There is sad and scary news all around us.
I do not feel qualified to write about any of the events specifically. There is probably not much I can say that hasn’t been said already.
However, I have been turning over ideas in my head, searching for simple ways to give back — just people being people, helping one another out.
And I’ve got it!
With a little planning, a little kindness, and a lot of care, here are 5 ways YOU (yes, you) can save the world. That might sound a bit ambitious, but if ALL of us took the spirit of these ideas to heart, we really could change things for the better.
5 Unconventional Ways to Give Back
1. Plant fruit trees and berry bushes in the public parks
Allowing access to free, nutritious food seems like a no brainer, and it doesn’t need to be over managed or controlled. Simply plant a fruit or berry bearing bush or tree of some variety that will grow well in your climate, take care of it, and voila! Free food for passers-by.
2. Dedicate one row of food in your garden to your local food bank or shelter
If you have a garden, dedicate one row to a grow a variety of vegetables that are popular and high yielding. Beans, peas and zucchini are a few good starter options. When it’s time to harvest, donate to your local food bank or shelter.
3. Donate Your Next Windfall
When you find that money in last season’s coat pocket, or have a good night in tips, purchase baby hats and sleepers and donate them to the nearest hospital/woman’s shelter. Every baby deserves a warm start and even $20 can go a long way!
Get a bonus at work? Large tax refund? Call your local shelter and find out their specific needs…then go stock up for them!
4. Raise $100… and donate it to a charity you don’t support
This might be the most challenging item on the list, but could end up the most rewarding!
Spend a couple hours with the people who run a charity you don’t support. Find out why they do what they do, and keep an open mind. Try to understand their point of view and learn the story behind their cause.
You might find out that you are not that different after all.
5. Model Kindness, Respect, and Care
Teach your children love and kindness towards others. We need to have empathy and tolerance and respect for ideas, beliefs races and cultures that are different from our own.
It is not hard to be kind.
It is hard to be a human and not have an opinion, and nobody is perfect. All we can do is try our best to model this good behaviour for our children. They are counting on us.
One last thing…
It would be extremely ignorant of me to write a post on saving the world without mentioning Buffy.
You know Buffy, right?
She saved the world from an apocalypse like every season. She had to kill demons and seal the Hell Mouth.
Makes growing some extra veggies look really easy, doesn’t it?
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