I know its hard to believe, but for most of the country its Fall and right around the corner it will be Winter! I love this time of year – even though I’m in Florida and the weather doesn’t cool off until much later there are still so many things to love! College Football, pumpkin patches and carving, Halloween, Baking and Decorating, Thanksgiving, Spending time with family, shopping for gifts and wrapping them (yes, I truly love this part) and Christmas of course. But, for many people this time of year and the cooler temperatures mean increased hardship. Shelters are fuller when its cold, food banks are emptier when its cold and people who have a home but cant afford heat suffer from colds, flu, hypothermia and sometimes worse.
Today, I encourage you to start thinking about what you can do to help others during this season. Now is the perfect time to start planning a coat drive, scheduling to volunteer delivering/cooking meals for the homeless, maybe you can gather hygiene items for a shelter/mission in your area, plan a canned food drive to help stock your local food bank, or gather and donate gently used blankets/gloves/scarves to your church. If you need more ideas check out www.salvationarmyusa.org.
If you already have a tradition of giving or volunteering that you’d like to share I would truly love to hear it!