A Guest post from Gabby Simeonova, Advertising Student.
My name is Gabriela and my Give as you Live story began long before I even knew about Give as you Live. I was born in Bulgaria but my parents decided to move to the United States when I was ten. After moving and living there I decided to move to the United Kingdom and begin my life. The only problem is that I am far from my family.
Some days you can say I feel a bit homesick, but after three years I can say I have gotten adjusted to this. Recently I found out my sister is coming to visit me for one evening right before she flies back home to the United States. As soon as I found out I knew I needed to find a hotel to stay in while spending the night in London.
I remembered that I recently had come across Give as you Live and had downloaded it on my computer. Up until now I had simply not gotten a chance to use the application. As I checked out different websites, I came across Hotels.com. My Give as you Live tool bar immediately informed me that I can raise money for my charity. I thought this was the perfect opportunity.
As I booked my hotel for my sister and I, it made me feel happy that besides seeing my sister I was helping my favourite charity. The fund I chose to donate to was the Bulgarian Support Fund. I chose this charity because of my origin. I grew up in Bulgaria and visit the country on a regular basis. I thought it was amazing that I was able to support my nation in some small way. There are many organizations to support and aid, however after much consideration I thought it was only right that I help what is close to my heart.
My one night trip to London has raised £2.55! I was amazed. I am very glad I came across Give as you Live. It is an amazing idea and I cannot wait to start using it for all of my online shopping and see my donations increase.