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‘Tis the season to give but not all of us have the means to make cash donations to our favourite charities. What if instead of giving cash you did one “good deed” every day between now and Christmas. My friend Alex of @Good_Indeed on Twitter has done just that – committed to one good deed every day for 365 days, tweeting his good deed each day.
He is on day 317 of 365 days of good deeds and 365give got his very personal Top 10 favourite ways to inspire you to “do good” every day.
Guest Post by Alex D @Good_Indeed
One day listening to yet another account of alarming news on the radio, I began to wonder what kind of effect this constant bombardment of negativity may have on all of us. How could we be positive when there is so much pessimism in the world?
How could we be hopeful when the picture painted in front us is so dark?
For some reason, at that very instant, I felt the need to give people more positive examples to counteract the negativity in our daily lives. That’s how my 1-year “A Deed A Day” challenge came to be. I have always been a strong believer in the big impact of small actions.
- The same way a dirty look or a disrespectful gesture can spoil our day and contribute to our bitterness;
- The same way a smile or a helping hand can make a world of a difference and help us get closer to one another.
I didn’t know how far I would go with this, but I must admit that giving is quite addictive.
The more you give, the more you seem to receive and so on…
Everyone should try it. Who knows, someday there may be more good deeds than bad ones on the evening news.
- Top 10 list of Good Deeds
- Day 3: Collected used batteries from my neighbours for proper recycling. Got to know them better and helped the environment. Double bonus!
- Day16: Now save energy by lowering the thermostat & unpluging evil phantom loads before I go out or go to sleep.
- Day38: Volunteered to teach in friend’s high school. Spoke about opportunities in the solar industry. Great group of kids!
- Day49: Sent nice greeting card to a stranger I randomly picked out of the phone book. #RandomActsOfKindess
- Day126: Performed at concert organized by the Harold Napper School to raise funds for Japanese disaster victims.
- Day155: Traded our Toyota for the pleasures of a nice BMW (Bus, Metro, Walk). It’s the beginning of a new, greener lifestyle.
- Day175: Prevented teenager from hurting his girlfriend. We can all help stop violence in teen couples…It starts with education.
- Day283: Bought coffee for the people behind me at the drive through. The look on their faces was priceless.
- Day287: Had long chat with a homeless man and bought him lunch. Poor guy lived from pay-check to pay-check. Lost it all when he lost his job.
- Day301: Raised $440 in 36 hours for children without a voice, as part of Free the Children’s Vow of Silence campaign.
So you want to give more but don’t have the extra money or time.
Let 365give help you find your inner philanthropist with just a click.
Here is the perfect way for you to become the philanthropist you have always wanted to be and is won’t cost you a dime or time. Just a click and you can be part of the Hanes Sock Drive by providing the Salvation Army with socks for a person in need this holiday season.
The goal is big – 250,000 by December 15th so you need to click right now. One click = one pair of socks donated by Hanes. No time, no money. Embrace your inner philanthropist and give today!
Do you have an easy way to become a philanthropist we can share with the world? Leave us a comment or send us a Tweet and we will share the giving! Happy Holidays!
- One day with out Twitter!
- One day without Facebook!
- One day with no writing on your blog or updating your website
- One day not evening responding to the emails coming in from all over the world.
There is only one reason to let is all go when you have committed to giving every day for 365 days – A Miracle.
Day 353: Give 353
Day 352 is the ultimate 365give. Two days ago my husband and I adopted a baby boy. The #1 reason to put everything in your life on hold.
- Do you remember what it was like to hold your child in your arms for the very first time?
- Do you remember that feeling of love that washes over your entire body and soul when you look at your child?
This is a story of a miracle – a little baby boy that finally got to feel his forever families love wrapped around his heart forever.
If today is your first time reading 365give I will share my story with you. 365give was inspired by my first son, Nicolas. Nicolas was adopted by my husband and I when he was just 12 weeks old. He is my inspiration to make the world a better place. 2 days ago was a very special day – it was his 4th birthday. Exactly 1 year ago that I started 365give. (365give but due to be finished on this day but due to hacking I was shut down for 2 weeks). It is also the day we brought his brother home.
On Day 286: Giving to Help Grief I wrote a very personal story of how my husband and I had were trying to adopt a baby for the second time through the Ministry of Children and Family Development and just hours before we were to meet our second child the adoption was cancelled. This was the second time this had happened to us in the last year and half.
It was a very sad day in our house. The little boy we were already calling our son was going into foster care. I held hope in my heart that one day he would still come home – I had never met him or even seen a picture of him but I already loved him like he was my own.
1 month later we received the call we had been waiting for – our son was finally legally available for adoption. I jumped with joy as my heart sang with the words telling me my dream had come true.
But there was yet another stumbling block.
The paper work to actually get him in our house would take another month to complete. How was I possibly going to wait a month knowing my son was just a short drive away but I was not able to see him, hold him or tell him I loved him. We had to wait.
If you ever really want to learn patience in your life go through an adoption like this one. Every day that went by I felt more anxious, more fearful I would loose him again. I had to keep the faith that if we were destined to be together it would all work out. I was being told to “Let it Be.”
After weeks of waiting I could not take it any more – I was in tears from the stress and anxiety from all the weeks that had gone by and in that moment the call came. The paper work was finally ready and we would have our son home in just days.
That day has arrived and my beautiful boy is finally here. You never know how much you can love in your life until you hold a miracle in your arms.
My give of the day yesterday was to take the entire day off from social media to spend with both my sons. My “Buddha Boys” as I am now calling them. They are both “pure love.” It is easy to get so wrapped up in the world of Twitter and FB and now Google +1 but at the end of the day the most important thing in the world are our children.
They deserve our full attention, our time, and our love.
Do you have a miracle you would like to share? Send us your story. Let’s remind everyone that the world is not filled with just bad stories and miracles do happen.
Time Commitment: A life time of giving and unconditional love to my son