It’s almost here – Our Second National Give Something Away Day!
Last year I wrote that July 15th is National Give Something Away Day and Darlene and I thought it would be wonderful to celebrate it once again.
As a quick reminder National Give Something Away Day is exactly what is sounds like. Give something away. Give something small or something large to someone else. It can be an organization, a family member, a friend, or a total stranger. It will lift your heart and bring a smile because giving something away is a kindness that our world needs.
What are your plans? Going to the beach? Take along some small bottles of sunscreen to give to others. Live along a popular walkway? Leave out some fruit or bottles of water with a Free: Take One sign. Know someone stressed-out and frazzled? Surprise them.
Giving something away is a win-win moment. You are either giving away something you’ve purposefully thought about or you are cleaning / organizing shelf or drawer space for yourself while taking the time to give it away rather than adding to a local landfill.
Recently my sister and I walked 300+ miles of the Central Portuguese Camino Way to Santiago de Compostela, Spain. We experienced kindness given away daily.
Conversations were struck up at tiny cafes and well wishes given. Dozens of times a day the phrase ‘Bon Camino’ (have a good journey) were given and shared.
Pilgrims resting at Roman Bridge, Santiago.
A house along one part of the trail had fresh water and fruit for ‘pilgrims’ like us to enjoy. Another provided a shady area with chairs to enjoy a rest with the added bonus of hot coffee or some water at no charge.
On one hot day, a woman in Spain gave cool, juicy peaches and cold water to two weary women who still had 8 miles left to walk.
Daily in tiny cafes, along trails, or while sharing a cold stream to cool hot feet, kindnesses were given away. Band-Aids, cookies, fruit, with no thought other than the enjoyment of sharing with someone else.
Give away a smile, some books, or delightful time and conversation. Wish someone a good journey. But do yourself a wonderful service and take delight in the magic of giving something away. Someone else will be glad you did, I guarantee it. If you need ideas links are included below.
What have I given away? Books to the library, toys for a toddler, clothes to Good Will.
WHAT HAVE YOU GIVEN AWAY?
Share your plans and how they made you feel and be in the running for our own give-away to two randomly chosen people. One will receive a Barnes and Noble $15.00 gift card from me and another a handmade quilted cosmetic bag from Darlene. WINNERS WILL BE DRAWN AT RANDOM AND ANNOUNCED HERE ON THURSDAY, JULY 27.
And from Darlene and myself enjoy a Smile-Inducing, Happiness-Boosting National Give Something Away Day!
Vietnam Veterans Of American: http://www.clothingdonations.org/about-us/
Dress For Success: https://www.dressforsuccess.org/
Books for Soldiers: http://booksforsoldiers.com/donate_to_the_soldiers/
Good Will: http://www.goodwill.org/
Volunteer Your Time: https://www.volunteermatch.org/
Give to Food Banks: http://www.feedingamerica.org/find-your-local-foodbank/
Find Your Public Library – donate books or give a monetary donation: http://www.publiclibraries.com/
Kim Pfennigwerth is a lover of books, animals, children, and kindness. She is often spotted in a bookstore or library reading piles of books while revising her own picture book manuscripts.
Darlene here: Ever since Kim’s post last year, I have been making an effort to give away things large and small. In January, I gave away my old – but in good working condition – car to a woman who was unable to find a job due to lack of transportation. For Valentine’s Day, I gave chocolate candy to random people I saw throughout the day. I try to give a smile to everyone I meet. I’ve given away clothes, household goods, free copies of my book, and some hand-made cloth cosmetic bags. The smiles on the recipient’s faces made my day. Giving feels wonderful!