Monday, April 14, 2008

Give It Away

I once attended a wedding of an Indian (NA) couple where it was their custom to give and not receive gifts on their wedding day. These were thoughtful gifts intended for each person they gave it to, not the same gift for everyone. What a wonderful gesture and an amazing concept.

After writing the post on storage units the other day and after reading your comments I’m going to declare this week as the first annual “Give Something Away Week.” You know we all have more than we need and we all know someone who is in need. So do the deed, give something away this week and post a comment and tell us about it. Post anonymously if you don’t want to seem like you are bragging. (By the way, Auntie is exempt because she already gave away the entire contents of her former house a couple weeks ago.)

The only rule is to give away something you already have. Don’t buy something to give away. Lighten your load and give away something you already have and no longer need. Offer it, don’t push it. If it isn’t wanted you can rejoin it to your collection or find someone else to give it to.

Donating goods to a local charity will qualify as well. Keep in mind the food bank, the Women’s Resource Center, and the Animal Shelter. The goal is to have less at the end of the week and be better because of it.


Blogger Jeff said...

Does anyone know of someone who needs a washer and dryer? They are 12 years old and are Maytag.

5:34 AM  
Blogger Hahn at Home said...

I practice this weekly. I have a pile of things ready to go today and I will take it where it needs to go. And, yesterday, Em gave away a bag of her clothes to her best friend. It's a great idea.

7:04 AM  
Blogger weese said...

I put a lawn mower out at the street last week. Just needed a new pull cord. Also set out a screen door that I had bought intending to put on a door to the garage. never got around to it - never will. So out to the curb it went.
(the lawn mower was picked up by the guy up the street who fixes them up and sells them. I am happy about this - because I know its hard to make a living around here doing pick up mechanic work)

9:42 AM  
Blogger Beth said...

Hey! I just did this today. I gave a big bag of clothes (nice clothes, not yucky stuff) to two women I know do not have very much extra cash. They were so appreciative.

Great post!

10:28 AM  
Blogger Rich said...

Freecycling is good.

8:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Does Herpes count?

12:33 AM  
Blogger The Guy Who Writes This said...

Anon, Eeewwww!

Rich, Freecycle is good. Jeff you may want to post there. There is one for Astoria.

Weese reminds me that there is a day every year back East when you can leave big items by the curb to be hauled away as garbage. Most items are fixable and I knew people who made a living of getting this stuff, fixing it and selling it. Sometimes there was nothing wrong with the stuff left out.

Beth and Lori, Right on!

5:25 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We gave several hundred dollars to the internal revenue srvice today. does that count?

7:45 AM  
Blogger The Guy Who Writes This said...

Only if it was a voluntary contribution above what you owed, but then this isn't about money. It's about having fewer things and getting by with less.

9:26 AM  
Blogger Mom of Three said...

I have a framed cross-stitched piece of a teddy bear in a wall shelf that I did 20 years ago. It's only about 5x7, cute, but not me anymore. Needs someplace where it will be loved!

4:29 PM  

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