Monday, October 28, 2013

30 Day Blog Challenge - Day 25

Describe a moment when you "paid it forward." What happened and how did it feel?

I have donated a lot of clothes to Good Will.  Who hasn't, right?  But, to me, that's not really paying it forward. I have had a grey suit and black suit jacket in my closet since I graduated college (12 years ago). I wore both of them may be two or three times. I didn't really want to just dump them in the Goodwill bin.  I had heard about the "Dress for Success" program. It's an organization for women who can get support, career development tools, and professional attire. I thought what better place to donate my gently worn suit and jacket. A few months ago, I took both to the drop off bin at Crazy Pinz. I'm excited I was able to do that and hopefully help someone who will be going on some job interviews. If you feel good about yourself, it'll help with your presentation during an interview. If you're interested in learning more about Dress for Success, visit their website at www.dressforsuccess.org/.

I also work very closely with the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. When I met Joey back in 2003 and found out he had Cystic Fibrosis, I immediately wanted to get involved with the Foundation.  Joey and I formed Team Jose and ever since, our team has participated in the annual Great Strides Walk. If you're interested in learning more about Cystic Fibrosis or donating to our team, you can visit www.cff.org/Great_Strides/TeamJose.

First team photo in 2006.
2013
Volunteering with the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation never seems like an obligation. I have met some awesome people since I started working with the Foundation. A lot of people ask me why I still continue to volunteer since Joey passed away in 2008. It never was a question in my mind to NOT volunteer after he passed away. I'm in this until CF really does stand for "Cure Found."

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