ONE WEEK UNTIL CHRISTMAS!!!
It’s hard to believe that Christmas is one week from today. I think it’s been hard for a lot of people to keep up their Christmas spirit this year after the tragic shootings in Newtown last week. 25 Days of Giving has certainly kept me uplifted, not just my own activities, but just watching how many people get involved and inspired with the project just fills me up with Christmas spirit. Whether it’s my friends and family, or Steph, Janelle, and Laura’s blogs, or their friends who they’re inspiring – it’s incredible. Now folks are getting involved with #26actsofkindness thanks to Ann Curry’s idea of committing one act of kindness for each individual lost at Sandy Hook. It’s really wonderful to see people reaching out to each other and trying to connect with each other.
26 acts of kindness in a day might sound like a lot to you. It sounds like a lot to me. Heck, I’m only doing 25 things in 25 days, much less 26 in one day! But no matter how tired I am from running around every day giving, I’ve found that my capacity to give is still there. I think because giving to others, no matter how small, is really just an act of love, and love has no end to its depths. So if you choose to accept the #26actsofkindness challenge, even if it seems impossible at first, I think you’ll be successful. And I want to hear all about it!
Today’s Day of Giving was one I’ve been excited about literally all year. USA TODAY ranks it as “one of the ten best places to press your nose.” That’s right: today was the day for the Macy’s SPCA Holiday Windows! My most favorite volunteer activity! (Side note: what are the other 9 best places to press your nose?)
If you were following along last year then you know all about it. If not, then every year in San Francisco the SPCA holds an adoption event in the big Macy’s store downtown in Union Square. Just like the NYC Macy’s has the giant window displays, the SF Macy’s does too – except theirs is filled with puppies and kittens that are up for adoption! It is the most adorable thing. When I unknowingly walked by it last year, I squealed when I realized what was going on and signed up to volunteer on the spot!
As volunteers, you stand outside by the windows in your bright red SPCA jacket and tell passersby about the animals and ask for donations. It’s a hugely successful adoption event for the SPCA – last year over 800 animals were adopted and over $80,000 was raised. Ian went along with me again this year and we had the best time – Ian wore his Santa hat and I had on my reindeer antlers – and we squealed along with all of the pedestrians about the antics of the kittens in my window and the ridiculously adorable puppy in Ian’s window. We almost came home with 3 more cats and a dog tonight. Apparently Ian has more self-control than I do.
It was such a fun night, full of friendly competition between me and Ian to see who could fill our money bin up the highest. I think Ian won! He’s the best! Either way, the most important thing is that we brought in a lot of money for the SPCA, helped a few people adopt new pets, and had the best time doing it. A couple of folks thanked us for being out in the cold to promote these animals, but I have to say the pleasure is all ours. Not only do we get to watch the antics of these fuzzy friends all night, but we get to see the pure joy on everyone’s faces – young and old, tall and small – as they run up to the windows to look.
Afterwards we tried out the Burger Bar in Macy’s on the 6th floor. I made reservations ahead of time since I knew we wouldn’t feel like waiting for a table, and we lucked out with a table by the window overlooking Union Square.
If you’d like to volunteer for the Macy’s windows you can sign up online, or you can just drop by and see if they need volunteers. They said sometimes they have a few no-shows so drop-ins are usually welcome. If you’re not in SF, then you can check out their “kitty cam” with streaming video of the windows with the cats and dogs. It’s adorable!