Have you ever seen something and later thought could I have done something to help? Something to give?
Today I did and I decided to help ease the pain for my neighbours.
Day 268: Give 268
My son loves to watch the garbage trucks come by our house. We get 3 trucks every garbage day. One for regular garbage, one for recycling and one for garden waste. We have a back lane at our house and the garbage truck comes in backwards and goes down the lane in reverse. The lanes are not wide but every week they seem to back up with easy in their big oversized vehicles. Today the driver was a bit off and added an extra load to my garden waste.
I’m not sure how the driver did it but he backed up into my neighbours beautiful, old Japanese maple. One hit and a tug to remove it from his side mirror and the tree went down. It was like a loose tooth that with even a little extra wind it would hit the ground. I felt terrible for my neighbours as I knew they have lived there for over 30 years and I have this feeling that Japanese maple had been there as long. My first thought was to tie it up before I told them about the accident but realized if I touched it would come completely uprooted.
Instead I decided to perform a random act of kindness. I went inside and got a pretty card in which I wrote:
“I hope this eases the pain tonight. I am sorry to inform you the garbage truck hit your maple at the end of your property and it did not make it.”
I took the note along with a bottle of wine and left it on their door step for their arrival home from work. I thought that I would take a bad situation and at least put a smile on their face. One small act eases the pain.
What did you do as a Random Act of Kindness this week or one small act to make another persons day? Maybe you to decided not to turn your back and walk away from a situation but instead you gave? Leave us a comment and share your story.
Time Commitment: 5 minutes
Cost: A bottle of wine
When I started 365give a friend suggested a book I should read. It was called Me to We: Finding Meaning in a Material World. I went right to their website and I was truly inspired by Me to We. The organization was started by two young students many years ago, Craig and Marc Klielburger. Their lives changed after volunteering in Ecuador to help to build a school. They decided they had to do something to change the world. Me to We was inspired by an one act they witnessed while volunteering. The school was far behind being completed and they had just days before leaving the village. The chief of the village called a “minga.” A call to action that brought people from villages miles away to help finish the school together. It was no longer about one person, “me” but about “we” and thus Me to We was formed and is changing the world every day. One of the ways they are doing this is through the other organization they have built called Free the Children. That is how I am giving back today, I want to help Free the Children of the world.
Day 267: Give 267
“Free The Children believes in a world where all young people are free to achieve their fullest potential as agents of change. We are a charity and educational partner that empowers youth to remove barriers that prevent them from being active local and global citizens. Our domestic programs educate, engage and empower hundreds of thousands of youth in North America and the UK. Our international projects, led by our holistic and sustainable Adopt a Village model, has brought over 650 schools and school rooms to youth and provided clean water, health care and sanitation to one million people around the world, freeing children and their families from the cycle of poverty.”
Inspiration, motivation – change. Need I say more. How can we not take just a moment in our day to give.
One click, one like and we can help Free the Children reach a $1,000,000 fundraising goal and you don’t have to give a dime. With help from many great sponsors, just one click on the Free the Children facebook page allows you to give a donation of $1.00 at no cost to you. My click helped to bring that total to $626,090. That means over 600,000 have liked their page. Pretty amazing but how many people use Facebook – 500 million? Their sponsors have pledged to give up to $1,000,000. We need to start clicking today. Together on Facebook we can help them reach their goal.
I need you to spread the world. Post this on your Facebook page and ask your friends to help. Together we can Free the Children and help Marc and Craig continue their great work around the world.
Time Commitment: 30 Seconds
Cost: 0 but donated $1.00
Did you catch those numbers in the video? 1 in 110 children have autism. When did those numbers get so high? What is causing these numbers to increase every year? No one has the answers but there is a way you can support families that so desperately need our help with just one click.
Day 266: Give 266
Since starting 365give many people have inspired me to keep on giving. Sharing people’s person stories and missions brings me so much happiness. I never new daily giving was going to be so rewarding. One of the people I have met is a women by the name of Tanaya. Her son Bryce has autism. Her sight Bubbles Make Him Smile shares great information about everything autism. She did a guest post for me on Day 217 sharing her story of autism. Today my give is in honour of Bubbles Make Him Smile and to all the mothers and fathers that feel isolated without the support or funding they need with just one click.
“The Autism Site is part of the GreaterGood Network, a family of click-to-give sites. When you click on the “Click Here to Give – it’s FREE!” button, you are shown advertisements from our sponsors. Sponsors pay an advertising fee, and 100% of that fee goes to our charity partners to provide therapy for children with autism.”
You can click once per day, every single day, 365 days of the year. Take 1 minute out of your day to click today and every day. Doesn’t get easier than this to make a commitment to giving every day.
Time Commitment: 30 seconds