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This week I am on holidays in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, a needed holiday for me and my family. It doesn’t mean I take a day off or week off from giving. When you are away it may seem like the perfect time to put everything behind you and enjoy the luxuries of sun and sand but for me it has made we want to give more.
Day 251: Give 251
Let me tell you quickly about my holiday in Mexico. We are staying at one of those all inclusive resorts that do everything for you. It has been many years since I have stayed at one and we chose it as it is great place to stay with a 3 year old. But (there is always a but) the abundance is truly unbelievable. The extraordinary amount of food and beverages, is pretty unbelievable. It takes great will power not overload on everything. I know it’s holiday but you understand why there is so much imbalance in our world. It has been a challenge finding ways to give when the staff does everything and the local people are so lovely. I have found smalls acts that I can do every day and include my son that keep the giving ripple going even while on vacation.
Top 10 Ways to Give When on Holidays (even at an all inclusive resort!)
- Smile at everyone you pass especially the staff
- Hold open doors for other guests
- Clean up after yourself rather than leaving mess for others to clean up
- Ask for no straws and reusable glasses only (no throw away plastic)
- Tip the staff well (they usually don’t make much money and work long hours)
- Use the language of the country you are in as much as possible out respect to the staff and service providers
- Pick up garbage: On the beach, by the pool, in the local cities
- Walk instead of taxi’s everywhere – good for you and less C02′s
- Buy Local: Seek out local merchants to support rather than going with the big chain stores
- Find one person that needs a few dollars or meal and give it to them.
Even small acts of kindness can make a huge difference no matter where you travel to. Just being kind, respectful and courteous to locals can change the world. It brings us all a little closer and supports economies that may not be as privileged as so many of us are that have the luxury of a vacation.
What do you do to GIVE when you are on holidays? Leave 365give a comment telling us how you gave back while travelling.
Time Commitment: few minutes every day
Cost: a few pesos
Photo credit CityPictures.org
Today I am starting a special series on some very special kids that deserve to be recognized. You have to watch this video. It amazes me every day how children are changing the world. They are finding it in their hearts (along with the support of their parents) to do something that really matters in the world. They are setting a standard for kids and adults around the world to step up and do something to make the world a better place.
Day 247 / Give 247
Shortly after I started 365give I stumbled upon a site called Kids are Heroes. It is about a little girl called MaryMargaret that wanted to something for the world. It started with helping animals but it just didn’t seem enough to MaryMargaret. She wanted to do more. With the help of her family they have turned into a worldwide movement that is turning heads.
This is what Kids are Heroes is all about:
“Kids Are Heroes® is a non-profit that empowers, encourages and inspires children to become leaders through volunteerism and community involvement. We do this by showcasing and supporting children who are making a difference through their selfless acts of giving.
We teach children to follow their passions at an early age. This will instinctively stay with them throughout their entire lives.”
I already know this with my 3 year old. He is embracing giving and naturally does it already. Whether is sharing toys and snacks, picking up garbage or planting an edible garden, he actully grasps the concept of giving already.
Recently Kids Are Heroes started a You Tube Challenge to encourage kids all over the world to submit their remarkable philanthropic endeavours. Each video is worth watching and with every watch a vote is submitted that makes them all winners.
The first video is by a young man by the name of Wes Prankard from Ontario, Canada. He has a site called Northern Star Fish and building play grounds for aboriginal children. He believes that all kids have the right to play. Give Wes the respect and time her deserves by watching his video today.
365give is so impressed with Kids Are Hero’s I made a donation to get our logo up in their Foundation Giving Wall. I want everyone to see how much I respect and admire their work. Every day along with posting a video of each amazing philanthropic child I will be making a donation for this remarkable cause.
Will you donate to get a tile on their wall?
Is your child doing something to make an impact already in the world? Submit his / her video to Kids are Heros and share their story in hopes to inspire others around the world to give more.
If you can’t make a video leave a comment here at 365give and share your child’s and how they are giving back to the world.
Time Commitment: 3 minutes to donate
“Me to We is a philosophy, a manual, a manifesto and a movement. It’s about finding meaning in our lives and our world by reaching out to others–thinking we instead of me.”
This is the Me to We philosophy taken directly from their site. Their philosophy “finding meaning in our lives and or world by reaching out to others” is just one of the many reasons I started 365give. Me to We has been recognizing this attribute in people for years. Today they gave me the opportunity to give back to 6 people that all deserve a helping hand to the causes they support.
Day 243: Give 243
If you aren’t familiar with Me to We take a few minutes to look at their site. Marc and Craig Kielburger are changing the world. It all started when Craig was just 12 years old. Now each year the Me to We organization partners with Canadian Living Magazine to hold the annual Me to We Awards, recognizing people all over the country that are true heroes by embracing the Me to We philosophy.
They have 6 categories with a winner in each category. Just click the Take Auction button to vote
- Youth In Action (12 & under)
- Youth In Action (12 – 17)
- Social Action
- In the Community
- Free The Children Youth
All you do is vote for one nominee in each of the 6 categories. I won’t tell you my choices as each candidate is worthy of reading and a vote. Me to We is recognizing the Every Day Heroes in our country. These are the people that are driven by commitment and passion for their cause. They are each winners. One person in each category will be awarded $5000.00 that will be donated to their favourite charity. A winning give all the way around.
Take the time and vote today. Take a few minutes to honour the nominees just by reading their stories. Just maybe one story will inspire you to be an “Every Day Hero” too.
Do you know an Every Day Hero? Tell 365give about your favourite hero by leaving a comment or short story. Every day Heroes deserves to be recognized. Shine a light on your hero today!
Time Commitment: 10 minutes