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Five New Year's resolutions to help others and better yourself 

What are your resolutions for the new year? If you're interested in self-improvement or spending more time doing what you love in the coming year, consider giving back to others at the same time. It's a new year and a new you, with St. Jude.

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 How to choose your New Year's resolutions

When choosing your resolutions for the coming year, take time to think about what you want from life. Then, choose small and actionable goals to help you get there. Get specific about what implementing your new actions will look like. It can also be helpful to create reminders of your purpose — why the resolution means something to you.

And the best New Year’s resolutions? Its the ones that are meaningful to you and contribute to your well-being and help others.

Below, we've listed a few ideas for the top charitable New Year’s resolutions. Choose one or more that can help you create the best version of you in 2024. 

1. Take your interest to the next level


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If you’re the do-it-yourself type, consider creating a fundraiser for a nonprofit that incorporates something you love.

Baking, martial arts, equestrian sports, cars, a virtual game night with friends – whatever your passion is, you can use it to raise money for St. Jude kids and have a meaningful experience. St. Jude will guide you every step of the way. 

If you want to fundraise through video gaming, check out St. Jude PLAY LIVE.

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2. Participate in an organized run


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If you want to improve your physical and mental health, boost your self-esteem or reduce your carbon footprint, a fitness goal might be for you. Fitness can also be a great way to give back. Whether you’re just starting your fitness journey or working up to your first full marathon, St. Jude has many virtual running events to choose from. You can also join the official St. Jude Run Club on Strava.

Challenge yourself to participate, and fundraise for St. Jude kids along the way as a St. Jude Hero. You may even earn St. Jude gear, depending on your event and how much you raise. Learn more about our running events. If running isn’t for you, St. Jude also offers opportunities for biking and walking. And, you can always create your own fitness or sports fundraiser.

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3. Watch and share a charity livestream


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Even though you’re likely going to in-person events again, there are still plenty of online opportunities to give back. Tune in, share with your friends, and help raise awareness and donations for St. Jude by watching one of our livestreams. You can watch archived livestreams, too! 

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4. Get more creative with social media


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If you use social media, you might already be considering a resolution to use it with more intention. One way to do this is by enlisting the help of your entire network for a good cause. Here are some ways you can use social media to support the kids of St. Jude:

  • Consider dedicating your birthday to St. Jude on Facebook this year. It’s as easy as logging in to Facebook and choosing St. Jude as your charity. or you can learn more, if you're not sure how.
  • Raise awareness of childhood cancer, sharing resources to educate people in your network.
  • Share that you’re making a donation and encourage your followers to join you in giving back.

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5. Give back by volunteering


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Though St. Jude is located in Memphis, Tennessee, the work and fundraising of St. Jude is worldwide. You can volunteer your time and talents from almost anywhere. It can be one time, or it can be an ongoing commitment, whatever works best for you. You can also get your loved ones or friends to sign up with you for extra fun and accountability. Check out virtual volunteer opportunities or find volunteer opportunities near you.

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Why give to St. Jude this year?


You can make a positive change for yourself and others this year. In fact, research shows that when you donate to others, it can lead to more happiness than spending on yourself. When you donate to St. Jude, you’re contributing to life-saving treatment and research. St. Jude is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. Families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food — so they can focus on helping their child live. See more reasons to support St. Jude.

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