Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Today is Blog Action Day; over 9,800 bloggers have committed to writing about poverty. How does the effort to control clutter relate to poverty? In at least three ways.
1. As you get rid of things that no longer add to your life, you can donate them to the many people who could really use them. That might mean local groups that support the poor in your part of the world, and it could mean national or international groups.
For those in the USA, I'm sure you already know about organizations like Goodwill. But did you know you could donate to a furniture bank in your area? Or donate your old eyeglasses? Or donate women's clothes, appropriate for job interviews - to help women going out on those interviews?
And as we move into winter, how about donating to One Warm Coat - or even organizing a coat drive?
2. As you select gifts this upcoming holiday season, consider not adding to someone else's clutter; make a donation in that person's name instead. Not everyone will appreciate such a gift - but many people are delighted to get such gifts. There are many wonderful organizations that fight poverty in many ways. One of my favorites, when I go beyond the local level, is Seva.
3. OK, this might be stretching a point, but it's for a good cause.
For those in the U.S., instead of creating candy clutter in your home at Halloween, consider reviving the tradition of Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF.