Join us as Chris Cox goes Outside the Margins.
It’s that time of the year, the time when we start spending money so we can give people things. Sometimes, I give joyfully. Sometimes, grudgingly (yeah, shame on me.). And then, there are the people I really want to share with, those that need a lot more than my friends and family need, but they don’t make my list because I just melted my credit card. More on that later.
More and more, I’m doing my shopping online just like a lot of people do. Yup, Amazon gets plenty of my money year round, but in the last two months of the year, they really rack up. And here’s the really cool part–so does my favorite charity.
Amazon gives to my charity because I give to Amazon. All I have to do is type in smile.amazon.com instead of amazon.com and poof! Amazon sends them a percentage of what I spend, without adding a penny to my purchases.
What’s my fave place to send Amazon’s money to? I pick Covenant House New Orleans. http://www.covenanthouseno.org
Covenant House takes in homeless teens, gives them shelter, food and clothing, as well as medical and psychological care and follows through by helping them get their own safe places to live along with continued education and employment. In New Orleans, they are a refuge for the kids who are kicked out of their homes or those that have to leave for safety reasons. They also help foster kids transition into adulthood as many foster kids are dumped once they reach 18. Covenant House is a strong supporter of LGBT rights and treats all their kids with dignity.
But, hey! You probably already have a favorite charity. If so, just type smile.amazon.com and if it’s already listed, you’re good to go. If your charity isn’t on the list, add them—and Amazon does the leg work to get them included!
Oh, and want to send stuff right to your charity? They can set up a wish list that makes it easy to send a couple of packages of socks in the right sizes directly to their doorstep!
While this isn’t supposed to be an advertisement for Amazon, they really do make it easy for me to share some of the abundance I’ve got. And every time I type in smile.amazon.com, every time I one-click for easy ordering, I’m reminded of how good I’ve got it. I’m reminded I have enough to share, especially when it doesn’t cost me anything.
You know what else doesn’t cost anything but can really add up? Sharing your own ways that you help others. That “pay it forward” thing really works. So, what’s your favorite way to give back?
Wishing calmness and sanity to you during all the hours of Black Friday through cyber-Monday,
Title: When Sean Loved Rusty
Publisher: Self Published
When Sean Loves Rusty
A Sean and Rusty story collection
Best friends since grade school, lovers since high school, Sean Delahunt and Rusty Duchene thought nothing could ever tear them apart. Then Sean graduates college and his world changes, while Rusty’s stays the same.
Offered a job in Boston, Sean knows asking Rusty to leave New Orleans is a big sacrifice for his soul mate, who has a successful career and supportive family. Abused and rejected by his own family, Sean struggles with self worth and thinks this career opportunity will give him a new life.
Rusty wavers in his trust but takes and chance and agrees to follow him to Boston.
Alone for several weeks in a strange city, Sean is determined to make friends on his own. When Rusty arrives, this new Sean makes him feel insecure. Crushing student loans, being unable to find a job and suspicions about the nature of Sean’s friends strain an already tenuous relationship.
A trip home for the holidays reminds both men of all they’ve left behind and makes them reevaluate what they want in their future.
On the verge of wedding vows, a career crisis threatens to bring their lives back full circle.
Money, moves and men…will this longtime love last forever or will life in the big city destroy their young love?
includes: Meant To Be, Moving On, Tricked Up for Treats, Jingle My Bells and For Better Or Worse
~ Chris Cox
About Chris Cox
Writing is one of those things I must do because it’s who I am. Reading is one of those things I’m grateful you do, especially when you’re reading one of my stories!
Having the freedom to write about issues that matter, as well as to write about loving relationships, gives my muse great pleasure.
I write short stories, novellas and novels about Louisiana boys in love.
The Bayou Boys series is set around New Orleans, in my home state of Louisiana where I live and love.
I hang out on facebook a lot. Find me there, www.facebook.com/chriscoxwrites
Get notified about my newest release by signing up for my very infrequent newsletter on my websites, www.chriscoxwrites.com or go to any of my books on this site, look right and click the link where you want Amazon to notify you when I have new stories published.
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.
Thank you so much for your support over the last 4 years. Prism will be closing its doors on 1 April 2017. All content will remain available, but no new content will appear after 31 Mar 2017. As such all request forms have been turned off. Again Thank you,
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