We’re in the final days before Christmas and lots of folks are running around trying to find that perfect gift and maybe hoping to receive the perfect gift. In addition to lots of holiday cards, I’m also getting holiday requests for donations from various charities. It always tugs at my heart when I think of folks needing basics like food and clothes, but even when I see a donation box at the coffee shop, gym or other businesses collecting toys for the little ones. I try to buy something extra to help someone else in need. Even if it isn’t a big ole electronic game I figure it’ll put a smile on someone’s face. I read this article in Martha Stewart Living magazine that says giving is good for you and scientists actually say when you donate your time and money to charitable organization- it actually improves your health! I’m sure you’ve heard the stories about folks who give back because their situation got better and someone had done it for them. There’s a woman who reloads a gift card at a local coffee shop so police officers can have free coffee. She doesn’t want to be identified, but she does it because they saved her husband. That’s her way of giving back. I love that story!
And how about the Portsmouth Noblewomen? They teamed up with Portsmouth Police and several other organizations to provide children with toys this holiday season. Look at all the stuff- and the excitement on the faces of both the kids and the volunteers. That’s the spirit of the season… and besides, giving is good for the soul!