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This past week, I’ve written two posts that featured dollar bills. I’m really lucky that I have dollar bills at my disposal (the real ones, not Henry Dollars!). Plus, I have a loving family, two cute puppies, a big, warm house, all sorts of newfangled electronic gadgets, and way too much vegan food stockpiled in my fridge, freezer, and cabinets. (Grocery-Shoppers Anonymous, anyone?)

But many people aren’t so fortunate. It seems one can’t pick up a newspaper or flip on the tv these days without hearing about immense suffering somewhere. Hurricanes, earthquakes, robberies, illness… it can get overwhelming, because, if you’re like me, you want to help them ALL! The problem with this is that, too often, people will get so overwhelmed at the vastness of the suffering that they’ll choose to do nothing because they can’t help with everything. (I’ve been guilty of this too.) Please don’t fall into this trap. Sure, you’re just one person, and you can’t do everything; but anything is better than nothing. I challenge you, this Christmas season, to pick one or two causes that are close to your heart and try to do something to help them— remember that help need not be in the form of a monetary donation. Serving food at a soup kitchen, volunteering to walk local shelter dogs, offering to help stock a food pantry, driving an elderly neighbor to the grocery store… all of these are great ways to help “save the world.” Another thing you can do is, when someone asks you what you want for Christmas, tell him/her to make a donation to charity in your name. This year, I told my grandma I wanted her to take the money she would’ve spent on me and make a donation to the Catskill Animal Sanctuary (near her home). Well, my sister and cousins are all getting Uggs from Grandma, so you can bet those lucky animals have a big, fat check comin’ their way! And I can’t say I didn’t get a present out of the donation—it feels great to know I’ve helped out the animals. As Phoebe says on Friends, “There’s no such thing as a completely selfless act.”

Katie is the baker, photographer, and author of the popular blog Chocolate-Covered Katie. Her favorite food is chocolate, and she believes in eating a balanced diet that includes dessert every single day. More about Katie—> 

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  1. vegannurse says:

    What a great post, Katie! And what a great idea, too!

    You are such an amazing person that you want to help others in need…

    you’ve inspired me to do something, too!

    Wishin’ you and your loved ones a happy holiday!

  2. Virginia says:

    how sweet you are! you inspire me!

  3. Ali says:

    That was a great post!

    and like the other commenters, i’ve been inspired by you as well!

    have a great Christmas!

  4. foodfashionfun says:

    aww! you are SO sweet! This is such an awesom eidea!

  5. lauren says:

    so kind of you.

  6. Vegyogini says:

    CCV, you are a wonderful person on so many levels!

  7. Kristie Lynn says:

    you are so sweet :) and i am de-lurking just to say so!

  8. meghanN says:

    I love that you are doing this, what a great organization to donate to :)

  9. Meg says:

    What a great cause! Thanks for the invite to the vegan potluck this past Saturday. I would have loved to make it, but I had a family event to attend. Are we still on for after the holidays?

  10. Ruby Red Vegan says:

    you’re so generous! and you’re so right. there’s so much to be thankful for.

  11. says:

    katie – you are simply too sweet and so thoughtful – not to be cliche (because it is completely true) but if everyone thought the way you did – can you imagine how great the world would be?

  12. Whitney says:

    CCV…you rock! I am so touched by the amount of people who are using their blogs to do a lot of good in the world this holiday season. It’s truly inspirational! Happy Holidays!

  13. Megan says:

    its SUCH a good feeling making things good for other people; bravo for you!

    and grocery shoppers anonymous? I think I happen to be the founder/CEO/President/most intense addict of the entire group! i loove grocery stores (and the things in them, of course).

  14. Juliet says:

    Thank you for the post. Very inspiring. I think you hit the nail on the head when you say that we often are frozen in inaction because we can’t help everyone…

  15. shelby says:

    You are so amazing, I love your spirit and generousity.

    Grocery Shoppers anonymous?? Count me in!

  16. Abby says:

    I think I’ll join GrSA also.

  17. Ricki says:

    What a fabulous idea, Katie. Good luck with this drive–of course I hope you get tons of comments, but NOT that they make you poor!

    Have a wonderful holiday! :)

  18. Kersten says:

    You rock! I’m happy to help you support a charity that is important to you :) Good luck!

  19. Fitnessista says:

    what an amazing and beautiful post. so true- i’m also guilty of not helping because i get overwhelmed and frustrated that i can’t help with everything. that’s for reminding me that a little can go a long way.
    have a wonderful night!

