Every year I think I'm going to plant a flower garden that would rival the ones that my Grandmother had (flowers everywhere, every possible kind, and all of them were gorgeous.)
In The True Spirit of Giving
Dated: December 4 2011
This time of year usually brings out the best in most of us and the worst in only a few terrible one or two.In this difficult economy( one could think Hard Times) it is more important now than ever before to really consider to what, how and to whom to give. The Federal powers that be are cutting back- slashing and burning as I write, which means that the Foundations, Agencies, Groups, NGO's and Not-For-Profits are going to need even more generous and charitable contributions in order to better serve the needs of those neediest among us. There, but for the grace of God, go I. It seems to be easier than ever to imagine how a split second of something going wrong at the last minute in your life could be the difference from being one who cooks at the Soup Kitchen, to being a valued guest being served by a volunteer at the Soup Kitchen. That line we don't always see is easier to slide across, almost without even knowing how it has happened. Truly but for the grace of God.
In light of these challenging economic circumstances we find ourselves in, there are many local organizations I give to- like Soup Angels at Burd and S. Broadway in Nyack for their Wednesday evening dinners- where the cooking and wait staff are seeing more families already this year than ever before. The Friends of the Nyacks can always use a little help and I always support the Arts in Rockland by giving to ARTSROCK.And knowing that there are less than six degrees of seperation in terms of diseases such as Breast Cancer, I consistantly give to the Susan G. Komen Foundation. I am also partial to the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Ellis Island and other like organizations. Saving the best for last on my list- and to whom I give the most is the Heffers International Foundation, which helps people around the world, in many Third World and Developing Countries, to start small businesses which contribute to the health and well-being of entire villages which then grows, giving many of the offspring of the gifted animals to the next community in dire need- thereby giving other villagers and whole families the hope to live a life which is improved on so many levels that it is staggering for our entitled wonder bread minds to imagine- that such a small thing as a clutch of chickens could bring wealth and health annd happiness to so many people.
You can go to these and other websites. Giving is really just a matter of finding an organization or group which, for whatever personal resons, is close to your heart and clicking on the give now button. It is that easy.
If one doesn't have that little extra bit of discretionary income, time and kindness are always appreciated by ever grateful beneficiaries.
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