What is the “52 Weeks of Charity”?

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This blog is my “give-back” bucket-list  – each week for the 52 weeks leading up to my 50th birthday I am going to volunteer at a different charity as a way to give back and give thanks. This is the journey I want to take as I walk towards my 50th birthday.  A celebration of life through helping others and getting involved.  

I look back over my 49 years and feel blessed. Of course there have been stages of unexpected and at times, seemingly insurmountable, darkness… along with moments of adversity, grief and regret.  But there has also been many amazing victories, authentic and unending love, happiness to fill hearts, laughter and surprises of joy. 

I’ve needed every minute of my past 49 years to get me to where I am, to become all aspects of the person I am, and I’ve enjoyed my journey – the good, the bad, the easy and the difficult. I want to celebrate the life I’ve been given, so I’m embarking on a year-long journey to give back. 

52 weeks of charity.  A marathon of love. A marathon to connect with others, roll up my sleeves and try to make a tiny difference in this world. I’m not sure what I will learn along the way, what lives I will touch and how I will be changed. That’s all part of the journey. 

Each week I will be highlighting the charities and sharing whatever wisdom and lessons I learn along the way. I will be sharing a deeper understanding of the organizations and their impact. I hope to help you see the world through the eyes of the people with whom I connect – – –  those who work tirelessly for others and those who need the support of the charities. 

I hope you will walk along my journey with me!

Love, XO XO

Penelope Bustamante


  • John Henderson

    Kim – I look forward to learning and hearing about your journey into caritas over the upcoming year. May God’s blessing be upon you and shared through you!

  • Huge kudos to you Kim… for your year-long journey of giving AND for sharing your great stories along the way. I look forward to the weekly wisdom and lessons in living. ~Dan

  • Big congrats for accomplishing this wonderful journey!!! It’s amazing to see all the different organizations you have helped and supported along the way. We often get caught up in the day to day and don’t stop to appreciate life and all that we have, and then to give back and help others! A big thank you!

  • Wow!!!! I was online looking for a way to volunteer for a few weeks during my 50 birthday next year and came across your blog…

    You are so right, it should be 52 weeks, not just a week or 2…

    Thank you for inspiring me to do more!

    You are an inspiration.

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