|La Gloria School in Isla Mujeres|
A funny thing happened when we told people that they could take anything they wanted and there was no charge. It was not a garage sale or a bake sale - just an attempt to make someone's junk another person's treasure and at the same time, divert junk from the landfills.
Almost all the takers felt that this was such a good idea, that they offered to leave us some money for the items they took. At first we were uncomfortable taking any money because that was not the intent but an idea came to me that I was going to Mexico for a vacation a couple of weeks after the freecycle event and there was a school on Isla Mujeres that was run entirely on donations that could use the money. The students and I had a quick discussion and we decided that we would give what ever money was raised to the school.
In all, we raised $315 and I later gave the money to La Gloria English School on Isla Mujeres where I love to vacation. The money was used to provide scholarships for students on the island who want to study English. The scholarships are small (sometimes as little as $10) but it goes a long way in helping the islanders develop English language skills so they can find employment at some of the resorts. If you ever go to Isla or want to donate, you can check out the website. That's my "do-good" story of my students who made me very proud.