September 22, 2014

It's Nice to be Nice

Last Sunday I was fortunate enough to be able to help my mother prepare meal baskets for people whose homes had been destroyed during the flash flooding we suffered on that Friday. 

Mom found a woman on Facebook who was asking everyone to make either sandwiches or 'meal boxes' for those who were affected by the epic storm. We decided to help out on the spur-of-the-moment and ran out to get all the supplies we would need. 

We cooked rice that we then packaged into wax paper presents, a chicken leg, a hotdog, Oreos, and apples and oranges. Oh, and gravy. Can't forget the gravy!

It felt good to help out, even this little bit! It was very rewarding to think that the basket you made could feed someone who had been through a very tough time and needed a little comfort. And I personally believe there is no better showing of love than something from the oven. Or, in this case, the stovetop. 

It was really incredible to think that this little amount you could accomplish in a couple of hours listening to some music could really affect someone and help them. Because of the glow that still resonates with me, I'm encouraging you to find out how you can help in even the tiniest ways in your own community!  

Is your area natural-disaster free? Volunteer at your local animal shelter or the children's hospital. Offer to make sandwiches for the homeless one afternoon, you could even make 'meal' boxes of your own and keep them in your car giving them to people begging. You can customize your box box so it contains all different kinds of things such as granola bars, a toothbrush, toothpaste, directions to the local shelter etc. 

A personal favorite way of mine to get involved is the Soldier's Angel program. You send care packages and letters to a serviceman or woman stationed overseas, a way of showing them you care and that you thank them for their service. You could also get involved by sheltering abandoned puppies at your house until a proper home can be found, you can even offer tutoring services to people who need them in your community! 

There are so many ways to get involved and it's really worth spending your Saturday or Sunday volunteering. Just think about how much you could be affecting their lives and helping people who really need it! 

What are your favorite ways to get involved in your community?



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