On April 22, 2016 more than one billion people across the globe celebrated Earth Day, an annual event where people gather to celebrate with environmentally friendly events and/or pledge to demonstrate support to protect our environment.
In our home, I was impressed by the interest my first and second grader showed in this movement. Imagine, the minute I opened my pink grapefruit seltzer water, my two little ones were so inspired by the sound that they ran to me and attempted to claim the soon to be empty can. Lucky for them, I have replaced this drink with my long lost beloved diet coke and there would be more available throughout the day. Needless to say, I felt it was important to strike while the idea was hot and build on their interest by furthering their commitment to preserving our environment.
As I thought of ways to engage them, I knew this was the perfect opportunity to blend their interest in the environment with their passion for helping others. After a few brainstorming sessions, clear to me was the fact that “empties are full of opportunity” and The B Fund Recycle Drive was born.
Getting involved is simple and offers participants the opportunity to enhance ones understanding of the importance of recycling and empower them to use their Time, Talents and Treasures to benefit both the common good and our environment.
Now that you’re hooked, time to get started…
Empower your kids and even yourself to grab a box or bin and start collecting cans and bottles. Once the box is full, grab your entire family and travel to your local recycling center (many local grocery stores have them) and start dropping your “empties” into the machine. Once finished, press the button to collect your receipt and take it to the checkout counter. From there, collect your treasures, store them in a safe spot and start the process all over again!
To date, we have engaged a handful of children to test out the activity and both the feedback and results have been remarkable. In just three short months:
- 2,237 aluminum cans were collected
- 1,800 water bottles were collected
- $201.85 was raised to support families caring for critically ill children.
As you can see, empties are full of opportunities! We walked away from this activity feeling great. A handful of children were empowered and inspired by their efforts and were ready to do more!
The funds raised will support families caring for critically ill children at Boston Children’s Hospital. Everything from parking vouchers, meal tickets, emergency parent welcome kits, hotel stays and much more are provided to these parents. As a mother who woke up one morning with a to-do list a mile long and somehow ended up in the hospital caring for my child who was critically ill, these resources and simple acts of kindness from strangers who care make an enormous difference.
To learn more or get involved, download The B Fund Recycling Drive Kit now!
Be Kind - Brave - Be The Change