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Operation Chocolate-Covered Kindness

I always want to help others but often get bogged down in the thought that “I’m just one small person; how much help can I really be?”

And there are so many worthy causes out there that it’s easy to become discouraged and give up. People often 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.

Currently, I’m involved with two charity projects: Africards and Project Pillows.  But I’ve been so blessed in life that I feel like I really ought to do even more.  A few weeks ago, I began brainstorming money-raising ideas.  I love how some bloggers have held Blogger Bake Sales and debated holding one too.  But then I thought about how much money would be lost due to shipping costs.  There had to be something else… Another idea was to put together an e-cookbook.  I still might do this; however the idea has its own drawbacks (the #1 drawback being I’d have no idea how to even start!  Would I ask for submissions from readers?  And what about copyright laws?  Would anyone even buy my book?)

Then it hit me:

What about holding a Page View Charity Drive? What I’m hoping to do with this charity drive is to get as many page views as possible.  More page views = more money raised.  Then, at the end of the month, I’ll send all of the money over to one of my favorite charities, The Enough Project.

We bloggers talk incessantly about “perfect” meals and “delicious” foodie products.  We spend hours browsing the expensive offerings at Whole Foods, making our meals as aesthetically-pleasing as possible, and photographing said meals with fancy digital cameras.  But the people being helped by the Enough Project are happy to get ANY meal.  And while people like me run for fun, others in the world are running because they have to in order to survive.

It really puts things in perspective and makes me want to help as much as I possibly can.  I’m not going to set a goal amount, since I really have no idea what t expect.  But no matter how much we end up raising, every little bit helps, and every little person can make a BIG difference!

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. I think this is a wonderful idea!!!!!!! :)

  2. I think you’re awesome Katie! What an amazing idea!!!!!!!!!!! Oh and gotta talk about the heart shaped goodies…umm they were just so good. It wasnt just the PB layer in the middle. The whole “dough” just seemed different and just amazing. I need to recreate. Is it a 2 to 1 ratio of dates to nuts? Dash of cocoa powder, done? Need the stats my love, wanna make them soon!!

  3. VeganWoman says:

    Lovely Ideas Katie! I will check it out!

  4. *Andrea* says:

    i don’t have a blog but i will visit your site as often as possible. great idea and perfect for this time of year :)

  5. I love love love this idea. I am going to mention this on my blog tonight. You’re fabulous :)

  6. littlemissminny says:

    I think this is a great idea, and I’ll definitely help you!

  7. Leah says:

    what an awesome idea! I already view your blog like 5 times daily for recipes/tips, I’ll just do it even more now!

  8. jcd says:

    Great idea Katie! I’ll be clicking whenever I can.

  9. Whit says:

    AWESOME! I’ll be clicking and linking to you love!

  10. I’m all over it- especially with the pet charity which is so near and dear to my heart. I used to click every day on a pet charity site and each click gave a certain amount of money. I switched laptops and forgot the site, but this is similar (and reminds me to look up that old site). Thanks for doing it!

  11. This is a wonderful idea! I’ll be sure to click around and link as much as I can :)

  12. Katie says:

    As my fellow monster bride I will try to help ya out the best I can. I’m a relatively new blog, and don’t have many page hits, but I can certainly try to help ya!

  13. Abby says:

    Amazing idea.. I will be sure to spread the word and click away! :)

  14. Jessica says:

    I love your idea! I’ll definitely participate :)

  15. You amazing big hearted inspiring woman! Of course I will help! I LOVE this idea, thank you so much for doing it!

  16. glambaa says:

    hey katie :) i’ve been a long time reader but a never before commentor, but i figure now’s the time to come out of the shadows 😛 i think this is an awesome idea and although i don’t blog all that frequently, i’ll definitely try and link back to your blog as much as i can!

  17. Lori says:

    What a great idea. I will be clicking away!!

