Tis’ the Season

by Holly on November 28, 2010

in giving back,seriousness

Growing up, I was taught by the ever wise Mama + Daddy Everythingtarian that giving back is not only something you should do but something you want to do.

For example, there are many “easy” career paths I could take and make a whole lot more money.

But I can’t.

I like knowing that what I am doing in my job contributes to society in a positive way. I’ve never been one to do something unless I want to do it…even when it comes to money. Sometimes I wish I could do anything just for money, really! My life would be a lot easier. Mama E would no longer have to listen to me bemoaning my financial woes, and Daddy E would get to stop having to spot me $20s. It would be a win-win situation.

Instead, I am just a naive hippie who still believes in world peace.

So sue me.

Or help me build a clean water drinking well in Cambodia.

Oh wait, you already helped me do that last year! To the tune of $1,145.00.

For that, I am still grateful.

One year later, as I look at my Christmas list filled with things that are undoubtedly fabulous + fun, I realize I need none of it. Again, I am reminded of how blessed I am and how important it is to give back to those who are less fortunate. And when I think of giving back, I think of my dear blog friend Brandi.

Every year, she, her husband and family travel to Honduras (paying their whole way) to volunteer their time at an orphanage for homeless, abused and abandoned children called Jovenes en Camino, located about 25 miles south of the Honduran capital, Tegucigalpa.

This amazing program takes more than 60 children and with very limited resources, educates, houses, feeds and gives them the tools so they can return to society with the skills and resources to be successful. In a country that is still ravaged by poverty, natural disasters and rampant crime, this program is truly needed.

If you would like to read more about Brandi’s travels in Honduras, check out some of her blog posts here.

In conjunction with Brandi and Jovenes, I am hoping to help raise $1000 by Christmas to donate to Jovenes en Camino.

Seriously, how cute?

And if you are so inclined, we would be honored if you all would help us out.

It takes $28,000 per MONTH to keep Jovenes running, and while I know money is tight for all of us, every little bit we can raise is going to help them cover their costs.

For example:

  • $25 = support of children at Jovenes
  • $50 = purchase backpacks & school supplies
  • $75 = funds skills training program
  • $100 = purchase school shoes & uniforms
  • $? = however much you can donate

The minimum donation is whatever you want it to be. In our foodie world, that may mean cutting back on buying a new nut butter or two (= $10) at the grocery store or perhaps skipping kombucha for a week or two (= $20). In the grand scheme of things, it’s but a blip on the radar.

If you are feeling merry this holiday season,
please click here to donate to Jovenes!

Or here.

And perhaps here.

You can click here too.

Donations are completely secure and private.

We would appreciate any linkbacks you can give to this on your blog, e-mails you can send to family + friends as well as any other ways you can think to encourage others to donate (Tweet! Facebook! Call!).  Again, we am hoping for $1000 by Christmas so we can provide Jovenes with the much-needed funds to help them continue doing their selfless, amazing work.

Thank you all so much.

Love to all,

Brandi + moi


Lauren November 28, 2010 at 7:25 pm

Such an amazing thing that you and Brandi are doing! I will definitely be helping to this worthy cause ;)

Angharad November 28, 2010 at 7:25 pm


emily (a nutritionist eats) November 28, 2010 at 7:34 pm

Love that you are doing this again! I hope EVERYONE helps out!!

rebecca lustig November 28, 2010 at 7:43 pm

this is so wdonerful. if only we had more generous and admirable humans, thsi world be a much better place.

have a great night

Mary @ Bites and Bliss November 28, 2010 at 8:29 pm

It’s so great you’re doing something that you love which also majorly gives back to others to better their lives..despite whether or not a “pays well”. That’s very selfless of you. :)

katie November 28, 2010 at 8:42 pm

I know God is smiling at this :) beautiful.

By the way, i was thinking today, we need a 4th roomate for our senior year in college, want to move here? thatd be awesome, thanks!

susan November 28, 2010 at 8:47 pm

Totally with you on the career/money thing.

Jovenes seems like a great cause. It’s wonderful that you and Brandi are doing this!

Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) November 28, 2010 at 9:44 pm

I think it’s awesome that you are promoting this..and that in your own life you can and ARE staying true to your principles and ideals. My life is very…complicated right now. With a family to support. I am doing my best though!

Carrie (Moves 'N Munchies) November 29, 2010 at 12:19 am

thank you for this..this is really sweet and its important to think about others esp during the holidays!

Erica November 29, 2010 at 6:24 am

You are such an awesome lady :) I’m doing a couple things to raise some goods this year. It feels much more like the holiday season when you do so. PS- check out my bloggg

Heather @ Get Healthy With Heather November 29, 2010 at 7:06 am

Wow what an amazing thing you two are doing. It really is the season to give back.

Megan (The Runner's Kitchen) November 29, 2010 at 8:29 am

Happy Holidays Holly, you’re such a kind and giving lady! I just made a lil donation :)

Kacy November 29, 2010 at 9:54 am

This is so wonderful Holly. I will most definitely donate.

Special K November 29, 2010 at 11:02 am

You are an inspiration….where can I SEND YOU a present?

Dana @ my little celebration November 29, 2010 at 11:39 am

Holly, thanks for the inspiration. Sounds like a great organization.

If you’re interested, here’s a promo video for advent conspiracy – a movement that my church in Portland helped start, and now thousands of churches around the world are also participating in. It’s a great way to bring the focus back to where it should be.


Healthy Chocoholic November 29, 2010 at 7:34 pm

What an amazing thing both of you are doing!!!!!!!! God bless you both!

Sami November 30, 2010 at 12:52 pm

way to go ladies, this is awesome!

janetha. please don't let this go to spam. November 30, 2010 at 1:16 pm

YAY. yes of course I am donating and will repost this soon.

Katie November 30, 2010 at 8:45 pm

Yes! Just catching up on your posts and going to donate immediately. Todo para los ninos!

Teri [a foodie stays fit] December 1, 2010 at 7:34 am

You are so amazing. Just donated!

Nancy December 2, 2010 at 1:23 am

this is so awesome especially since i am honduran-american and most of my family members were born in honduras. great work!

Kaitlin With Honey December 9, 2010 at 8:53 pm

I just donated and just posted about this (to go up tomorrow morning)! I hope it helps, even if just a little. You’re wonderful for doing this!

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