Friday, October 18, 2013

Giving Thanks for Giving from #CookingPlanit, Help Us Celebrate The Unsung Heroes



I love the holiday season! A few years ago I began a Thanksgiving tradition with my family. When we sit down to dinner, we each take a moment to say something we are thankful for. 

Many of you know my story and know that I had gastric bypass surgery in 2004, which resulted in me losing over 160 pounds. But what you don't know is that due to complications I was kept in a medically induced coma afterward for about 3 weeks. 

When I came to I was not able to get up, and was still not able to eat. My then husband had returned to work full time and my days were full of staring at the ceiling. I was very depressed and lonely. 


Then my angels arrived in the shape of a wonderful man named Bill and Dolly. Dolly was a fuzzy little mutt of some sort. She was a therapy dog. For the next 2 weeks, while I recuperated, Bill and Dolly came to visit me several times, and stayed as long as I wanted them to. Bill in the chair, and sweet little Dolly in my lap.

I have to say that they helped me more than they will ever know. I firmly believe that it was their visits that helped bring my spirit up, which in turn helped my healing. I will never forget them!!

Sometimes we don't get the opportunity to thank people for the things they have done that have moved us or changed our (or someone elses) life. That is what Cooking PlanIt, as well as several of my fellow bloggers and I, are here to change.

Do you have a story like this, of someone that went our of their way to help another person? Someone who gave of them self, expecting no reward, only to impact someones life in a positive way without expecting anything in return?

Now is the time to tell us their story

Five unsung HEROES will be selected for a $250 gift card! The Winners will be chosen from all the entries based on how inspiring their story is and how they empower others through their actions and efforts.

But there is even MORE..

To celebrate the true spirit of giving, Cooking Planit is also giving the person who shares the story $100  to thank them for bringing the story to light. They also have the opportunity to give back in a very special way. The grand prize winner will win $1,000 for the charity of their choice! WOW WOW WOW right! I can't wait to read your stories! I'm so exited!!


So, it is time to warm up your pens, and warm up the hearts of all of us this Thanksgiving.

In 300 words or less:

Recognize an individual who is making the difference in the lives of others in your community;

Share how they donating their time, energy or love with a focus on helping others without necessarily thinking of themselves.

Give details on how they are working to improve lives of others

You may enter on Facebook or on the Cooking Planit Giving Thanks page.

See the entry page for all the contest details and rules.

Good luck! And thanks for giving in advance!


20 comments:

  1. We should start that tradition where we each say something we are Thankful for on Thanksgiving. I think it would be a great start to our family get together.

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    1. I think it has been really good for my kids. Sometimes we get so wrapped up in what we don't have we forget to be thankful for all of the things we DO have!!

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  2. We always try to share what we are thankful for on Thanksgiving, but we try to help teach our kids its important to be thankful year round. Often when we are depressed we say "it's time to find thankfulness" and that helps to pull us out of the darkest times. Sharing stories of someone you are thankful to not only blesses them hearing your gratitude but also blesses you in visiting what you are thankful for. This is a great campaign.

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  3. My family does the "What are you thankful" tradition and I used to think it as lame. Now that I am older and so much more to be thankful for I can truly appreciate it.

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  4. I also have someone who helped me through a tough time. I might just go ahead and do this. Thanks for sharing!

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  5. Oh wow what an amazing thing to be doing. It's always so lovely to give back :) X

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  6. We don't celebrate thanksgiving day here in the Philippines, but it sounds like a really great holiday

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  7. I do love the "What are you Thankful for" tradition. We try and do it every year at our house.

    It was great that you had someone to come and help you in your time of need. That is something to be thankful for.

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  8. Thanks for your story! Its so nice to hear uplifting stories with good endings. I'm going to think about who I could write about and submit something. Good job on losing all that weight!!

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  9. I love hearing stories like this ... helps balance out all the bad news, much of which I don't even take in anymore. It will be interesting to see the stories that come from this campaign.

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  10. I am always so thankful. I always make sure my family is too.

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  11. We have that same tradition at my house. I kinda do the same thing in life. If I have the time to complain about something, I have enough time to be be thankful for at least one thing as well!

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  12. Thanks for sharing your story. I definitely want to start having my girls share what they are thankful for on thanksgiving. She is getting old enough to understand and I think it would be a great tradition to keep going :)

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  13. What a wonderful thing to do - so many people have those "heroes" in their life, and I think it is awesome that you are trying to reward them! They may not make the news, but so many wonderful people fly under the radar.

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  14. weight loss definitely takes planning - and food planning can be difficult. thanks for the post.

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  15. I never knew your story before. Thanks for sharing and that is wonderful what they're doing for those "unsung heroes". I know that you're grateful that they came into your life and made your days a bit brighter. There are so many unsung heroes out there, I hope they're all brought to light.

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  16. I always did that with the boys. Before we ate THanksgiving we said what we were thankful for and who helped us and how. It is good to count our blessings. We all complain too much.

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  17. I love this tradition and it is so important to recognize with our loved ones the things that we are thankful for. This time of the year makes me feel especially blessed and thankful for everything.

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  18. First of all congratulations on your weight loss and I wish you more success. It is a wonderful thing what Cooking PlantIt is doing for unsung heroes.

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