One of the best ways to start off the new year is by giving.
This year, our family has committed to filling a box
with staples from our grocery stores'
"Buy One, Get One Free" deals.
It's easy enough to pick up a few extra items
and donate them to a worthy cause.
The box is kept in our laundry room, right next to the garage.
Each week, any new items will be placed here.
Once a month we will deliver it to our charity of choice.
This is a great way to get kids involved in helping others.
Our local "Meals on Wheels" program will be the beneficiary.
They provide meals to seniors who can't cook
or get out to grocery shop.
I called them before the holidays
and asked what kind of items they need.
Most cities and even small towns have places
that can use these types of donations.
We've chosen food, but other items might be needed.
Clothes, school supplies, toiletries or blankets
are all things that could be donated on a monthly basis.
I'm planning on writing an article
in our community newsletter,
encouraging all of our neighbors to start their own giving box.
Even if just a few families participate,
it could add up to a big difference for folks in need.
I'd love to hear what family projects you've got going.
Giving really is receiving...
"If you haven't got any charity in your heart,
you have the worst kind of heart trouble."
(We continue this deed.)