  20. Amira says:

    wow that was such a great post and i am feeling particularly charitable now, what a great Christmas idea!
    P.S i love that Friends episode (lol when she let the bee sting her)

  21. Erin of Care to Eat says:

    I am 100% with you. More support for the fact that we are indeed soul sistahs. This was our first year giving donations instead of presents and it was amazing!!
    What a thoughtful and wonderful post. You know we’ll link you. THanks for the reminder that all the good things add up!

  22. *Andrea* says:

    1. i love that episode of friends!!! especially when phoebe let a bee sting her on purpose, thinking it was a selfless act, until joey told her that it probably died after :(

    2. you should read the book ‘The 7 Faces of Philanthropy’ its really easy read but talks about the different reasons people give to charities help others. very interesting! but i agree with you giving is very rewarding and regardless of the motive is greatly needed in today’s world.

    3. you are amazing! thanks for the great post :)

  23. CC says:

    great post and so, so true! It’s easy to feel overwhelmed by all the suffering in the world, but each of us have our own purpose and can make a difference! The small things add up.. Same idea as behind vegetarianism, no? happy holidays!

  24. Every Gym's Nightmare says:

    great way the spread the charity!

    Kelly Turner

  25. Josiane says:

    I started reading your blog a couple of days ago, and I must say you’ve found a wonderful way to make me comment for the first time here!
    Happy holidays!

  26. Vaala says:

    That is such an awesome idea :)

    Have a great Christmas…you deserve it!

  27. ChickPea says:

    Such a great post, Katie! This is a wonderful idea, and I wholeheartedly support this deserving cause.

  28. magpie says:

    Yayy! You’re awesome :)

  29. Brooke says:

    katie, you are such a loving and generous girl! thank you for the reminder in this wonderful post. reaching out to others is what the holidays are all about!

    i am volunteering over break and i can’t help but feel great afterwards :) any little bit helps, just remember to pay it forward!

  30. Emma says:

    A brilliant and thoughful post. It is easy to forget about those less fortunate at this time of year as we are often not reminded enough of how lucky most of us really are.

    You are so sweet to donate money to such good causes and it must be nice knowing that your money is really going to be spent where it is needed.

  31. CeciLiA says:

    Wohooooo … lets make CCV broke!!! 😀

    Nah, kidding!! Just wanted to let you know that you are an AMAZING girl … your heart must indeed be CHOCOLATE covered!!!! Yummmm …. I mean *shakes head* NOTHING!!! HAHAHA!!

    Nehoos, I prob won't be back from my trip till mid Jan … so have A GREAT CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR MY FRIEND <33333333 ya so so so so so much!!!

  32. Aimee says:

    You are a great person Katie.

    I really love this time of year, where I can give to others (not only friends and family, but charities that can really use the help).

    Stay wonderful:)

  33. Kate says:

    What a great idea and a wonderful post. Merry Christmas to you!

  34. Katy Delaney says:

    I hope we can all be inspired by your generosity!

  35. Lauren says:

    Great post and great idea! This is so wonderful of you! :)

  36. TavoLini says:

    Excellent post and a great reminder to all of us!

    Merry Christmas CCV :)

  37. Vegan_Noodle says:

    What a great way to celebrate the holiday season! I think you are awesome for remembering others during this time of year… something everyone should do more of.

  38. shellyfish says:

    Right on CCV! As Garfield says so well, “It’s not the giving or the getting, it’s the loving.”
    This is the first time I’ve quoted the cat since I was in the 4th grade when I used to say “big, fat, hairy deal” much of the time.
    Happy Holidays Special K!

  39. Suzanne says:


    I dig this idea.

  40. Paulina says:

    I’m the type of person that feels so overwhelmed by all the problems facing our world. It’s nice to know that I can choose one or two things to focus on.

  41. Jen says:

    woah, i had some serious catching up to do. what a great idea for the holiday season. if christmas doesn’t fall on shabbat, our congregation helps out at a homeless shelter every year and puts on their annual christmas brunch buffet. all the food looks great. how did you make kale chips? i signed on to foodbuzz-(thanks for the suggestion).

  42. fitforfree says:

    What a wonderful cause!

  43. Little Girl's Mom says:

    I’ll “de-lurk” to help out. It’s so great of you to do this.

    We’re so tight this year that some of our usual giving has been cut short. This is an easy way that I can still help out. We also served at a church Thanksgiving dinner–a way to help that didn’t cost money.

