I’m frustrated by people sometimes. We all probably get that way. I don’t claim to be perfect, no one is. But I don’t sit around on my ass. I do things. I like to help people– all kinds of people—in different ways. Some don’t even cost money, so stop complaining already.
I went to Tribefest in March and I signed up with the Gift of Life. All it took was a few quick swabs inside my cheeks and some paperwork. I got a phone call last week confirming all of my information, so I’m officially in. If someone needs bone marrow, I’m on the registry. Follow them on Twitter at @GiftofLife of click on the link above for more information.
Two weeks ago I went to a program sponsored by the Kansas City Jewish Federation where we helped prepare bags for this week’s Stamp Out Hunger food drive while listening to discouraging statistics from a Harvester’s representative about hunger and poverty levels just in our community. Sad. Scary. So this Saturday, May 12, when your mail carrier leaves a plastic bag in your mailbox? Fill it with good stuff. Fill it to the brim. And then some. Next time don’t wait for a bag in your box. Drop things off at your local food pantry. DON’T WAIT TO BE ASKED.
I donate blood. I haven’t lately due to the pregnancy and recovery, etc., but I need to go again soon. I DON’T WAIT TO BE ASKED.
I regularly bring our old clothes, shoes, household items to Goodwill or local organizations like Big Brothers Big Sisters that are in need. I DON’T WAIT TO BE ASKED.
I help the homeless. I keep granola bars and snacks in my car to hand out. You’d be amazed at how many goodies you can snatch up at your local dollar store. And a pack of peanut butter crackers can mean the world to someone standing on a street corner. Be ready. DON’T WAIT TO BE ASKED. That fancy latte you’re drinking from Starbucks? Could’ve probably fed several people breakfast.
There are needs everywhere, all you have do to is open your eyes and look around. Wake up. Get up. JUST DO IT. There’s plenty you can do.
- volunteer somewhere: an old folks’ home, a food pantry, a shelter, etc. Your church, synagogue, or place of worship.
- bring your used baby items and women’s clothing to a women’s shelter
- pay it forward
- helping people makes you feel better about yourself
- helping people can be free, or pretty damn close to it
- spread awareness about what you’re doing because others might want to join in
- if you’re not sure where to start, ask around
- bring a new mom a meal, or take the baby so she can nap or shower
- surprise your elderly neighbor by mowing his/her yard or dropping by for a visit
- call friends and family. tell them you love them.