Yesterday when I dropped M off at school I picked up this adorable sculpture she had made the week before. Honestly, it brought tears to my eyes. Each child's sculpture was different and here was hers, all her own - her own creativity. When I asked her what it was she told me it was fire. I asked, like a camp fire - because I can't think of what other fire she might have seen, and she said, ya, it's a camp fire, see, it's hot. The fact that she imagined something in her brain and recreated it just amazes me, she amazes me.
One of my long term goals for The Chipper Nest is to be able to give back. It's one of the main reasons I started this project - to have a vehicle towards giving and changing lives. I am so fortunate to live in a truly wonderful house but in a city full of wealth there is also poverty. How amazing do we feel when we come home to a beautiful house? My goal is to help other families experience that same sense of home. To come home to a place that meets not only their immediate physical needs for shelter, but a home that feeds their soul, their imagination, and their love. I'm currently exploring the best options to be able to give back and I can only imagine this growing but here's what I can do today.
That light fixture, those knobs, that anything you don't need - I'm not going to throw it in the dump. There are oodles of charitable organizations like Habitat for Humanity or WINS that accept donations. These items are then re-sold through their stores to generate revenue for change. Here's a link to Habitat For Humanity and how their Restore works. Just as important as donating is making the effort to purchase second hand goods from these places. It's part of my movement and effort to help. I hope that you'll consider doing the same and doing your part by donating your used items to such great initiatives.