12 Days of Chriselle 1 year ago

Why I Give Back

Happy Day 4 of the #12DaysofCHRISelle!

Reflecting back on 2018, it hits me just how much happened. It was one of my biggest years yet, and I feel that the bigger your platform is, the bigger responsibility you have to give back to your community. Honestly, before my “success,” I had always thought that you had to have money in order to be able to give back but honestly – there are so many other ways to give back that don’t include money, like time and awareness. It’s important to give back no matter where you are in life.

As you know, we started the 12 Days of CHRISelle three years ago, not only to treat you guys with some amazing giveaways but as a chance to give back to some of my favorite charities. With all of our sponsors we currently have and have had in the past, one of the requirements we had for each brand we worked with was for them to get involved to donate as well. Since the start of the 12 days, we’ve been able to give back $70,000 to some of my favorite charities.

 

These are people that need some help all year round, but especially during the holidays! The holidays can be especially lonely for many people and families, so we all need to step up and offer a hand when we can. As you guys know, I’m incredibly passionate about the Baby2Baby charity because they help provide diapers and other necessities to children and families living in poverty.

Having a newborn again, I’ve realized just how many things I take for granted. With every diaper change, I’m so thankful to never have to go without having one. So, instead of complaining about the many diaper changes that Colette has, I now remind myself that I’m so lucky and fortunate to be able to do so since so many women can’t afford to have diapers.

You hear endless stories about women reusing diapers, letting them air dry to re-use them and the thought that some mothers have to choose between food and diapers and it breaks my heart because no mom should ever have to make that choice.

I feel so grateful to have been given so many opportunities in my life. I just know that there are so many families out there that aren’t as lucky as I am, and that don’t have the same opportunities to provide for their families and that’s why I love to give back.

I also want to thank you guys for the success of the 12 Days of CHRISelle! We’ve been able to donate to so many amazing charities over the last three years because of your loyalty and dedication of supporting my blog and me. There have been some great charities like City Growers, Casa Crisal, a women’s shelter in Mexico, Feeding AmericaMADE SAFE which is a non-profit organization changing the way products are made in this country to eliminate the use of toxic chemicals altogether, and The Burts’s Bees Foundation to name a few.

This year, I want to encourage you guys to give back in any way you can this year. Big or small, donating time or money- even something as simple as food or donating to a toy drive could make a huge difference to someone who needs it.

💖 So for Day 4 of 12 Days of CHRISelle I ask you: 💖

What’s the most meaningful non-material item someone has ever given you? See you guys tomorrow!

Thank you so much to everyone who commented yesterday – I got so hungry reading about all of your favorite holiday meals! The winners of the Day 3 giveaway are @katetho_hammond and @mashiamerie! DM @thechrisellefactor to claim!

Photography by Drew Scott
Dress: Self Portriat | Lipstick: Charlotte Tilbury lip liner & Lancome lipstick