#WDoG … The Sequel!!!!

dsc_3857.jpegIt’s altruism at its best!


June 15th is “Worldwide Day of Giving” and we are so excited to share this with you for the second year.


It was created by Reed Sandridge as a tribute to his mother, who was always thinking of others before herself.  It all began with his yearlong journey to give $10 everyday to a complete stranger…all while being unemployed.


You can find out more on this story by checking out our blog post from June 2015.  (You know we love those extra hits!!!)   :)))


Consider this a game and go forth out into the world and make a stranger’s day!!!!


Here’s how to play …..


Choose one of three activities or choose all three.


1.   Give a stranger $10


2.  Volunteer


3.  Donate $10


Here are the explanations from the “Worldwide Day of Giving” website:

*Give a stranger $10-  Find a complete stranger.  Approach them and tell them that you are participating in the “Worldwide Day of Giving” and would like to give them $10.  The only rules are that you may not know the person and you may not receive anything in return for the $10 (aside from the goodness you will feel).


Volunteer- You can volunteer with any organization.  For those of you who are busy and can’t take off work, consider micro-volunteering on websites like http://www.sparked.com.  Many of the volunteer projects take 20-30 minutes.  You can volunteer on your lunch break.


*Donate- Give $10 to your favorite charity.  Don’t know who to give to?  You can donate through the Year of Giving website to help some of the 365 recipients Reed gave $10 to in 2010.


If you live in the village, we have a couple of suggestions in regards to donating on this most special day.

*Friends of the Safety Harbor Library     http://www.safetyharborfol.weebly.com

*Safety Harbor Museum & Cultural Center   http://www.cityofsafetyharbor.com


Why not start your own personal altruistic journey today?????????   AND… encourage others to do the same.


Reed’s Year of Giving


Twitter @ReedSandridge


We would love to hear from you on June 15th!!!  Send us your pics via Twitter or Instagram!!!!


Photography:  Terrie Dahl-Thomas

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Words:  Karen Vest

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This is Safety Harbor,  Florida and this is our village…

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Bound by Community…

Little Free Library This blog was created to appreciate the “little things” in our community that make it so special, and to recognize other causes and campaigns that can create well-being in our everyday lives.

Let’s start with the “little” part, shall we? Our lovely Safety Harbor Public Library is thrilled to be stewards of two Little Free Libraries to pop up in the village in the next week. These public art pieces will be housed with books that are free to anyone who stops by… that’s right, no library card needed. It’s a “take a book, leave a book” community gathering place, and it’s here in the village for the purpose of sharing literature and the love of books.

Now… onto the cause or campaign. The Little Free Library was created by Todd Bol, who constructed a miniature one room schoolhouse and hoisted it upon a sturdy foundation on his front lawn. He filled it with books–free to anyone–for the purpose of promoting literacy and sharing the joy of reading. The Little Free Library movement has grown rapidly since it first began in 2009. Today there are about 15,000 LFLs worldwide granting free access to books to all that visit.

LFL’s mission is:
– To promote literacy and the love of reading by building free book exchanges worldwide.
– To build a sense of community as we share skills, creativity and wisdom across generations.

Pictured is one of the first two LFLs which Safety Harbor Library will be sponsoring. This brightly colored library was constructed and designed by fellow villagers, Steve Puskas and Susan Kelly. The other is a Key West style cottage created by Michael Wille, another one of our villagers. The library’s goal is to have a total of 10 LFLs stationed at various parks around town. Want to get involved and build your own??? Well, you know, we’re gonna list that info below, but first… the quote. It’s long…BUT…ahhh, so grand…

These are not books, lumps of lifeless paper, but minds alive on the shelves. From each of them goes out its own voice… and just as the touch of a button on our set will fill the room with music, so by taking down one of these volumes and opening it, one can call into range the voice of a man far distant in time and space, and hear him speaking to us, mind to mind, heart to heart.
~Gilbert Highet

*To learn more:
Little Free Library

*To get involved locally:

Photog: Terrie Dahl-Thomas

This is Safety Harbor, Florida and this is our village…