Lend A Helping Hand

Helping hands

Give Joy 🎄

As someone who is Jewish, I understand the concept of Tzedakah or charitable giving.  In these difficult times, it is more important than ever to lend a helping hand.

Teach Your Children Well

One of my all-time favorite songs is CSN&Y’s Teach Your Children. We raised our daughters to always try to help others. When they were young, as a family, we participated in the Angel Tree Program.  They would always pick out a child/’angel” who requested a bicycle. They would buy the bicycle, using the money they earned for chores, and we’d wheel it back to the mall. To this day, it makes my heart so happy when they lend a helping hand. In college, they both participated in Dance Marathon to raise money #ftk (for the kids) at Shand’s Hospital in Gainesville, Fl.

The Benefits of Giving

There are many verses in both the Bible and the Siddur that should inspire all of us to lend a hand. The simplest of gestures may make an enormous difference for someone else. Giving back spreads light. And when you share that light with others, you benefit too. The positive impact creates a sense of peace and joy. It is humbling because it reminds us to show gratitude for what we have. It is a blessing to share with others. And,  it allows us to recognize how good and positive our own lives are. More importantly, we should do the right thing because it’s the right thing to do.

Light the Way For Those In Need

It truly does take a village to help our neighbors. A woman in my housing development started a community project program. The premise is that those in our community sign up to sponsor a child and/or an adult for a holiday or back-to-school project. Most of the home subdivisions have a captain. The projects consist of putting together a backpack or holiday bag/basket filled with toiletries, school supplies, and, depending on the project a pair of pajamas, a Halloween costume, the first day of school outfit, a toy, book, blanket, and so forth.  They then pass on the items collected to local agencies for distribution to those in need.

I absolutely love participating in this project. I bring this up not to brag that I participate but simply because I feel very strongly that we should take care of our neighbors. There are so many communities throughout our country that have similar charitable projects. It should not be complicated to find ways to help others through service,  time, and money if you have the means. Most of the baskets we put together cost less than $100.00 but its impact is worth more than that. It means soap, shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrush, deodorant, a razor, and shaving cream… all essential items for women that are living in shelters or halfway houses. Putting it in a backpack makes it easier for them to take it from place to place.

National Charities That Need Our Support

There are also national organizations that depend on donations to help those in need. My favorite national charities were chosen for personal reasons. They include:

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

American Humane Society

Breast Cancer Research Foundation

Cancer Research Institute

Feeding America

Meals on Wheels

Save the Children

The Michael J. Fox Foundation For Parkinson’s Research

The Pap Corps – I’m a lifetime member of The Greater Broward Chapter, so please select that chapter if you choose to support this organization that funds cancer research at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine

The Trevor Project

University of Florida Foundation 🧡💙🐱‍🐉- As an alum and a mom to two UF graduates, we are huge Gator fans. I am grateful for the opportunities my daughters and I had. It seems natural to want to pay it forward.

Shop at Businesses that Have a Giving Component

Another way to lend a helping hand year-round is to support businesses that are aligned with a charity or a cause important to you.  Some of my favorites are Bomba Socks, FEED, and newcomer MOSH.

Learn more about my favorite Do Good brands.

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2021-11-30T09:01:09-05:000 Comments

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