Here are the 29 caps sewn by four of us who are mothers and wanted to reach out to other mothers, now working their way south to the Caps to Cap-Haitien project at the Mama to Mama initiative. They took a few old T shirts and a few hours of combined time. Just little things. But little things to save little lives.
“Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could only do a little.” Edmund Burke
When we first started our tradition of offering plates of cookies for sale, we had no grand ambitions. Motivated by another homeschooler’s comment at swim lessons, the local families each did what they could to raise a little money so that we could buy livestock for third world families. All we did was select cookies that were utterly delicious (and could be frozen) and send an email out to friends and coworkers. We had hopes to have a few orders, maybe 5-8. When we topped out around 50, I was excited and completely freaking out. Since then, we’ve baked an average of 1800 cookies each year. It’s a lot, but evenings and weekends permeated by the scents of orange peels, ginger, chocolate, and peppermint are enjoyable. And it’s such a simple little thing; all we do is bake things so that others don’t have to. But we raise hundreds of dollars every time and make a real difference in the lives of others.
What can you do?
I want to encourage you to do what you can. Don’t try to solve all the world’s problems, and don’t give up because you’re overwhelmed. Do what you can.
Events you could host (charge a $3-5 fee, or ask others to bring non-perishable food):
- a Guitar Hero or Dance Dance Revolution evening
- a crafting party – let them use up some of your stash while having fun
- a card-making night
- a board game night
- a family sports event – snow tag or skating, for instance
- a wine-tasting night
Things you can do to raise money:
- sell cookie platters
- once a week, chose a coffee instead of a latte and donate the difference
- shovel snow or weed gardens
- have a family piggy bank for collecting small donations all year
- ask others – it’s surprising how often they’ll say yes
Things you can do:
- volunteer for just one hour
- smile at someone who is just a random stranger
- write a thank you note to someone under-appreciated…like the mall cleaning staff
- make a blanket or a hat for the homeless with something in your stash
It’s an amazing question, once you start asking yourself: What can I do? You’ll discover that the answer is unique but the result is always the same: you can make a difference.
Do something to make a difference and post about it here to be entered to win a pretty sweet prize package.