinda Gates is matching all donations to this Catapult campaign for Typhoon Haiyan relief for mothers and children. donates vaccines. Giving Tuesday is the day to make a big purchase online for diapers for your little one. is partnering with the United Nations Foundation’s Shot@Life campaign and will donate one life-saving vaccine with each $50 purchase.

Casa’s charitable cooking boutique. Casa has created a holiday shopping boutique with OXO products and will donate 10% of the proceeds to Cookies for Kids’ Cancer.

Microsoft matches donations to YouthSpark. Microsoft is matching donations to YouthSpark up to $250,000. Microsoft Store shoppers also get a $25 gift card to “spend” with different YouthSpark causes.

CVS Caremark gives $25,000 to non-profits: CVS is giving away $1,000 grants to 25 causes nominated by its employees.

Charilty Miles’ #TurkeyTrot: Timex Sports is sponsoring Charity Miles’ #GivingTuesdayTurkeyTrot. If you’re not familiar with the charity fitness app, its sponsors donate money to charity for each mile you walk, run or bike.

It’s Just Life will donate 50 cents to UMCOR for aid for Typhoon Haiyan relief efforts in the Philippines for every comment on any post on her blog during December. This is an on-going effort by Beth Ann.

This is just a list of a few more of the  giving campaigns you may missed. I will be highlighting more giving campaigns each Tuesday in December.  El Morno supported the local food bank today!


Just a quick hello/goodbye today! Cole is feeling awful, a Great Dane had Diarrhea in the middle of my bed, the $200.00 mattress protector, has paid for itself AGAIN and the school called at 12n asking if Cole could rally for the 10 minute Winter Garden Walk at 2:30pm. It’s a big deal for seniors. He can, IF I drive him the 45 minutes to school each way.  No problem. It’s Rant Tuesday!

P.S. The food of the day is Left-Overs! 😀

Odd Loves Company!

6 thoughts on “Giving Tuesday

  1. Missed you this Morno. Sounds like you’ve had a rant worthy day. I’ll look at the giving opportunities. We like to support the community during the holiday season.
    I’m on target with left-overs finishing them off tonight.
    Have a good one.

  2. without realizing today is giving tuesday, i dropped off a couple gifts in our toys for tots box at work. good timing!
    rumours will always be one of my favorite albums. has stood the test of time.
    hope cole feels better. nothing like feeling punk.
    a great dane with diarrhea. wow. on your bed at that. wow. what type of mattress protector is that that you have?!
    50* in chicago? warm here, too.
    good evening!

    • We are in sync! Toys for Tots is such a nice cause too! Cole still feels punk, but the Great Dane went home. When I bought our mattress about 10 years ago the salesman talked me into this guaranteed for life mattress protector. At first I balked at the cost and then took a look at our lifestyle and invested. Best investment ever. Everything else can be washed in hot water and the mattress did not have a speck on it.
      Weather on it’s way…so they tell us.

  3. Sick kid, sick dog — ugh, sounds awful. Hope all’s well by now.
    I guess this is as good a time as any for Illinois to be “average.”
    I hope the idea of Giving Tuesday catches on — of course, it would be nicer if we kept that spirit of giving all year long, wouldn’t it?!

    • It was a pretty crappy day. BUT everything was washed, the Dane went home and I’ve spent quality time on the couch with my teen so I guess all is not lost.
      I think this group does a pretty good job of keeping the joy of giving going all year! I’m with you tho, I hope the movement grows.

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