Where Creativity And Kindness Intersect – #3ThingsThursday

Another Thursday, another opportunity for me to share with you 3 things from my world this week, thanks to 3ThingsThursday! This is a blogger linkup brought to you by hosts Pink Chai Living, The Write Balance and Love Laugh Mirch. If you are interested in linking up and meeting new readers, you will find the little linky button on the hosts’ websites. I encourage everyone to check out all the other bloggers; it’s so fun to see how unique everyone’s posts are each week!

This week, I’m telling you about 3 intersections of creativity and kindness. A couple are entrepreneurial and one is more of a social idea. I hope they inspire you, in whichever sector you wish, to add even more kindness and creativity to the world!

1. iCuckoo charity alarm clock

This is an app that allows you to donate to your favourite charity every time you hit the ‘snooze’ button on your alarm clock! I know! It’s got some great reviews; people are feeling less guilty about snoozing 🙂 I’m not a snoozer myself (unless it’s been a REAL doozy of a night – which would be saying a lot since ‘normal’ for me is consistently being woken up at least twice a night!), but I wonder if I would turn into one if I had this app?

What do you think about this?

2. tentree clothing company

Now THIS is very cool: a Canadian clothing company that plants ten trees for every item of clothing purchased. And I love the look of their brand! They’ve partnered with non-profits around the world and, at the time of this writing, have planted 3, 299, 410 trees in North and South America, Africa and Asia. Their site features a tree map with more info on where they’ve planted. You can buy online or in stores.

3. scarves for the homeless

This caught my eye on Yahoo! the other day. Such a warm and fuzzy idea (pun totally intended) – these scarves are showing up all over U.S. and Canadian cities, tied to street posts, for the homeless to make use of. With little notes like, “I’m Not Lost! If you need this to stay warm, then please take it. It is yours. Be warm, and do something to help someone else today if you can,” there is so much to love here. First of all, it’s giving with dignity; I love that it acknowledges the recipient’s ability to also do something kind for someone else. So important. I shared more on my thoughts about that in a previous post so I won’t go into them here.

As well, there’s no being singled out anywhere; it’s easy enough to untie a scarf and be on one’s way. No one has to put their hand up and say, “I need something.” We all need things at different points in our lives. How nice, though, to not have to say it in a public sphere, for once.

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I hope you enjoyed this edition as much as I enjoyed putting it together for you! I’m sure with all the awesomeness in the world, all the corners where creativity and kindness meet, I’ll be able to share more such ideas with you right here on my blog.

Thanks for tuning in – and leave a thought in the comments below!

14 thoughts on “Where Creativity And Kindness Intersect – #3ThingsThursday

  1. This is a great post Taslim! One of my big goals for 2015 is to have more conversations with the kids about faith and charity and this is a great starting point.

    1. Those are fabulous conversations, Raj! Love how you inspire cultural awareness in your kids, too. Inspiring for me, too!

  2. Oh how I love these. I would totally go broke on the alarm clock. I hit snooze a gazillion and one times each day….not good I know. The tentree is really neat. I am going to visit their site and see what kind of clothes they have. My fave was the scarf for the homeless and what you shared about the messages being left as they are tied to poles across cities. Very inspiring. Loved it.

    Thanks for inspiring us.


    1. Hi Irish! Weren’t these great? I always get such a LIFT when I hear about these kinds of endeavours. I’m so happy that sharing them here has inspired you <3 I definitely prefer supporting socially responsible companies and hope to own some tentree items soon!

    1. Hi Tazim – it’s so awesome what people are doing, isn’t it? Humanity is just so…good! And I’m glad you liked the quote! It gave me a special feeling when it floated off my fingertips onto the keyboard!

  3. Always love your 3 Things Thursday posts.They always give me something to think about. The scarves for the homeless is such a touching idea. I can’t wait to bring my scarf tomorrow. It’s freezing here in Washington D.C. and hope it can help someone in need stay warm.

    1. Hi Kamana – keep me posted on the scarf! Did you find a place where people are doing this in Washington? I’d love to hear more details (maybe see pics if you can take one!)

  4. Last quote totally struck the chords. I love such inspirational post by you. Giving and sharing is one of the best things in life. Though I didn’t actively participated except for donations but would love to contribute little things in life to fetch some cute smiles on the faces. Thanks Taslim for inspiring us 🙂

    1. Hi Shilpi – so glad you liked the quote! Participating by donating money is always helpful to organizations! This is another way to give and it’s especially significant to do this kind of giving with children. Makes things more tangible. Thanks for your comment!

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