At this point, in the holiday shopping season, we may have some of our shopping done or maybe not. Maybe we are in that traditional group that waits until the last minute. Well for our household this year, shopping has been cut down to meet with our budget. We always get the pets a present or two. Usually a stocking and they can go from there, it is always so much fun watching them delight in opening them.
However, we were thinking this year of giving only one gift and then giving from the heart times three. We want to challenge all of you to consider and then jump in with the giving from the heart times three. We all love our pets and try to be the best person we can for them and our community. Giving from the heart times three is so easy and will benefit so many. Here is how it works; you donate one volunteer hour per week for three weeks to any pet friendly organization. As we accomplish our volunteerism we will also have given to the community we live in and given of ourselves as well. Not financially but in a more hands on approach. It is very easy to see how you can help the pet friendly organization of your choice and it helps not only the organization, but also our own community and the benefit to us is how good we feel when done. These organizations rely so much on community support and we have just given at a time of the year when service time is not so abundant. And we have given of ourselves some of the best warm fuzzy feelings we can give.
There are so many places to volunteer and some we may not have thought of. We know the Humane Society, Animal Rescue, PAWS and so forth. But have we considered volunteering to help with the animals for a Living Nativity or helping with Santa’s Reindeer. We are not all hands on person, OK – there are fliers to be made and handed out for Living Nativity. People we can help with their donations at the local shelter. The Health Department or community mental health agencies in this area stock food for pets of families less fortunate, which may be the difference between the pet getting food or the person getting their medications. Another great place to provide some volunteer time and be one step away from the pets is the Red Cross. The Red Cross we know for giving and helping people who have had a disaster, but they also provide for the pets of these people as well. During a disaster people need shelter, clothing and food; there are people who won’t leave their pets to get this help, so the Red Cross provides.
When all is said and done we will have a wonderful holiday season and feel so much better than we thought possible, because we gave from the heart times three. We live a hectic, busy life but isn’t this season about giving.