September 1, 2014
This Week's Idea
SHED SOME LIGHT: Recycle eyeglasses and sunglasses
Do you have an old pair of eyeglasses shoved into a drawer? You can recycle them and give the gift of sight to some people who canít afford glasses.
Lions Clubs International collects glasses and its volunteers take them to clinics in Mexico, Peru, India and other countries. Opthalmologists and optometrists examine the villagersí eyes, and adjust OUR glasses for people who need them. So if you have any prescription eyeglasses, sunglasses or reading glasses - any size, any strength - that you donít wear anymore, please donate them, and give someone the gift of sight.
How to help:
1. Mail glasses to: Lions In Sight Foundation of California and Nevada, 1404 Lemon Street, Vallejo, CA 94590, or
2. Click to find a Lions Club International location near you (US, Canada, Europe, S. Africa), or
3. Drop off at any Lenscrafters store. Click for locations.
CRACK THE CODE
Sometimes you need to do a nice thing for yourself before you can do one for anyone else. Here's an idea for how can you change some of the worrisome and angry thoughts that get stuck in your brain. The thoughts that squeak squeak squeak like a hamster on a wheel, drowning out everything else.
What if you could change it so the hamster wheel didn't squeek? What if it sounded like Sinatra or Aretha or Mozart - a sound that was loving, soothing and uplifting?
If you can't change something, change the way you think about it. Start by changing your computer passwords to motivational phrases. Every time you type in the password (or write it on paper), youíll be reminded of its uplifting message. Examples:
Can changing a computer password change your life? Try it. It canít hurt.
(For enhanced security, include at least one UPPERCASE character, one lowercase alphabetic character, one symbol and one number, totaling at least 8 characters.)
PLAY IT FORWARD
Give your used sports equipment (cleats, bats, balls, mitts, etc) to your local Boys & Girls Club, and help some deserving kids have fun this summer. Locate a club.
KID FLICKS: DVDs for Children in the Hospital
Kid Flicks collects childrenís movies and donates them to childrenís hospitals and pediatric departments all over the U.S. and South Africa. It was founded by four sisters, Lexi, Romi, Marni and Berni Barta. The idea emerged when the girls visited one of their young friends in the hospital who was being treated for leukemia. While she was receiving chemotherapy, she would watch movies to pass the time and distract her from the discomfort.
This gave the Bartas an idea. They came back to the hospital with some of their own videos and DVDs. The movies were so popular that the girls decided to collect as many as possible to donate to hospitals for kids. They told a few people, and within a week they'd collected 100 movies. Twelve years later, they have donated more than 75,600 movies!
Recycle your kids' old DVDs or buy a new one and put a smile on the face of a deserving child. Mail DVDs (no videotapes, please) to Kid Flicks/Barta, 11755 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90025 #1450. You can also mail them a check or donate online.
Collecting and recycling DVDs and donating them to Kid Flicks is a summer great project for children to do.
GODSPEED: When you hear a siren, say a prayer.
What if the next time an ambulance sped by with its siren screaming, you said a little prayer? What if everyone who heard the siren said one? What if you were the patient in the ambulance, teribbly frightened? But then you realized that everyone nearby is praying for you. Wouldn't it make you feel a lot better?
THE ONLY WORD YOU NEED
HELLO! Is greeting a stranger awkward? Try our snappy new D1NT HELLO name tag. Print it out on Avery label #8164 or plain paper, write your name on it, stick or tape it on and spread some friendliness. Then tell us what happens. Email your stories and photos to us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
This project was inspired by John Pugsley, D1NT's graphic/product designer. Click here to read his story.