Monday, December 17, 2007

Bloggers Unite In Acts Of Kindness.

Having been bitten by the viral nature of blogging in my recent participation in Blog Action Day, today will be another special day where I will take a break from my usual fare of books and literature, and celebrate Bloggers Unite, a day where thousands of bloggers around the world unite in doing acts of kindness. With Christmas, a time for sharing and giving round the corner, Bloggers Unite In Acts Of Kindness is especially timely and these acts of kindness will definitely spread cheer and joy during this festive season.

After hearing about Bloggers Unite about a month ago at Blog Catalog, a blog directory, it got me thinking about what will be meaningful acts of kindness that will not only benefit disadvantaged individuals but also society as a whole, especially since environmental issues are very close to my heart, and i wanted to involve my 10 year-old daughter in the process as well. Well, this was what we did.

Since last Thursday till Saturday 15 Dec 07, with a van borrowed from a close friend, my daughter and I scoured almost the entire neighbourhood in my housing estate, collecting old newspapers, magazines and anything that is recyclable. A whopping total of about 415 kg of old newspapers and magazines, 22 kg of plastic bottles, 6 old mattresses and 1 mini hi-fi set were collected. The items collected was sold to a recyclable goods dealer, netting us a grand total of $197.75.

At a loss who to donate the money to, my daughter suggested taking part in the Boy's Brigade Sharity Gift Box project. Held during the Christmas season, the Boy's Brigade Sharity Gift Box project, in its 20th year, promotes the spirit of giving and sharing and distinguishes itself as a charity initiative that goes beyond monetary donations for the less privileged among us. Through various donation locations in the city, members of the public can choose to either donate daily necessities or fulfill a specific wish of a child, elderly or family to bring joy to their lives.

The entire $197.75 that we have collected was used to buy daily necessities like rice, canned food, beverage and milk powder plus a Barbie doll - a Christmas wish of a 9 year-old girl - and left at the donation box outside a local supermarket outlet.

While I am no Bill Gates or Warren Buffet, with their ability to donate millions to charity, the experiences and lessons learnt from these 3 days were priceless. Besides spending quality time with my daughter and inculcating the importance of helping the less fortunate, the large amount of recyclable goods collected in such a short duration reminded me of our social responsibilities and the importance of doing our bit to cut down waste, recycle, preserve and protect our environment.

Caught up in the maddening rat race in our competitive society, we sometimes forget about the less fortunate and disadvantaged among us, and taking part in Bloggers Unite In Acts Of Kindness has made me.... human again. It also reminded me that anyone can make a difference and effect change, all it takes is just a little bit of time and effort.

*Read more acts of kindness by :
- Cybercelt
- Lisa Mcglaun
- Matts Nutts
- Blog Catalog members

*Related post : A pleasant surprise from Blog Catalog


Lisa McGlaun said...

Kudos to you and your daughter. Not only did you help the charity you cleaned up your neighborhood and recycled the refuse. That's a triple whammy in my book.


CyberCelt said...

What a wonderful kindness to the Earth as well as the recipients of your gifts.

God bless you and your child for the acts you did and will do.

Anonymous said...

Seems like we had similar thoughts for the week- Someone left your link on my blog

Suzie Cheel

PS very difficult to leave a comment if you don't have the options available

My Den said...

Hi lisa/cybercelt,
Thanks for the kind words. While it was tiring but fulfilling, one other unexpected benefit was my daughter's suggestion that we should this more frequently! So, its very likely that this will be a monthly affair.

Thanks for dropping by and Merry Christmas to both of you. said...

Great story. You don't have to be Bill Gates to do wonderful things for others. Nicely done. Keep the kindness going.

My Den said...

Hi Suzie,
Yes, it's a nuisance leaving comments since Blogger change it to a OpenID system. Sorry abt that.

I'm surprise somebody would leave a link to my post at your blog and if we have similiar ideas, then that will be great!

Thks for visiting and Merry Christmas to you.

My Den said...

Hi imaniceperson,
Thanks for the kind words and Merry Christmas to you.

RecycleCindy said...

Another wonderful post in support of Bloggers Unite day at BC. Great job and act of kindness by you and your daughter.

My Den said...

Hi recyclecindy,
Thanks a lot for the kind words. The funny thing is that such a simple act has got me self-reflecting,and between my daughter and me, we have decided to have more of such activities, probably on a monthly basis.

It would be great if there are more of such campaigns where bloggers around the world can come together for a common cause and i like to believe that it does makes a difference.

Thanks for dropping by and Merry Christmas to you.

Anonymous said...

Being good to the earth is always a good idea. Kudos to you for teaching your daughter about this!

My Den said...

Hi homeschoolzoo,
Thanks a lot for the kind words and Merry Christmas to you :)