If everyone gives up their birthday gifts this year, more than $3 billion dollars can be donated to worthy causes or needy people. Friends and family donating money in your name can be much more rewarding than getting material gifts. Giving is a lot more gratifying than receiving, no matter the occasion.

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  1. Select a charity, cause, or purpose you wish to support. Or, support the Every Monday Matters Foundation.
  2. Decide which holiday or occasion for which you would like your friends and family to make a donation instead of giving you a gift.
  3. Provide your friends and family with the proper charity information to make their giving easier—website, phone number, or address.
  4. If there is not a specific reason for having a party, make one up. Simply have guests bring a food dish or beverage along with money for your charity of choice or for someone in need.


Every week in the U.S. there are:
  • 5,890,775 birthdays
  • 41,154 weddings
  • 82,788 births
  • Birthdays are the #1 reason people celebrate.
  • There are millions of other gift-giving/receiving occasions every year, such as bat and bar mitzvahs, graduations, funerals, retirements, and debutante balls.
  • Every year, nearly 140 million people purchase and/or receive a gift card with an average value of $59.
  • $832 is the average amount spent annually on holiday gifts.

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Excerpted from: Every Monday Matters: 52 Ways to Make a Difference by Matthew Emerzian and Kelly Bozza. Copyright © 2008 Every Monday Matters LLC. Excerpted by permission of Thomas Nelson. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.


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