There are many ways to help your fellow community members and not one of them has to be monetary. Now, if you’re in the financial position to help in that regard, by all means pass along a more generous tip to the single mom waiting your table or help the family of five in line ahead of you at the grocery pay for their items. You could also donate all or part of your bonus from work to a worthwhile charity.
If you don’t get a bonus and money is tight, volunteering your time is the next best thing. It is just as helpful to offer to carry those groceries and pack them in their car. And knitting mittens and socks for a neighbor in need or chemotherapy hats for cancer patients makes a big difference.
If times are truly tough, as we consistently read, hear and see, then what better time to pass on your good fortune or pay it forward to someone in need.
Open a door; take a hot meal to a housebound senior; drop off a gift to a family in need; volunteer at the local soup kitchen or food pantry; invite a homeless family to Christmas dinner.
You just might make someone’s heart smile when they truly need it the most. They, in turn, just might make someone else’s heart smile.
And what better present can you give during the season of giving, especially, when times are tough.
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