Welcome to this edition of the Everyday Giving ezine.
I can't believe the holiday season is here again. You may already be
buying gifts to wrap and give away to your family and friends. We tend
to get busy with shopping and other activities during this time of the
year. Finding parking at your local shopping area can be difficult and
the drivers on the road seem more rude than usual. However, I had an
experience this week that gave me hope.
I was waiting in a line at a local store to make a purchase. Although
the lines were long, those waiting did not seem impatient. In fact, the
couple that was in front of me saw that I only had a couple of items to
purchase. They offered to let me go ahead of them in the line so that I
would not have to wait so long. Their kindness was an example of what
we should be doing on a daily basis. What would happen if we all
started doing small things for people we didn't know? What are some
examples of things you could do?
These are just a few ideas of things you can do for others every day. Try out some of these ideas today and think of some
additional ways you can show you care.
- Buy a cup of coffee for someone you don't know
- Go out of your way to open a door for someone
- Let someone move ahead of you in a line
- Let someone get a parking space that you both noticed was available
- Pay the toll for people behind you
- Offer your seat on the bus/subway to someone
- Give good books away (http://www.bookcrossing.com)
- Compliment someone
The article below also discusses some new ways to think about giving to others we don't know. It describes ways you can
improve and save lives. I strongly encourage you to read the article and consider following through with one or more
of those ideas. The world will be a better place because of your actions.
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Roger B. Carr
"Mentor to the Rich of Heart"
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|Give a Miracle by Giving Yourself
by Roger Carr
bodies that God miraculously gave us are very complex. Regardless of
all of the advances in technology, we can't create a substitute for
many parts of our bodies.
Doctors are dependent on donations from individuals for items such as
blood, organs and tissue to help save lives. Consider the following
ways you can donate a portion of yourself to help save and improve the
lives of others:
Give your blood.
Every two seconds someone in America needs blood. That comes out to
86,400 people needing blood today just in America. Are you aware that
you are saving as many as three lives for each pint of blood that you
donate? That is the amount of blood donated in one visit. You will be
saving multiple lives by being a blood donor. In addition, your body is
designed to remanufacture new blood to replace the amount you donated.
You haven't given up anything except a small amount of time. Contact
Red Cross at http://www.givelife.org or 1-800-GIVELIFE (1-800-448-3543) to learn about giving blood and schedule a time to donate.
Give your hair.
There are thousands of financially disadvantaged children that suffer
from long-term medical hair loss. Something as simple as wearing a
hairpiece can help increase their self-esteem and confidence. If you
have long hair, consider donating locks of it to make these needed
hairpieces available. This is something children can do as well.
Contact Locks of Love at http://www.locksoflove.org or 1-888-896-1588 to learn about how you can participate.
Give your marrow.
Did you know there are as many as 35,000 children and adults that have
life threatening diseases each year that could benefit from a marrow or
blood cell transplant? Many of these individuals suffer from leukemia,
lymphomas, and other blood cancers. Although being a marrow or blood
cell donor is not as quick and simple as donating blood, it is another
critically needed way that you can help save lives. Contact the
National Marrow Donor Program at http://www.marrow.org or 1-800-MARROW2 (1-800-627-7692) to learn about how to register as a potential donor.
Give your organs and tissue.
How would you like to continue to save lives even after you die? An
average of 17 people die each day from the lack of available organs for
transplant. You can help save up to 7 people's lives when you donate
your organs and improve up to 50 lives as a tissue donor. We are all
going to die someday and what better way to leave this planet than to
continue to help others with what we leave behind. Contact the
Coalition on Donation at http://www.shareyourlife.org or 1-804-782-4920 to learn more about organ and tissue donations.
Start saving lives now!
Many people think you have to be a doctor or firefighter to save lives
on a regular basis. We need to start thinking differently. You can save
lives on a regular basis and it will cost you almost nothing. It takes
so little time it can be done during your lunch break. Get started