Giving Plate


To encourage individuals to Care Well for others, Karen Mulder created and distributed approximately 150 Giving Plates at an event in Holland, Michigan.

The concept of the Giving Plate is that it is on a journey that has no end. The receiver of the plate enjoys the treats given them on the plate, and then passes the plate with fresh goodies on to someone else.

These Giving Plates were created with a unique tracking feature so anyone can visit this page to learn where each plate has traveled and read about its unique experiences along the way.

If you are interested in knowing more about the Giving Plate, please email karen@wisdomofthewounded.com.

God Bless

See Your Plate's Journey

(found at the bottom of the plate under the poem)

Share Your Plate's Story

WOTW believes that the best caregiving wisdom comes through the sharing of stories. We invite you to share the story of your Giving Plate so that others may see and learn from its journey and those that have been blessed by receiving and giving it.

To share your story and be a blessing to others, simply complete the form below and hit submit when complete.

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Feel free to share as much or as little as you would like to share.
Your story could include:

  • What was on the plate when you received it?
  • What is your relationship to the individual who gave you the plate?
  • Why did you receive the plate?
  • How did you feel when you received the gift?
  • Who will you be passing on the plate to and why?
  • Do you have a favorite recipe to share as a suggestion for others?

Most Recent Stories

Plate #137

September 30, 2019

I received this plate during a hard time in my life. It was to me with candy and other goodies. This is a late post of the story but I am passing it on and wanted to track its journey.

Plate #145

December 15, 2017

I was the first one to receive this plate from the wisdom of the wounded at a church Christmas event and have now stared it's journey!

Plate #091

March 23, 2017

The old saying, "It's the thought that counts" is so true. A simple gesture like passing a plate of cookies doesn't have to take much effort (the cookies could be purchased from the store!). I received this plate with cookies from one of the sweetest women I know and my family enjoyed the treat she shared! I'm passing the plate along to a dear friend who has been caring selflessly for family members over the last several months. Giving her a little treat to enjoy is a small gesture to honor her care giving.

Plate #044

Jane Hubbard
January 27, 2017

I received a delicious chocolate pound cake from my dear friend. She is a dog lover just like me and my sweet dog recently died of cancer. It was so sweet and thoughtful.

Plate #068

January 25, 2017

Karen gave me this plate as a Christmas gift. Working with Karen this year has been such a blessing! She has such a huge heart and compassion for people! I have been inspired to be more purposeful in reaching out to people who are hurting, struggling or just need a reminder of God's love and provisions. I will be filling my plate with oatmeal chocolate chip cookies and giving it to a dear friend who is constantly giving to others. Here is my recipe:

Oatmeal chocolate chip cookies
Yield: 3 dozen
Prep Time: 15 min
Cook Time: 12min
Total Time: 55min
• ½ cup butter, softened
• ½ cup shortening
• 1 cup packed light brown sugar
• 1/2 cup white sugar
• 1 egg
• 1 tablespoons vanilla extract
• 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
• 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
• 1 teaspoon salt
• 3 cups old fashion oats
• 1 cup chocolate chips
1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.
2. In a large bowl, cream together the butter, brown sugar, and white sugar until smooth. Beat in egg, then stir in vanilla. Combine the flour, baking soda, and salt; stir into the creamed mixture until just blended. Mix in the quick oats and chocolate chips. Drop by heaping spoonfuls onto ungreased baking sheets.
3. Bake for 12 minutes in the preheated oven. Allow cookies to cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

Plate #044

January 12, 2017

The best tasting sloppy joes, slaw and rolls.
We teach together at the same school, however through the years, I have found out that we have a connection through my daughter's husband's family. Which had provided time for some really interesting and fun stories.
I received the plate because my brother passed away.
I will pass the plate on to my assistant principal because her beloved dog, BB died this week. I can truly understand her pain and sorrow, because we are both dog lovers.
Favorite recipe: Live life to its fullest. Put God first and everything else will be okay.