My first Skip 1…

Every year for birthdays and Christmas, people in my family send each other wish lists. I’m sure this is nothing strange or different from what a lot of other people do.

I was slacking this year (and by slacking I mean my birthday is tomorrow and no list has been sent). I have a feeling there are people in my family upset with me for not sending anything.  I hope there can be forgiveness after this post.

I had a great plan for my birthday this year, but in the busyness of life and being in the middle of helping plan some different events, I simply ran out of time. At first, I thought I should just give in and do what I do every year – send out a list, have a nice dinner and a drink with my husband, and eat some cake with my boys – maybe even some friends and family. But on Monday I came across a friend’s blog posting of the day. It was for an organization called Skip1.org.  It’s quite simple really: They encourage you to skip 1 thing for 1 day then take the money you would have spent on those things and donate instead to Skip1.org.

So that’s what I’m doing this year – I’m skipping my birthday and giving that money to Invisible People. Invisible People is an amazing organization that is giving a voice and a face to homelessness. It is something that had been heavy on my heart for a long time. If you’d like to help me SKIP my birthday, please visit Invisible People and find out how you can give or met a need.

Or buy a large bag of socks and attach a gift card to a Target/Walmart and give it to a homeless man or woman in your town.

I invite you – Skip 1 TODAY.

10 Responses to “My first Skip 1…”

  1. shannonoverpeck February 18, 2010 2:43 pm
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    My first Skip 1…: Every year for birthdays and Christmas, people in my family send each other wish lists. I&#82.. http://bit.ly/cOnwf5

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  2. shannonoverpeck February 18, 2010 3:24 pm
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    @hardlynormal I’m skip1.org my birthday 2morrow, but i wnt 2 giv 2 invppl. needed link 4 friends & family 2 giv 2 http://bit.ly/d7×7iz

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  3. hardlynormal February 18, 2010 5:58 pm
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    !@shannonoverpeck just wrecked me. she is @skip1′n her bday for @invisiblepeople.tv http://bit.ly/d7×7iz wow wow wow wow! #grateful

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  4. invisiblepeople February 18, 2010 5:58 pm
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    !@shannonoverpeck just wrecked me. she is @skip1′n her bday for @invisiblepeople.tv http://bit.ly/d7×7iz wow wow wow wow! #grateful

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  5. Casey Flynn February 18, 2010 5:11 pm
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    With my birthday coming up next Tuesday, I am in the same boat. I haven’t found anywhere to volunteer to help the homeless in Orange County since I moved home from college, and it has left me feeling a little useless. I am definitely letting my family know what I want for my birthday (more like I want them to “skip” my birthday) and will this post along to all those who wanted to get me a present. This has truly inspired me to start of the year on a more helpful foot.

    • Shannon February 20, 2010 2:38 pm
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      That ‘s great Casey! Thanks for stopping by. I enjoyed reading your comment…I’m looking forward to hearing how your “skip” goes!!!! There are some AWESOME opportunities to help the homeless here in the OC. Check out http://www.laundrylovesantaana.com. I will put you on my email list and keep you posted some of the stuff happening to help the homeless around here. Feel free to email me if you have any questions!

  6. LFC_Auction February 18, 2010 6:12 pm
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    RT @invisiblepeople: !@shannonoverpeck just wrecked me. she is @skip1′n her bday for @invisiblepeople.tv http://bit.ly/d7×7iz wow #grateful

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  7. soverpeck February 19, 2010 2:15 pm
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    If you haven’t bought my wife a bday gift this year, don’t. Do this instead! http://ow.ly/19e3W

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  8. Taty February 19, 2010 1:30 pm
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    Beautiful heart Shannon!