I’ll admit, giving back is not necessarily always in the forefront of my mind. I don’t think about ways to give back or pay it forward. It may be because I’m still very young and I think I don’t have very much to give yet. After some thought, this is not true. Giving back can be as easy as simple awareness and product choices. Giving back can be as easy as making a meal for someone. It can be as easy as doing something to help another just for the sake of helping the other person, and expecting nothing in return.
Project 7 was created with consumerism in mind. The quote in the image above is from Tyler Merrick, an entrepreneur who created Project 7 as a way to give back in many different ways. He knew that no matter what, we will buy products we need and use everyday. Why not create a product that people need either way and make it so that its purchase helps a cause? That’s why Project 7 was born.
“We exist to do good around the globe. We make everyday products like bottled water, gum, mints and coffee that everyday people can buy. For every purchase of a Project 7 product, good is done in seven areas of need. Causes and products include: Feed the Hungry, Heal the Sick, Hope for Peace, House the Homeless, Quench the Thirsty, Teach them Well and Save the Earth.”
It’s important to give back especially when doing so is so easy.
I went to Meijer in the suburbs by my parents’ house and bought 10 packs of Project 7 gum. I gave one to the cashier and told her about the cause and hopefully inspired her to do a good deed as well. Just as little as buying a pack of gum helps.
I like gum. It helps me ease my anxiety when I feel it coming on. The minty fresh flavor also helps me calm down in tough situations. Needless to say, I need gum and I use it either way. Buying Project 7 gum in the Save the Earth packet has helped ME get my gum fix but it also helped put money towards planting trees and save the environment, if only a little. Every little bit helps.
I also got some mints of the Feed the Hungry packet. They didn’t have any gum at the Meijer for this particular one but I like mints too although not as much as gum. Buying these particular ones help feed the hungry by providing meals to those in need. It’s a truly amazing and noble cause.
I gave the gum packets to those around me and told them about the cause.
I felt inspired to continue with the good deeds. While I don’t eat chicken, I know my dad has been wanting some lately and so having bought the products at the Meijer during my trip, I decided to make chicken thighs for him the following day. I used this recipe.
He hasn’t had it in a while and he was happy. It was my way of saying thank you for all you’ve done for me and for the support you’ve given me and those around you. He also got a packet of gum along with my mom. They loved the concept behind Project 7.
I still felt inspired. I got to thinking…
Since I am still unemployed, I do have a lot of time for myself. In the spirit of giving back, I’ve decided to sign up for volunteering. I signed up at a local Chicago animal shelter and volunteer orientation is Thursday! I thought that since I’m obviously good with animals and I miss my Cookie since she’s at my parents’ house, it’d be a great idea to give back in the form of helping out.
I’m excited to start! 🙂
Check out this video about Project 7: