So incorporating GRACIOUS GIVING into life can be difficult, but sometimes I make things a wee bit harder than they really are.
Case in point- As soon as I started seeking out fun volunteer ideas for my family, I came across this cool non-profit organization that helps keep local rivers clean. We love the outdoors. We love water. A whole family activity? This could be good.
One of the activities this organization does is Adopt-A-Stream where you go out with a group of people and participate in a river clean-up. So I called to see what our family could do and the volunteer coordinator called me back, but by the time he called back, we were out of town. So I called again, and again my phone call was returned, but at that time, the coordinator didn’t need volunteers. Bummer. A couple weeks later, the coordinator called again, but the time he had in mind for us to volunteer wasn’t going to work. Do you see where this is going? Um, yes nowhere. I was disappointed. The whole idea sounded like a worthy cause and fun.
Then, oh yeah, I realized, our family probably didn’t need a group of people to hike around the river with in order to do a clean-up. I mean couldn’t we just grab some garbage bags and have our own little clean-up? Yes, yes, good idea and so we did.
Our family is working on giving. Today we cleaned up the park. We found bottle caps, plastic cups, and all kinds of things. We did this so people don’t slip on trash, and fall down, and we don’t want this to hurt plants or animals. You can pick up trash at parks. It is easy. Love, Amelia
Not a lot of time, very little planning, outside activity, family fun. Nice. Plus, you can thank us for picking up that plastic cup, so the next time you are at the park you "don't slip on trash and fall down".
What are some of the easy and informal ways your family GIVES to others?