28 DAYS OF GENEROSITY

Following in the spirit of the words of Winston Churchill, we are ready as a community to make February a month of generous living.  You are warmly invited to join in a community experiment of sorts to determine what might happen if we come together in being generous during the month of February.

We make a living by what we get.  We make a life by what we give.

Imagine the possibilities! Invite your friends, your coworkers, your family, your neighbors along on this adventure with you. We’ve created a calendar highlighting exciting ways to get involved.

Follow along on Facebook during February and post your own stories of how the 28 Days of Generosity inspired you to give. See the calendar and the list of ideas below. Or download our 28 Days of Generosity Calendar.

Share in 28 Days of Generosity!

The month of February we'll make it happen. Each day we'll join together in being generous. Below are some ideas on how to share the idea of the 28 Days of Generosity with others. Or visit our 28 Days of Generosity webpage for full descriptions of each day. Invite a...

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Day 1: Military Day!

Celebrate National Freedom Day by showing our military families and veterans how much we appreciate them. Below are a few ideas on what we can do to show our appreciation. Wear yellow  to show your support.  Say "Thank You," write a note to a member of the military or...

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Day 2: Groundhog Day

From the movie "Groundhog Day" Bill Murray says, "Is there anything I can do for you... today?" With this in mind, give someone a break - let a car go ahead of you in the school drop-off line, hold a door for the person behind you, forgive a grudge or an arbitrary...

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Day 3: Reduce, Reuse or Recycle

Clean out your closet, eat leftovers, recycle old computers, donate items you are no longer using. Implementing actions such as these in your life can help the community, the environment, and even your wallet. Below are some organizations that are accepting donations...

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Day 4: Snuggle Up Sunday

"Warm Fuzzies" today - give new stuffed animals to kids in the hospital, make a blanket for a shelter, or donate winter coats for kids and adults so they can keep warm during these chilly months. Below is a link to instructions on how to make your very own...

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Day 5: Thank a Civil Servant Day

A civil servant or public servant is a person in the public sector employed for a government department or agency. Why not thank your mailman, police officer, fireman, or other public servant today?

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Day 6: Book Day

Read to someone. Listen to a child read. Donate a book to a classroom. Volunteer at a school. Volunteer at the local library. The Montrose Library is proud to offer the 1,000 books before Kindergarten project: http://www.montroselibrary.org/1000-books Or, consider...

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Day 7: Neighbor Day

Did you know that today is National Wave All Your Fingers at Your Neighbor Day?? Give a neighbor a wave, or even better, stop in with a dozen fresh eggs or just to say hello.

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Day 10: Sunshine, Sleet or Snow!

Get outside! Take a moment to be thankful for our beautiful location, and take a deep breath of that fresh mountain air. Whether getting outside means taking a walk down main street, shoveling a sidewalk, or dusting off those X-country ski and getting back to your...

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Day 11: Pick Up 11 (Pieces of Trash)

Be kind to the environment, if you see litter on the ground, pick it up. By working together we will be able to keep our community clean for years to come. There are so many fun ways to get involved, organize a clean-up party in a park or neighborhood! Get the whole...

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Day 12: Give Blood, Give Life

Do you know how essential blood donations are? Here is some information about how your donation can make a difference. Call today to schedule your blood donation at Montrose Memorial Hospital. The blood collected at Montrose Memorial is used here at the hospital and...

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Day 13: Put in Your 13 Cents

Every penny counts so get rid of loose change in your car, your pockets, between your sofa cushions, and on you dresser. Put that change in a tip jar or coordinate a loose change drive and donate the proceeds to a local charity. Be the change that you would like to...

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Day 14: Healthy Heart Day

Today there is love in the air! Though Valentine's Day is largely a commercialized holiday, we could be a part of changing this well known holiday to something that serves the greater good. Sign up to be an organ donor, leave Valentine cards at the hospital for...

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Day 15: Senior Citizen Day

Take some time out of your day to chereish our special senior citizens. Visit a local nursing home, bring flowers, offer to do errands, offer respite care, or visit with a shut-in. The small amount of time will mean so much to our senior citizens.  

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Day 16: Thank a Teacher

Thank someone who has taught you something during your life - could be a current or past teacher, your boss or a family member. Teaching is a such a valuable skill that often goes unrecognized, this is a great reason to go the extra mile and make the day of someone...

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Day 17: Random Acts of Kindness

"Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible" - Dalai Lama Take some time out of your day to impact someone in a positive way. I am sure you have had a moment where someone's kindness or generosity changed your prospective on life, pass that moment onto another...

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Day 18: Unplug and Reconnect

"Take the phone off the hook and disappear for awhile, it's alright you can afford to lose a day or two." - Billy Joel (Vienna) Though technology has helped our world stay updated, connected, and efficient, we have lost an important aspect of relationships through...

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Day 19: Fun Monday! (Youth Day)

NO SCHOOL! Think back to your younger days, how exciting was a day off? Spend time with the children in your life, this could be a day that they look back on for years. The opportunities are endless, head over the a park, go out to eat, go fishing, take a hike, head...

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Day 20: Love Your Pet Day

It's National Love Your Pet Day. Take your pet for a walk, give your pet an extra pat, or have a child "Read to Rover". Don't have a pet? Volunteer at the local animal shelter, donate pet food or treats and toys! Local Shelters: Black Canyon Animal Shelter Montrose...

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Day 21: Write a Note Wednesday

Bring back the lost art of letter writing. Send a letter or card, or leave a sticky note for someone and brighten their day. A handwritten note shows a level of thoughtfulness that you can not achieve through social media outlets. Pull out that address book and let...

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Day 22: Restock the Shelves

We often take for grated the ability to walk into the grocery store and purchase food for our families. Not all are so lucky, take a moment to look through your pantry for some non perishable food items that you could donate today. You could also stop by your local...

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Day 23: Dine Out For Charity

Celebrate 28 Days of Generosity with Dine Out for Charity on Day 23! Generous restaurants are participating by donating a portion of their proceeds to a local nonprofit. This is an easy way to support our local nonprofits as well as our local restaurants. Below are...

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Day 24: Volunteer for 24 Minutes (or More)!

Give the gift of time and volunteer with a local charity. The Montrose Public Library has postings for volunteer opportunities in their lobby. Or, contact The City of Montrose volunteer coordinator for some additional opportunities within the city departments:...

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