Thursday, December 19, 2013

“Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.” Mother Teresa

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Do you ever feel like you want to do something to make the world a better place but you just don't know where to start?

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Here are some ways you might be able to make a difference this Holiday season.

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Help someone you know.
Make a status on facebook and ask any of your friends that are having a difficult time this year to send you a message. Sometimes, the people you know might be embarrassed to share their struggles. You might never know someone is hurting, unless you ask. 
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When they write back look at their specific situation and see how you can help. Maybe you can meet them at the gas station and buy them a tank of gas. Maybe you can help with Christmas gifts for their children. 
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Just do something. Help in whatever way you can. Ask them what they need. Paying an electric bill is not as much fun as buying their children Christmas gifts, but it is important. used photo 871c8e00-6dbe-4757-b2f8-fe4821f4ea17_zps3f68fab8.jpg

Help someone who lost their job.
If someone you know has recently lost a job they are probably struggling. Many people will qualify for unemployment after losing a job, but unemployment does not typically pay an entire salary. 
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You can help someone by buying them some groceries or giving them a gift card to the grocery store. 

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Help an animal.
You can visit your local shelter and see if you can help. If you have time you can volunteer. You can also help by giving a bag of food or litter. Ask the shelter what they need most and then give it if you can. 

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Help a child.

Everyone likes to help a child by giving a gift. If you don't know any children you can help, you can call the local elementary school and ask if there is a child in need. The school might not be able to share the child's name, but they will be able to tell you a grade and gender.
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 You can google for gifts that the child would like. If you get them something to read, something to play with and something to wear, you will be sure to ensure they have a sweet Christmas. Be sure to take your gifts to  their school before they get out for Winter break. 

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Help a stranger. 

Do you live near a city? You can help someone that is homeless or hurting. 
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Often these are people that begging in the intersection have lived a more difficult life than you could ever imagine. It is so easy to shake our heads and say (or think) "Why don't they get a job?" Maybe this Holiday season, instead of thinking those things, you can give them a new pair of gloves, a few dollars or a hug. Your love and help can make a difference. 

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You can always make a difference. 

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“Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.” 

Mother Teresa


Tamar SB said...

Beautiful ideas, Becky. Such important reminders for this season of giving and accepting!

Jim said...

Thanks Becky. I know what I have to do now.

Rebecca Stanley said...

Oh friend, I just adore these ideas . . . but your pictures, they are especially breathtaking. Gorgeous.

Gigi said...

And THIS is why I love you....such fabulous ideas to spread the spirit of the season.

Tracy P. said...

You are the awesomest, Becky! :-) You do everything with great love.

Diane Cayton-Hakey said...

Great ideas and also really easy ways to help someone who is struggling. xox

Snap said...

What a wonderful post and true reminder of what the season is all about ... what life is all about. Merry Merry and a Happy Happy

Beth Edwards said...

beautiful post. i often wonder why we are a world that are too proud or shy to truly say how we feel or think? meaning like if things are really bad ... why hide it? when some one asks "how are you?" why do you shy away from telling the true. my hubby is stressed at work, i wonder how to keep going because i never realize how "being a wife" would be? will we have kids, hell if i know. so what we we don't? don't be embarrassed or ashamed. we all have the right to feel this way or that?! & we should not look down upon some one who is having a bad day or life? it's all good. life goes on. be compassionate. you never know what you might see .. i love your shots!! rambling again. happy weekend! ( :

ginabad said...

Very good reminder for this time of year! I love that first photos - How the girls are so individual yet so bonded.

Nancy Claeys said...

Wonderful ideas -- small gestures can make such a difference... bless you for your thoughtfulness. xo

kim @ DESIGN + LIFE + KIDS said...

I love that quote! We all need a little reminder, thank you.

Carrie said...

I love the idea of posting on FB and just ASKING. So may people may need help without our knowledge, and something as small as a tank of gas or paying for groceries may make a huge difference. Thanks for the inspiration.

Melinda said...

I'm surprised lately at how quickly people are stepping up to help others. Somethings all they need is a little reminder that there is a world out there that needs help sometimes

photowannabe said...

Amen to all of your ideas and suggestions.
Mother Teresa just says it like it is.
We all need to get out of our comfort zones and help.
Great post Becky.

deb @ frugal little bungalow said...

A beautiful post !! :)

Anita Johnson said...

Amen, Becky. Thank you.

Buttons said...

Oh this is just the perfect post this time of year. I LOVE it. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts. The really meaning of Christmas. Beautiful photos. B

Nell said...

I love the kid holding his cat around the neck. Made me chuckle.


Ckrusch said...

Loved reading your posts! Thank you for sharing so many amazing shots so well done, that you don't even need words to go with most of them!

Stephanie said...

What a wonderful idea. Even the smallest action can have a wonderful and positive ripple. Thank your for this inspiring post!

Busy Bee Suz said...

I LOVE all your suggestions… are always thinking of those who are in need.

These Three Kings said...

Very wise words friend. Merry Christmas!!

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Mascha said...

Thanks for this great and true post.
Happy, beautiful and quiet new year :-)

patty said...

great post, great suggestions. love that first pic with all that pink! hope you {and kaishon} had a wonderful christmas and new year.