Day 9: Go through your closest. If you haven’t worn an item in the last year, donate it.
The Blurb: Most of us have much more than we need. With our hectic schedules we may not even think about it. Today’s focus is about extending a hand to people who really need it, people who are struggling to feed and clothe their families. There’s a huge need out there and you and I can help. We can make a difference.
Take some time today to go through your closet/pantry/shelves/rooms/garage. If there are items you’re no longer using, please consider donating them to a charity.
Suggestions: I learned this quick trick for your closet to make it easy to see what you’re not wearing. Hang all of your clothes so that the hook of the hanger is flipped, facing you (you’ll have to go under the rod and then hook it). When you wear an item, put it back in your closet the normal way. After 6 months/year, it will be easy to see what you haven’t worn.
Here are some links to find the donation center closest to you.
Keeping It Real: Take a look at these staggering facts I pulled from do something.org:
- Nearly half of the world’s population — more than 3 billion people — live on less than $2.50 a day. More than 1.3 billion live in extreme poverty (less than $1.25 a day).
- 1 billion children worldwide are living in poverty. According to UNICEF, 22,000 children die each day due to poverty.
- More than 1 billion people lack adequate access to clean drinking water and an estimated 400 million of these are children. Because unclean water yields illness, roughly 443 million school days are missed every year.
- In 2011, 165 million children under the age 5 were stunted (reduced rate of growth and development) due to chronic malnutrition.
- 870 million people worldwide do not have enough food to eat.
- Preventable diseases like diarrhea and pneumonia take the lives of 2 million children a year who are too poor to afford proper treatment.
- As of 2011, 19 million children worldwide remain unvaccinated.
- A quarter of all humans live without electricity — approximately 1.6 billion people.
- 80 percent of the world population lives on less than $10 a day.
- It would cost approximately $40 billion to offer basic education, clean water and sanitation, reproductive health for women, and basic health and nutrition to every person in every developing country.
- The World Food Programme says, “The poor are hungry and their hunger traps them in poverty.” Hunger is the number one cause of death in the world, killing more than HIV/AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis combined.
Now tell me you can’t spare some time to do this. That’s what I thought.
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A big thank you goes out to everyone who’s participating! I’ve love hearing about your experiences! If you’re just finding out about the “30 Days to Love Yourself Project, you can go HERE to get caught up! Have a great day everyone… it’s almost friday!
See ya tomorrow!