    Take care.

  44. Halie says:

    Good for you, you are very sweet. I hope your efforts are successful!

    (You made me smile when you mentioned Phoebe from Friends! I remember that episode! She let a bee sting her so the bee would look good in front of his bee friends! And she pledged money to PBS even though she hated it!)

  45. Vegan On Stage says:

    Katie your so wonderful. You are so giving and selfeless.. this is a wonderful thing you are doing!!!

  46. lexi says:

    you are the nicest person alive!
    i lovee your big heart and neverending kindness! have a verry happy christmas!!

  47. Anonymous says:

    Happy holidays!

  48. Simple and Divine says:

    MY TWIN! I am always SO proud of you, but even moreso NOW! You're such an ANGEL HEART <3 <3 <3

  49. Anonymous says:

    beautiful post. Thank you Katie :)

  50. HangryPants says:

    Excellent idea and such a worthy cause.

  51. Lauren says:

    aww this is so sweet! hope you have an amazing holiday, you deserve it :)

  52. Vegetation says:

    You are so right, sometimes it can get very overwhelming. Good on you for donating with every comment you get :) And just in case I don’t “see” you again before tomorrow, Happy Christmas 😀

  53. ttfn300 says:

    such a great cause! THANK YOU :)

  54. ハリー says:

    Lurker delurking, here. I love your blog, and you’ve definitely been an inspiration for me to start inching from vegetarian to vegan. This is such a sweet idea, too.

    Happy holidays, CCV~!

  55. jane says:

    awesome idea! so generous of you :)

  56. Theresa says:

    Aw Katie, what a sweet and generous idea! Have a happy christmas!

  57. Emily says:

    You go girl!

  58. savvy wife says:

    Great post! I work in nonprofit and I wish more people were both 1)doing something to get involved with the fantastic nonprofits out there who are using your invenstments effectively and 2)motivating everyone else in a positive way (nothing like a “shame on you” to lose people’s attention!). Atta girl!

  59. Krista says:

    Your so thoughtful! I agree, Christmas isn’t all about money and gifts – it’s about family, giving, and the joy of Christ. I always ask for donations for my Christmas list, too, whether it be hunger causes, animal welfare, or environmental, etc. I wish you the best in your charity work and pray you have a great Christmas!

  60. lighterportions says:

    You are awesome.
    Here am I to make you 20 cents poorer. Best of luck with this! 😀

  61. Bethany says:

    Awesome and very generous. May there be comments a plenty.

    Once I am no longer snowbound, I will go to the foodbank and donate some canned goods.

  62. Michael says:

    I know I haven’t left a comment lately, I’ve been so incredibly busy. Finally have some free time. Nothing has warmed my heart like this post has. I really didn’t know women in Dallas like you existed. It feels like we live in a mini california. I have to cats , both rescued , they’re brothers. I hope this isn’t out of the question but like I said I don’t know all to many vegans in dallas. And lately I just feel so out of place.

    Is there anyway we could keep in touch via email? Or even texting lol, yes I know lame but it’s so awesome. … I’ll understand if you don’t email me. But I’ll be looking forward to it.


  63. Anonymous says:

    Awesome! What a great cause!!

  64. Anonymous says:

    wonderful idea!

  65. Kiersten says:

    You are such a kind and selfless person Katie. It’s so nice to know that there are people like you out in this world.

    Merry Christmas!

  66. Joanna says:

    katie, this is so nice of you!! we raised money for this genocide at my school. it’s really unfortunate and just sickening.

    i hope you raise a lot of money for this!!

  67. Cookiemouse says:

    CCV, you are a kind and inspiring spirit. You are also right that small acts of kindness all help. Love on ya! Have a lovely Christmas!

  68. The Veggie Guy says:

    Excellent post! Thank you for posting the links.

    Great blog, BTW… I’ve added you to my blogroll.

    Happy holidays!

    Lee, The Veggie Guy

  69. Katie says:

    Good for you! Happy Holidays :)

  70. Chelsea says:

    Here I am de-lurking! haha Happy Holidays!!!

  71. Anonymous says:

    Awesome idea, you’re so generous!

  72. Becca says:

    What a generous thing you are doing!

  73. Animal-Friendly says:

    You are so kind. This is a great way to help others and now everyone can do their part!

