by Talayah G. Stovall
There is a saying, "Empty the cup. Every time you empty it, it comes back twice as full."
Thanksgiving is a time for expressing gratitude and appreciation for our many blessings. Real wealth begins with giving. Here are several ways that you can make a difference this holiday season by pouring into the lives of others:
1. Give Your Time - Babysit for someone who can't afford to hire a sitter. Take food to someone who is sick. Visit a nursing home. Send a note to brighten someone's day. Volunteer at a local shelter for whatever cause you support - women, children, the homeless, even your favorite animal shelter.
2. Give Your Talents - What can you do that would make a difference in someone's life? Can you knit? Style hair? Sing? Do you like to clean and organize? Extend yourself this holiday season by using your gifts to help and cheer others.
3. Give Your Blood - Every two seconds someone in America needs blood. Currently, only 3 out of 100 people give. Every pint of blood can save up to three lives. Contact the Red Cross for information.
4. Give Your Organs - Leave a lasting legacy. Register with your state and sign the donor form on your drivers' license.
5. Give to a Good Cause - There are many organizations that are doing great things to help those who are less fortunate. Rather than recreating the wheel, consider giving to an established organization. I'd suggest:
a. Joyce Meyer's Hand of Hope Ministry is providing shelter, clean water, schools and more in countries all over the world, including India, Pakistan, Haiti, Zimbabwe and more.
b. To help halt the cholera outbreak in Haiti, the International Preparedness Network provides Lifestraws, that filter drinking water for flood victims for a $5 -10 donation.
6. Give From Your Home - Donating items from your home will not only give you a warm feeling; it will help you to create more space in your home. Consider donating any of the following:
a. Clothes, children's toys, kitchen tools, books, furniture, appliances to your local Salvation Army, Unique Thrift Store or Goodwill. If you live in the Chicago area, The Bottomline (Operated by Bridge to Success), 1236 S. Halsted St. Chicago, IL has a program to give gently used business clothing to women who are seeking employment.
b. Cell phones - Your old phone might seem outdated to you, but it can help someone. Contact the Charitable Recycling Program. http://www.charitablerecycling.com/CR/home.asp.for collection sites across the United States.
c. Glasses - to donate, contact your local Lions Club.
d. Food - contact a local shelter, food bank, church or the Boys Scouts of America.
7. Give a Surprise - pay for a stranger's meal at a restaurant, send someone a gift card "just because" or pick up a home-bound person for an outing.
As you enjoy the holiday season, remember to reach out to others and share from your bounty. Happy Thanksgiving! Share this article with your Colleagues, Friends, and Family! Thank you in advance for your support! Please feel free to share your feedback by emailing me at: email@example.com.
About the Author
Talayah G. Stovall, Pres., TGrace, is an author, keynote speaker, radio host, life purpose coach and Managing Director of Vision Catalyst Consulting. Visit Talayah's website for information on speaking or coaching. By visiting the websites listed below you can find her motivational audio CDs, “P.U.M.P. It UP! and 7 Secrets to Ignite Your Dreams, her book, Crossing the Threshold: Opening Your Door to Successful Relationships, eBook, 150 Important Questions You Should Ask Before You Say “I Do. ” Her newsletter “EmPOWERed to…”, can be found by visiting: http://www.talayahstovall.com, http://www.visioncatalystconsulting.com, or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Talayah G. Stovall
Author, Speaker, Life Purpose Coach