Give Thanks and Give Back #ProjectMahalo

project mahalo kings hawaiianWhen we lost our 3rd child in utero a few years ago, not only were we devastated, but we were also in a circumstance that left me extremely ill.

After being released from the hospital, I was left dealing with the emotions of losing a child and I was recovering from surgery and severe blood loss that left me tired and weak.

Graciously, my family was provided with meals for over a week from our local Mothers group. It wasn’t something we asked for, it was just something they rallied around and did.

To say I was thankful for this gesture is beyond an understatement.

But, it was because of how touched I was that I discovered how something so simple, like a dinner you don’t have to cook, is appreciated.

Now, whenever the situation arises where I can cook a meal for someone, whether they are ill or celebrating a new addition to their family, I jump at the chance.

It is not only amazing to be able to do something for someone else who needs it, but my kids get to see my actions and it provides me with the opportunity to remind them how fortunate we were to be provided with meals when I was sick and this is just another way we can thank those that helped us, by paying their kindness forward and not expecting anything in return.

project mahalo kings hawaiianLast November, our family had the opportunity to travel to Hawaii. One of the few words we learned while in there was ‘Mahalo’ which means thank you, but really it means so much more.

If you have ever been to Hawaii you know that giving generously to others and not expecting anything in return is not just the way of life there, it’s the heart and soul of their culture.

This is also the core value at Kings Hawaiian® where giving is more than just a social formality; it is a way to say ‘thank you’ or to offer assistance and to bring joy to those around you.

After reading that don’t you just want to go out and give somehow??

Well, then it’s your lucky day. Project Mahalo from Kings Hawaiian® will allow you to do just that.

All you have to do is visit and choose 1 of the 4 charitable partners (Big Brothers Big Sisters, Meals On Wheels Association of America, Family Caregiver Alliance, One Warm Coat) that you feel really epitomizes the spirit of giving generously to others.

Each Project Mahalo charity will get at least a $10,000 donation, but the charity that gets the most votes will receive a $25,000 donation instead!

So, please go visit the site and vote for a charity. They are all definitely deserving and there really are no losers.

Also, I’d love to know how you embrace the spirit of giving.

Do you cook meals for others? Volunteer at a food bank? Donate clothes to a homeless shelter?

Whatever it is I’d love to hear about it and as a thank you, your comment will enter YOU for a chance to get $100.. oh and you can choose 1 of the 4 charities to also get $100!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Kings Hawaiian® Project Mahalo. The opinions and text are all mine.