  18. Mama Pea says:

    I was thinking about these very issues over the weekend and how I can help. I will definitely plug your pursuit on my blog, I think you are just fantastic!

  19. Count me in Katie. I’ll link as much as I can. :)

  20. molly says:

    Wow – what a great mission!
    I’ll be sure to do what I can!

  21. Incredible idea, Katie. I love it! Of course I expect nothing less from you. What an amazing, kind soul you have! Will do my part to link you as much as possible. :)

  22. Vegyogini says:

    Of course I’ll help! You continue to amaze me with your generous spirit and big heart. The example you set for those around you is beyond measure. The universe is fortunate to have you in it.

  23. Teresa says:

    I don’t have a blog (anymore), but I do want to help if possible. I’m not sure I follow exactly how this all works, but if I were to link to your blog from my twitter account would that help too? Or does that not count since it isn’t a blog.

    Thanks Katie, you’re the best!

  24. Damjana says:

    i’ll definitely link to your blog from mine-even though mine isn’t so known. As i’m not from the states, my visits won’t count:(. Anyway i’ll still continue reading it!

  25. Melinda says:

    Sweet idea (no pun intended). I would be glad to help. In a rush right now, but will hit up twitter and facebook in the next few days.

  26. Tiffany S. says:

    I LOVE this idea! It brought tears to my eyes.

    I juiced carrots yesterday and think I’m going to come up with a Carrot Cake Baby! I’ll let you know!

    I’ll put your logo on my blog for sure! It’s adorable!

  27. Brooke says:

    Will do! I don’t have a blog, though I should! I check your blog daily, so I make sure to do some extra clicking around!

  28. tabitha says:

    yay katie
    you are very sweet
    glad my clicks will mean even more now

    i have a quote linked on my website because doing rescue work sometimes feels like i’m not making any difference

    “I am only one, but I am one.
    I cannot do everything, but I can do something.
    And I will not let what I cannot do interfere with what I can do.”

    Edward Everett

    every little thing we do makes a big difference for those we do it for…even though thousands of dogs are euthanized every year–i save a handful–and to that handful and the families that adopted them-it sure means something
    a little at a time we can all change the world

  29. Kiersten says:

    That sounds great Katie! You are such a kind and generous person. I am sure all of your readers would be glad to help.

  30. ~Jessica~ says:

    That is so incredibly thoughtful of you. I knew you were kind-hearted and sweet and of course expected nothing less of you: this is an amazing initiative and I will certainly link to it on my blog (not that it gets much traffic, but I suppose every little helps!)

    I’m also looking into trying a chocolate-covered recipe project for extra publicity but I’ll have to see how many modifications I can make for my many food allergies *glares at stomach*. Either way, I’ll definitely give you a shout out…even if no-one’s listening 😉

    Once again, fabulous idea!


  31. Gina G says:

    im in! =)

  32. Kelly says:

    *Salutes* I’m in! I’m planning on doing another post about Project Feed Me, so I’ll definitely start talking up Operation Chocolate-Covered Kindness! What a wonderful idea. :)

  33. Jenny says:

    oh pooks you are such an angel :) just posted about it in my bloggie!

  34. Shelby says:

    I would LOVE to help you girl!

  35. Sünne says:

    Oooooh, I’m certainly up for it! … not that I needed another reason to spend lots of time on your blog clicking links to all of your great recipes :)

  36. Sünne says:

    … and I have yet to try your delicious-looking Pumpkin Pie Stir-fry.

  37. this is a wonderful idea! i’m new to the blogging community, and it’s so great to see how many wonderful people there are out there…keep it up!

    ciao bella :)

  38. This is such a great idea. I love it! This is my first time to your blog, so I’m just going to have to keep coming back to look at your recipes and get caught up…right? :)

  39. This is such a great idea! I’ll try to do my share by linking to this post on my blog and browsing all of your recipes….several times… :)

  40. Kiersten says:

    Such a great idea! I started a blog awhile ago but never really “let myself” get it going. I found you through PB Jenny (luuuuuuuuuuve her) and well-this is more of a reason to jump into the blogging world. PS I LOVE your recipes. Be well!

