Think about the power of doing something good once a week for 52 weeks. Imagine the difference we can make...

Monday, February 7, 2011

Week Three: It's Girl Scout Cookie Time!

So growing up, I was a Girl Scout and every year, we'd approach everyone else's favorite time of the year - Girl Scout Cookie Time - and we were sent to neighbors' doorsteps, local grocery stores, events, and anywhere else a cute little girl could stand outside (and usually freeze) and ask passerbys to give a small donation for some amazingly delicious treats! Although the regulations, structure and types of cookies have changed, the concept hasn't and the idea of giving back is better than ever.

Now I've never been a huge fan of actually eating Girl Scout Cookies. I think a long time ago I convinced myself I didn't like them and have always just stuck to that principle for fear of going on an extreme cookie binge. This year I am trying extra hard to watch what I am eating and didn't even want the cookies around. As I passed by the girls standing outside of Acme, I still wanted to give back to a cause near and dear to my heart. I approached one of the girls and offered a donation and she explained a new idea for donations.

Basically if you see the cute little faces and feel prompted to purchase, but don't want the temptation staring you in the face, you can give a monetary donation (the cost of a box or two) and the girls will use the money to send cookies to soldiers overseas! They do this through a program called, Hugs for Soldiers, which provides a little bit of home to those who are away. I remember when I was studying abroad and some of the simple pleasures from home were all I needed to help me out when I felt homesick. I can't even image how these soldiers feel and how a Thin Mint or Shortbread cookie might help them feel just a little bit better!

So next time you're thinking about purchasing some Girl Scout cookies, ask the Girl Scout if she participates in the program and if so, throw in an extra $3.50 and send a box to a soldier!

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Week Two: Salvation Army

Lesson already learned - giving back requires proper planning. Okay, well it requires some planning and not a last minute attempt :)

For week two, it was difficult to find volunteer opportunities happening at that time and I should have looked into it in advance. I found out charities and nonprofits are definitely interested in volunteers, but they need prior notice and sometimes it even requires an application. Due to this, it is now apparent that better planning is necessary to make this project succeed. So better planning is what will be done! :)

January's theme was decided to be "donations," and even though there were a few stumbling blocks, and the "act of goodness" was completed by a donation to the local Salvation Army. I gathered three bags of old clothes, and old TV and a TV stand and dropped it off at the Salvation Army down the street. I felt pretty good about cleaning out my closet and knowing that someone who might be less fortunate will get to use the belongings I no longer need. My stuff now has a second life! I like that.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Week One: One Warm Coat

So we started working on our schedule of "acts of goodness" and determining acts that apply and do not apply for this challenge. We sorted out some great ideas and we are super excited for what we have in store in the coming weeks! So stay tuned...

But to get this challenge moving, we opted for an easier task this week, but one that is still just as important.

For the first week, we chose to donate coats to One Warm Coat, an organization dedicated to "providing any person in need with a warm coat, free of charge." Looking through some of my old coats, I really did start thinking about those who don't have the warmth of coats and could really use a nice winter jacket. I found a couple I haven't worn in the past two years (and were in good shape) and decided someone else needs them more than I do.

I went to the Burlington Coat Factory in the Plymouth Meeting Mall to drop off my donations. I was greeted by two very nice associates who showed me where to place my donations, thanked me, and provided tax slips. They also offered me 10 percent off my purchase if I wanted to buy a new coat. I really did want to buy a new coat due to my overbearing shopping addiction, but luckily I restrained and wiggled away bagless (whew!).

It felt good to know the coats would have a new home with someone who would appreciate them!

Week One = Complete.

Monday, January 3, 2011

Why Something Good?

This blog is dedicated to participating in one act of "goodness" each week for 52 weeks. The goal is to watch an overall change by the small acts and maintain this all year. We all have time to do something good and this is our way of making sure we are accountable for giving back and "doing something good once a week." Cheers to 2011 and a year of giving back!