Self Expression Magazine

Lesson 649 – We’ve Got Each Others’ Backs

Posted on the 13 November 2012 by Wendythomas

Lesson 649 – We’ve got each others’ backs

No matter which side you were on for the Presidential election, the economy has been and continues to be an issue. It’s not going to turn-around anytime soon. We are all in this together and now is the time to step up and look out for each other. Even if times are tough for you and your family, here are some suggestions of real things we can all do for each other that won’t hurt us financially.

Some things you can and should be doing –

  • When cooking a dinner, set aside a portion and put it in a container for a neighbor who is hurting, or an elderly person who may not be eating the best.
  • When at the store, pick up a food item and drop it in the food pantry box. Even a box of pasta will help. Use coupons to get low cost items and donate them (don’t forget soaps and shampoos.)
  • Also, don’t forget your local schools, they’re hurting too. Buy an extra box of Kleenex or paper towels and send them in. Teacher will be grateful.
  • If you can, drop some coins into every kettle you see this holiday season.
  • Now is the time to clean out your closets. Donate all unused winter items (coats, hats, gloves, and boots) to local charities.
  • Same thing with the extra blankets you have lying around. It’s far better that they keep someone warm than sit in storage.
  • Start collecting your used toys in good condition, clean them, get the pieces together and donate them to a holiday drive.
  • Don’t forget school supplies, the kids hard hit by the hurricane lost everything including notebooks and supplies and even local kids’ families often don’t have the money to replenish supplies. Gather up your extras from the beginning of the school year and pass them on.
  • Consider hiring kids for small jobs. A kid who makes a few bucks raking your lawn is a kid who feels he is contributing and is worth something.
  • As the weather gets colder, check in with neighbors – make sure they have heat and are warm.
  • When baking, make two and pass one on.
  • Pass on a good book. Many people who can’t afford cable or the movies anymore are re-discovering the pleasures of reading a good book. Send over an engaging story that will provide hours of entertainment.
  • Same thing with board games for kids. No cable or movies can mean re-discovering what to do with downtime. A board game played by the entire family is an evening that will delight all.
  • Volunteer time to a charity. Work in a soup kitchen, play with the animals at the humane society, or work on a community project. Time is more valuable than you think.
  • Speaking of the humane society, they can always use old towels, blankets, and pet toys for the animals. Have any extra pet supplies? Pass them on.
  • Lastly, while I know it’s not easy – if you need help, please let people know. There are many who are willing to lend a hand, they just need to know how.

With so many people hurting this holiday season, try turning the focus of the season from getting to giving. By all means, celebrate and be thankful for what you’ve got but also remember your neighbors and those hit by adversity. Let’s be there for each other because, after all, one of the most inspiring things about America is that when things get tough, we’ve always got each others’ backs.

Have any additional ideas that you can add to add to this list?


You Might Also Like :

Back to Featured Articles on Logo Paperblog

These articles might interest you :

  • FLAT MARTINI – His First Trip!

    // It’s like Christmas morning in my world today. Not because a large, bearded man snuck into my house and left crap that makes a lot of noise and requires... Read more

    The 25 February 2015 by   Martinisandminivans
    SELF EXPRESSION
  • Got Married... Almost

    That means I didn’t, relax Dad.Valentine’s Day, the one day of the year that commemorates the commercialization of love. That’s so cute. Read more

    The 15 February 2015 by   Brendan Dabhi
    SELF EXPRESSION
  • Hey - What's with the Holes in Your Ceiling?

    I sat at Mary’s house the other night. Bowls of home-made chili and slabs of freshly baked bread comfortably downed, we sat in the living room, her dog T-Bone,... Read more

    The 19 February 2015 by   Pearl
    HUMOR, SELF EXPRESSION
  • Steelreign : Deeper Bench Could Have Pirates Winning NL Central

    After 20 straight years of losing seasons, the Pirates have had two straight winning seasons resulting in the opportunity to host the last two NL wildcard games. Read more

    The 14 February 2015 by   Kipper
    SPORTS
  • Fissioning Community

    What is a community, and what forces exist to either preserve the strands of community or to erode those strands?To start, a community is a population within a... Read more

    The 15 February 2015 by   Dlittle30
    SOCIETY
  • Telling Tales, a Specialty at Tam’s Pub

    Tam’s Pub is not your typical restaurant or watering hole. Located on a residential side street near My Khe Beach in Da Nang, Vietnam, it’s easy to mistake the... Read more

    The 16 February 2015 by   Everywhereonce
    OUTDOORS, TRAVEL
  • The Lives of Victorian Writers Told in Limericks

    The literary lives of twelve famous Victorians, told in the poetic form they knew so wellNobody knows for sure why limericks are named limericks. Read more

    The 16 February 2015 by   Interesting Literature
    CULTURE

Add a comment