  41. Kiersten says:

    P.S. It’s VERY strange there is another Kiersten who posted on here-we aren’t one in the same though I am clearly going to check out her blog! 😉

  42. Heather says:

    Excellent idea! I’ll reblog this ASAP :)

  43. Ricki says:

    Brilliant idea, Katie! And sounds like a very good cause. :)

  44. Katharina says:

    This a wonderful idea and your post is so motivating. I am definitely going to spread the word! Love you to bits and pieces angel :)

  45. Gaby says:

    I already linked you! And have clicked even more than usual today hehe. That’s such a great idea! You need to teach me how to do more cool things with my blog.

  46. Vegetation says:

    That’s a great idea Katie!!!

  47. psychoj1 says:

    What an AMAZING idea!!!!
    <3 jess

  48. lola says:

    Katie you’re so sweet!

  49. lola says:

    I’m putting a link on my blog ASAP!

  50. i’ll be writing a post later on today and will give you a huge shout out :)

  51. BroccoliHut says:

    What a fabulous idea! As if I need another excuse to peruse your genius recipes:)

  52. Shannon says:

    what a great cause! i’ll have to get on those fudge babies :)

  53. amber says:

    just viewed your page via mam pea!

  54. Anna says:

    Wonderful idea! I’m currently studying and working in Nairobi, Kenya. Every day here, I meet people who are struggling for survival and each interaction makes me even more grateful for my circumstances. I will definitely shout this out on my blog the next time I post!

  55. LOVE it katie!!

    i will be sure to publicize your cause on my blog!!

  56. Erin says:

    Why, of course! I’ll be click, click, clicking away at your blog! :)

  57. CaSaundra says:

    Such a beautiful thing your doing–I will definitely spread the word, and of course click around even more on all your drool worthy recipes! :-)

  58. Hi Katie,
    I think your site is phenomenal and would love to help out any way I can. I am an adamant believer in giving back any way I can because I have been so fortunate to have so much. Hope to hear from you.

    Have a fabulous day, beautiful!

  59. jeannie says:

    Totally awesome — I’m in!!!!

  60. clay says:

    OMG a girl after my own heart… I’m so linking this, way to be more awesome.
    Also, as I am working to support a local charity as well, how could I go about doing the page view thing?
    We could really use the extra help raising the dough. Thanks again love!

  61. Chrysta says:

    Hey I just started my blog and I will definitely post on it about this. I think its such an amazing thing you are doing. Keep rocking girl!

  62. Holly says:

    THIS IS FABULOUS!!!! can i join and donate my money i get as well?

    let me know!

  63. tropicaleats says:

    You are AWESOME! I’ll help ya spread the word for sure girly :)

  64. sue says:

    i love this idea…i’ll be clicking away!

  65. KATIE!


    but, wait! you get PAID for blogging?

    wonderful idea, I will definatly help you out, love!

  66. Clay says:

    OK, just got a foodbuzz and filed to be a featured blogger. Is that all i have to do?

    Oh, and you are so mentioned on my site. Hope i helped a bit. Also, when you have some time, scope out the Daily Bread Food Bank, the link is on my site.

  67. elizabeth says:

    what a GREAT idea!!! it’ll be no problem to tell people about your amazing blog! you have the greatest meal inspiration and amazing decorating skillz! oh and i mentioned it in my post this morning!
    you’re a sweetheart! have a great day!

  68. You are full of great ideas! ‘scuse me, I’ve got to go click around on your blog a bit now.

  69. Gina says:

    I love this Katie! Next time I post, I will def link to you :)

  70. susan says:

    Hi Katie! I really love your blog, and this is such a great idea!!! I just started my blog, in hopes that it will help me get off the rollercoaster and balance my life, so no one really reads it except Mama Pea.. Anyway, my blog won’t help your cause much, so I’m going to send LOTS of emails to see if I can help get traffic your way!

