Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Trying to find time to Blog

Well I am finding that the Giving part of Give365days is the easy part.  I am having trouble finding time for the blogging part, and trying to encourage others to Give back to this world.  If you have some free time please let me know how you gave to the world today.

Monday, October 14, 2013

What does it take? Why don't people give to Charities?

The donation fund I set up for the school in Costa Rica is the first time I have really ever tried to reach out and ask people for money for a cause.  I am finding that I am finding this harder than what I first imagined.  When I first thought of the idea, I thought it would be pretty easy and fun to raise money for a good cause.  My first trial I made a few posts on Facebook and Google plus and did not receive a dollar.  It was crazy how deflated it made me feel.

I tried to put myself in others shoes.  If I was to see these posts I more then likely would just continue on with my day.  Maybe I would stop and say that I would like to give, but I still would not give anything.  I realized that I would have to promote more and ask more in order to get people to donate.  It made me feel really weird to continue to ask others to give to a cause that is important to me.  I do not want to sound pushy.

I realize that if I want to try to get others to donate to the school in Costa Rica I will have to be a little bit more aggressive.  I also need to be a little more accepting that most people will not donate to this cause and that is OK.

This is a great lesson for me, and I have a lot more respect for people that have to ask others to donate for a living.  I have made a few more attempts to have others donate and I am happy (and extremely grateful) to say  that I have received a few donations.  It makes me really happy to have others join me in thinking this is an important cause.

What does it take to get others to join and give to a charity?  For mine I am beginning to realize it will take a lot of time, patience, understanding, and determination to spread the word and raise money.

If you would like to donate and raise funds for the school in Costa Rica here is a link to the page.

If you would rather donate supplies and are in the Orlando area please feel free to Contact me

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

The Publix Checkout

Today in Publix I had a cashier stop what she was doing and tell me that there was a $2 off coupon for one of my products.  She then decided (while people waited behind me) to run to the front of the store to find me the coupon and cut it out to save me that $2.  I was extremely impressed with the generosity and giving attitude I got from this cashier.  She could had easily just rang up my groceries and made more for the Publix bottom line.

I tell this story because I could easily say that was very nice of her and move on with my day.  I could be happy that I just saved $2.  What if I was to say I would have purchased these products regardless of saving the $2.  If I look at it this way the $2 was never mine to begin with.  I am keeping this mindset and deciding to pass the $2 on to the next person.  I will add $1 and pass $3 on to the next person.

Sometimes we are given things right under our nose.  We have the opportunity to pass on these "acts of giving" onto others.  I was really impressed with the cashier at Publix, and hope we can all learn from her giving efforts.

Monday, October 7, 2013

Costa Rican School Needs Supplies

Today I am starting a campaign to help raise money for a school that was torn down due to a 7.6 magnitude earthquake that hit Costa Rica back in September 2012.  A friend down there contacted me letting me know that this school is in need of help.  The schools name is La Escuela de Delicias. As the school is being rebuilt the students are learning in a makeshift room on dirt floors.

I will be visiting Costa Rica and the school at the end of October and will be bringing both school supplies and money used to help rebuild the school. While the school is being built they are in need of supplies such as crayons, markers, pencils, dry erase boards/markers, colored pencils, paper -lined and colored, coloring books, English learning supplies, etc.

Here is a link to the page to donate today.

If you would rather donate supplies and are in the Orlando area please feel free to Contact me

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Gorillas in the wild.

Tonight I made a donation to WWF to adopt a gorilla.  I was lucky enough to come face to face with a family of gorillas out in Rwanda.  I was among the Susa family which consisted of 32 Gorillas at the time.  Dianne Fossey once studied this exact family.  It was an amazing experience, but I also know that these gorillas are in great danger to loose their habitat and also their lives.   The Gorillas do not know borders and travel between countries.  Some of these countries still act very primitively and will kill these animals for profit.  The money is needed to help stop these primitive people.  We have so much to learn from these gorillas, as I saw so many similarities between us and the gorillas.  I hope to one day come face to face with these primates again soon. 

If you would like to donate and adopt a gorilla Click here

Friday, October 4, 2013

Quick and Easy - Give something

I am keeping this quick and easy today.  How many times do we pass people who are asking us for our help?  How often do we continue on with our daily life?  Next time stop and give.  Give some change, left over food, make them a sandwich, or give them a shirt.  You have something you can give.  Let's think of ways we can give back to our community and give to those that are in need.

Please feel free to give your story on how you give or would like to see others give in this world.  Leave a comment or send me an email.