season of giving | using social media for good

by | Dec 7, 2017 | a slice of life | 1,163 comments

Even though it’s a big part of my business, I will admit to having a love/hate relationship with social media.  It can be impersonal, superficial, and downright ugly at times.  And, honestly, sometimes it’s just too much input from people who don’t really know you.  But, it can also be an amazing community…  A tribe of people connected through a common love or common struggle.  Connecting for support and friendship.  Joining together for a cause.

This is an opportunity to make those likes and comments mean something more than a drop in the social media bucket.  This is a chance to have those likes and comments become physical dollars to support charities and non-profit organizations that support individuals who are sick, suffering, struggling, and/or in need.

I have partnered with Balsam Hill and their Season of Giving campaign to raise money for a non-profit of my choosing – and I picked the Minnesota chapter of the JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund).  

As I have shared before, my youngest son, Calvin, is a type 1 diabetic, so choosing the JDRF as the non-profit to support in this campaign was a no-brainer for me.  (You can read more details about Calvin’s life with diabetes HERE.)

(At his diagnosis, the JDRF gave us a backpack with information, encouragement, and a white teddy bear for Calvin.  The other bear was on loan from his older brother.)

I truly believe that a cure can be found in Calvin’s lifetime and the JDRF is committed to finding a cure as well as supporting families affected by diabetes and finding better treatment options until that cure is discovered.

(The boys at the JDRF One Walk a couple of years ago.)

So, what is your part in this?  

We’re not asking for money.  Balsam Hill is going to do that part.  We’re asking for you to comment, like, and share.  Just do your social media thing and maybe even step it up a notch, since this time it can make a difference.

For every comment on THIS blog post, Balsam Hill will donate $2.00 to the Minnesota chapter of JDRF.  

And then, you can do even more.  Head over to the Balsam Hill Facebook Page…they will donate $0.50 for every reaction/like, $1.00 for every comment, and $1.00 for every share.  (Just comment with the charity name you wish to support with your comment.  Shares and engagements will count towards the featured charity on that specific post.  The JDRF will be featured December 17-19, 2017, and I will post reminders.)

I’ll share more opportunities to support the Minnesota JDRF on their Facebook page as well as on mine and the Balsam Hill blog.

If you’ve never left a comment on this blog, today is a good day to leave your first one.  Just a few seconds, a few clicks of the keys, and your comment will equal $2.00 for the JDRF.  Just tell me Merry Christmas.  Tell me about someone you love who has T1D.  Tell me how social media is a love/hate thing for you, too.

Just leave a comment…

…and let’s support the JDRF as they give backpacks of information to frightened parents and teddy bears to kids who just found out needle sticks will be a part of every single day of the rest of their life.  Let’s support them as they advocate for families who cannot afford the insulin and equipment to keep their children alive, which can be hundreds of dollars each month, even with insurance.

And let’s support them as they search tirelessly to cure type one.

PS – This is not a sponsored post and I am not being compensated in any way for participating in this campaign.  I am doing it to support my son, the JDRF, and Balsam Hill’s generosity.



  1. Lisa

    Praying for a cure!

  2. Ande

    Merry Christmas

  3. Hannah

    Yes. We need more good in the virtual world.

  4. Ruth Anne

    Hope, Peace, Joy, Love to you and your family as you celebrate the Advent of the Christ.

  5. Maryann

    Merry Christmas! Praying for you all this season…

  6. Michele

    I generally do not post comments, but felt this pist deserved one. Thank you for spreading the word about T1D and JDRF. I too have a son with T1D, so I deeply understand. AND thank you for sharing that sweet note. Christmas Blessings to you and your family.

    • Michele

      Oops, my apologies for the typo

  7. Eileen

    Praying for a cure. Merry Christmas!

  8. Peggy

    My mom is diabetic , so it is a cause close to my heart. Merry Christmas

  9. peggy

    We live with it also.

  10. Alice

    Merry Christmas and God Bless us, everyone ❄️

  11. Elizabeth C Maddux

    My son is also type 1 diabetic. Praying for a cure!

  12. Marie

    That is Awesome!

  13. Yvetta

    Praying for all those affected by this disease and that a cure will be found. Merry Christmas to your family Marion.

  14. Michelle

    ❤️Jesus is the reason for the season!❤️

  15. Chelsea

    This is a great idea!

  16. Cynthia

    Merry Christmas. May a cure indeed be found in your son’s lifetime for his sake and for everyone affected by T1D. <3

  17. Nancy M.

    Merry Christmas and welcome to Minnesota!

  18. Sandy R.

    What a great thing for Balsam Hill to do!

  19. Sharon

    Great idea! Such a worthy cause!

  20. Frances

    This is a great idea Marian. I love your work, your journey as a painter and your big heart. I hope this campaign makes a difference in the effort to end T1D and help the families struggling with their personal battles. Merry Christmas to you and your family.

