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Happy, Healthy, Wealthy and Wise: 10 Benefits of Giving

There is something fascinating and magical about generosity; the benefits of giving are frequently backed up by scientific research. Individuals who give are happier and healthier, and report many benefits of exercising generosity.

Here are ten of the many benefits of giving:

  • A boost in happiness. Multiple studies have concluded that giving triggers an immediate increase in brain chemicals associated with positive, happy feelings.
  • A more satisfying life. Individuals who give and/or volunteer are not just temporarily happy. They report higher long-term satisfaction with their lives.
  • A longer life. Research shows that individuals who give of their money and time tend to have lower mortality rates.
  • Greater connection. Individuals who give and volunteer feel more connected to others, and they often are. This promotes an environment of cooperation and community, and holds true from childhood through the golden years.
  • Increased gratitude. You don’t have to be on the receiving end of a gift in order for it to increase gratitude. Individuals who give have been found to be more thankful for what they have as well.
  • Lower stress levels. Those who give of themselves report lower stress levels and have lower blood pressure, when all other factors are considered.
  • Better health. As already mentioned, research indicates people who give have lower blood pressure. They also may have a reduced risk of heart disease and lower rates of addiction.
  • The greater good. When you give of your time or your money, the community benefits. People are strengthened and supported, health is improved, and the community at large grows stronger.
  • Other people give in response. Giving seems to be contagious. As one person gives, others join in building community and their own happiness.
  • Positive effects on wealth. The tax benefits of giving are relatively simple to claim, and every little bit counts when it comes to taxes. Generosity seems to benefit the wallet beyond this, as people have a positive attitude about finances and become more mindful of working giving into their budget, financial stress decreases.

We believe strongly in giving back to our community; it is one of the most important things we emphasize at Vinson Mortgage.

Shawn Vinson strongly believes, “The most rewarding part of my job is helping others, both through our loan programs and charitable involvement in our local communities.” We are honored to give back to our community through local charities, including The St. Baldrick’s Foundation. We are looking forward to raising $100,000 to help fight childhood cancer. Learn more and donate here.

Sources: https://philanthropy.iupui.eduhttps://news.harvard.eduhttps://www.psychologytoday.comhttps://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.govhttps://greatergood.berkeley.eduhttps://healthplans.providence.orghttp://www.besthealthmag.cahttps://www.huffingtonpost.comhttps://www.forbes.com/http://lifeandabudget.com/


Vinson Cares About St. Baldrick’s Foundation

Childhood cancer is heartbreaking; it’s unimaginable to those untouched by its devastation. Across the globe, 300,000 children are diagnosed with cancer each year. Cancer claims the lives of more U.S. children than any other disease. Treatment for childhood cancer leaves two-thirds of those who’ve endured it with loss of hearing and sight, heart disease, secondary cancers, learning disabilities, infertility or other long-term effects.

Despite these facts, in the last 20 years, only four new cancer-fighting drugs, specifically developed for children, have been approved. Several factors contribute to this issue.

  • There are dozens of types of childhood cancer and countless subtypes, each of which need a specific research and treatment.
  • Most organizations spread research dollars across adult and childhood cancers.
  • The National Cancer Institute budgets less than 4% of its budget to childhood cancer research.

Vinson Mortgage, once again, is proud to support the organization that contributes most to the fight against childhood cancer, The St. Baldrick’s Foundation. This charity is different in many ways, and we very much support their unique and skillful efforts.

  • Every grant funded by the St. Baldrick’s Foundation is for childhood cancer research.
  • The organization retains a small staff and keeps expenses low – most of the money donated will therefore fund research of childhood cancer. St. Baldrick’s is largely powered by volunteers.
  • They fund more grants than any organization besides the U.S. government.
  • They work closely with leading pediatric oncologists to find the most promising research to fund.
  • In 2017, they raised $36,631,277 to fight childhood cancer.

We’re so excited to announce the TEAM VINSON goal of raising $100,000. Shawn Vinson is a designated “Squire of Hope” for St. Baldrick’s Foundation; he has dedicated at least three years of service to help kids with cancer. In March, at Helen Fitzgerald’s Irish Grill and Pub in St. Louis, Shawn will once again shave his head as part of “Brave a Shave for Kids with Cancer.”

We plan to make this the biggest and best year ever, and we hope you’ll be part of it! Stay tuned for additional details on how you can help!


Information and statistics taken from stbaldricks.org


Time is Running Out to Give!

There are just 26 shopping days left until Christmas! While you’re out shopping for your own family, we urge you to consider the thousands of children who, without community help, will not receive a present this year.

