I’ve been lucky to find some more ways to help that I would like to share with you. I know that this time of year can be super hectic, but most of them are easy to and don’t take a lot of time. Also, these ideas can be done in the long, winter months after Christmas. When it is cold and snowy, stay in and work on a kindness project. In the November 13 issue of “Woman’s World” magazine, there is information regarding sending packs of beef jerky to our overseas armed forces through Operation Stars & Stripes. Just send them to Rosalyn-Sue Smith, President, Operation Stars & Stripes, Inc., 483 Old Canton Road, Suite 100, Marietta, GA 30068. Beef jerky is easily transportable and virtually non-perishable, making it an ideal snack for our troops overseas. This group also accepts donations of new Forever stamps to help defray the costs of sending packages overseas to our armed forces. There is a whole plethora of items you can donate, along with good-old cash. To learn more, go to: OperationStarsAndStripes.org .
Can you knit or crochet? Do you have some yarn lying around, with no project in mind? Make a blanket for a shelter animal, or if needlework is not your thing, make a fleece blanket. Sew or tie two pieces of fleece together. Obviously you won’t need to make this as large as a regular blanket. Get patterns and ideas at Comfort for Critters (comfortforcritters.org). Also, many animal shelters are asking for children to read to their furry residents. Contact your local shelter to see if they have a Book Buddies or Paws to Read program. One added benefit for your child, studies have shown that reading aloud to an animal can help improve a child’s reading skills.
If, for whatever reason, you get gift cards to Petco, PetSmart or other pet supply store, you can send them to the Search Dog Foundation (SearchDogFoundation.org). This organization uses the gift cards to purchase training supplies for dogs-in-training. Mail your gift cards to: Search Dog Foundation, Attn: Rhett Mauck, 6800 Wheeler Canyon Road, Santa Paula, CA 93060.
I apologize for any blatant typos in this entry. My cat has been demanding attention and therefore is walking back and forth across my keyboard. She can be quite persistent at times!
I hope this finds you happy and healthy, and that you and those you love have a joyous and wonderful holiday season. See you in 2018!
“When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left and could say, ‘I used everything you gave me.’ ” -Erma Bombeck