You are approached by a stranger and you are giving $75 dollars to spend. But are giving a set of rules. Here are the rules:
- You can’t spend it on yourself.
- You can’t save it for yourself or family.
- You must have fun giving it.
- This last 7 days and once you spend the money contact the person at the bottom of this sheet.
- Take a photo documenting your journey.
- Journal your journey about giving and what were the people reaction to this. Here are some questions for you.
- How do you feel when you given this assignment?
- How did you decide to give the money?
- Was it easy to give it away?
- Who did you tell about this assignment and why?
I sat down and thought about this. How would I react and what would I do each day. Then I began to write where would I spend the money. How I would deliver it and the reactions on both.
Day 1. The day I get the money and instructions. I would be ecstatic about it. It’s about 9 am when I get it. I would drive over the church immediately. Then hand them money. I know they can use it in a variety of ways. I think I would want them to put it in the youth scholarship for summer camps. I would call and tell the person in the letter where the money went. Then start journaling.
Day 2. Pick up the money in the same place as I did before. I would contact the local community theater I was on board with. I would want to purchase 3 adults tickets. Each ticket is at $20 a piece. And then have the left over go towards a student ticket. Then have them hand out the lucky people. I know they would be floored in receiving this and would be happy to carry this out. I would call the person again. Knowing that day 2 is even going better than before. I can’t imagine the rest of the days would be better.
Day 3. I would buy 15 $5 dollar Caribou Gift card and go to the school district where I work. And I would find out the 15 first year teachers would be and give it to them. A little way to say thank you to them for all they do. I would try to remain anonymous but I don’t think that would happen. The phone call would be exciting to make and it keeps getting better.
Day 4 I would go to Cub Foods grocery store and purchase a $75 gift card and hand it to a church that provides meals on week night for the community. They give so much and some times have to stretch there dollars to do so. There is one church in a town I work would be tickle pink to receive this. Because often than not they rely on monetary donations. Well, they would be happy. I would be honored to do this for them. To bad they can only get this once. Every day with the phone call I say it can’t get any better. But it does. I am expecting that even more by day 5.
Day 5 I would give the $75 dollars to the Fine Arts Scholarship. I participate with the community band and we do a fundraiser concert in the spring. I think that it would be awesome to help raise a little extra money for kids who really want to go further their music education.
Day 6 give the money towards the local police/fire department. I would like to make contact prior to this to let them I want to some goodies deliever to them by this day. Coffee from a local coffee shop and fresh food. Thank you for all the help you do. All I know is that I would be a sap and cry about doing something for our local heros. Yes the call this time would be a little emotional.
Day 7 I would be shocked to not mention that it is coming to the end. Wouldn’t you be? For the last day I would go shopping and find some things to give to a new mom. Then go to the local hospital and give it to them. I think that would be awesome to do. Diapers, couple baby books, diaper bag, and few other things that I could think of for all of 75 dollars.
What an amazing week of giving. A way to look at each giving something from yourself. What kind of ripple effect would happen? Maybe not that day or week. Maybe a week or two or even more. Giving something of yourself is precious and what it means for others around you.