Every Little Bit Counts! : By Satish Sachdeva
On our last summer vacation, as usual, my family and I loaded up our car with bottled water. While enjoying cold water on the hot summer drive, my older son Ankit (He is 9 years old) read the word “CRV” on the water bottle label and asked me about it. He was surprised to learn that anyone can cash in water bottles at a recycling center and receive 5¢ per water bottle. A few minutes later, he asked me why we don’t put the bottles in the recycle bin and collect the bottles and get money. I told him that the effort needed to collect the bottles and to drive to the recycling station is not worth the money that we may save. Moreover, as in the past, I told him, “You will start an initiative and then Mommy and Daddy will end up doing the actual work.” He first giggled but then got serious and promised with he will diligently collect the bottles from now on.
Out of curiosity, I asked him what he will do with the money that he collects. He was unsure but responded that we can give it to one of our neighbors who might benefit from the little extra money. Two things amazed me: first, he observed that one of our neighbors was in need of some help at such a young age and second, his thoughtfulness of helping our neighbor. To encourage him in this noble cause, I told him that I will match the money that he collects from the bottles.
Since summer, we have been collecting the bottles, cans, etc. in a large plastic bag. Recently, when the bag was full, we took the large stash of recyclables to the recycling station on our way to the grocery store. There, we collected over 10 dollars and gave a $20 bill to our neighbor. It is a small amount but every little bit counts and can make a difference in someone’s life.