Did you know that Goods Deed Day is coming up? Really, it is. Good Deeds Day, sponsored by goodnet.org and over 20 international partners, including the ABC television network, takes place every year on a Sunday in March, and this year it is on March 15. Join 700,000 volunteers in 50 countries and take part in a worldwide celebration of doing good.
IN A NUTSHELL
Good Deeds Day is an annual celebration of good deeds. All over the world, hundreds of thousands choose to volunteer and help others, putting into practice the simple idea that every single person can do something good, be it large or small, to improve the lives of others and positively change the world.
Good Deeds Day was initiated in 2007 by businesswoman and philanthropist, Shari Arison, and launched and organized by Ruach Tova (NGO), a part of The Ted Arison Family Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the Arison Group. “I believe that if people will think good, speak good and do good, the circles of goodness will grow in the world. Good Deeds Day has become the leading day of giving and this year individuals, school children, students, soldiers and employees from many businesses are joining in for the annual Good Deeds Day with the aim of doing a good deed for others,” says Shari Arison.
Since its launch in 2007, this annual tradition of good has attracted an ever expanding number of participants, from 7,000 in 2007, to over 580,000 in 2014 from 50 countries around the globe. Businesses, non-profits, local municipalities, schools and more participate in a wide range of Good Deeds Day projects including painting homes of senior citizens, cleaning beaches and parks, renovating community centers and creating public gardens. Garnering extensive international support, recent partnerships and collaborations included MTV Global that campaigned Good Deeds Day 2012 for six weeks on its online and TV platforms, exposing the message to 24 million viewers across the globe, and ABC Network NYC kicked off Good Deeds Day 2013 and 2014 in Times Square NY, collaborating with leading volunteer organizations as part of a grand scale campaign involving TV, radio, and social media.
WHAT’S YOUR ACCESSORY FOR DOING GOOD?
The first 30,000 participants will receive a Good Deeds accessory free of charge. Take a short, three question quiz to see what you qualify for based on your giving profile. You could get a “take me, i’m yours” recycling bag, an “oh, goodie” bag, a “take me everywhere” tote, or “words of magic for you” cards. All other participants will be directed to the Goodnet Shop to purchase their accessories (FREE SHIPPING).
SO HOW CAN YOU DO GOOD? HERE ARE SOME IDEAS
- Knick knack bazaar for a cause
- Story time for kids
- Goodie bags for a senior home or hospital
- Urban gardening project
- Community picnic
- Pop up library
- Blood donation & organ donation signup
- Fun activities for cross generational bonding
- Outdoors cleanup
Doing good is, simple, easy and rewarding. For more information, contact a Goods Deed Day representative here.
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