For this month's Kindness Project I wanted to highlight the I Dig Reading Challenge.
It all began as an idea from the WhoRuBlog, who hosted a read-a-thon in December of 2010.
The idea was simple-- read as much as you could over the four day period, and pledge to donate X amount per page or book or what have you.
People were doing 5 dollars a book, 1 dollar a book. One penny a page (which could get costly if you've just started to read George R. R. Martin).
The amount doesn't even need to be publicized. You then pledge to donate to any organization you choose (again, this can be publicly shared or kept private).
I participated and loved it so much I didn't want the reading and giving to end.
I started the I Dig Reading Challenge so that I could tie my (somewhat selfish) desire to read as much as possible with something a little more selfless, like giving to others.
I keep track of how many books I read each month, and then give a monthly wrap-up that features both the books I've read and the group I'm giving to. Check out the I Dig Reading Challenge TAB above to see who I've given to since December of 2010.
I'm the kind of person who always "wants" to give to the charities or organizations that I think do good work.
But, that being said, when the end of the month comes around (or the end of the year, which is worse after holiday spending) I don't often feel I have enough money to give a "good" gift.
What I like about this challenge is that it allows me to give small amounts all year long. I don't have to wait until I can afford to send $50 or $100 (which could be never).
I think it's just as important to give not what you think is "the right amount" but at a level that works for you. One group I love sent me a plea for a giving campaign. I could only afford to send them $5.00 this year... but I know if just a tiny percentage of the humans on the planet did that... it would MEAN SOMETHING BIG.
I read for many reasons-- because I love it, because I learn as a writer from it, and also because the more I read, the more I give.
So, JOIN me! The wonderful thing about both the I Dig Reading Challenge and The Kindness Project is that anyone can participate.
Contact ME if you'd like to be added to the I Dig Reading Challenge list of participants, and/or direct me to your blog when you post about it, so I can link to it, too!
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