  74. Jemima says:

    Aah Katie I thought I had commented on this last night but clearly my Gran’s tempermental internet connection didn’t publish it. I think that’s a fantastic idea and like others have said, you’ve inspired me to think of a similar way I can help out – I think I’ll organise something in the New Year – a bake sale? XD xxxx

  75. VeganView says:

    Hope you’re going broke baby! Keep up the good work and happy holidays!

  76. Reeni says:

    Very well said! Your a sweetie for doing this.

  77. eatingbender says:

    You’re AMAZING!!

  78. herbstsonne says:

    Katie that is just too nice of you, you amaze me every day! 😀 Happy happy holidays to you and your family from me and the sis!

  79. Megan says:

    I love chocolate too ;P
    <3 happy holidays!

  80. Chris says:

    Officially de-lurking! I love your blog, and what a great idea to give back like you are!

    Have a very healthy, happy Christmas and New Years!

  81. Laura says:

    Hello, I’m a lurker :) This is such an awesome idea! Happy Holidays!

  82. sarah says:

    such a sweet idea!

  83. Anonymous says:

    great idea – have a fabulous holiday!

  84. Anonymous says:

    Very wonderful idea!

  85. mainehopie says:

    Great post – thanks!

  86. DJ says:

    I’m always happy to lighten somebody’s pockets for a good cause!

  87. aTxVegn says:

    Very nice, the true spirit of Christmas!

  88. Lily Girl says:

    This is such a great way to remember the real spirit of the season. Merry Christmas.

  89. Becky says:

    What a great idea! Happy Holidays!

  90. learningtolisten says:

    This is amazing! Thank you!!

  91. Katie says:

    Thank you so much for doing this, Katie!

  92. Janet says:

    What a wonderful idea! And you’re almost at your goal of 100 comments. I’m sure you’ll get more than that though.

    I’ve never heard of the ENOUGH project, so thank you for spreading the word about it. There are so many causes and this one is definitely worthy of some attention.

    I’m looking forward to hearing about the AfriCard charity too.

  93. Anonymous says:

    Dallas Vegan said you were a rockstar! Turns out you are! Love your blog!! Happy Holidays!

  94. Whitney says:

    I’m leaving another comment…just helping ya inch closer to that 100! You rock!

  95. Jessika says:

    delurking to pitch in
    i love reading your posts every day

  96. Maria says:

    How awesome.

    Pay it forward, right?

  97. eatingbirdfood says:

    Great post.

  98. Danielle says:

    Happy Holidays Katie! You’re such an amazing person :)

  99. Heather McD (Heather Eats Almond Butter) says:

    Thanks for doing this. Very giving of you.

    P.S. Where do Grocery Shoppers Anonymous meetings take place? I need to attend :)

  100. Claudia says:

    Great idea – love it! So here’s my comment. :-)

  101. River says:

    Sorry I’m late!! You are such a kind and generous person, I love this post!

  102. Anonymous says:

    wonderful post

  103. vegalicious says:

    You’ve reached 100! Sweeet! Here’s my comment 😀

  104. Erin says:

    What a great post! Here’s my comment for ya! Soon as I’m a bit more financially stable I’m definitely going to start donating again myself.

  105. Melisser; the Urban Housewife says:

    You are awesome for doing this! Happy Holidays!

  106. healthy ashley says:

    What a fantastic cause! Here’s my post!

  107. lauren says:

    great idea – happy holiday!

  108. Karla says:

    What a great idea! I found you through the eating bender blog and wanted to help out. I visited Tanzania last year and it was quite an enlightening experience. Life in Africa is quite different from America! Thanks for your generous idea and inspiration :)

  109. Veg-a-Nut says:

    Wonderful idea and may you be blessed for your caring and sensitive spirit and heart!

  110. Anonymous says:

    Ye ah!

  111. strongandhealthy says:

    Wow, this a great idea! Good for you!

  112. Anonymous says:

    This is a great idea! Good luck!

  113. Neva says:

    I’m delurking. What a wonderful idea. I wish you much success with it.

  114. I ♥ puggies says:

    You’re such a sweet person. This is very generous of you.

  115. Allison says:

    Katie, you are such an inspiration to me…and such a sweetheart. You make me want to reach out to those in need and do anything I can, even if it's just hosting a bakesale!, to help. I have definitely been guilty of not doing anything because there was just SO much that needed to be done to help others. But not anymore…I'm getting my little booty off my chair and taking action :) LOVE you girl. I hope you had a very Merry Christmas<3

  116. Anonymous says:

    Great idea! Great Blog!

