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
What is the one component that can help 3rd world nations climb out of the vicious circle of poverty? Education. Educate the children (especially the girls) and you will change a generation. I truly beleive this. This give is not only from me but my friends I mobilized in Vancouver to help start a library in Africa.
Day 295: Give 295
A number of weeks ago I received a requested from an organization called African Library Project. Their mission is simple. Get books to a country that needs them desperately to help educate the children. Africa is a country that needs so much but education is a long term solution that can help change an entire country. Here are a few facts taken directly from the African Library Project that will remind us how we can give to people in our world that so desperately need our help.
- Most African children grow up without books, while U.S. & Canadian bookshelves and landfills overflow with books no longer read.
- Africa has the highest percentage of illiteracy in the world.
- Books are the key to increasing literacy, and literacy is the #1 tool out of poverty.
- Many African teachers teach reading, writing, math and English without even a single book to use as a resource.
- Many adult Africans lose their ability to read due to a lack of reading materials.
- The UN has decreed 2003-2012 the United Nations Literacy Decade to underscore the importance of literacy and basic education as major tools in building a cohesive and peaceful society for the 21st century.