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I am a brand new Mom of a baby boy. I also have a 4 year old, 2 dogs and a husband. When I started 365give I thought giving and blogging everyday would be easy. Even if the opportunity to adopt of second child over the course my 365 day giving challenge presented itself I would have still have time to blog, tweet, FB but most importantly GIVE. It has become very apparent that it`s not possible to blog every day but giving is my passion and I believe if you are truly committed you can find a way every day.
With just 5 days left of 365 days of giving, and over 365 ways I have given back to the world Philanthroper has become one of my favourite ways to give. It is fast, easy and effective and my donation is part of a group contribution that is creating great change all over the world.
Day 360: Give 360
Winter is almost here. The days are getting shorter and colder. What if you didn`t have a pair of dry clean socks to wear on your feet to get your through the cold days? We all know if your feet are cold your hole body is cold.
Today`s Philanthroper deal was to make a $1.00 donation (or more if you choose) to Hannah`s Socks. This organization was inspired by a child that was willing to give up her own socks for someone that basically didn`t have a pair. That inspiration has now turned into a donation of over 355.000 pairs of socks to those in need. Sometimes we think that giving has to be complicated or you have to have a lot of money. Hannah`s Socks started by one little girl offering to give up her own socks to a man that needed them more than she did. They didn`t do it alone but with helping hands and donations from so many they are able to support people with the simple `give` of a pair of socks. Nothing complicated about a pair of socks.
Philanthroper gave me the opportunity to give today. For just a $1.00 I was part of a contribution that was $427 (an still growing) because we all donated what we could.
Everyday Philanthroper offers you a new way to give for just a $1.00 donation. Sign up, get the daily giving deal sent to your mailbox and every day you have the opportunity to give. Fast, easy and effective. No excuses not to give.
Time Commitment: 10 seconds
Do you have a passion for a specific cause?
Maybe it’s hunger, homlessness, child abuse, animal rescue, disaster relief or our planet. If you want to really turn your passion into a lifetime commitment- volunteer.
Day 339: Give 339
I recently volunteered at Mission Possible which I posted about on Day 308: Passion to Purpose. I have been a long time advocate and supporter of the homeless for many years. I volunteered for over a decade in Toronto before moving to Vancouver. Since becoming a Mother (just 4 years now) I have found it challenging to find the time to volunteer. Buy spending just one morning at Mission Possible it made my passion for helping the homeless and marginalized turn back to a commitment to make a difference.
With the fall weather on us it is time to clean out the closets and prepare for the cool days. My husband and I normally drop our cloths down at the local Thrift Store as a donation but this time I wanted our gently used clothing to go directly to the people that need it most. No purchasing required. At Mission Possible every Tuesday morning volunteers assist people to choose cloths from their “boutique” that they may not otherwise be able to afford. They can use reuse anything from cloths, shoes, accessories, bags, boots, and blankets.
My volunteer time with them may have been short and sweet but I was reminded I must do what I can to help. My cloths get given directly to people that need them and they are reused (good for the planet) by someone that will appreciate them.
If you have a passion for a cause go spend some time with what ever organization will make you a life long supporter. It’s easy to write a cheque ( a little old school mind you) or make an online donation but to go and see how hard all the charity organizations work to help so many makes your4 time and money seem so much more real.
Who have you volunteered for lately? Did it change your commitment to a cause?
Time Commitment: 1/2 to drive and drop the cloths
The countdown is on! Exactly 30 days to completing 365 days of giving. I’m excited to be almost finished this journey. With just 30 days left I have some “gives” I really want to complete to help bring awareness to organizations that truly deserve it. Today is one of those days. 50cents.Period.
Day 335: Give 335
I could put a warning on this post saying it’s for women only but everyone needs to understand the challenges women go through all over the world each month when they get their menstruation. Yes, their period. Shhhh – don’t say it to loud someone may hear you!
All over the world the word “period” has been made into a bad word. As young girls we are taught to suck it up, take some Midol and just pretend it’s not happening. It’s not discussed in mixed company. It’s meant for a girl chat only. In many places around the world companies have given us every luxury to help keep the “situation” under control each month.
What if you lived in a rural place in the world where buying tampons or pads (other words we don’t say out loud!) was not as easy as popping down to a 7eleven when you weren’t prepared. What if getting the basic protection needed was not available or even worse – not affordable.
How would you function each and every month?
- Would you miss work?
- Would you miss a date?
- Would you miss school?
Girls around the world miss school for this exact reason. One week every month because they don’t have the protection they need to sit on a classroom. If there is one thing I have learned over the last 335 days it is this. Educate all the women of the world and there will be a dramatic positive change.
Should getting your period hold women back from the education that could help “be the change we want to see in the world?”
50cents.Period. founded by the Women in Red are a group of dedicated women that believe “girls must not have their educations and life opportunities curtailed because of their inability to have access to these fundamental supplies.”
How can you help? 50cents goes a long way in India. “50 cents buys a month of sanitary supplies and an uninterrupted education.”
- $5 sponsors 10 girls for one month
- $10 sponsors 20 girls for one month
- $25 provides supplies for 50 girls for one month
- $50 sponsors a rural High School, averaging 100 girl students for one month
- $600 provides sanitary supplies for one school for an entire year
- $1,000 will build a basic toilet
Could you imagine your child not having a toilet at their school? I don’t have an extra $1000 I can donate today to build a toilet but I can do something. I made a donation today that will make an impact. Do you have $5.00 or $10.00 you can donate? From the facts above you know what an impact it will make to another women in the world.
Time Commitment: 1 minute to online donate