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Day 184: The Sun is Out in Vancouver!

I just realized today I have just surpassed my 1/2 way mark of 365 days of giving. For those of you that can’t believe I give every day and wonder where I find the time it’s been easy. I have incorporated giving into my daily lifestyle. I actually couldn’t imagine not giving every day now. Has it changed my life? Yes, absolutely. I am happier person and feel like I am starting to accomplish what I am meant to do? I feel like I am really doing something to change the world. It may be just a drop but every drop together can fill a bucket, and a bucket full of change is a good thing for our world. But today is not about what 365give has achieved, it’s about giving so here is the give of the day.

West Vancouver Beach

Day 184: Give 184

It’s true – it was a sunny day in Vancouver. Miracles do happen. We planned to enjoy every minute and get down to the beach to play in the sand. What better way to give to your community than to clean at the same time.

I love spring as I know that summer is just around the corner. As soon as the rain stops my son is hot to go hit the beach to fly his kite and ride his bike. I’m with him. Run the child hard! We headed down to our local beach park to do whatever whim hit us. Throw rocks, bike, fly kites, log walk or just dig in the sand. While we were down there both my son and I noticed that the litter had been going unnoticed after a long winter. My son was the first to pick up a deserted coffee cup and the game began. I happen to have a bag in my pocket (the never leave home without a dog poop bag theory) and we started a game of who could pick up the most garbage. I got a double win out this lesson. We talked about the fish in the ocean and how the garbage effects them and as well we practised our counting. Who could get to 10 pieces of garbage first? I am happy to say neither of us got that far as there was not that much garbage around today.

It felt so good to not only be outside but cleaning up a part of our world that is naturally so beautiful. Knowing my son and I both were a small part of helping keep our oceans, our planet and our community clean just felt good. We live in one of the most beautiful places in the world and I couldn’t imagine letting it get filled with garbage for the children to play in.

If you are a parent or caregiver sitting in your local park watching your kids play why not instead of sitting on the park bench just take a few minutes and clean up. Not only will you feel good but everyone else at the park including the children, will take notice and just maybe they will do the same or at least be more conscious of the garbage they leave behind.

Time Commitment: 10 minutes

Cost: 0

What people are saying about 365give

“I wanted to express my gratitude for the teaching you provided today. Your message was delivered eloquently, compassionately, and without judgment. The kids were engaged, and now have knowledge with which they can change the world. We all appreciated how you took the time to help us learn to build positive mindsets and practice happiness.”
Shelley Gardner, Grade 6 Ridgeview Elementary (West Vancouver)
“Actions really do speak louder than words, which is why I believe the 365give Challenge has resonated throughout my community. Every give we do is so important to us and leaves us happier and appreciating our lives a little bit more than before.”
Mahina Niyozova (Tajikistan)
“After watching the 365give TEDx Talk, I was inspired to join and begin a daily giving program in India. Today, along with 12 other volunteer women, we provide 100 meals to local underprivileged children in Bangalore for school every day.”
Deepika Ahuja, Mom (Bangalore, India)
“My life has greater meaning now.”
Renate Jorge, @BeKindBrazil and 365give Member, Family Program (Brazil)
“I just wanted to share that 365give really helped me. I am a better person now, thank you.”
MayLee, 365give Member, Individual Program
“This 365give Challenge has really injected excitement and extra enthusiasm in each work day as I think about what we can do. It has motivated me and the students.”
Cristina Peters, School Counselor (New York City, USA)
“I have seen a huge shift in energy throughout my classroom since doing the 365give Challenge. The Challenge has empowered my students to make a positive difference in the school’s community and beyond.”
Cella Adriana, Special Needs Educator /The Holliswood School (New York City, USA)
“The 365give Challenge helps students understand their impact on others. It opens avenues for introducing and discussing global and local issues in classrooms. It is powerful to watch students of all ages think about how they can make a change in another person’s life with one small act.”
Jessica Hall, Primary Teacher, French Immersion at École Pauline Johnson (West Vancouver, Canada)