While the children within our homes are very excited, awaiting all the wonderful presents they are sure to receive during the holidays, this is not the case for many. The number of children who will go without a gift under the tree is heartbreaking.

This week, we celebrated #GivingTuesday and we now challenge to you extend that giving for just a few more days, if not longer. Yes, there are only 26 shopping days ‘til Christmas, but there are only 3 shopping days left to give to our toy drive. Vinson Mortgage has joined with New Country 92.3 for the 10,000 toys for Girls and Boys: Bikes, Balls and Barbies for the Salvation Army Campaign

This week, we’re excited to highlight the toy collection at West County Mall, as well as four 2-hour community toy drives at local Walmart stores. Stop by, say hello, and donate toys at these events:

December 1st 5am – December 2nd 6pm at West County Mall. Bud and Broadway will be broadcasting their show live on December 1 from 5-9am and December 2 from 9am-1pm. While you give, you can get in on the great fun of this event!

December 1st – Walmart Supercenter St. Peters, 11am-1pm

December 1st – Walmart Kirkwood, 3pm-5pm

December 2nd – Walmart Arnold, 7am-9am

December 2nd – Walmart Collinsville, 11am-1pm

Donations from individuals or companies (toys or monetary contributions) can be dropped off at Vinson Mortgage Corporate Headquarters, 12801 Flushing Meadows Drive, St. Louis, MO 63131.

Vinson Mortgage Group and all of our employees wish you, and all our area’s children, a very happy holiday season!

Vinson Cares About 10,000 Toys for Girls and Boys

During the holidays, we often come together as a community to make the season brighter and more joyful for those around us. Throughout the St. Louis area there are many children that live in poverty. In the city alone, around 40 percent of children are considered as living below the poverty line, and the problem is not confined to the city borders. These children often struggle to find their daily needs met.

When the basic necessities of life are in short supply, it’s difficult to find excitement in the holiday season. Imagine struggling to provide meals for your children, much less how to put the toys they dream of under the tree. Vinson Cares, and we know that you do too. As a community, we can come together to bring smiles and spread joy to these area children.

This year, Vinson Mortgage is excited to join with New Country 92.3 for the 10,000 toys for Girls and Boys: Bikes, Balls and Barbies for the Salvation Army Campaign. Here are a few ways you can help:

Tell your friends. Help us spread the news about this toy drive. Share our Facebook posts and this blog.

Come to a toy drive. We will highlight four 2-hour community toy drives at local Walmart stores. Stop by, say hello, and donate toys at these events:

December 1st – Walmart Supercenter St. Peters, 11am-1pm

December 1st – Walmart Kirkwood, 3pm-5pm

December 2nd – Walmart Arnold, 7am-9am

December 2nd – Walmart Collinsville, 11am-1pm

Challenge your company to get involved. When it’s time to spread holiday cheer, we believe “the more the merrier!” Your place of business can contribute to this great cause. You can contact Haley in our office for more information or to arrange deliveries, 314.839.9999.

Donate at our office. Donations of toys or monetary contributions can be dropped off at Vinson Mortgage Corporate Headquarters, 12801 Flushing Meadows Drive, St. Louis, MO 63131.

Your help in spreading the word and your toy donation will go a long way in making everyone’s holiday a little brighter. Vinson Mortgage Group and all of our employees wish you, and all our area’s children, a very happy holiday season!

Honoring Those Who Are Gone, Supporting Those Who Serve

As Memorial Day draws to a close we pause in our traditional celebrations to reflect on the sacrifice made by generations of soldiers. We honor them and the families and loved ones who lost a father, a brother, a husband, a son, a dear friend.

We also reaffirm our commitment to make a difference for the service men and women and their families who have served or are still serving our country.

Last year we supported the Missouri Military Memorial Fund, initially founded by a grieving mother to honor her daugher, SGT Amanda Pinson, and other Missouri military personnel who were killed during Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom, Desert Storm and Desert Shield. We also donated to the Kaufman Fund, created by Wayne Kaufman to honor the memory of his brother, Ralph Kaufman, who served in the Air Force and was a lifelong supporter of those in need.

This month we named Little Patriots Embraced as our Charity of Choice. Their mission is to enhance the lives of our military families in need, while their loved one is protecting our freedom.

We’re also committed to helping our returning vets afford their dream home. Through the Veteran’s Affairs guaranteed mortgage program we’re able to offer favorable terms for new home purchases or refinancing.

And in June we’ll be participating in the Support Our Troops Poker Run at Osage Beach where we opened an office this year.

We are thankful to these great programs and the clients who make it possible for us to give them our support. Because supporting our troops is just part of supporting you.

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