Friday, December 17, 2010

Anyone Can Give

I want to start this post by saying how truly blessed I am. I have a husband who loves me, is beyond kind to me, and respects me. I have two children (teens) who are productive and treat me with respect and love. I am not hungry, or cold, or wear tattered clothes. I consider myself fortunate. Sadly, many are hungry, cold or only have tattered clothes.

All year round everyone should be thinking of the less fortunate; however, during this time of year can be especially hard for those in need – in need of companionship, food, warmth, clothes, and of course money.

Obviously not all of us are in the position to give money, but that should not stop you from giving. There are so many ways to help someone in need – no one really has an excuse not to give something. It is important not to forget those who are homebound, those who are older, or those who may not have family or many friends.

I thought of some ways we can give. I am confident this list contains at least one act of kindness anyone can do.

Monetary donation to a trusted organization
Donate Services. Offer to baby-sit for a single parent so they can have some free time.
Cook a meal and enjoy it with someone homebound
Donate time. Volunteer at a hospital, nursing home, soup kitchen
Donate clothes, blankets, toys and/or toiletries to a local shelter
Give life. Donate Blood
A simple smile may not pay the bills, but can do WONDERS for someone.
Offer an ear and listen. Everyone needs to be heard and validated.

Let's keep this list going - so many more ways to give this time of year and all year round.


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