Coming together with other bloggers to give things (backpacks full of back-to-school supplies, dollars (BigBrother’s favorite part) with ideas of what “good” you can do with just a dollar, silly bandz (you know the kids love them), popcicles on a hot day, noise makers, silly faces, candy, stickers and more) was something I needed to be involved with, something I needed to participate in at this time in my life.
Bloggers are frequently accused of the “look at me and look what I did” mindset. I mean, I do it. I’m guilty of it. Sure, I’ve done, said and written some pretty cool things. My kids? They’re way cute. My husband? He’s hot and he’s a hero. Look at us! And then 2010 smacked me in the face. My grandfather died. My husband’s uncle died. My husband’s aunt died. My grandmother, who just lost her husband, was diagnosed with breast cancer. My grandmother also stands to lose a significant portion of The Farm due to financial matters in the wake of grandpa’s death. A high school friend just had a stroke and lost all feeling on her right side. Every time I turn around, I have been forced to take note of what is important to me.
Teaching my children to love and respect others is a biggie. We do things to teach that: our Elf project, donating a bunch of toys to our local Secret Santa program, volunteering for various things, walking for March of Dimes and so on. It’s just important to me that they learn that this world isn’t all about the getting, the gimmies. I want them to have a heart for service, one that I have even if I am a so-called-narcissistic-blogger.
Getting involved with the Do Good Day project allowed me to teach my oldest son more about giving back. 77 Kids allowed us to do more good than we could have done on our own. It also allowed him some time and space to work on his social issues, which was an amazing thing for me to see. By the end, he didn’t need a lot of prompting. He just handed out those dollars. And he was proud. (I was proud, too, but, oh, he was proud.)
“Mommy, do you think those kids liked the dollars?”
“Well, buddy, would you like a dollar?”
“So do you think they did?”
“Yeah. I liked giving stuff to people.”
“Me too. Why did you?”
“It made them happy. And me too.”
“Me too, buddy.”
Teaching moments brought to you by Do Good Day.
I don’t know what the people we encountered thought about our Do Goodery. I hope they went home and talked about it as families. I hope that they pondered what it meant that a bunch of crazy people were standing in the blazing hot sun giving things to complete strangers. I hope they felt a little bit of kindness toward their fellow man. Or woman. Or little dude.
I am thankful that 77 Kids and The Motherhood came together for this project. Probably more than ever before, this is the most awesome way I have seen a company interact with bloggers. They “got” that it wasn’t “all about us” and that, by and large, bloggers DO want to do something for other people. Yes, we write about our families and our awards and our accomplishments and our hang-nails like the rest of the world should care. But, especially when it comes to the heart of Pittsburgh bloggers, we do care about our communities, about other people. Kudos to 77 Kids and The Motherhood for “getting it.”
For an official write up of the Pittsburgh event, read what UncleCrappy wrote at the Beaver County Times, my hometown newspaper. Also observe his sunburn in the video. Yeah, we all got that as our own gift.
[Disclosure: I did received a stipend for my time. But no aloe. Or bandaids for the blister I got. Worth it though.]