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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
One of the daily gives I almost always do whether I post about it or not is picking up garbage. I have two dogs and a 3 year old and we are outside walking rain or shine. I find this one of the easiest ways to teach my son about giving back to the planet. Today I decided to take a new twist on our garbage picking so he would really understand the correlation between garbage and the precious life on our planet.
Day 246: Give 246
We are in full bloom here in Vancouver. It is one of my favourite times of year. The flowers are truly spectacular lighting up the streets in a rainbow of colours. Since my son was a baby we always took the time to stop and smell the flowers no matter where we went. Life moves so fast some days I wanted to make sure I taught him to stop, take a moment to appreciate where we live and what the planet offers us.
Now Nic is a little older at the ripe old age of 3.5, I can introduce new concepts to him and he always seems to understand. Their brains are little sponges at this age and will absorb anything you choose to teach them. Today every time we stopped to smell the flowers we also stopped and picked up garbage.
We smelled lilacs and picked up some cans we could recycle.
We smelled buttercups and stopped and picked up an old newspaper we could also bring home and recycle.
We smelled rhododendrons and we picked up plastic garbage instead of leaving it for the planet to absorb.
We talked about how important cleaning up our neighbourhood is for our community, for the flowers, for the planet and our the ocean.
Have you taught your child to give? Leave a comment to 365give on your philanthropic lessons you teach your kids. We will use them for our daily gives!
Time Commitment: 30 minutes
Cost: 0 (will make some money returning the aluminium cans to the recycling depot for our donation jar)
Day 150: Give 150
Every morning I walk my dog early before the day gets to busy. It was cold this morning. Very unusually cold for Vancouver. I felt like I was in Ontario – cold, windy and snowy. What’s with that! Where was my rain and balmy spring weather. I moved from cold temperatures a number of years ago so I wouldn’t have to walk my dog and freeze. I bundled up and off we went. It happened to be garbage day to and everyone in my neighbourhood knows not to put their garbage out to early for a number of reasons. Bears would be the main one as this time of year as they start to come out of hibernation and are hungry. They come down off the mountain and into our garbages. Not unusual to see a bear walking around our hood even though it is very well populated. The other one are crows. They can spot a good garbage pick a mile away and will scatter your garbage for an entire block picking away until they get a good piece of grub. Seems today the ravens were out in full force and everywhere we went my neighbours garbage was scattered on the sidewalk and road.
I have a black Labrador retriever. If you know anything about these dogs they can smell food about 4 miles away. When I came across my first pile of scattered garbage today my first thought was to run in the opposite direction. I knew my dog Brooklyn would be happy to not only pick up the garbage but dig through it herself and get any bits she possibly could. She has dragged me off my feet more than once for a nibble she could smell on the ground. It would have been much easier for me to turn the other cheek, run past the garbage and get back to my warm house. But I couldn’t do it. It was scattered on the road (cars were already driving over it) and pieces of paper and plastic were flying around the street, I am sure they were trying to find their way to the ocean in the cold wind and clog up our water just a little more with pollution. (the ocean is just a short walk down the road)
I wrapped the leash tight around my hand, took a deep breath and crossed the road to start my garbage picking. If anyone saw me they either thought I was nuts, lived at the house or was truly a saint for picking up the mess with my lab pulling me in every direction. But my garbage picking didn’t stop there.
I headed home got my son ready for his music class and we walked through our neighbourhood. It seemed our garbage men had missed the truck a number of times today. My son kept alerting me to stopped and pick up the garbage everywhere it had missed the truck. That’s what I get for teaching my son how to keep the planet clean at the age of 3! We picked up left over garbage at at least 4 houses on route and you know what – it felt GOOD!
Our world is such a beautiful place and it is one of my pet peeves that it has gotten so messy with miss laid garbage. It may have been cold today and I could have kept walking to get to our destinations a little faster but instead I “gave” to my neighbours so they didn’t have to pick up the mess and to our planet so it doesn’t have to absorb the toxic waste we keep leaving behind.
Today think about stopping just once. How long does it really take to pick up just a few pieces of garbage or help your neighbour. This is the one GIVE we can all find time for in our day.
Time Commitment: 5 minutes in total