    Thanks si much fir all you do, and fir giving ne a great spot to visit during my journey!

  71. susan says:

    WOW.. That last paragraph is embarassing!! haha Sorry for the spelling… Phone typing…

  72. Kristie says:

    This is a great idea! I posted a link to your drive (and some other things on your site) on my blog earlier this week. Thanks for raising money and promoting awareness for stopping genocide and crimes against humanity!

  73. Annie says:

    Scrumptious idea! I can’t do everything but I can do this! (HEAB sent me).

  74. Maria says:

    Sorry for being late to this AWESOME mission of yours Katie! You are always so super sweet and generous! No words for how wonderful you are 😀

  75. snackface says:

    You are amazing. I’m so sorry I’m behind on this! But seriously, you have to be one of the most generous people ever. I’ma help you out :) Well, you probably get more page views than I do, but I’m still gonna link you up! xoxo

  76. Megan says:

    What a great idea! I’m new to your blog, but I’ll be coming back for sure!

  77. Michelle says:

    How lovely! I’ll keep clicking!

  78. I’ll absolutely help! What a fantabulous cause!!

    You can expect linkage from me, girl!!! 😀

    Off to tweet this!!


  79. Marianne says:

    Katie, I think you are the least selfish blogger I know. Good on you for donating your blogging profits to a charity you really believe in :)

  80. Quix says:

    Well, I don’t have many visitors but you’re now on my blogroll and I’ll be digging through your archives since I just found your site! :)

  81. chasingblue says:

    What a great idea! I hope my reading helps in a small way!

  82. Great idea! I’ll be back to explore your blog in depth.

  83. JAG says:

    Hey honey, I will blog about this later and will include a link to your blog *mwah*

  84. JAG says:

    There you go sweetie

  85. Erin says:

    Katie, I’ve been seeing your blog pop up all over and wanted to come visit/view/say that you are awesome!! I plan on making some peanut butter babies, stat!!

    Good for you for doing what you can, with what you have, in order to better lives. I work at a community service center at a university in Rhode Island and it’s things like this that remind me of all the goodness that people possess. Hope starts at home! :)

  86. Nelly says:

    hey katie, i was wondering if i could help by just sending the link to this page by email to a few friends. my blog isn’t really up and running and i don’t really have any followers…let me know…


  87. Patricia says:

    Wow I love your idea and Chocolate. I have been to many of your pages this morning and came over from Gina’s referral from Choosing Raw…

    I am hoping to have my e-book of Food Love recipes up on my blog next week…I did ask for submissions from readers for recipes and foods that they just Love to eat and make…they are not all raw or vegetarian, but they are filled with love and are fairly global.

    I wanted to get some donations to UNICEF because I have no income right now and I had no trick or treaters with donation boxes come to my door this year.

    Kind of small peanuts in my effort…but it is a start…and has become one of the most “fun” projects I have every worked on.

    I wish you well. Good causes. Thank you for your thoughtfulness and helping others.

  88. Lisa says:

    This is such a fantastic idea! I love it. Hopefully one day I will have enough readers of my blog to do something similar. Such an easy way to help others. I will definitely send people your way! Best of luck! Can’t wait to hear how it turns out!

  89. Yay.. this is awesome. I will link to your blog today for sure!! :)

  90. Terecita says:

    This is a great idea!! Why not promote your blog like this?!?!? It doesn’t cost anyone any money to view your blog and you can raise money for a worthy cause just by peole stopping by. Great Idea!!! Will certainly pass on the word!

  91. Cassie says:

    This was so refreshing. I know I’m late but I’m glad to know there are bloggers out there who aren’t caught up in the “expensive organic Whole Foods superfood” lifestyle!