Giving Tuesday is coming up next week and as part of that I'm hosting a book drive for the non-profit organization First Pages. I recently sat down with Kelly Partner, the founder of First Pages, to talk with her about the organization. First Pages focuses on providing books to children age 0 to 5 and promoting pre-literacy skills in Durham, North Carolina.
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Spring is for new beginnings. Cliche, okay, but it's the season whose whole purpose is building and growing, so this weekend I built and planted. My work is sponsoring a house build through Habitat for Humanity of Orange County and as part of the sponsorship several of my coworkers and I volunteered at a build site on Saturday.
Everyone has a reason for why they do the things they do - why they hike or run or swim or bike or whatever. Some reasons are more simplistic than others: "for my health" or "it's something I can do with my sister" or "to decompress" or whatever easily-defined unique reason there may be. Some are more complicated: "to face the void" or maybe even to slowly untangle the "why" itself. Some reasons are downright agony on your heartstrings.
On Friday morning when a friend of mine asked me if I wanted to help clean up a state park on Saturday morning, I of course said "yes!" It's so easy to take for granted green areas and watersheds, whether they are tucked away from most of civilization in a wilderness area or just down the street from cities and homes.