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Day 208: Give to the Planet & Give to Charity

My son Nicolas Hamming it Up!

Happy Earth Day month! My son and I are on a role and Earth Day inspires so much giving and it’s easy to participate. What did you doing this weekend to celebrate and support Earth Day?

My son and I found the perfect way to help the planet and donate to a great cause all at our local park. It didn’t cost us a dime!

Day 206: Give 206

Earth Day is a great day of celebration and awareness. I did a number of different gives the last few days on the site about Earth Day. If I can teach my son at the age of 3 to understand how to be “green” in many different ways we too, can all learn something new from Earth Day. Being “green” isn’t something any of us can do for just a day. It’s a way of life. It’s easy to incorporate eco-friendly ideas everyday just like giving everyday. I could do a whole blog just on giving back to the planet every day for 365 days. I found an earth friendly give today that my son understood instantly. Not only is he an avid garbage picker but he knows how to recycle. We were given the opportunity to recycle (note the green bin) and at the same time donate to a great cause.

I have only seen this type of recycling bin in one place and it happens to be a ocean front park we go to on a regular basis. It is where the sea wall walk starts in West Vancouver in a little neighbourhood called Dundarave. It is a recycling bin that accepts items that will get a cash refund when you recycle them. For example, wine bottles, juice boxes and pop cans. Any bottle or box that you could return for a refund is requested. All we had to do is put one recyclable item in the box (a juice box)  and this item will be cashed in by the Developmental Disabilities Association for a cash donation. Here is how our donation will help today:

“The Developmental Disabilities Association (DDA) provides over 50 community-based programs and services for children, youths, and adults. The Developmental Disabilities Association not only strives to enable people with developmental disabilities to reach their full potential.”

If you have seen any of these recycling bins around the city please let us know where so we can share the news. If you have a special event coming up and you would like a bin you can also request them directly from The Developmental Disabilities site. Recycle and donate! I love this give!

Time Commitment: 0 (saved me time doing it myself!)

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)