As the holiday season is approaching, it's time to give thanks to what we have and to celebrate the year's end with family and friends. Many of us have all been down on our luck at some point and were able to get through it with hard work and the kindness and compassion of others. This holiday season, give what you can, whether to a charity, family, or local pet shelters that are scraping by to survive.
If you have clothes you don't wear anymore, please consider donating them to a family in need. How about old towels? The dogs and cats in need of homes at the shelter sure could use a few towels to keep them warm. Food banks are also seeing a significant increase in patrons who are in need of pantry items.
I am at a point in my life where I don't need to constantly worry about how to pay for groceries or how to pay my bills. It's not perfect, but with hard work and the help of others, I've been able to reach this point in my life. My goal this year is to donate what I can to pet shelters, foster children organizations, food banks, and clothing/food drives.
I don't believe that anyone has the right to freeload and benefit off of another person's hard work, but I know how it feels to be at the bottom, wondering how to feed myself and pay rent at the same time. I have been helped along the way, without any expectation of me paying these kind-hearted people back. I have since been paying it forward, and spreading the charitable contributions to hopefully make someone's day a little better.
If you can donate, even a small amount, it would make a world of difference, perhaps to a hungry child, abused or neglected dog or cat, foster kids who may not have families to celebrate with, or someone down and out due to changing life circumstance.
Be compassionate not only this season, but year-round. It's time for people to take care of people, and for us to improve our society by directly helping those in need. We should not rely solely on the government to change our lives for the better.
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All it takes is a few minutes out of your day to thank our troops. Please send warm holiday greetings to our American heroes and heroines this holiday season.
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
I am a big supporter of charities and non-profits especially around the holidays. Having worked at a non-profit, I know the struggles and hardships they face to keep up with the demands and costs associated with running their operations.
If you can't make any monetary or clothing/item donations this year, consider signing up for the Click to Give website.
All you do is click on 6 categories each day. That's it. It takes no more than 1 minute of your day to perform a good deed. Every click provides monetary donations to the charity listed, by the sponsors of that website.
You also accumulate points that can be redeemed for prizes or be donated back to the charities. It's a win-win in my book.
Consider helping out and get your friends and family to join!