What is a “Call to Action” post?
I’m the type of person who actually calls the 1-800 numbers you find on your packages from the supermarket. Not just as a 13-year-old prankster, but as a serious adult with a comment.
I’ve called Ivory Soap to thank them for offering a liquid soap that WASN’T antibacterial.
I’ve called Miracle Whip to tell them I’m upset about their switch from glass jars to plastic.
I routinely call charities who send me mail appeals for donations to tell them I want to save their time and money while conserving paper, so please stop sending to my address. (I’ve drastically reduced my mail pile this way!)
I called Spartan Stores a few years back to express my surprise and outrage at finding aspartame (Nutrasweet) in their “low fat” yogurt, and I called them recently to thank them for switching to cardboard egg cartons.
I’ve called Bayer, who makes Flintstones vitamins, to state for the record that I think it’s ludicrous to put Nutrasweet (aspartame) in chewables for my 2-year-old.
I called the number on the egg carton to ask what their chickens eat.
I send emails through the American Family Association complaining about television content, etc., all the time.
And I’ve written to my local grocery store managers about their reduced produce practices.
Now I’m going to ask you to join me. I have heard that companies assume that if ONE person takes the time to write a letter (hopefully phone calls count!), there must be at least ONE HUNDRED out there who think the same way. This means every time you take action, your voice counts 100 times. That is an awesome value for your 5-minute investment. I figure if I can make it easier for you to take action, I’ll multiply the truth even more.
So when a “Call to Action” post shows up, expect to be given some information about an issue (often relating to the current Monday Mission topic) and then an easy way to take action outside your kitchen. I’ll share form letters that you can print and mail, form emails with addresses to enact broader change, and phone numbers along with an idea of what to say.
I value efficiency, and I know you value your time. These will be easy and painless. Especially for those of us who are moms, we can struggle with finding ways to “serve God” outside the home. Many people look for acts of service to perform, but it’s hard to commit to a regular time away from family or other obligations. Take this opportunity to accept a small amount of responsibility to make a big impact and fulfill your duty as a Christian steward. You can serve God right from your computer chair…and without breaking out your checkbook.
(Sometimes, by the way, the companies actually give me coupons – even for free product – even when that’s absolutely not my intent. It’s a fun bonus though!)
Call to Actions:
- A Reduced Produce Primer: letter to stores requesting that they start a reduced produce section or run theirs responsibly
- Antibacterial Thoughts…
- and a letter to Bath and Body Works educating them about the hazards of antibacterial products.
- Part two: A Reply to Bath and Body Works’ Response
- Fight for the Sanctity of Life
- Quick Clicks for Real Health Care
- Take Action to Protect Life in the Womb
Learn about Mary and Martha Moments
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