One Act: June

It's six months after I made my New Year's Resolution to do one act of kindness for others. And perhaps for the first time ever, I've kept my resolution for more than one month.

I think it's because I actually enjoy doing nice things for others. Who would have thought that it would be easier to continue a resolution that is enjoyable? What an interesting notion...

In June, the one act of kindness I completed was for the Point Hope organization. Now that I am not teaching full-time in the fall, I have an abundance of new and used school supplies from my classroom that I no longer need. I heard about Point Hope and how they accept new and used school supplies and send them to school-age children in Africa.


I sifted through every cabinet, drawer and box in my home office and gathered a slew of supplies to send to Point Hope.

(I snapped these photos in a hurry on my phone. Sorry for the blur!)

I boxed 'em up, and mailed them out the very next day. Granted, it cost me $36 to mail the packages (and in hindsight, I should have just used a large flat-rate box for $15) but who's counting?

It only took a few days for the packages to arrive, and I knew when they got there because a sweet thank you note with a photo of my packages were posted on their Facebook page.

If you want to donate your used (or new!) school or office supplies to Point Hope, just go to their website for more information. But hurry, they are only accepting these donations for another few weeks!

If donating to a larger organization isn't your thing, take some advice from your teacher friend: Donate these supplies to a school. Middle and high schools oftentimes are overlooked for school supplies donations, so especially consider donating there. Do some research on the schools in your community? Find schools with high numbers of Free/Reduced Lunch and donate your new or used supplies, money, or your time. Find private schools that do not get state assistance and see what you can do to help.

Perhaps the best thing you can do is to call up a school of your choice and ask to volunteer. Again, the middle and high school levels need the most help. If you can help a student with their reading or geometry, or just provide some help to an overworked teacher, you will be doing one HUGE act of kindness.

Over and out.

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