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A Quote from Mr. Longfellow

Don't mean to sound sappy, but ...

"Give what you have.   To someone it may be better than you dare to think."
                    Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

There's no end to want.    I have a list and I bet you have a list too.    It's easy to rationalize not helping or not giving.   There are numerous reasons and excuses for not seeing and not getting involved.   Mr. Longfellow knew, a long time ago,  that anything can improve the life of another.  Give to the Max just had its day.    People were eager to contribute.  However, even though Give to the Max will help numerous non-profits which in turn help people; there are a lot of people who will not benefit from these donations.   

Now is the time to be creative.   Implement ways to improve the lives of others.        Anything can help spell relief.     Look around in your neighborhood.   Do you see anything - anyone - that could use your time and talent?  Don't be shy.  The worst thing that could happen is the recipient would say "No Thank You".   If so, then move on.   Ask another.   Be Creative.  Are there elderly citizens that could use a hand?    Are there single parents needing some assistance?    Is an illness or injury keeping someone from doing what needs to be done?   Ask.  Just ask.    

Getting involved doesn’t require money or an abundance of time.  It does require the desire to make a difference.  Lets start changing our neighborhoods and communities.    It's not hard.     Just follow the words of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow:  "Give what you have.   To someone it may be better than you dare to think."

Still not convinced that one can make a difference?   A suggestion:    Watch "The Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler" - a Hallmark Hall of Fame movie.   You maybe convinced.

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