I recently learned of a way to share Holiday blessings with someone in need. It’s so easy. Here’s what you do. First get a jar. It can be any kind of jar. Put the jar somewhere where you will see it often. Then, every week put $1 into the jar. That’s it. Just $1. Now, technically you can put more in, but this works with just a buck a week.
Two weeks before Christmas (or Hanukkah, or the holiday of your choice), use that money to buy a grocery store gift card. Give that card to your church or local food bank so they can give it to a family in need to purchase a holiday meal. Since I am a month late on this, you may have to throw a couple of extra dollars at the beginning, but I promise you that you will get a wonderful feeling knowing that you enabled a family to have a holiday meal.
Speaking of feel-good actions, I got some action cards from the ASPCA in the mail the other day. They give suggestions for actions to help our animal friends. One action step is to volunteer. Volunteer at your local animal shelter or rescue group. Another action step is to speak up. Tell anyone who is looking for a companion animal that adoption is the best choice. When we adopted our cats from our local SPCA, they had received a physical exam, had been spayed and had been chipped. On that particular day, the shelter was running a cat special, buy one, get one free. A third action step is to be an advocate for the protection of animals. Go to aspca.org to join the ASPCA Advocacy Brigade and be notified regarding animal-protection laws in your area or our nation.
Another step is to stay informed. Join the ASPCA Mobile Action Team to receive up to the date information on actions you can take for animals.
We are the voice for the voiceless.
“The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.” Mohandas K. Gandhi