  117. maybepigscanfly says:

    We need more people like you in this world of ours. THANK YOU!

  118. Anonymous says:

    very inspiring. thanks katie.

  119. jiaying says:

    merry belated xmas.. and happy new year in advance! (:

  120. Lisa -- Cravin' Veggies says:

    Fantastic idea!!

    Hope you had a great holiday!!

  121. jessy says:

    what a wonderfully awesome idea! i love it!


    hope your holiday was the best!

  122. Sanja says:

    What a lovely idea! What a great organization to donate to.

  123. Anonymous says:

    Great idea!

  124. ariel says:

    I meant to leave a comment here last week, but it looks like I forgot to. What a wonderful idea. Please do write about your AfriCard charity soon– I’m very interested to learn about it!

    I hope that you and your family are having a very happy holiday!

  125. laci says:

    This was fabulous! I donated about thirt almost new books to my health food store which had a childrens charity basket for people to leave goods in fresh condition to donate for the less fortunate. I also adopted a chicken from PETA for christmas, but my mum still consumes them =( Thank you for the lovely opportunity! Here’s 20 more cents to donate! =)

  126. Emma the Eco-Princess! says:

    Sorry Katie but I’m making you 20 cents poorer! =)

  127. kirsten says:

    that’s so nice of you! Good luck, I hope you get all the comments you need :)

  128. Anonymous says:

    Just wanted to say I enjoy reading your blog and it’s awesome that you are donating money to a good charity:D

  129. MizFit says:


  130. Anonymous says:

    yay for making a difference where you can!

  131. Anonymous says:

    You have such a kind heart! Thank you for doing this. I hope you can reach your goal of 150 comments by New Years! Good Luck.

  132. lycheelust says:

    good for you! happy new year!

  133. Sarah says:

    I’m happy to leave you a comment. Keep up the good fight!

  134. J.J. says:

    I think this is a great thing you are doing. I love donating for charity and so I hope my comment helps!!

  135. whatawalnut says:

    What a great idea! Hope you have a happy new year!

  136. Bex says:

    Almost to the 150 comment goal. You are so great for doing this. Definitely inspiring!

  137. Anonymous says:

    Happy New Year!

  138. sweetpotato says:

    How did I miss this post before? This is very lovely of you, Katie!

  139. Anonymous says:

    Thanks for introducing me to the Enough Project!

  140. Anonymous says:

    great idea!

  141. Kate says:

    Can i comment twice? Great idea!!

  142. Becky says:

    I think this is a great idea! Love the blog!

  143. Kiki says:

    You’re so generous! Great cause too. Happy New Year!

  144. Anonymous says:

    go you!!
    sorry i’m a lurker =(

  145. Every Gym's Nightmare says:

    Gah! I cant believe i forgot to comment on this post!

    Kelly Turner

  146. Jasmine says:

    wow, youve got me thinking about how much I took for granted this past year..makes me think about making another new years resolution! anyhow, kudos to you on such a sweet idea!

  147. Melody Polakow says:

    I think this will make 150!

  148. Colleen says:

    YAY! 151… :)

  149. Anonymous says:

    Go Katie, go!

  150. Lisa says:

    Wow, can’t believe I didn’t post earlier. Thought I did, but not.

    And now you have to shell out 40 cents. Bahaha!

    Nice job, Katie! You rock!

  151. lisa says:

    what a beautiful gift you are giving. thank you for your generosity.

  152. Erica says:

    Great work- great cause, you rock!

  153. glidingcalm says:

    awesome job Katie!!

  154. Melissa says:

    What a wonderful thing to do! :)

  155. Anonymous says:

    happy new year!

  156. Mona says:

    good idea

  157. Susan says:

    What a fabulous and generous idea. I hope this is in time – it is New Year’s afternoon here in Brisbane, so hopefully it just makes the cut off time.

    What a beautiful thought to give something back!

  158. Alisa says:

    Am I too late?! Happy New Year!

  159. my5cents says:

    This is a wonderful idea…looks like you will be successful. This year we donated to a food pantry and soup kitchen, a pet refuge and another food pantry for the homeless. It felt so good to give to others.

  160. Rika says:

    Happy New Years, you’re truly a beautiful person :)

  161. eatme_delicious says:

    What a wonderful idea. =)

  162. Lynne says:

    Fantastic idea! Such a lovely thing to do. :-)