Go ahead, make my day

Today has been an incredible day of ups and downs.

This morning, I saw a tweet by a Youth Defense Advocate:

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I contacted Mark right away and he came and picked up the bassinet that Tenesea and Azalee both slept in as tiny infants. Yes, I could have made money selling it to a consignment store, but giving it a fellow mother who just wants to provide for her family, means way more to me.

As Mark walked to his vehicle, I went into the kitchen to hide my tears. I have been the recipient of gifts such as this one.

There were a couple of people along the way that gave me hope when I was in my darkest times. Although, I’m sure they never knew how much these gifts meant to me, my heart thanks them every day.

I sat in my kitchen trying to figure out a way that I can say thank you to everyone who helped me, while giving back to the people that need it the most.

I came up with Make Jen’s Day

Sunday, July 22nd is my birthday and I have only one wish:
I wish that all of my friends, family, Twitter followers, FB friends, blog readers and even people in my Google + circles take a moment this weekend to give something to charity.

Give your time, give food, give diapers, give formula, give clothing, give money, give breast milk. What you give doesn’t matter as much as helping someone who needs it.

When you give, take a picture. Then make sure I see it.

  • Tweet it using the #makejensday hashtag
  • Join the Make Jen’s Day Facebook page and post your photos on the wall
  • Use the #makejensday hashtag on Instagram.
  • Write a blog post about your experience and link back to this post
  • Email it: jenniferbanksyeg@gmail.com

I will post every photo on an upcoming blog post and there just might be random prizes available for making my day.

Honestly, I haven’t been this excited about anything in a long time. Please help me make this the best birthday ever!

Come on, make my day!

If you own a business or work for a business that would like to donate /give prizes and/or match donations, contact me ASAP at the email above.

**UPDATE**
I am getting a lot of questions about where to donate time, goods and/or money.

Here is a list of my favorite charities in Edmonton:

Here is a list of my friend Alex’s favorite charities in Toronto and area.

I’m absolutely overwhelmed by the response so far. Every time I open my Twitter and Facebook, I cry happy tears. Thank you all so much.

  • Rosanna

    Love it! Can’t wait to make your day. =)

    • JenBanksYEG

      Thanks, Rosanna. I’m excited to see your photo :)

  • Jodi aka Karmicevolution

    Done Babe… Done

    • JenBanksYEG

      I love you, Jodi!! Thank you!

  • nicola

    The Sprogs is in if you need a prize. I’ll be good too! 

  • Nicola … again

    I meant being good by like being “good” … by donating and giving and being nice :) 

    • JenBanksYEG

      You’re awesome, Nicola. I’ll chat with you tomorrow about a Sprogs prize. Thank you so much!!

  • http://twitter.com/RealTurkeyLady Bobbi

    What Mark does…it’s beyond amazing. I force myself to read the posts somedays, they weigh heavily, but when I think it’s too much, I remember he and the kids he tweets about are LIVING it…so the VERY least  can so is read and retweet. It’s wonderful what you are doing Jen, throw down the gauntlet and see what goodness occurs.

    • JenBanksYEG

      Mark really inspired me yesterday. This is my chance to bring awareness to the need that we all have in our communities. If even one person is helped, my birthday gift is complete :)

  • Jodielgiese

    You never cease to amaze me, Jen. I’d love to be a part of this amazing opportunity. It’s always the little things that have the biggest impacts.

    • JenBanksYEG

      So true, Jodie. So true!

  • http://twitter.com/CocktailDeeva Dee Brun

    Love this idea…I try and do this daily..Imagine what kind of a world we would live in if we all did this…
    Cheers and HAPPY BIRTHDAY

    • JenBanksYEG

      Absolutely! I love the buy nothing new initiative that you abd your family is doing right now. I’ve really been thinking about doing that myself. I might come to you for some pointers :)

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  • Maija @ Maija’s Mommy Moments

    Jen I am totally in! Stay tuned for pics!

    • JenBanksYEG

      Woo Hoo!!! Can’t wait

  • http://twitter.com/dinnerwithjulie Julie Van Rosendaal

    Brilliant idea! I’ll be doing my bit to make your day. Not sure what yet…

    • JenBanksYEG

      Can’t wait to see what you come up with :)

  • Alex

    I’m not local, but I’m definitely charitable. I’ll #makejensday here in Pickering, Ontario. 

    I am so honoured to have you as a friend, you know that? xoxoxox

  • http://twitter.com/mrshiggison Alicia

    Jen- I’m with you. 
    July 22nd is my 30th birthday. (high fives!)
    Trust that Windsor, ON will #makejensday too:)

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  • http://twitter.com/phdinparenting phdinparenting

    Here is my contribution: http://www.phdinparenting.com/2012/07/21/making-jens-day/ Happy Birthday!

  • http://www.amandaroseadams.com/ Amanda Rose Adams

    You are AWESOME.  This is so important.

    I’ve always tried to give my castoffs to the Welfare-to-Work daycare center (kids used toys), the social worker at my kids’ school (my kids’ gently used warm coats and snow boots for kids who don’t have them), the abused women’s shelter (dish drainers, silverware, other household goods I didn’t need that a woman rebuilding her life does need), the animal shelter (old blankets and stuffed animals for puppies), and the raptor rescue program (heparin and IV supplies my son received for home health care that we didn’t need but humans couldn’t take). 

    It does take a little extra work to make sure your things get to the people who need them the most, but it also makes you feel great knowing that your stuff is helping someone right away.

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  • Elli

    I don’t have pics but I donate breastmilk.

    168 oz to the milk bank with kid1.

    Currently at 70oz for kid2 and still going!

    Happy birthday!

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