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I recently came across this documentary called “A Small Act“. It amazed me to the point I wanted to share it. It’s the story of one women that sponsored a child in Kenya who came back years later to thank her for her support. He is now creating huge change in the world especially in Africa. 365give’s mission is all about doing small acts of giving that cause a ripple effect just like this one. By helping just one person, in this case one child, it has caused a ripple effect on the other side of the world that continues even today.
Day 228: Give 228
Giving has been called many things to catch peoples attention - Random Acts of Kindness, A Small Act of Kindness, A Good Samaritan. At the end of the day it is one person taking the time to give to another person, an animal or the planet to show that you care. We all have the ability to give in our lives no matter what your race, religion, financial status or age (my son is 3 and gives all the time).
If you knew what the outcome of every “give” you completed was going to be would you give more?
What if every “give” you do does have an effect and you just can’t see it?
What if every random act of kindness, every good samaritan act or small act was counted for the effect it created?
How many would it add up to in a day, a week, a year. What if you just did one and it created a change that went on for generations like it has for Hilde Back that sponsored one child so many years ago.
Here are the 365give “Top 10 Small Acts” that will change the world whether we know it or not.
2) Adopt a pet through your local shelter (SPCA)
3) Donate your baby’s unneeded items directly to a mother with nothing (Spectrum)
4) Plant a tree (Love Trees)
5) Pick up garbage at your local park
6) Baby sit for a single parent
7) Read, talk to or take an elder person to lunch
9) Buy a person living on the street lunch and talk to them
10) Help your child start a giving project at school to educate the next generation to give (start a 365give project in class for the school year)
It takes just one give to create change. What will you do today to give? Share you stories with us we love to hear what you are doing to give back to the world.
Time Commitment: 5 minutes to hours
Cost: 0 – $35.00 a month
Last night I attended a fundraiser for the Akin Afrika Foundation. This foundation has been started by a remarkable women by the name of Chelsea Peters. Chelsea and her partner Morris have started on a journey that will allow their foundation to take children off the streets of Lira, Uganda and give them a roof over their heads, food, water, cloths and most importantly hope for their future. I did a post on her mission (Day 209) just a few weeks ago and I wanted to continue to support her in any way I could . Here is my interview with Chelsea Peters. She is changing the world one day and truly one child at a time. Here is her story.
Day 226: Give 226
Last night Chelsea raised $4137.00 for her foundation. Friends and family came to support her inspirational work. To date, in just a few weeks, Chelsea has raised enough money to get the shelter up and running. But this is just the beginning. Operating costs will top $20,000 a year to take care of these children and she will need our help to feed, cloth and educate the children.
How can you help Chelsea and the Atkin Afrika Foundation? Donate. Its that easy. Whether it’s $10 or $100 every penny towards reaching her goal will make her dream come true. We all have a dream – let’s help Chelsea realize hers. She is doing something many of us would never even consider because it seems impossible. She is making the impossible happen right now and she needs us today!
Time Commitment: 2 hours
Cost: $25.00 to attend the event
What is Ethical Giving?
I did a search on it and came up with a few things:
Engineers without Borders describes it as the following: ”Gifts that are locally made, fairly traded, vintage or used, digital, long term, made from good materials, and are from responsible companies.”
Plan Canada’s definition is “giving a gift that truly matters, a gift that brings with it hope and change.”
I agree with both definitions and today I am giving an Ethical Gift to a 3 year old for his birthday.
Day 214: Day 214
How much is to much stuff for our kids.
How many toys do they really need to keep them “happy” or maybe as a parent I would say “occupied.” In a story I did this past week a little boy in Lira, Uganda had one toy car he cherished. (story on Day 209) It was his only possession in the world and it was his source of entertainment all day, every day. No TV, no IPAD, no Wii. Do we keep giving our kids more stuff for them or for us?
Donations instead of more toys!
Today I am attending a birthday party of a 3 year old and their parents have asked for one thing as a gift. A donation to the BC Children’s Hospital. Their children need for nothing but there are children at the children’s hospital that need on going support and care. The smartest part of the invitation was the donation card and envelope that had been inserted so it was easy for each child attending to make a donation. We are so excited to be attending this birthday party because of the simple things. There will be other children to play with and a cake. What else do they really need?
Time Commitment: 2 minutes to fill in the card
Cost: $50 donation which I would have spent on a gift.