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“Reading is a joy and a gift that you are offering our children.
Your gift cannot be truly measured in dollars and cents but will be counted in the lives that you have touched.” Bob Smith
Day 351: Give 351
How many books do you have sitting collecting dust on your bookshelves?
How many could be donated for good?
Fall clean up has begun at our house and yesterday (Day 350) I found great ways to reuse for good by donating our cloths and household items. Today I had one more donation to make that is so important. Books.
We all like to save them for a rainy day with the thought we may pick them up and read them yet again. In my case it is children’s books that are overflowing at our house. Does my son really need a small library of books that are sitting downstairs when instead they could be put to good use by children that don’t have the luxury of books at home or in their school libraries?
It was time to take the books off the shelves and put the into the hands of children that truly need them. The Reading Tree was my charity of choice to get these books into the right little hands.
- Did you know that readiness levels for kids entering school can be directly tied to income levels?
- Did you know that 61% of low income families have no children’s books in the home?
- The books are out there. Thousands upon thousands end up in landfills each year.
The Reading Tree has drop boxes and will also come to your home for a pick up. They have locations across Canada and the US so we can all do our part to keep our books out of landfills and into the hands of people that will truly enjoy them. It will take just a few minutes of your time to do a lifetime of good.
Time Commitment: 15 minutes search drop location and drive to drop
I have discovered a way to 1 a daily give and double it’s giving impact.
Want to play along?
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
What do you do with the batteries in your house once they are dead?
Do you throw them in the garbage or do you make sure they are recycled?
Day 341: Give 341
More than two billion household batteries are disposed of each year into a landfill. What’s wrong with that? Does a dead battery really effect the planet that much?
I wanted to know what happens to the planet when you throw your batteries in the regular garbage. I went to Green Answers to find the answer. (with every questioned asked a tree is planet). Here was the best answer:
“Sending batteries to the landfill fills them up and potentially leaks toxic metals into the ground and water table. Batteries comprise 20% of the hazardous materials in landfills, and they leak toxic metals when their casings are destroyed which is what happens in landfills. This is why it is suggested to use rechargeable batteries because they can be reused 1000 times.”
The 3 main toxins that leak from batteries include:
These are not chemicals I personally want to add to our planet. This week I found a great way to recycle my batteries by going to my local Community Centre. A box was set up to make recycling batteries easy and convenient.
Call2Recycle is a not for profit program that has been set up in North America to help reduce the toxic waste entering our landfills. You can drop batteries or cell phones into the drop box and just walk away knowing you have done the right thing for our planet. This year alone they have recycled 582, 080 kilos of batteries diverting them from landfills. That is a lot of toxic waste.
I was very proud of my Community Centre for participating in this program. Maybe your company, local gym or Community Centre would like to join the Call2Recycle program? Helping to save the planet can be as easy as keeping the toxins out of our landfill and into the hands of organizations that are making a difference.
Time Commitment: 2 minutes
I keep any dead batteries in a jar for an easy drop off ( I have changed most our batteries to rechargeable)