Charitable Acts

Do you really need another pair of slippers for Christmas this year?

Even though Black Friday turned out fairly well (considering the economy) this holiday season, charities are feeling the lack of funding now more than ever. I counter that we all can do something. No matter how little it may seem to you, the truth is, every little bit counts.

I’m sure you’ve seen the collection boxes for Toys for Tots – you can pick up a new toy, even just a small stocking stuffer at Walgreen’s or Wal-mart for a couple of bucks. There are also giving trees this time of year for seniors and for needy children and teens too. It doesn’t take much to get a tag from the tree and purchase a nice item of clothing on sale to give to someone who really needs it.

Ask yourself what you need and then decide if you can go without this holiday season. Then spend that money on someone less fortunate. Give it to a complete stranger. Give it to charity.

Or take things to your local Goodwill, I’m sure you have stuff around the house that you can take there. Go through every room. Take things you haven’t used or worn in a year and give them away.

In my town we have a hospice store that we donate to. They actually have pretty cool items to purchase from the generous donations that people make. It gives you such a great feeling to know that you can make a difference.

Don’t forget the animals! Donate to the Humane Society and ASPCA. Visit your local animal shelter with a couple of big bags of pet food. They will be so appreciated this time of year. You might want to visit with the doggies and kitties that are still there during the holidays. Even if you cannot support another pet in your home you can still give your love and compassion to them.

Perhaps you can make a new tradition where every person in your family puts in $10 and then you decide where to send the money. Wouldn’t that be great?

There are so many ways to give. Just open your heart.