This is a project designed to inspire you to be of service in fun and creative ways. You sign up and I will mail you a randomly chosen paper bag. In the bag may be money (bills or change), a gift card, a note card, a lotto ticket, stickers, and more. You are to use the contents of the bag in an act of service. You then document what you did (you can write it, do a video, write a song, take a picture, do an interpretive dance), and I will share it on the blog. You can refill the bag and pass it on for someone else to use. The bag has a sticker on it with all of the instructions!
Early next week I will send out a minimum of 50 bags. And then will send bags out monthly. You can sign up to participate in the side bar. I anticipate a waiting list. If the waiting list gets to long, I will close it for a while and re-open when spaces are available. I am currently only sending bags out to folks with US addresses.
Don’t want to wait? You can make some bags yourself! Here is the wording that I use on the bags:
Inside this bag is a gift.
It is a gift for you to give.
Please use the contents of this bag in act of service, whatever that means to you.After you share the goodness and do your act of service please report back to JoAnna@TheBrownPaperBagProject.com (words, pictures, videos and more are welcome!)
You are invited to fill the bag back up and pass it on.
This project is chronicled at http://www.thebrownpaperbagproject.com
Thanks and have fun
I did this once before in 2009 and it was AWESOME! People were creative and generous beyond my wildest dreams. I am so excited to share it with a wider audience of peeps.
I am funding this. It is my service project. If you would like to help out (cash, gift cards, anything that can fit easily in an envelope) that would be super. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and let’s talk.
What do you mean I service?
For me, service is an opportunity to uplift. Service is a beautiful act of spreading love and kindness. It feels good for the person (or thing) that is served as well for the server.
And yes, I do realize that some folks might sign up and use the contents of the bag for themselves. If that’s what happens…then they obviously needed it. That counts as service. I am willing to take the risk and trust in the awesomeness of my peeps.