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“Reading is a joy and a gift that you are offering our children.
Your gift cannot be truly measured in dollars and cents but will be counted in the lives that you have touched.” Bob Smith
Day 351: Give 351
How many books do you have sitting collecting dust on your bookshelves?
How many could be donated for good?
Fall clean up has begun at our house and yesterday (Day 350) I found great ways to reuse for good by donating our cloths and household items. Today I had one more donation to make that is so important. Books.
We all like to save them for a rainy day with the thought we may pick them up and read them yet again. In my case it is children’s books that are overflowing at our house. Does my son really need a small library of books that are sitting downstairs when instead they could be put to good use by children that don’t have the luxury of books at home or in their school libraries?
It was time to take the books off the shelves and put the into the hands of children that truly need them. The Reading Tree was my charity of choice to get these books into the right little hands.
- Did you know that readiness levels for kids entering school can be directly tied to income levels?
- Did you know that 61% of low income families have no children’s books in the home?
- The books are out there. Thousands upon thousands end up in landfills each year.
The Reading Tree has drop boxes and will also come to your home for a pick up. They have locations across Canada and the US so we can all do our part to keep our books out of landfills and into the hands of people that will truly enjoy them. It will take just a few minutes of your time to do a lifetime of good.
Time Commitment: 15 minutes search drop location and drive to drop
As the fall season arrives it’s time to clean out the closet. The shorts and t-shirts get put away as the warmer cloths come out.
What do you do with those items that you no longer have use for?
Day 350: Give 350
My husband and I have been spending the last couple of weekends cleaning out our closest preparing for the cooler days and evenings. When all was said and done we had 2 garbage bags filled with cloths we no longer had use for. After recently volunteering at Mission Possible here in Vancouver I knew exactly where the cloths would be put to best use. To people that don’t have the luxury of extra money to purchase the cloths that they need. We had one additional bag that had household items that we dropped in a local Clothsline drop box. (in support of the Canadian Diabetes Association)
It’s easy to search in any city you live in. Why not give to those in need as well as help save the planet by keeping cloths out of the landfills. Reuse for good instead.
Here are the 365give top 8 ways to donate your cloths / household items here in Canada.
1) Mission Possible (Vancouver specific)
3) Local Fire Stations (clothing drop box)
4) Covenant House (street youth)
6) Professional Organizers (links to a list of many charity donation spots across Canada)
7) Clothsline (supporting Canadian Diabetes Foundation)
8) Big Brothers (pick up or bin drop)
Taking the time to donate what you no longer need does so much to give. It gives to the planet and it gives to organizations that are changing the world every day.
Do you have a favourite organization you donate your items to we could add to our list? Leave a comment and share some more ideas.
Time Commitment: 15 minutes to drive to donate
I have discovered a way to 1 a daily give and double it’s giving impact.
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Day 341: Give 342
My give of the day today was a simple one. My son and I were out walking when we came across some garbage at our local school grounds – 3 pop cans specifically. My son at the age of 4 already knows that we can recycle cans rather than throwing them in the regular garbage. Not only can we recycle them but we have a special bin at home for items that can be returned to our local bottle depot for cash.
At the very beginning of 365give we started saving all the money we received from the bottle depot for recycling bottles, juice boxes and cans. Today date we have well over $50.00 we plan to donate at the end of the 365give daily giving journey.
I also discovered a way to double my daily giving impact. I joined AOK.
“AOK is a “social game for good,” recognizing and inspiring a new kind of kind, where players share, and become aware of, Acts and Observations of Kindness (or, “AOKs”).
I download the AOK App onto my iphone, made a quick comment on my daily give and AOK instantly calculated into Cause Currency. Today I earned 80 points. 1 cent for every point. This month over 10,000 points have been accumulated by all the members of AOK. A donation is made to the chosen charity focus of the month.
September will benefit students in Allen Saute’s middle school classes in Newbury Park, California!
“Through Adopt-a-Classroom, AOK will sponsor these eco-minded youngsters as they grow native plants in their school nursery, contribute to the National Phenology Network’s database on climate change, and design their own games for good., educating others about environmental issues affecting their community, and the world!”
Sign up for AOK and double your impact every time you give. Every act of kindness has an impact and every dollar donated has an impact.
Time Commitment: 5 minutes for both Gives