Cat over at Young Old Crone was writing this morning about what her ideal holiday(s) would be if money were not an issue…and while I don’t really know what that would mean to me in my wildest dreams, well, here is where I would start:
Want to help someone who really, really needs it? Go check out Karen Sugarpants. We all (okay, I) feel like things are rough for us, but you know what? I am so blessed, and I have been where this woman Karen talks about IS, and I sat here at my desk and wept when I read this post. It is cold, and I-well. I don’t even know this woman, but I know her. If any of you find yourself with an extra $10, send it her way.
Also, Heather over at The Extraordinary Ordinary was writing about these beautiful bags made by women in Haiti, and although I can’t describe the situation as well as SHE did by far, I know the bags are beautiful and each purchase serves toward lifting some woman out of poverty and into independence.
Maybe it doesn’t seem very Christmasy, because there isn’t something tangible to give or get, but have you thought about becoming an organ donor? If you need to know more about becoming a donor, here is one website that gives you both a wealth of information about organ donation, and also ways to help. Check it out at United Network for Organ Sharing, or visit Hallie over at Wonderful World of Wieners.
Also, prompted by my own needs, we will be going through our closets and drawers this weekend and culling out our unworn or outgrown items and donating them. I know that locally, there are a variety of different organizations accepting donations right now, and Freecycle is also a great place to find someone needing what you surely have. One thing I have done in the past is also put a gift card in the pocket of an adult clothing item, or in an envelope in the top of the box. If you prefer to remain anonymous, check your local charities or get a tag off a gift tree at your local store or bank. Since we already cooked and ate a 28 pound turkey I bought while feverish and ill, we will be donating the turkey I got from my boss to our local Christmas council.
I would presume that most of the people reading this post have hands, and a heart, and the ability to do good work; I don’t know about the rest of you, but I know that what I need far more than toys or presents or anything like that is simply knowing I am not alone. And maybe it seems paltry in comparison to everything else, but that is what I am going to give back-because you guys? You give that to me every single day. So I will smile more, and offer to help where I can, and simply be present.
What would YOU do?