Here's how easy it is. Last night I hosted a party with coworkers. In addition to a dish to pass I asked for them to bring 1 item to donate to the local food pantry. Here's our box filled with food. We also have new pairs of gloves to donate. I can take this box over to help some folks start their new year off right. Easy as pie and life changing for some. Maybe this can be one of your "Pay It Forward Blessings"! Anytime you host folks in your home, ask them to bring cans to donate. Take An Extra Bag and host a party with a donation door fee. Happy hump day!
We're approaching a time of year when many of us reflect on the past 365 days, the highs and lows, the things we'd hoped for, things we'd hoped to avoid, promises to ourselves for the coming year, and really reflecting and counting our blessings. I challenge each of us to not only COUNT our blessings but to commit to sharing just one for 2016. I will ask you to just consider that and think of things you might be interested in doing with this easy commitment. Post your ideas to share with each other! I will also begin posting suggestions in the next few days.
Worth reposting: Many grocery stores this time of year will offer various ways to help those in need. My local Giant stores offer a $10 donation and they will sponsor a full holiday meal for a local family in need through a food pantry or soup kitchen. Just $10. What's that? Two fancy designer coffees? Keep your eyes open for these displays and Take An Extra Bag to your grocery store with $10 ready to donate. During the winter holiday season of joy and hope just $10 to put food into the bellies of strangers. Give them hope and joy as they embrace 2016 with wishes for a new life. $10. That's it. You can do it. Encourage your friends and family to do it, too! Start a $10 club!
This young lady is thinking and acting from her heart and making big impact for the homeless in her community. Are you ready to act now? An 11 year old is leading by example! http://www.fredericknewspost.com/places/local/sixth-grader-leading-clothing-drive-for-the-homeless/article_2edc36bc-7daf-574a-9ee3-d5e57564a6e7.html?utm_medium=social
Traveling to the islands or to a warm resort over the winter holidays? So often folks stay in luxury resorts that are surrounded by unbearable poverty but you only see it as you are driven in and out of the compound. Please Take An Extra Bag of donations for local children, elderly, or infirm who will never see the inside of that resort. Travel size toiletries, light weight paper back books, pens, pencils, crayons, packages of underwear, toothbrushes and toothpaste, all easy to transport and so valuable to those in need. Many larger resorts already have charitable giving in place and will get your donations to a worthy cause. You can review the www.takeanextrabag.com website for charity recommendations at your destination! Please take just one extra bag on your winter vacation and leave a place better than you found it - by honoring and respecting the townspeople.
Here we are in the midst of holiday party season!!!! WOotwoOt! throw some charity and compassion in the mix and ask your guests, coworkers, friends, family members, neighbors to bring one item, one can of soup, one box of cereal, as an admission charge to the party! What's one more little item? Nothing to us but it could be the only meal a person eats in two days. Motivate your coworkers, your family, your neighbors, your teachers to start a new tradition. "Entrance fee... ONE can - one CAN". BE the change, begin a new TRADITION of selflessness and giving, LEAD by example for the kids in your lives, show them how we take care of those in NEED, make this holiday season and new year count for someone DESPERATE for compassion and BASIC NUTRITION. Twenty people at your work holiday party? Twenty items to donate. It's just that simple. Take An Extra Bag and make your party a giving party! You can do it! It's not too late! One email blast and it's done. You got this! And what's more... why WOULDN'T you?
Kari Stiles, RN, BSN, WCCN, CRRN. Philadelphia Metro Area, Pennsylvania.