Giving to others isn’t only about money, it is also about putting in time and effort. Getting involved in a local project can help you feel more connected to your community and neighbors.
Those who volunteer often also benefit from lower levels of stress, lower blood pressure, and increased physical activity. One recent study says older adults who volunteer their time have improved cognitive function, increased physical abilities, and decreased television watching.
That’s what I read. But I know that my blood pressure goes up when I’m working on an event. I do enjoy them and even more, I enjoy when they’re over and people have been happy that we had them.
There is no argument though, the people who are giving and working for their community seem to be much happier.
“Great opportunities to help others seldom come, but small ones surround us every day.” ~ Sally Koch
Help someone load their groceries, be friendly to people in the restaurant, give a smile to those you meet. Send a card to someone to make them smile.
Kathy Holmes makes lots of people smile by her kind and caring positive comments on Facebook. She and her family are also very supportive of community happenings.
Here’s two to put on your calendar: The Women of St. Peter’s Catholic Church will be holding their Spring Salad Luncheon on Thur., Apr. 15 from 11 am to 1:30 pm. There are deliveries and carry-out and each plate contains assorted salads, homemade hot rolls, and a dessert. The cost of a ticket is $10 and call Aggie Zac at 580-651-1608 to get a reservation. It is a win for the church women and it is a win that you don’t have to cook.
Then on Sat., April 17, at 2 pm is a Backyard BBQ at Bob’s Cowboy Bar … a fund raiser for young Noah Patterson. There will also be a drawing for items donated by local folks (tickets are $20 each). There is nothing fun about having a young son who is sick … but it can be fun to raise the family’s spirit with a BBQ and sharing.
“Those who are happiest are those who do the most for others.” ~Booker T. Washington
Get happy and join in the Community Clean-Up. Help by working with the crews on the morning of Sat., April 17, or plan a time for you and some friends to get together and give an hour for the Spring cleaning of our town. Clean your alley, pick up litter in a spot that you notice, help someone with their tree limbs, do something. When we all do a little bit, a lot can get done. And have fun when you’re doing it!
“Do more than belong: participate. Do more than care: help. Do more than believe: practice. Do more than be fair: be kind. Do more than forgive: forget. Do more than dream: work.” ~William Arthur Ward
This is Holy Week and Easter is here on Sunday, a day of true giving.
See you on the bricks!