Happiness is Giving: Gear Forward

Happiness is Giving: Gear Forward

Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love. ~ Lao Tzu

So today I want to draw your attention to an organization near and dear to my heart, Gear Forward. I met Scott Gauvin, its founder, a couple of years ago and I wrote for his other site, Hiking Forward, while I hiked on the Appalachian Trail. Scott’s a great guy, committed to the outdoors and someone who wants to help people.  One way he’s doing that is by creating his new site.

Scott Gauvin

Scott Gauvin

The concept of Gear Forward is quite simple,  those of us who spend a lot of time outdoors often have a lot of gear, and a lot of extra gear.  As a community, we also tend to be folks who are advocates for helping people get outdoors and appreciate nature.  So what the organization does is simply accept the donations of new and/or gently used gear to donate to kids to help them have the right gear to access the outdoors.

They want to achieve something spectacular in their first year, as a collective outdoor community they want us to help to fill their map with a donation from or to all 50 States by the end of 2016.

How can you help?

  • Donate an outdoor gear item to Gear Forward
  • Identify a need in your community and let us know
  • Spread the word about this effort
  • Get active with Gear Forward and become a Gear Forward Partner
  • As a retailer, help us to collect items at your store to benefit youth in need

If you have any questions about how to get involved please contact us.

So far they have impacted or received donation from 11 states, let’s help them check off all 50 and help some kids have a happy day my friends.  ~ Rev Kane

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About Michael Kane

Michael Kane is a writer, photographer, educator, speaker, adventurer and a general sampler of life. His books on hiking and poetry are available in soft cover and Kindle on Amazon.
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