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Day 211: My Date with Craig (list)

Today was one of those days that was hard to give. My head was stuffed, my throat was sore and I was on the verge of coming down with the flu. Oh! the good old days when you could hop into bed and just not do anything all day. A sick day. How precious those are. Once you decide to have children and be a stay at home working Mom there is not such thing as a sick day. It’s called a working sick day. Come on all you Mom’s out there – send me a note and sympathize with me!

So back to the give – I’m sick, tired, have a son to take care of, a business to run and I have to give. What am I insane! Then an email comes through and it’s a call to action. I had to do a little more today not for myself but a Mom that needed my help.

Day 211: Give 211

Many times on my site I have given you the opportunity to go into action – to give. There have been opportunities to click to give, tweet to give, donate or you could do nothing. What did you chose? Today I got an email I could have easily ignored or just emailed back a simple note saying “I can’t help today, I’m sick.” But I just couldn’t do it. So tonight after my son had gone to bed, the laundry was done, the kitchen cleaned from dinner and the dogs fed I had a date with Craig (don’t tell my husband – lol) that is the craigslist. Here is the email I got and you tell me if you could walk away.


“Young mum, new to the country with new baby girl who is very tiny (4lbs) and has nothing. 


Crib, bathtub
baby clothes (tiny)
Would also like stroller, swing, high chair, toys

Are you able to get your team to help with this? Work you magic…..”

Oh the magic is running through my hands right now as I twitch my nose and it all just appears. Call in the troops, get onto the craigslist and ask everyone you know that lives in Vancouver to help. Vancouver are you out there?

I volunteer for an organization called Spectrum that supports mothers in need. I couldn’t imagine what it would have been like when my son came home and I didn’t have anything for him. It’s hard enough to be a new Mom but to have nothing around you only makes it that much more difficult. In the next few days between my Mom friends, craigslist and a few second hand stores I will have a car load of gear to take to this Mom. If you know anyone in Vancouver that can help please Facebook, email or tweet this give around. I’m hoping you won’t be able to ignore it.

Time Commitment: 1 hour to date

Cost: to be determined trying to get donations

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)