Giving at the Speed of Kindness

The holidays represent such a magical time for me – a time for reflection, a time for planning,  and, of course, the perfect time for giving.  While I actively seek to share my talents and resources with various humanitarian causes year round, the holidays seem to breathe life into the communal spirit of giving in surprising ways.

Last year, Sean Gardner and I worked together on the  #12DaysOfGiving project with Amy Neuman.  This year, we decided to put together a last minute holiday event in Washington, D.C., benefitting @ChildrensHealth and their campaign to collect toys for kids.  This #TweetForToys event took place at the Mayflower Renaissance Hotel in their trendy new hotspot, Edgar Bar + Kitchen #EdgarDC.  We all felt the thrill of experiencing opening night at this new bar and restaurant.

Guests brought new toys to donate to the initiative and enjoyed a complimentary glass of  fête du cuvée as well as a discount on food and drinks from the bar menu.   As I sipped my cocktail and indulged in the simple yet fine cuisine, I thought about how wonderful it would be to arrange and launch a similar event around the globe with Tweet-Ups happening simultaneously at popular gathering places in the various host cities.  The giving and kindness would travel at lightning speed around the world – Giving at the Speed of Kindness.  Perhaps something to keep in mind for next year?

The event gave all of us a fun buzz and also provided an opportunity to personally connect with local tweeters and chat with social media friends.  Sean and I would like to extend our warmest thanks to everyone who came out to support @ChildrensHealth #TweetForToys project and the attentive service team at Edgar’s #EdgarDC.

Check out these festive photos from our DC holiday Tweet-Up event:


Featuring: @packdsuitcase @claudiabia @flipflopcaravan @thealexlop

From left to right: @AnnTran_ @2MorrowKnight @claudiabia @ebuzzedge

From left to right: @TheAlexLop @claudiabia @Phabi @AnnTran_ @flyguy69

Divine food, drinks and a hot #DC crowd at #EdgarDC #TweetForToys

Mayflower Renaissance Hotel fête du cuvée

Imagine Fred and Ginger dancing down this hall. #Mayflower Renaissance Hotel #TweetForToys
For those of you who missed the #TweetForToys event, please save the date and join us on January 21st as we host President Obama’s Inauguration Tweet-Up, also at at the Mayflower Renaissance Hotel.  You’ll have the opportunity to connect with local tweeters and mingle with the DC in-crowd as we tweet and watch President Obama officially enter his second term — not to mention the ready access to contemporary cocktails and simple, but fine cuisine.
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Photography by Ann Tran
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