Some Want Gifts and Some Want to Give

birthdaychecks03081301popCongratulations to Shira whose story I read in WestportNow today. I copied her photo for you.

She asked for checks for a charity for her birthday instead of gifts, and raised over $1000 for the Humane Society. Well done, Shira!

I suggested to my husband Clem that he ask for gifts for a charity for his 80th birthday in April, as I had done for my birthday a couple of years ago.

“We could say on the invitation that you want guests to make a contribution to a charity in your name or in your honor.”

Clem“No,” he said. “I want gifts!”

To be fair, he didn’t receive birthday gifts as a child or even as an adult until he met me, so he’s still making up for lost time!



Author of memoir Nigeria Revisited My Life and Loves Abroad, blogger, board member U.S.National Committee for UN Women, former Peace Corps volunteer, Unitarian Universalist, expert in nonprofit management and fundraising, certified fundraising executive (CFRE), racial justice advocate..

Posted on March 10, 2013, in Birthdays, Family, Giving and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. Good question; I wondered too.But she’s being rewarded with publicity for her decision, whether or not it was really hers. And maybe that’s as good as presents for her! Let’s hope she’s on board with it one way or another.


  2. I read about that little girl and wonder if it is her idea or her mother’s. It’s hard, when a parent (or grandparent) is very enthusiastic, to know if the child is really happy with the decision. She may be a young saint, or stuck being one and has to go along with the decision based on past birthdays. Now Clem is honest! I like that! But he’s not a child and unafraid to make his own decisions.


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