When Darlene asked me to write a guest blog, I hesitated.
When she said it could be about anything. I thought, this could be fun but how will I ever choose a topic?
When she added pick a day—Everything clicked.
Without hesitation I chose to blog about July 15th. Why that day you might ask.
…Is it for National I Love Horses Day? …Well, I do love horses.
…Is it for National Tapioca Pudding Day? …I’m sorry to say, I don’t love tapioca.
…Is it for National Pet Fire Safety Day? …I do have pets, so Pet Fire Safety is a Very Important Issue for my family.
But if not those, then what is it about July 15th that gave me the idea for this post?
Today, July 15th is…drum roll please—National Give Something Away Day!
Giving something away could be useful. Clean off some shelf space. Clean out a closet. What could be more fun than to give something away? The possibilities are endless. Big or small. Playful or practical. A bouquet of balloons or a simple posy. But if you look deeper there is another layer to this day.
Giving something away is a kindness and kindness is a magical element. It is an action with absolutely no expectation for something in return.
Without a doubt, kindness is a bad day breaking, moment changing gift. Kindness is a priceless commodity that is shared simply by giving it away.
Hold a door open for someone.
Give a smile to a stranger or a hug to a friend.
Buy a cup of coffee for the next person in line.
Give new or gently used clothes, books, or toys to a shelter.
Donate to your local food bank.
Have you put off visiting someone? Give away some time and pay someone a visit. If you live too far away call someone and give a warm hello and the time for a conversation.
National Give Something Away Day is a happiness boosting, smile inducing, pay it forward day. So kindly mark July 15th on your calendar and remember to Give Something Away. I promise you and someone else will be delighted that you did.
Need a few ideas? Click on the links below:
Books for Soldiers: http://booksforsoldiers.com/donate_to_the_soldiers/
Donate Books – Find your public library: http://www.publiclibraries.com/
Dress For Success: https://www.dressforsuccess.org/
Vietnam Veterans of America: http://www.pickupplease.org/
Volunteer Match: https://www.volunteermatch.org/
(Darlene Here:To honor NATIONAL GIVE SOMETHING AWAY DAY, fellow kid lit author Kim Pfenningwerth and I are giving away TWO (2) $10.00 gift certificates to Barnes and Noble. To be in the running, all you have to do is leave a comment about what you’ve recently given away and how you felt afterwards. I’ll put your name in a hat and announce two winners on FRIDAY, 7-29-2016 ON THIS BLOG. What do I plan on giving away on July 15th? I’ll be doing an author visit/teaching session at my local Boys & Girls Club.)
Thank you Darlene for the opportunity to write such a fun blog post. Wishing everyone a happy and kind National Give Something Away Day. And good luck with our giveaway!
Kim Pfennigwerth is a lover of books, animals, children, and kindness. She is often spotted in a bookstore reading piles of books while revising her own picture book manuscripts.