Acts of Altruism II

It’s Friday, my day to share an idea with all of you that might get us in the mood to help other people. This week I want to talk about Samaritan’s Purse, specifically their Operation Christmas Child program.

As I’ve already shared, I am looking for things I can do that fit within my skill set and my time schedule. A few  months ago I read an article in a magazine about this particular charity and became intrigued. This was something I could do at home and that would make a difference. Well, don’t you know a few weeks after seeing the article, I met a lady in the yarn aisle at Walmart.

We began talking and she explained she was looking for yarn she could use as a washcloth. After chatting awhile, she mentioned she was a part of the Samaritan’s Purse charity. I had my  notebook with me in which I jot down things to remember, and I showed her where I had made a note to myself to find out more about this organization. I’m thinking this meeting was meant to be.


Operation Christmas Child is a Christian-affiliated program, but at its heart, it reflects the universal idea that children who have very little “need a little Christmas” as Auntie Mame so famously said. (Everything I know I learned from Broadway musicals.)

Another thing I love about this program is that the small presents that are donated are packed into shoe boxes, so each child gets his or her own little box. Take a look and see if this might be an act of altruism you’d be interested in joining. If not, we’ll have another idea next Friday!


Throw Nothing Away!

I happened to come upon The Global Indian Blog on a day when its author, Vishruti, had turned her post over to a guest blogger, Camila from Chile. But from what I can gather, Vishruti is a nature-lover, a designer, and a businesswoman who hosts an awesome blog.

On the day that I visited her site, the guest poster was sharing remarkable recycling DIYs using cereal boxes, used shopping bags, cookie boxes, CD paper sleeves, old boxes, washi tapes, and a bit of glue. Her results were beautiful and set my heart atwitter.

So I took Vishruti’s blog to my husband, held it in front of his face, and said:

“See why I never throw anything away?”

I was only slightly kidding because I’m a grown woman and I know that if a person keeps everything, that person will soon have people visiting him or her from the television show “Hoarding: Buried Alive.” But still, there are so many ways to make cards, crafts, and decor from the humblest materials, and these objects make a real difference to the lucky recipients.

Call me crazy, but I get the same feeling when I see recycled gifts as I do when I see a brand new puppy. I’m not kidding, and I completely fall apart when I see a new puppy.


I know some of my Pinterest friends out there know exactly what I’m talking about, right? All you have to do is enter “pallets” in the search box on Pinterest, and you will discover hundreds of things you can make from these cast aside crafters’ treasures.

I’m pretty sure if you cut magazine pages in strips and tape them together in circles to make a paper chain garland, you will understand, too.