It's officially here! The #RCGetAndGive week! If you're a newsletter subscriber (Sign up here, if you aren't subscribed!) or, if you follow me on Instagram, then you already got the inside scoop last week. But for those of you that don't (Ahem, why don't you?!?), here's the deal. Every day this week I'm running a giveaway on my Instagram. But not just any giveaway. It's a giveaway that also gives back.
You see, giving back and helping those in need has always been very important to me. Not only did I grow up in a household that volunteered and gave back, but there have also been times where we were the ones in need. I know first hand what a difference even the smallest of gestures can make, especially during times like the holidays.
For a long time now, I've wanted to do something within this space that was more meaningful, that gives back, that uplifts those in need. The world can be such a dark and cruel place, so if I can do even one small thing to help, I'll do it in a heartbeat. I feel incredibly fortunate to wake up doing a job that I do every day and to be provided with so many amazing opportunities. But I never forget where I came from or how I was raised. And, while selfies, coffees and 20 of the hottest new lipstick shades are great and all, I think it's important to step back and take note of the stuff that really matters.
So, with that in mind, I developed the idea for the #RCGetAndGive week. Every day there will be a different giveaway featuring a different brand and a different charity to which we will be donating to. Additionally, I'll also be including daily ideas for ways you can give back to your own community.
One of the perks of my job is the incredible brands I get to connect and work with throughout the year. I approached a few of my favorites about collaborating on this project, and despite my last minute emails, they all eagerly agreed (See? I told you I get to work with some amazing brands!). So, not only have they kindly gifted items for you to win, but they have also very generously donated items for the causes/charities that I'll be highlighting throughout the week.
Last but certainly not least, while we're on the topic of things that really matter, there's something I couldn't forget. You. The reader. You are what really matters. Without you, this space wouldn't even exist. Those amazing opportunities I mentioned up above? Those are because of you. That job I love and get to wake up doing every day? It's because of you. Those brands I connect and work with? It's because of you. The following and voice I have to make a difference? It's because of you. The items brands donated for charities? It's because of you. All this, is because of you, and there aren't enough words in the dictionary to describe how grateful I am. But that's alright, because I tend to think actions speak louder than words. So that's why I'm not just giving back to those in need, but I'm also giving back to all of you. Thank you for allowing me to do what I do, thank you for supporting me always, thank you for every comment, like and read, thank you for the making projects like this even possible.
As Dave and I make the donation delivery rounds this Friday afternoon, I'll be thinking of all of you and how thankful I am. But I know I won't be the only one feeling that way. Every item, every product, every donation will be impacting someone's life and I know each recipient will be even more grateful than I am.
And to think, you just came here looking for a recipe or outfit idea. Little did you know a click of your mouse might someday change someone's life...
P.S. There may or may not be a hint to one of this week's giveaways in the photo ;)