Archive for Thursday, December 15, 2011

You are needed

December 15, 2011

There are as many ways to volunteer as there are people in the world.

I noticed when I was at the museum a few days ago there are still names on the Angel Tree that have not been adopted. I’m sure that is the same in other places. Please look for a tree at City Hall or your church or the museum and if there is still a name there, grab it and go shopping for a needy child. It’ll do your heart good.

I have found from local organizations that the need is greater than it has been for a long time. Those of us fortunate enough to have a little extra on hand to share or an hour or two to give, the possibilities are endless. Many people ring the bell for the Salvation Army. I enjoy doing that and wishing every person coming and going a Merry Christmas. I always get one back plus a smile and a dollar or change to help the poor.

One great need right here in Lansing is the opportunity to help sort and box the donations collected because of the Mayor’s Christmas tree. This has already happened this year, but please keep it in mind for next year. It takes about two hours, it is a big job, and “many hands make light work”. It is a great time to meet new people and work for a common cause. Many good friendships are created this way.

If none of this seems to turn you on, here are some other good ideas you can think about: Visiting folks at the local nursing home, delivering for meals on wheels, making visiting calls to shut-in just to say “hi, how are you,” taking a covered dish to church for a funeral dinner or spending three hours manning the museum on a Sunday three or four times a year. It goes on and on. How about saying a prayer for all our service men on a daily basis?

Not all volunteering needs to be costly and it keeps our minds and bodies busy and active. “It’s better to wear out than rust out.”

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