“Backwoods Home Magazine” published an article by Sandy Coates about starting a community treasure chest. It’s in Issue #114 from November/December, 2008.
Here’s the idea.
Get a handful of neighbors and friends together, and 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. You can include a notebook that lets you list the items or personal services that obviously don’t fit in the container.
Suppose you have a book on survival you want to pass along. Put it in the community chest. If someone takes it, 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.
Here’s an article exerpt. Click the link below to read the whole thing.
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:
Excerpt used with permission of Backwoods Home Magazine.
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 it could make a difference for someone’s very survival.