For the 7th year (Hooray!), Darlene and I are celebrating July 15th’s Give Something Away Day.

I have given away and donated many items over the years—to shelters, thrift stores, libraries, etc.

For our celebration, Darlene and I have given away different items and many books. Books on writing, kidlit books from author friends, and especially books by diversified writers and/or illustrators.

This year will be more of the same, but in case you didn’t know…

Give Something Away Day is the chance to clear out clutter, clean out closets or drawers, and donate to a shelter or food bank. Or you could give away something a little more magical. Give a helping hand, a smile, a hug, some thoughtfulness, or time. By giving something away, you can brighten someone else’s day and it works pretty well at giving yourself a lift!

The pandemic and social unrest has brought a lot of turmoil into our daily lives, schedules, and emotions. We have witnessed an unprecedented hike in racism, anti-Asian hate, violence, bigotry, and intolerance that benefits no one.

Like most people I know, I treasure feeling validated, loved, and receiving unconditional support. So does everyone in the LGTBQ community—our brothers, sisters, mothers, fathers, aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends. This year my giveaway is directed to support and highlight their talents. Whether a preferred pronoun use is she/her, they/them, he/him, zie/zim, give someone validation, recognition, and brighten their day. What better opportunity to give support than Give Something Away Day.


This year, three lucky people in the USA will have a chance at one of our giveaways.

I am giving away:

One board book: WE ARE THE RAINBOW by Claire Winslow Illus. by Riley Samels

We are the rainbow

And one picture book: BLOB written and illustrated by Anne Appert

Blob by Anne Appert

Darlene will be giving away a: $25.00 Amazon Gift card.

This year, as in years past, I am including community links. I hope you explore some or all of them and possibly find a way to support one, two, or more. 

So give something meaningful away and make GIVE SOMETHING AWAY DAY a mood-lifting day for yourself and someone else!

To be eligible for the giveaway, please leave a comment telling us about a kindness you recently gave or received. It will give our day a boost reading your comments!



Kim Pfennigwerth lives in South Carolina and enjoys walks with her dog on the beach or going for a paddle in her kayak. She is a lover of books, animals, children, and kindness in no particular order. She is often spotted participating in writing workshops or in a bookstore or library reading piles of picture books while writing and revising her own manuscripts. 

Warm regards,



Gender Spectrum: 

The Matthew Shephard Foundation:


The Trevor Project:

Right To Be:

The Innocence Project:

The National Immigration Law Center:

The Loveland Foundation:

National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum:

Embrace Race:

Books for Soldiers:

Donate Books – Find your public library:

Dress For Success:

Food Bank:


14 thoughts on “GET READY FOR: GIVE SOMETHING AWAY DAY! By Kim Pfennigwerth

  1. I recently gave away 5 paper grocery bags filled with books to my local library’s book nook fundraiser. And this Sunday, I’m going to donate blood–my 50th donation!!!

    • Danielle – Donating books to library fundraisers is always a great way to open space on your shelf while helping a great cause. And speaking of great causes – so is giving blood! Applause for you! Thanks for giving us something to cheer about!

  2. You ladies are the best! I love the way you support Give Something Away Day each year. It reminds me how blessed I am. One of the places I love to support is Dr Without Borders and their good work but I really do think just giving people your full attention and time to listen is one of the best gift you can give someone. But you guys rock – keep up the good work of bringing attention to giving and leading by example by generously giving away books!

    • Time and attention is an important thing. So many people feel unheard and uncared for. Thanks for reminding us that gifts come in many forms, often intangible but still appreciated. Thanks for sharing your thoughts Barbara.

  3. Love this. It all comes down to community and human connection, doesn’t it? Thanks so much for sharing the links and opportunities to give back.

  4. What a great holiday! I love this post, and thanks for the links to make giving easier year-round! I gave away a few bags of books (to make room for others) and we’ve been donating extra fruit from our trees to a local food bank and senior center.

    • Lisa, I LOVE that you donate the fruit from your fruit trees. When my parents lived in AZ that’s what they did with their orange and grapefruit trees. Fresh fruit was always so appreciated.
      Thank you for giving us the gift of commenting on our post!

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