Friday, April 6, 2012

Giving




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?

12 comments:

  1. I've believed for a very long time it is truly better to give than receive and I find great joy in giving whatever I can, however I can. Over the years I've done lots of volunteer work at my kids' schools, church, etc. I think the one that really impacted the community was when I volunteered for Dress for Success when we lived in Montana. They provide interview clothing for low income women getting back into the work force. Once a person got hired, they could come back and get some more business clothes to wear until they could afford to get their own clothes. It was very rewarding :)

    betty

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  2. I love the Dress for Success idea! This helps empower women, and, in my book, there is no greater cause :) Thanks for stopping by and for sharing!

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  3. The best thing about giving is that by doing for others you are actually doing for yourself too. I love those lessons!

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  4. Thank you, Tina! Kimberley, I agree! One of the best projects I worked on was when an organization I belonged to gave the bedrooms at a women's shelter a "make-over". Reminding these women that they are loved and valued is so important, and I was thankful to have been a part of this project.

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  5. I do believe in paying it forward. Nice post.

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  6. Fostering children has been a great blessing to me.

    Great "G" post! Perfect!

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  7. I'm currently doing a book drive for teenagers on my blog during the month of April!

    My goal is 500 books. So far, we are at 12 books and $80 donated.

    Giving back to the community feels great, but sometimes it requires effort.

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    1. Margo, you are so right. Sometimes even the best ideas are more difficult to get up and running than originally thought. Hang in there - and good luck!

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  8. Giving back is great as it makes the giver and the receiver both very happy. "Donors choose" is a great one as the donors decide where the money goes.

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    1. I have heard a lot about Donors Choose, especially after the tornado hit here last spring. I think it is a smart way to help ensure financial donations get to the appropriate organizations!

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