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Day 183: Rain Rain Go Away Come Again Another Day!

Nic and the Cats

The rain has been coming down in Vancouver. The flowers are blooming and the garden is calling my name but we can’t even get out to play at the moment as the rain just doesn’t hold up. I know you may think it rains in Vancouver all the time but it actually doesn’t (shhh don’t tell anyone!) Getting out to do some of our community “gives” has been a challenge. Not only that but there is nothing worse than trying to keep your 3 year old entertained when the rain stops us from getting out and burning off some steam.

Today I needed to be creative to complete my give of the day and give my son a little entertainment value to go along with it.

Day 183: Give 183

Last summer we finally had a chance to throw a big garage sale and get rid of all the “stuff” we had accumulated after many moves. We no longer wanted unwanted stuff hanging around our house. My basement most days is filled with boxes of baby gear that is delivered to my home from friends so I am able to help mothers in need when a call for help comes my way. The last thing I need is additional personal stuff hanging around that is no longer in use. I make regular trips to the Salvation Army Store and give anything away that is no longer in use. This week I unloaded a number of items to my Mother who is volunteering at the local Flea Market that raises funds for the Seniors Centre. I am happy that the sale of my “no longer needed” items will support the local community centre. But I have had two items that I keep tripping over in the basement that today needed to go. SPCA here we come.

I have posted a number of times on trips with my son to the SPCA. We have made many different types of donations from blankets, to towels, dog treats and even a cash donation as a birthday gift. Today we have two dog collars and a leash that we no longer need for our dog and it was time to pass them on. The SPCA is our local animal rescue centre and they do great work. They rescue and place for adoption, hundreds of animals every year. It is the perfect spot to find a pet for your family. My son loves to go and donate as he knows we can have some time with the cats while we are there.

The perfect rainy day activity. Giving to the SPCA and giving my son the joy of hanging with the cats that could use a little extra love. What can you do with your kids today to give? Please send us your story and ideas of how else I can teach my son to give and have some fun along the way.

Time Commitment: 1/2 hour

Cost: 0

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