Well, at the beginning of this month I decided to do a diaper drive for Inn From the Cold. Inn From the Cold is Calgary’s original and largest shelter for families. Since starting this blog (and thus being on Twitter), I have noticed numerous tweets posted by Inn From the Cold, requesting diapers for their littlest residents. Naturally, this got me thinking: what if I include a diaper drive as part of my ‘Find the Kind’ challenge? So I had the idea, but where was I going to find the diapers?
I quickly came up with the notion of putting a large collection bin in the staff room at my work, as we have multiple disciplines (social workers, psychologists, occupational therapists, speech therapists, admin staff, etc) in the building, which means that we have loads of people go through the staff room. Good, good…yet, I was somewhat nervous to ask my boss if it would be okay to host a workplace diaper drive. I bit the bullet and emailed my boss. Cause’ you never know unless you ask…
It turns out I didn’t need to worry at all! She was all over the idea and asked the admin staff to send out an email to everyone in the building about it. The next week, when I arrived with my diaper collection bin in hand, there was already a bag and a box of diapers waiting for me! Then, throughout this month the diapers kept trickling in. In the end, it couldn’t have been any better.
Not only did my work colleagues donate, but a friend of mine pitched in and donated over 200 hundred diapers herself. I am proud to say that we collected a grand total of 671 diapers!!! Now I know disposable diapers are not good for the environment, and as you may remember I like to call myself an environmentalist. But, I think we can all agree that every baby deserves a clean and healthy bottom, and well, cloth diapers just aren’t realistic for families without a home. I will be bringing the diapers to Inn From the Cold in the next few days. I’m hoping to bring my little guy along for our ‘ultimate diaper drop-off,’ because although he’s still very young, he can understand the need for “all babies to have diapers.” Besides, why not start modelling the importance of giving to others as early as possible???
My other act of kindness over the past two days is much smaller and took much less planning, yet I don’t mind saying is still kinda awesome in its own way. I decided to share some music with a friend. I don’t know about you, but to me, introducing someone to new music and/or books are some of the. best. gifts. Music in particular has the incomparable ability to move someone, affect one’s mood, and ultimately foster connection between people. Think about it: back in the day how did you communicate to someone that you cared about them? You made them a mix tape! Okay, I’m dating myself a little here, but you get the idea 🙂 So, I burned a disc (properly purchased on iTunes of course) of a band I’m really into lately and mailed it to a friend, just because. The band, if you are interested, is called The Head and The Heart. They are a Seattle-based band with a singular sound that is difficult for me to explain, but definitely worth a listen.
Have you got any music to share with someone you care about? Make them a mix cd! It is a sure-fire way to brighten their day 🙂