This Thanksgiving, with our economy still challenging many of us, we’re surely more grateful for the blessings that we do have in our lives. I was thinking that, in better times, we may have gotten involved more with our community during the holidays, but it’s human nature to get caught up in the excitement of our own lives and, by the new year, many of our best intentions about helping those less fortunate are often forgotten.
So what I’m asking you to do is to take all that Thanksgiving energy about wanting to help those less fortunate, and spread it out over the next 12 months. It’ll make you feel good, and even a little help can mean a lot.
What you do can be as simple as a monthly personal pledge to yourself to donate some non-perishable pantry items to a local food bank, maybe making a conscious effort to take advantage of our "Buy One, Get One Free" supermarket specials, and include some of the freebies with our donated goods. Maybe make a double portion of whatever you're making for dinner or bake an extra batch of homemade goodies and bring it to a neighbor who may be out of work.
Don’t wait for a holiday – do it any day. Once a month, maybe grab a friend or neighbor and, together, volunteer at a food pantry or soup kitchen in your area – you know, when they really need the help throughout the coming year, not just at the holidays. Hunger doesn’t have a calendar, so keep these ideas in mind as you count your blessings today, and maybe all next year so many more will be able to do the same.
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