Something easy we all can do is give a gift to everyone you meet. I’m not talking about a formal, wrapped-up present. Your gift can be your smile, a word of thanks or encouragement, a gesture of politeness, even a friendly nod. And never pass beggars without leaving them something. Peace of mind is worth the spare change.
Happy Holidays to one and all and many blessings in the New Year!
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Thursday, December 8, 2011, Act 158
If you’re cash-strapped, that doesn’t mean you can’t help others this holiday season. Here are a few Web sites where you can give without a lot of green.
GoodShop.com & GiveClicks.com: These sites donate a portion of proceeds to charity as you shop.
IDoFoundation.org: Helps couples create gift registries, invitations and party favors that benefit charitable groups.
Soles4Souls.org: Distributes shoes to poor and the disaster-struck around the world.
StuffedAnimalsForEmergencies.org & LovingHugs.org: Gives your gently-used stuffed animals to children in need.
HandsOnNetwork.org & VolunteerMatch.org: Pair you with local volunteer needs.
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Tuesday, December 22, Day 9, Act 135:
Today, I was able to spend all morning wrapping presents. I carefully wrapped each gift in different paper, selected the proper bow, and even a special tag to go on each present. It just feels really good to do something totally for someone else’s enjoyment. Just knowing the joy that someone else gets when opening that special package.
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Friday, December 18, Day 5 of Kindness, Act 131:
Today was our last day of work until January 4, 2010. I got to play Santa, sort of, again, I made a special trip around our Extension offices, offices on campus, and friends to special deliver Christmas cards. It was great.
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Sunday, April 12, 2009.
Happy Easter everyone!
I know many families have traditions on holidays, and ours is no different. My parents, grandma, and me and my wife always get together for a wonderful Easter feast in the afternoon after church. Like alot of other families I’m sure. But things are different than what I remember them, my grandfather is no longer with us, and my grandmother is now barely able to walk and uses a wheelchair to get around. Everyone has to get older, I know, but it is hard to take when you see your grandma almost slipping away.
With her wheelchair, she gets around okay, but needs assistance often. She is limited to ground level activities as she can no longer go up and down steps. Even though my parents live in a house with only four steps to access either door, my grandma had turned down the dinner offer. That wasn’t going to happen.
I went and picked her up and loaded her wheelchair into the back of the car. We got to my parents’ house and I helped her out of the car and retrieved her chair for her to use. Then we rolled up to the porch. I had my dad come out and help me as we just picked up her wheelchair (with her still in it) and carried it up the steps into the house. Needless to say, we had a wonderful dinner and enjoyable afternoon.
When Grandma was ready to go, my dad helped me again to carry Grandma and the chair back down the steps. We rolled her out to the car for our return trip back to her house and what a wonderful Easter day it was!
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Tuesday, March 17, 2009.
Today is St. Patrick’s Day, and in honor of the patron saint, I handed out a few small cloth shamrocks to some friends. If nothing else, maybe that would help them not get pinched today. .