Now, here’s just the neatest idea I’ve seen in a long time. I’m so glad Backwoods Home Magazine published an article by Sandy Coates about starting a community treasure chest. You’ll have to read the whole article to really get what it’s all about. I’ll make sure John includes an excerpt below.
In a nutshell, if you can get a handful of neighbors and friends together, you can start a round robin arrangement with a container of items you don’t need any more, and someone along the way will take what they want and add something of their own to it. You’ll have to set some rules, of course, and the sky’s the limit as to what you can pass on, because you can include a notebook that lets you list the items or personal services that obviously don’t fit in the container.
Like I said, read the article. Then get together and work this out with your neighbors, people from church, or whatever. It’s a great way to help each other out and could make a difference for someone’s very survival.
The community treasure chest
By Sandy Coates
Do you have odds and ends sitting around that you no longer need? Are you a "green" thinker, hating to throw items away that are still useful? Do you enjoy trading and swapping and just treasure hunting in general? Is your mantra "one man’s junk is another man’s treasure?" Do you enjoy being thrifty and love to recycle; taking cast-offs and finding a new use for them? Do you know other like-minded souls that live in your neighborhood or that you see on a regular basis? If you can answer yes to any of these questions then why not start a community treasure chest?
The rural community I call home consists mainly of ranch families, small home businesses, young couples, and retirees. Most families are on fixed budgets or they have been raised to abhor wastefulness, even before "green was the thing.
Read the whole article here: www.backwoodshome.com/articles2/coates114.html
Excerpt used with permission of Backwoods Home Magazine. www.backwoodshome.com 1-800-835-2418
Listen, I’ll tell you how you can really be sneaky and charitable at the same time. Let’s say you have a book on survival you want to pass along. Put it in the community chest. If someone takes it, just hope and pray they can really learn what they need from it. Or, better yet, put in some survival supplies and pass them along for somebody you know who can’t afford much.
Let me give you an example. It won’t cost a lot, and you could really be doing somebody a favor, and they don’t have to know it came from you, if you don’t want them to know. Click on the words Quake Kare, Inc., which will take you to their home page. Go to the Lights & Radios category. On that page you’ll see a combination flashlight, radio, and emergency siren for just a few dollars. Buy one for yourself and one to put into the community treasure chest for someone else. That’s just one idea. I’m sure you can think of lots more, and when you do, you’ll feel good about doing a little thing that could mean a lot to someone else along the way.