Having lost a few loved ones to various types of cancer, it’s definitely a cause I support, and in the spirit of Committing to Random Acts of Charity I immediately sent her signed copies of EVERMORE and BLUE MOON in hopes they would help in some small way.
And though I was obviously touched by her e-mail, what I didn’t realize is that Samantha wasn’t acting under her mother’s guidance, wasn’t asked to drum up donations on her own, she was simply inspired after years of watching her mother’s tireless efforts to help others, and decided to find her own way to pitch in and help-- a real Living Your Five kinda moment, and I’m so proud of her!
Or as her mother, quoted in an article in The Carolina Weekly put it:
“One of the event’s bonus results is the lesson it teaches the community’s children, Del Vecchio said. “I think one of the successes is that our children see us saying, ‘Yes, we can do this.’ They see us making things happen. And hopefully they’ll be that way one day as well.”
Del Vecchio realized her daughter Samantha, 12, was learning valuable lessons after she discovered that the student sent an e-mail to popular young-adult-fiction author Alyson Noel, asking her to donate signed copies of books from the best-selling “Immortals” series to Rally’s auction. Noel replied within hours, expressing her support for the cause and committing to a donation.
“There are points during the year that dinner isn’t made when my husband is home from work, or I have to pick up the kids from school and then run five Rally errands, but after (discovering Samantha’s e-mail) I thought to myself, ‘OK, this is balancing now. She gets it,’” Del Vecchio said.”
To read the full article, click HERE
Also, in the spirit of Random Acts of Charity I also made a donation to Beyond Shelter, a Los Angeles based charity that helps combat poverty and homelessness among families with children. Blake Snyder, screenwriting guru, author of SAVE THE CAT (one of the best books on writing, ever!), and overall awesome person, was a big supporter. And when he passed away last month, a memorial fund was set up in his name and it felt like a great way to honor a friend and help people in need at the same time.
Also, in my efforts to Commit to Living Greener, my husband and I recently went paperless for all of our bill paying. Did you know that receiving and paying bills online can make a huge environmental impact—and if every American household made the switch, it could reduce solid waste in U.S. landfills by more than 800,000 tons a year and help curb the release of greenhouse gases by 2.1 million tons, according to Javelin Strategy and Research. This could also save an estimated 18.5 million trees a year. Not to mention it’s a lot less mail to open!
Oh, and in my Commitment to Give Something Away Every Time I Buy Something New I bought a purse last week, and so I’m getting rid of a purse—and you know what, I seriously doubt that I’ll miss it!
So, that’s it from me—but what about YOU?
Any good living green tips?
Are you Living Your Five?