A BAG campaign
Take 10 minutes out of your day, walk to your kitchen, grab a trash bag and fill it with brand new or gently used stuff, take a photo, email it, donate your bag, spread the word to everyone you know.That is it. It is that simple.
Your spark can become a FLAME and change everything.
Everything starts as a small idea. Most of us sit back in wonder when we learn of some big movement and plan that people are doing to impact the world. We always wonder why we didn’t think of something that simple, or throw our ideas or plans out to the world. So that is what I am doing.
A month ago I traveled to San Francisco and worked with tons of amazing groups and met lots of cool people. One thing that stood out to me from that trip was a story I heard. Mark Scandrette (who is the coolest, most inspiring, fun person… Look him up!!!) shard that his family and several other families donated half of all their belongings. They decided to live a more simple life and realized they didn’t need everything they had. This stuck with me. It is so true, we all have way to much stuff, hence why we are always looking for more closet space, extra storage, price tag left on items, ‘finds’ that people forgot they owned.
Now I don’t have enough stuff to be able to give away half of what I owned, but I got to thinking about if everyone I knew, and they knew, and they knew, gave away at least ONE trash bag full of good items. It is such an easy task, and yet no one is walking around challenging people to do this. I have already filled 4 trash bags full of good items (my goal is 7 bags). That is all I can do because I am only one person… but then I thought, what if everyone did this, that would be so much stuff to be able to bless others with. What if we could get 100 trash bags full (that seems easy), what if a thousand (if enough people participated and told others this too could happen)….
In the Central Coast I will be taking items to the Achievement House. I am passionate about this place for a few reasons. I, personally know several people who struggle with mental disabilities and am so grateful that they have a support system to help them out. I believe that people are meant to live in community and contribute to society. Often times if a person struggles with a disability they are tossed to the side with no opportunities. This gives them an equal chance to succeed.
We at NCI Affiliates and Achievement House are dedicated to providing services that encourage & support individuals with disabilities, so that they may successfully achieve their personal & professional goals.
To create a caring and supportive pathway to success for people with disabilities so that they may build upon their individual strengths and gain the confidence they need to lead fulfilling and successful lives.
In Los Angeles I will be donating to Out of the Closet. Living in LA for many years I have been to this store several times. I had NO idea how awesome of an organization. They are apart of the AIDS Healthcare Foundation where you can have free STD and HIV screenings. You also can get your prescriptions filled for FREE!!! 96 cents on every dollar made by Out of the Closet directly go to the treatment of people living with HIV and AIDS, WOW!!!!!
I will come and collect items from people I know in the Central Coast and Los Angeles (and possibly the bay area!!). If you don’t live in these areas, don’t know me or really like a different organization all are ok. Please take a photo of you with your trash bags and email it to me email@example.com. This is important because I want us to see how an idea so simple and small can be spread.