My Volunteering Friends

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Most of us do small things for others once in a while. You may let someone with a few items in the grocery line ahead of you, or open the door for someone just to do it. I have several friends who go way beyond that, volunteering their time to a number of non-profit and/or charity organizations. Using their compassion and skills, they help people in so many ways that what they do must change the world for the better. We may never know how much.

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Giving people come in many forms, volunteering in many ways. They may nurse a kitty back to health so it can find a forever home. They may fix a woman’s hair, sometimes for the first time in a long while, and see the joy in her eyes when she looks in the mirror. They may let their dog brighten up someones day, if onlyvolunteering - therapy dog for a moment. They may open their home to a family in need while they regroup and start over. They may help someone pick themselves up and get help with an addiction, or sponsor others to help them stay sober or get them back on track. There are so many others that I could go on for a while. Suffice it to say, what they do touches someone’s heart, whether for only a moment or a lifetime, it still changes that person. And people who have had someone do something that affected their life tend to pass it forward.

I was that person in a grocery line with a couple of items. The woman in front of me graciously let me ahead of her. When the cashier rang up my items, the bells sounded. I was the winner of a weekend in Palm Springs. Without hesitation, I turned and handed it to the woman that let me in line ahead of her. She actually said to me, “Oh, you don’t have to do that.”  I said its the perfect reward for your good deed. She was so thankful and happy since her anniversary was coming up and this would be so special. So I, who normally would have only had the chance to say thank you again while leaving, made someone’s day for doing something as simple as letting someone go ahead of them. 

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We would like to hear a small story of yours. Please comment and tell us either what someone did for you, or what you did for someone else and how good it made you feel. Let’s see how many people we can inspire to do something for someone else.


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