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Ever sit at your Thanksgiving table and think, “OMG, we have so much freaking food here.  There’s enough to feed an army…”

And then your mind jumps to, “This is excessive. I should probably be volunteering at a soup kitchen instead of eating my fourth round of mashed potatoes and gravy.”

I sure have.  In fact, I’ve had that thought for years and haven’t acted on it, until now.

Last week, a friend asked me if I wanted to be on the host committee for The Robin Hood Foundation.

Without blinking or knowing exactly what that meant, I said, “Yes!”

Turns out that the Robin Hood Foundation is one of the best run non-for-profits around.

And totally inspiring from an entrepreneurial perspective.

They apply rock solid biz and investing principles to philanthropy and give 100% of every donation to help alleviate poverty in New York City.

(Did you know that four million New York City residents – which is half the city – experience difficulty affording food? Me neither.)

Robin Hood makes sure that every program they invest in is effective and if it’s not, it gets cut.

They look at results and are meticulous about making sure that all donations are put to the best use.

You can check out what they do here.  Super solid.

But what really got me excited was this:  The Food For Good campaign.

For just $50 you can feed a family of eight this Thanksgiving with a complete meal (yes, turkey and all the fixins’ including my favorite: mashies.)

Now get this.

That same $50 bucks gets you into a killer party here in NYC on Thursday November 12th.  Music, snacks and lots of interesting people.

(In case you haven’t noticed, most fancy benefit parties are super pricey; another reason I love this one.  Totally accessible.  A no-brainer price. Great biz lesson here too!)

I’m going to be there and some other really cool chicas are going too.

I’ll be sportin’ my new haircut and dancing my ass off.  I’d LOVE you to join me.

Rather than blowing $50 on a mediocre sushi dinner or two new self-help books that will just leave you more confused than when you started – join me and loads of other people who are committed to actively making this world a better place.

Think about it.  $50 freaking bucks.

Feed an entire family of 8. And the satisfaction on Thanksgiving of knowing that while you’re on your 5th helping of mashies, you’ve also fed an entire family who would otherwise have gone hungry on the holiday.

Guilt free mashies while you make a difference? Priceless.

Even if you’re not in NYC, you can still join in the fun.

Click here to learn all the ways you can take action right now.  Really.

Thoughts about this?  Are you coming?  Comment here and let me know.

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11 comments

  1. Yes! Every year at Thanksgiving, someone at the table announces, “So-and-so is spending today volunteering at a soup kitchen. Isn’t that great?” And then we all agree, “Yeah, wow, that’s so cool! What a nice thing to do. We should do that one year.” Fact is, we’ll probably just keep saying that and never do it. I’m going to admit that.

    So how perfect to be able to give someone else Thanksgiving dinner instead of bs-ing about it. 50 bucks is bubkes. We really do spend that if we order the uni or spider roll from Japonica.

    I’m so in. Thanks, Marie!
    .-= Laura´s last blog ..Little Dope Fiend On The Prairie =-.

  2. marie

    Thank YOU so much Laura. I’ve had that recurring thought to for years too. I love how easy the internet makes it for us to get off our asses – in some sense – and start changing lives. These types of things seem to have a snowball effect (the more you help others, the more you want to do more to help others….) Can’t wait to hang with you on Thursday
    xo M

  3. Hi Marie, I’m in! I think Ane Weed would join us as well 🙂 A fancy brunch for one in NY would cost that much. Why not spend it on something that will make me and 8 others all very happy 😉 Thanks for sharing this opportunity.
    .-= Annie´s last blog ..Can’t Buy Me Love! =-.

  4. Ane

    I’m so in! I am gathering some of the other RHH gals to go as well. I really don’t see any reason NOT to–eating, dancing, and hanging out with some of the best people I know…all while feeding a family in need. Where’s the down side?

  5. Stefanie

    Hi! I actually DID volunteer one year, at an old age home. It was a pretty wonderful day. I did it through NY Cares. Funny, that was the WORST year of my life and doing for others was one of the ways I coped. As my life got better, my volunteer activities dropped off (and I’ve felt bad about that for a while). So I’m really glad to do this. Thanks!

  6. marie

    @annie! YAY – you are so right on the big fat brunch. Can’t wait to see you on Thursdsay night!!

    @ane you are AWESOME! thank you for helping spread the word – the more the merrier. I agree. NO downside to good times; good people and a good cause.

    @stephanie – FANTASTIC. thank you for that story. Will we see you Thursday night? Looking forward to meeting you 😉

  7. justyna

    I love mashed potatoes too. I going to Poland with my brother for Christmas so I will get loads of those. I WISH I could be in New York for that. I am low on funds but I did tweet the link and posted the link in my status on Facebook. Wishing everyone a yummy, sweet, and button popping Thanksgiving.

  8. What a great idea, Marie! I just thought of bringing it to Germany for Christmas…..
    So I check out their homepage!
    Love
    Christiane

  9. Sui

    The one year my family finally came to visit me for Turkey Day I just tossed ’em all in the car and said “We’re doing this before our own dinner.” They went, we had a great time, and in fact, we all agreed it was one of the best times we had. It was an advantage to be the host: I scheduled it all!

    It’s totally worth it.

  10. marie

    @justyna thank you SO much for helping to spread the word! I really appreciate that 🙂
    @Christiane awesome!!
    @sui – is this the famous “dancin'” sui?? from Crunch? great story! I love how you took charge there and made it happen. what an inspiration.

  11. great concept, wish i could be there but instead i might see if i can do something similar in the future here in lil old adelaide, australia 🙂

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