To all of you who celebrate the season...very Happy Holidays!
Please remember to honor the spirit of the season...so don't stress over trying to have the perfect home or the perfect gift...the least expensive but sometimes most challenging thing to offer is the gift of acceptance...for yourself and for others. For example, most people who have gotten to know me realize that, although my heart is in the right place, I usually bite off more than I can chew...so I am invariably late (yes, my Christmas cards may not arrive until sometime next year!).
Try not to let the stress get to you and practice little acts of kindness...whether letting someone go in front of you, or returning someone's shopping cart for them...or listening patiently to the same story from an elderly friend or relative without cutting them off, lol.
If you are looking for folks to reach out to, please remember your local senior centers, convalescent homes and VA hospitals as well as the assistance organizations such as those for the abused or child protection agencies.
And then, don't forget those who are serving so far away from their homes...
AnySoldier.com It is heartbreaking to read through
the requests for basic things like shampoo and deodorant (although be
warned that some of the wishlists get pretty expensive, maybe suitable
for fundraising efforts?). Make sure you investigate what kinds of
things can be used...e.g. only certain kinds of very thick cotton socks
are appropriate and be advised that food items must be prepackaged. Link
You will need to register on the site and to send the site managers
themselves a donation to help keep the site itself running.
I am much less active in this organization than I used to be (and I am
thankful that the folks I adopted through this site have returned home
safely!) so please make sure you pay attention to all of the hoops that
have to be jumped through. There is a section specifically for letter
writing, if your funds are tight but you have the time to reach out to a
soldier or two. Link
Wounded Warrior Project is always looking for donations to help support our wounded veterans. Link
Operation Paperback also helps provide books to both deployed soldiers and their families here at home. Link
Those of you who attend the Night Owl Reviews weekly chat or the ones
on Writerspace probably have 'met' the author and veteran, Jerry Race.
Unfortunately, he had a heart attack on Thanksgiving and needs to move
into new housing, so there is a fundraising campaign for him. If you
can, please help spread the word as the campaign ends next week!
Above all, I wish you joy and contentment and of course, plenty of books to read!