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- Tree-lighting festival kicks off holiday season in Machesney Park
- Roscoe Boy Scout Troop’s tree stand at new location
- Tips for selecting safe toys for kids this holiday season
- Prayer service for World AIDS Day Nov. 30
- Food Bank joins national #GivingTuesday movement
- Lee Hamilton: What lies ahead for Congress
- Rockford Public Schools faces $8.8 deficit, board OKs flat tax, HR chief
- Literary Hook: A holiday tradition: ‘This Thanksgiving, Remember’
- Cold snap does not negate global warming
1 green thing: Thinking early about green gifts
By Jan Herbert
Rockford Park District
Whether you were “green” before the color was fashionable or whether you’re just ready to find the “shade” that works best for you, here’s information about doing just “one green thing.”
Not sure about you, but as the holidays grow closer, I always begin to think about the things I could do that might substitute for a gift. You know, the cookies you bake for the woman down the street, and the fudge you might leave for the postal delivery person.
Here are a few “green gifts” you might not think of ordinarily:
1) Consider purchasing a water heater blanket for your parents or grandparents. If grandma is living alone, this may not be something she has.
2) Buy a few tubes of caulk and help your neighbor get ready for winter (or do your home first, and then offer to show them how!)
3) Buy extra compact fluorescent light bulbs, wrap (do I need to remind you again to reuse the funny papers instead of sending for recycling?) to have them ready for quick gift-giving. Women will know what I mean … you can use these for “last-minute” gifts or gift exchanges that you forgot about. They will not do you much good at the cookie exchange party, but they make thoughtful gifts anyway.
For more information, e-mail Jan Herbert at JanHerbert@RockfordParkdistrict.org.
From the November 18-24, 2009 issue