An important element in any community is the willingness of its members to give to each other.
Sometimes gifts are expected – a birthday, wedding, or anniversary are all special occasions celebrating life’s milestones and warranting special recognition.
However, it is the gift that catches us completely by surprise that is the most memorable and meaningful.
Giving back to your community is the type of gift that is unsuspected by its recipients. When you give your time, talent, or treasure to different organizations in your community, you never know who your recipients may be. If you donate money to a homeless shelter, you may buy dinner for hundreds of people. If you volunteer at your local humane society, you may provide opportunities for future pets of countless families. If you donate old clothes to a sheltered workshop, you may help clothe countless individuals who might otherwise have difficulty finding weather-appropriate clothing to wear.
For me, these are the best gifts of all –both for the giver, and the receiver.
Take time this week and give back: volunteer at your child’s school, donate a couple dollars to your local Humane Society, buy a specialty coffee at a local coffee shop instead of a national chain, or do some spring cleaning and bring used items to your local Goodwill or Salvation Army donation station. You never know whose life you might touch.
What are some ways you have given to your community in the past? What was the best give you ever gave or received?