Tag Archives: giving

one from many.

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i recently made a wonderful discovery

when playing with a couple of my grandies 

at the park across the street from my house.

the people in my local community

who visit the park or live nearby 

have begun

to purposely

leave toys behind 

for any and all children to play with.

what a simple, powerful, and generous act

 what an amazing way to teach children gratitude

and

the importance

of sharing what we have

with others in the world

who may not have as much. 


“the essence of community, its heart and soul,

is the non-monetary exchange of value;

things we do and share because we care for others,

and for the good of the place.”

― dee hock, One from Many

soul music.

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we stopped  to listen to an ensemble of young girls

playing lovely music at the weekend farmer’s market.

their teacher said they were in the 8th grade

where everyone is asked

to contribute something to the community.

these girls chose to offer what they had to give –

their natural gift of music.

they had to organize the day

 by asking permission to play somewhere

finding transportation

planning what to wear

being  on time

introducing themselves

and

remembering their music and instruments.

all of the money they earned

from passers-by

went to a local charity.

it was a beautiful lesson.

“music is the movement of sound

to reach the soul for the education of its virtue.”

– plato 

thank you for giving.

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three of us:

one daughter, h

one grandie, b

and myself,

(not the wisemen)

delivered gifts

of thanksgiving baskets

filled with donated food

provided by many,

to families

in the struggling community

around the school

where h teaches

each and every day

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and how lucky

that we were able

to show up

at one of her student’s houses

and the little one was shocked

when she opened the door

and saw her teacher, h

standing there

smiling

 with a basket of things

to make her holiday special

and when this child

with so many life challenges understood

that her teacher had chosen her house to visit

she grabbed her hand and didn’t let go

and her baby sister came to join in the fun

and grandbaby b joined in the fun

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another surprise

and on the next day of school

this little student

who didn’t have much to call her own

brought a gift

to thank her teacher, h

and told her:

“you brought me thanksgiving food so I brought you a balloon.” 

and the joy of giving

just kept rolling on.

there are those who give with joy, and that joy is their reward.
– khalil gibran

warmth.

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halifax, nova scotia’s residents have recently been seeing an interesting sight: coats tied to street poles. at first, one might think that these clothes are lost, but they’ve actually been put there for a specific reason. if you look closely, there are labels attached to the jackets that read, “we’re not lost! if you are stuck out in the cold, please take me to keep warm!”

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every year, tara smith-atkins works to help the homeless brave winter’s freezing temperatures. she asks the community to donate old coats and then invites local children to help her tie them to lamp posts for those in need. they also bring along scarves and mittens.

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as the kids are tying outerwear to the poles, she aims to teach them an important lesson. she explained, “When we got back in the car after an hour on the street, they were all freezing and crying for the heater to be on and complaining because they were cold. and they were bundled up.” not only is the compassionate woman working to help the homeless, she’s also teaching young children the significance of what they’re doing. next year, smith-atkins hopes to include a $5 voucher in each coat pocket so the wearer can buy themselves a hot meal.

credits: halifolks, tara smith-atkins, amy poehler’s smart girls, ann gragert

how wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world. ~anne frank


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grandies j and b

get ready for the big race

their first 5k

as a family

following in the footsteps

of mom and dad

making me proud

all to raise money

and awareness

for the

hope water project

a human cause

that helps bring

clean water to africa

something so many of us

take for granted

each and every day.

checklist:

sweatbands

numbers

water

shorts

smiles

shoes

enthusiasm

hope

empathy

compassion

blanket

ready.

every cause produces more than one effect.
– herbert spencer

https://www.hopewaterproject.org

i am because we are.

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as my son-in-law returns late tonight from a trip working with children in haiti, and his wife, my daughter, prepares to soon leave to do the same in kenya, i am struck by the unending giving spirit and nature of people in this world who understand we are all one. i look to each of them as models, for me and for others, and i plan to follow in their footsteps and do the same. 

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