So recently I announced that I have started a pledge called #2forthekids as a way for me to give to my community at the local foster care centers and orphanages. Basically, for every two coloring books sold (amazon/create space/by me), I will be donating essential items to kids in need. Things like clothes, athletic gear, school supplies, bags (you know some kids only have a trash bag for their stuff), books, toiletries, etc. Basic needs that people shouldn’t have to worry about having.
When I first came up with this kind of idea, I was thinking big. Donate or even start a non profit that helps fund adoption fees for couples, helps pay medical expenses for cancer kids or just ER visits for kids. The ideas I had in the beginning were good ones but unachievable by me, for now. I have just started really getting my art work out there and I’m constantly trying to market myself. At the end of the day I know I can help provide for my own growing family but not enough to make an impact for others.
That kind of broke heart. I am a very empathetic person so helping others is something that helps me be more me. But seeing as how I don’t have the multi millions that would actually be necessary to do the things I would like, I had to rethink how I can help others realistically.
So I thought about the ways I do help already and what the next step could be. We always donate clothes and toys to Salvation Army and Goodwill. We always take items to the CASA house which helps foster children. But those things are more often than not gently used or hand me downs from other people. While there isn’t anything wrong with it, I realized most of those things aren’t what kids always need and the things they do need, weren’t always donated.
After doing some math (yes kids you’ll always use math) I figured out a way to be able to give one or two kids some good essentials that they not only need, but could call their own. Thus #2forthekids was born and its not just for me to use.
We all have these kinds of centers in our community or close to where we live and a good way to make a great impact on the world is to help our own community be better. So I encouraged small/large businesses to take on this pledge also. Pick an item in your own shop that you can use for this pledge. If you don’t own a business, you can absolutely still do something for this cause. The smallest action can have the biggest impact for people.
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