Thursday, December 07, 2006

Thursday Thirteen #13

Thirteen Things You Can Do To
Pay It Forward
(and get a chance to win a copy of my book!)

Click the image above to read about my Pay it Forward Contest and how you can be eligible to win a copy of my January release...along with some other fun things!
(please don't post your contest entries on this post)
Contest ends Friday at midnight, EST

1. Drive past the really good parking place so the car behind you can have it.

2. Pay for the person's order in line behind you at the drive-thru window

3. Drop off two toys, instead of one, at Toys for Tots

4. Make a few extra batches of cookies and bring them to a local senior home

5. Find a family to adopt for the holidays

6. Buy an extra roll of stamps and give it to the person in line behind you at the post office

7. Offer to babysit (for free) for a mother of young children so she can go shopping or wrap gifts...or just take a breather!

8. Bring a box of your old books to a women's shelter

9. Give a 30% tip at a restaurant instead of 15-20%

10. Make a donation to your favorite charity before they even ask!

11. Buy a bag of groceries and take it to your local food bank
(they're really hurting this year!)

12. Donate blood

13. Let someone in line behind you go first at the checkout counter

(and check out the other comments on my Pay It Forward Contest post to see what others are doing to make the holidays easier!)

The purpose of the meme is to get to know everyone who participates a little bit better every Thursday. Visiting fellow Thirteeners is encouraged! If you participate, leave the link to your Thirteen in others comments. It’s easy, and fun! Be sure to update your Thirteen with links that are left for you, as well! I will link to everyone who participates and leaves a link to their 13 things. Trackbacks, pings, comment links accepted!


Anonymous Anonymous soliloquized...

That's a great list. Doing for others is something wonderful that shows how much we care for others - even if we don't know who they are.

Wednesday, December 06, 2006 11:07:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous soliloquized...

those are good ideas on how to make this season more a celebration of giving...great post!

Wednesday, December 06, 2006 11:12:00 PM  
Blogger Tug soliloquized...

Some I'd never thought of...I'm coming back to check this all out more - along with your contest. What a WONDERFUL list!!

Happy TT!

Wednesday, December 06, 2006 11:13:00 PM  
Anonymous Becky soliloquized...

Ooooh! I did a few of these this week! Wow. I never thought of them as "paying it forward." Thanks!

Wednesday, December 06, 2006 11:16:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous soliloquized...

Wow, that's an intense list. I try to do nice things every day, but on a *sigh* smaller scale.

Have a great week, thanks for stopping by West of Mars, and Happy TT!

Wednesday, December 06, 2006 11:27:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous soliloquized...

Great list, Colleen! I've been thinking about #4!

My T13's up at

Wednesday, December 06, 2006 11:52:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous soliloquized...

Great list. I did #1 today. Great ideas.

Thursday, December 07, 2006 12:00:00 AM  
Anonymous baggage soliloquized...

I love this list. I'm going to have to do those this week. Thank you for this.

Thursday, December 07, 2006 12:28:00 AM  
Anonymous Cheryl soliloquized...

Really great ideas. And if anyone wants to volunteer to do #7 I have three kids available ;)

Thursday, December 07, 2006 12:31:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous soliloquized...

Great list. I'm in the drawing :)

Thursday, December 07, 2006 1:49:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous soliloquized...

Lovely TT - I'll pop back soon to see what else you have on the site, as I'm gonna be late for work if I hang around now.

Thursday, December 07, 2006 3:13:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous soliloquized...

What a lovely reminder of the spirit of the season. All too often the stresses of the holidays bring out the worst in us instead of the best.

Thursday, December 07, 2006 3:54:00 AM  
Anonymous tbirdonawire soliloquized...

Love it! I have been working very hard on doing things like this. I planning on continuing throughout the coming year too because I am blessed and need to pass it on.

Thanks for the list!

Thursday, December 07, 2006 6:56:00 AM  
Blogger Carmen soliloquized...

thank you for the idea. Where can I get your book? I loved Buffy, so i should love it!

Thursday, December 07, 2006 7:35:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous soliloquized...

Best idea for a TT and perfect for this time of year. I've already done a few extra things that I noramlly wouldn't have. Not that I'm not nice, but like everyone else I get wrapped up in my own little world.

Happy TT!!

Thursday, December 07, 2006 7:52:00 AM  
Blogger DK soliloquized...

Great TT and a perfect reminder for the holiday season! Now, you've got to see It's A Wonderful Life; it's the ultimate Pay It Forward movie! Thanks for visiting my blog and have a very Happy Thursday!

Thursday, December 07, 2006 9:09:00 AM  
Blogger Jane soliloquized...

Colleen, those are fabulous ideas. The world would be a much better place if we all did things like this year round.
Thanks for stopping by my T13. I am going to enter your contest!

Thursday, December 07, 2006 9:21:00 AM  
Anonymous Jaci Burton soliloquized...

Great list! This year, instead of buying token gifts for the mega dozens of great nieces and nephews who already get way too much stuff anyway, we're donating that money that we would normally spend to the needy and for Toys for Tots program.

Thursday, December 07, 2006 9:33:00 AM  
Anonymous Gypsy soliloquized...

Great suggestions!

Thursday, December 07, 2006 9:34:00 AM  
Blogger angela soliloquized...

great list!
giving up a parking space? that's very hard for me!

Thursday, December 07, 2006 10:05:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous soliloquized...

Where as I do a number of these throughout the year (just the way I was raised) you've challenged me to go beyond that!

I'll let you know what I come up with!

Thursday, December 07, 2006 10:32:00 AM  
Anonymous Annie soliloquized...

Great TT! And it's so wonderful to see how many people are getting into the spirit of this!

Thursday, December 07, 2006 10:32:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous soliloquized...

This is such a great list. Awesome.

I've already given to certain charities too, this time of year is hard, so much demand when people hold back to spend on their own families.

Thursday, December 07, 2006 10:36:00 AM  
Blogger Heather Harper soliloquized...

This is a wonderful list, Colleen. :)

Thursday, December 07, 2006 10:42:00 AM  
Blogger Katkat soliloquized...

Great list as always! Happy TT!

Thursday, December 07, 2006 12:04:00 PM  
Anonymous Janet soliloquized...

That's a fantastic list! I can do any of it except for donating blood (recent tattoo). Thanks! I think I'll print it out and carry it around, just for a reminder :-)

Thursday, December 07, 2006 12:33:00 PM  
Blogger Sparky Duck soliloquized...

Oh, im cool, I do #13 all the time

Thursday, December 07, 2006 12:52:00 PM  
Anonymous Caryle soliloquized...

I keep wanting to post something about your Pay It Forward campaign on my blog, but I've been decommissioned the past few days.

I intend to participate, and link!

Thursday, December 07, 2006 1:26:00 PM  
Anonymous beth soliloquized...

What a wonderful idea!

Thursday, December 07, 2006 3:47:00 PM  
Anonymous Jenny Ryan soliloquized...

Ooh-great list. Thanks!

Thursday, December 07, 2006 6:00:00 PM  
Anonymous s@m soliloquized...

What a great list! I've done a couple of those things. I like to let people ahead of me in line. They give me a blank stare like I am on crack or something. It's the highlight of my shopping trips.

Happy TT!

Thursday, December 07, 2006 8:13:00 PM  
Anonymous Missy soliloquized...

What a wonderful list!

Thursday, December 07, 2006 11:37:00 PM  
Blogger scribbit soliloquized...

Thanks for the kind reminder to do more about the holiday season than just party and celebrate. An excellent list.

Friday, December 08, 2006 1:28:00 AM  

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