Monday, April 5, 2010

April Challenge - Giving up Sweets for Charity

My friend, Sheila, who runs Book Journey, asked me to participate in her April Challenge. I've been such a slacker lately with pregnancy woes I've tried to say no to as many things as possible, but I couldn't say no to this.
For one month you give up or cut down on something that you enjoy but can live without, then you donate the extra money you would've spent to the charity of your choice.
I've decided I will not buy any treats - ice cream, chocolate, candy, cookies, etc. for the next month. I'm not saying I won't eat treats if someone gives them to me or beg, steal, or borrow from my son's Easter baskets, but I won't actually purchase treats for me or my family for the month. There is one exception though, my 3yo's birthday is April 25th. I already have a cake mix in the house, but I'll have to buy some ice cream. I mean, come on, he's three!
I will be donating the money I save to The Humanitarian Aid Fund for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I love donating to that fund because 100% of the donation goes directly to people throughout the world who are in need because of poverty or tragedies such as the Haiti Earthquake.
I'll let you know at the end of the month how much I was able to donate and how much I suffer (going through the grocery store with my 3yo and repeating, "No donuts!" 20 times should be fun). Seriously, I'm excited to be able to give up something I don't need and donate more to those who need more than I can imagine.
If you'd like to enter Sheila's challenge you can here. She also is giving some fun prizes and a $50 check to one of the charities.
I'd better go hide some of that Easter candy so I can make it through the month. If any of you want to bring me cookies, my door is always open.


  1. Great post and yes, you linked it right! :)

    I have already caved twice on mine - but even though I bought the snack I had to pay too so it was like paying double...LOL :)

    Hang in there and thanks for joining :)

  2. That's a great idea, Sheila. When I have to buy ice cream for my son's b-day I can just pay towards the humanitarian fund as well.
    This will be a great thing for me and my 3yo!

  3. Just had to pop in and say "hi" and here I find you going about doing good. I should have expected so much!

    You are a hard hitter on the goals. Way to go and good luck!

  4. Thanks, Melanie. I really appreciate you stopping by. Hopefully I can control myself. I've started going to the grocery store by myself and still want to buy a bag of cookies!


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