Buy One, Give One

b1g1_logo_300x300Make a difference in your community by changing one small habit… Each time you go to the store, buy just one extra item to give to those in need.

At some point in life you get tired of doing nothing to make a difference.

There’s just so much out there you wish you could change!

But lack of time, money and energy kind of puts this idea on the back burner.

At least it did for me.

I used to do a lot! Maybe as a teenager I didn’t have a lot of money, but I did have time. So whether it was with school or church, I helped many people and organizations any way I could.

Step into adulthood… Freelancer + teacher + 2 kids = lack of time, money and energy.

Until one day that wasn’t a good enough excuse.

Take a look at this…

How many times a week do you buy groceries? According to Nielsen the average is about 2 times a week.

So in a year, that’s 104 trips to the grocery store.

Now imagine that every time you went to the store you purchased one extra item of food. Just one…

And you put it aside. That’s 104 extra items you buy, no more than $5 added to each grocery bill.

That’s 104 items you can give to a charity or non-profit near you.

Most organizations will say they take rice, beans, pasta, canned fruits and vegetables… But they’ll also take peanut butter, canned meats, toiletries, and special items during the holidays.

Want to get ideas for how, when and where to give? Check out the Give Generously blogs!

One more question…

How often do you clean out your closet?

If you’re like me, it’s 2 times a year: spring and fall.

Now imagine… twice a year making it a habit to clean out your stuff, making it a habit to get just 1 extra item at the store… And delivering all those resources to those in need.

It doesn’t feel like a lot, especially when you buy that first jar of peanut butter.

But when it’s a habit… a habit we are all making… We can make a huge difference in the world around us.

The UN has 17 global goals that we can work on starting right where you live. I believe these will be taken care of better by individuals, families, businesses and churches.

It doesn’t have to be huge.

But if we all start small… that is huge.

Join us! Just start to give beginning the next time you go to the store. And if you’re looking for ideas for how to do this… Check out the Give Generously blogs!