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“Free the child’s potential and you will transform him into the world”
Day 332: Give 332
My son just started Montesorri preschool a week ago and this give is in his honour as he begins his reading journey to discover the world.
I have been reading to my son since he was a baby. We are blessed with a large library of children’s books that take us around the world having great adventures every night before we go to bed. He is so excited to learn to read.
I could’t imagine what it would be like not have the luxury of books to feed his little mind. But there are many children all over the world that don’t have the luxury of books. There are not public library’s in every neighbourhood nor the money to afford such luxuries as a book for your child.
Here are a few quick facts on literacy around the world (quoted from DoSomething.org)
- One in five adults in the developing world — almost 862 million people — cannot read or write.
- Most illiterate persons are female. In more than 20 developing nations, illiteracy rates amongst women exceed 70%.
- As much as 115 million children of primary school age are not enrolled in school.
- More than 226 million children do not attend secondary school.
Will you click to give a child the gift of a book?
Time Commitment: 30 seconds
Today is an exciting day for our family. It’s my son’s first day of school.
I have spent the last 4 years of my life with my son almost every day. I still remember the first day I held him in my arms when he was just 11 weeks old (my son was adopted) and now he walks, talks, rides a bike, gets himself dressed and is ready for school. I am so proud of who he is today as he starts the next phase of his life. His life will never be the same and neither will mine.
Nicolas is just heading into preschool this year so no “back to school” shopping is needed but I found a great way to support kids that do need school supplies that may not have the funds to get them every thing they need.
Day 324: Give 324
I’m not sure I want to know how much it will cost me one day to stock up on all the school supplies my kids will need to start school. Binders, note books, paper, laptops, pens, markers, rulers – the list in never ending. We know that many families in this day and age don’t have the money for all the extra’s needed and I wanted to do my part to make sure a child had a few of the basics that are required to start their school year off on the right foot.
“All Staples locations in Canada have partnered with local schools and charities for our 6th annual School Supply Drive, to be held from July 23 to September 6, 2011 (July 31-September 4, in Quebec). Last year, with your help, we raised $1.03-million dollars to support local students. This year, we will meet or surpass that goal, with your kind support.”
Staples is giving us the opportunity to give this week with a “Back to School” community program that will give teachers and kids basic supplies that are need for the school year. Teachers were surveyed to list their top 14 supplies needed by children returning to school:
Pencils / Scissors / Calculators / Binders / Erasers / Glue Sticks / Highlighters / Lined Paper / Folders / Backpacks / Markers / Mathkits / Pencil Crayons / Notebooks
I did some quick math and if you shopped very wisely you may be able to get all these items for under $100. What if you have 3 kids and have a hard enough time putting food on the table let alone school supplies in their back packs?
For a small donation at the cash register I was able to purchase a Back to School starter kit for one child. A give I felt great about that cost me little time and little money but will make a big impact.
Time Commitment: 0 (made it while making a purchase)
But I love wholesome food that makes my body feel good from the inside out. What if the food we purchased gave back to our bodies and gave back to the world?
Day 323: Give 323
Some people like to shop for shoes and other for cars. I like to shop for food. I love beautiful grocery stores that make shopping an experience rather than a chore. I spend much time in grocery stores shopping for my family. I am drawn to stores where you can find a unique selection of products that I know give back to my body, my families body and to the planet.
My most recent discover was Deep River Snacks. I didn’t pick them up because the bag had big lettering on it saying “GOOD FOR YOU!” The flavour drew me in “Twist of Lime”. Next I picked up the bag and read it. Between the ingredients and the companies philosophy of giving back I was sold.
“We’re lucky, we get to come in to work each day and make snacks we love… So we understand that we have a responsibility to our planet and to people that aren’t as lucky as we are. That’s why we choose to give back.” A quote taken directly from the Deep River Snacks charity page.
Here is the great part. Each bag has a different dedicated charity. For example my “Twist of Lime” tortilla chips supports Caroline’s Miracle Foundation.
But each bag is different. It’s a fun match – do you find your favourite flavour or do you find your favourite charity on the bag and support it by eating this healthy snack.
Now you ask me how is a bag of chips good for you?
- All Natural
- No Artificial Preservatives
- No Artificial Flavours or Colours
- No Cholesterol
- No Trans Fat
- No MSG
Don’t get me wrong – It’s not like it’s replacing the “apple a day that keeps the doctor away” but as treats go this is a good choice.
Shop for good. Give to your body and give back to the world.
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Time Commitment: 0
Cost: Money I would spend shopping just made a good choice