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 a PDF version of our 28 Days 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: Put In Your 3 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.

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Day 4: 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 5: 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 6: 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 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 11: Sunshine, Sleet or Snow!

Get outside. Shovel a sidewalk, sign up for a guided snow shoe tour, take a walk, or X-country ski. Go to visitmontrose.com for a list of winter activities you can do right in your Colorado backyard. Head outside for the Montrose Rotary Club Winter Carnival at Cerro...

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Day 13: Give Blood, Give Life

Call and schedule a day and time to give blood. Call and schedule an appointment to give blood at Montrose Memorial Hospital. The blood is used here at the hospital and at the San Juan Cancer Center. Or, you can track down the St. Mary's Bloodmobile...

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Day 14: Healthy Heart Day

Sign up to be an organ donor, leave Valentine cards at the hospital for patients, or deliver soup to someone who is sick. February is also Heart Health Month. Below are some heart healthy recipes. Roasted salmon, green beans, and tomatoes. Fusilli with broccoli pesto...

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Day 15: 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. Send flowers, write a note, bring in snacks or a homemade project, buy them a gift card for their favorite store, give them their favorite...

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Day 17: FUN FRIDAY! (Youth Day)

No school today! Spend the day doing something fun with the kids - schedule a playdate, play a card game, read a book, build a snowman, go sledding or have a tea party!

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Day 18: Senior Citizen Day

Today is for our special senior citizens. Visit a nursing home, offer to do errands, offer respite care, or visit with a shut-in.

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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 or donate pet food! Local Shelters: Black Canyon Animal Shelter Montrose Animal Control...

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Day 21: Talent Tuesday

You know you've got talent (singing, telling jokes, juggling, listening, playing an instrument). Share it with someone today.

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Day 22: 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. Or, feed the inner artist in you and sign up to recycle/upcycle a book for a good cause. The Montrose Center for the Arts is hosting the...

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Day 23: Restock the Shelves

Donate food to someone who needs it. Below are some organizations that collect non-perishable food items. Sharing Ministries Food Bank located at 121 N Rio Grande Ave. Kid's Aid Montrose located inside the Methodist Church on Park...

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Day 24: Dine Out For Charity

Celebrate 28 Days of Generosity with Dine Out for Charity on Day 24! 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 25: Volunteer for 25 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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Day 28: Civility Day

Today try using one of the 9 tools of civility, and find out how giving the gift of respect improves your relationships and our community. Below are the 9 tools of Civility: Pay Attention Listen Be Inclusive Don't Gossip Show Respect Be Agreeable Apologize Give...

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