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The right kind of green

St. Patrick's Day will soon be here with the unmistakable prevalence of green. But there are all kinds of green with different connotations: green with envy, little green men (aliens), green-eyed monster, etc. Fortunately, there are also descriptions of green that are positive such as: green as in cash, green as environmentally responsible, or even green thumb.

In Lawrence, KS an annual St. Paddy's Day parade reaffirms the positive of green by raising funds for local charitable organizations. Those aboard floats, as well as spectators are encouraged to show their green - everybody is Irish on March 17. This year the parade will begin at 1pm from South Park downtown.

For 2014, recipients of funds raised by the parade will go to: Bikers Against Child Abuse, Baby Jay’s Legacy of Hope, and the Camp Bromelsick Foundation. All organizations advocate for children and support their well-being.

There are countless ways to contribute your personal green to this event: anything from purchasing t-shirts to a silent auction to competitive games. Check out the website: for a complete schedule of events.

Now to another very important green - the environment. While you watch the parade, make sure to recycle whatever you can. This may mean actually keeping your empty can of pop or the plastic bag from your mega-sized popcorn, and holding them until you find a recycle receptacle.

You can also vow to hang on to your personal green décor for next year rather than trash it when the day is done. Or maybe you could plant some clover or other green ground cover. If you don’t want to do that at home, find a public area where erosion has occurred, and then sprinkle your seedlings.

But most important, have fun. We live in a beautiful world where green is welcomed each spring. It is a sign of hope that good things often wait undetected until they (or we) are ready. So go green this St. Patrick’s Day and do something good for your fellowman or the environment.

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