  21. Wendy

    Merry Christmas Marian and family xo

  22. Mary Lou

    My best friend’s husband has Type 1. He’s in his 60s now and as a youngster didn’t have the benefit of the type of support JDRF offers families today. I’ve been supporting the search for a cure for a long time now and I’m am very happy to lend support to you and your son.

  23. Heidi

    THANK YOU MARIAN! My MIL is a type 1 diabetic and we sure do pray for a cure!!! I know you’d love the same for your sweet boy!

  24. Sondra

    This is a wonderful cause. I hope there is a cure in your son’s lifetime!

  25. Mimi

    Christmas Blessings to you and your family!

  26. Susan

    Have a blessed holiday season!

  27. Patty Soriano

    Balsam Hill, thank you for the very generous donations! God bless you! Thank you, Marian, for bringing it to us. Have a lovely Christmas.

  28. Renee

    Praying for a cure.

  29. Debbie Klausing

    Praying for a cure! My 35 year old daughter was diagnosed when she was 8.

  30. Mel

    Merry Christmas to you and your family!

  31. June M

    . Prayers for a cure

  32. Laura Williams

    Merry Christmas!

  33. Susan

    Praying for a cure to be found soon. Merry Christmas to you and your family!

  34. Kathy Bahn

    How wonderful that Balsam Hill will partner with you in support to find a cure for T1D.
    Wishing you and your family a Blessed Holiday season, with your new friends and in
    your new home as well. Prayers for a cure and that together we will make a difference.

  35. Emily

    Merry Christmas to your family! <3

  36. Michelle O

    Praying for a cure!! Merry Christmas

  37. Ellie Sandler - Nest and Nook Vintage

    My husband has Type 2 diabetes and even though I know it is different in many ways from T1, I still feel for you and the challenge it can be to keep your loved one healthy and safe. We’ve had several scares (DKA twice!) and visits to the hospital due to his and I can only imagine what it must be like for you with your sweet little boy. Much prayers and love to you, always! You’ll always be one of my most favorite bloggers and creative inspirations! I know you may not remember meeting me and Facetime-ing with me about becoming a blogger and several emails we exchanged as well, but it all meant so much to me and I am finally taking the plunge this new year and starting my own blog. So, as impersonal as social media can be (I totally agree… plus it intimidates me a little too!), it’s been a wonderful place to connect with a special person like yourself (one of my people) and to support you back in a way that means so very much to both our hearts! Merry Christmas and much love to your family! Ellie (of Nest and Nook Vintage)

  38. Jaylene Smith

    All I want for Christmas is a cure for Type 1!! 🎄⛄🎅💙

  39. Vickie H.

    Bless all of you! MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!

  40. Karen

    Blessings and wishes for a white Christmas and a cure for T1D !

  41. cecelia

    Amen to what Hannah wrote – using virtual media for good.

  42. Tracey

    Merry Christmas and hopes for a cure!

  43. B. Folk

    May God bless you and your family! Thanks for this post.

  44. Aloma Marker

    Merry Christmas and wouldn’t it be wonderful to have a cure for diabetes!

  45. Delwyn Blondell

    Merry Christmas! You are such an inspiration.

  46. Kim

    Love your blog, love your style, love that you keep it real. Thanks for sharing the opportunity to help support a great organization. And thank you for partnering with such a generous company.

  47. Kt

    i love that they give a teddy bear! I was diagnosed with type 1 at age 11 and that sort of thing does help to take away from the overload of medical information all at once

  48. Sue

    I’m so happy to see you picked this cause to support. My mother was a diabetic and I know what a devastating disease it can be.

  49. Lisa Bue

    Merry Christmas! Praying for a cure for your beautiful boy and all the folks who face this challenge Daily. Not to mention the people who care for them. Your family has chosen to be a light in all this. God is good.

  50. Christy K

    Merry Christmas – love your blog. Go Balsam Hill!!

  51. Sara

    Thank you Balsam Hill for such support!

  52. Michele H.

    Merry Christmas, Parson family!

    Thank you, Balsam Hill.

  53. Kellie

    Praying for a cure. Merry Christmas!

  54. Lizz J

    This is wonderful! Merry Christmas <3

  55. Polly Wade

    My daughter in law has had JD since age of 5. She is now 35+ and has given me 2 beautiful grandchildren. She is a RN and does well with an insulin pump. Praying for a cure!

  56. Mona

    Blessings to all! Let’s find a cure!

  57. Krista

    Prayers for a cure. Merry Christmas to you and yours.

  58. Mira

    This is a great cause! I’m a former Diabetes Educator so this is also close to my heart.

  59. Valerie

    Merry Christmas! May God bless you and your family this Christmas season and beyond.

  60. Bonnie

    We just lost my brother in law who as a child was diagnosed with juvenile diabetes…
    I pray for a cure in your son’s life time… Merry Christmas…

  61. Sheila

    Merry Christmas!!!

  62. Beth

    Commenting for a cure! We pray daily for a cure in our family. My 9 year old lives with T1D and he is the bravest soul I know! Thanks Marion!!


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