The Beauty of Giving Back

By Michelle Dawn Mooney

Unfortunately, there are many individuals and organizations that need a little more help when it comes to reaching their goals. The good news is it doesn’t have to be that way. The better news … every one of us can play a part in the change, and that change may be easier than you think.

     Countless donations and volunteer hours have been given to a host of organizations over the last few weeks when so many are touched by the spirit of the holidays. What quite a few people fail to realize however, is that the needs of these organizations are still there after the holidays. In fact, many charities find the start of the year can be the most challenging.

     During the holidays we are presented with countless reminders and opportunities to help those in need, but after the whirlwind of December is gone, it’s easy to forget that people still need our help. Places like Gilda’s Club, The Marine Mammal Stranding Center, Faces 4 Autism, or your local rotary club are always so grateful to receive any donation that will help them continue their work.

     If Christmas has tapped you out financially, why not volunteer? While they are always happy to receive donations, volunteers are a cherished commodity for organizations like CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates), where their goal is to be able to pair a volunteer with every foster child in the area. Whether you give from your wallet or give of yourself, no gift is too small.

     The beauty in giving back is that we gain so much in return. Yes, a latte is great and there are few things more luxurious than getting a massage, but those things are fleeting. Granted, they will make you feel amazing at the time, but the feeling that you get when you give is one that will stick with you in this year and in years to come. What better way to boost your spirits than to do something that may in fact change someone’s life.

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