There were my first five days of giving …
Made a #365give spreadsheet to record progress
I like a list; I like ticking things off my list.
I broke it down under the 3 headings (People/Animals/Planet) so that I can see at a glance how balanced it is.
It’s on my Desktop so I can’t miss it, and can easily jot down ideas as I think of them.
Day 1: Signed up to the ‘Freerice’ website
This is a great idea – it’s fun, educational and supports such a worthwhile cause.
The kids must love the visual of the rice being added to the bowl; such an effective way of getting the message across.
Day 2: I bought a bulk bag of live mealworms
Not a sentence I ever thought I’d write!
I went on the website of the South Essex Wildlife Hospital (a rescue, rehabilitation and public advice charity) to find out ways to support them.
They rely on public donations and have an ‘Amazon Wish List’ and top of the list was the Mealworms “widely used by for a number of patients, especially birds under rehabilitation”.
An added bonus – I didn’t need to actually handle live mealworms … 😊
Day 3: ‘Thank you’ notes
I was brought up to say ‘please’ and ‘thank you’, and I’m pretty good at sending ‘thank you’ messages.
However, I know how happy it makes me to receive a handwritten ‘thank you’ card in the post (amongst all the bills), so I bought a pack of cards, and have started to write one a day.
Day 4: Postage stamps for charity
Sorted a huge bag of used postage stamps from home and work, into UK and international stamps.
Trimmed them and then posted them to a charity that collects them for fundraising: The Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children.
It is in London, and is the UK’s largest paediatric centre.
Day 5: Bought a bird feeder
Bought a birdfeeder and seeds from the Essex Wildlife Trust shop.
Not sure what next door’s cute kittens will think, if it does attract any birds into my garden!
All the best