Feeling inspired part 1 -help the less fortunate

  This time of year is sort of hard for me -November and December mainly.  With both parents gone, I wouldn’t say I get the holiday blues but holiday ghosts.  These are flashes of images from when mom and dad were sick.  Not images that I would ever impose on anyone else but at the same time, it’s nothing that I can erase from my memory no matter how hard I try. They just pop up at any given moment. Yesterday, a friend of mine posted something on Facebook totally randomly.  It was perfect timing because my mind was really being haunted yesterday morning…
<img alt="Photo: Time heals all wounds….?? What do you think?

I believe this to be true.  I also believe that you take these moments in time and learn from them.  Dad passed away in Nov. 2001 and mom followed in Jan 2008. After mom died, the family basically fell apart.  Or I should say, split in half. I was having anxiety attacks from the stress of it all.  Since that January, I feel that I have changed slowly for the better.  I have become calmer, more tolerant, more outspoken and learned that taking the high road in many situations is the best road. Sure there are things that I have become less tolerant of as I get older but hey, I am a cranky Leo and that’s why you all love me :0)  I will save those for another blog.  There are things that I still wish I can fix, however all I can do is hope that this is one wound that time will heal – eventually.

Most recently, one of the biggest changes in my life is the strong need to volunteer and/or donate to charities that help people less fortunate then we are.  Homeless and hungry children mainly.  I know I say that OPC (other people’s children) are one of my pet peeves.  Yes, random screaming children do piss me off.  However, no child should go hungry or not have a warm place to sleep.  This past fall, I raised $575 dollars for my first Crop Walk. I was so excited to have almost doubled my fundraising goal thanks to all my wonderful friends and family that I signed up to help organize next year’s walk!  Knowing that I was helping to provide food to families right in my back yard and worldwide felt really good!  http://www.churchworldservice.org

Two more charities that I found today and am still learning about but are worth noting are:

– Project Night Night. From their Facebook page: Project Night Night donates over 25,000 Night Night Packages each year, free of charge, to homeless children who need our childhood essentials to feel secure, cozy, ready to learn, and significant. Each Night Night Package contains a new security blanket, an age-appropriate children’s book, and a stuffed animal — all nestled inside of a new canvas tote bag. 
What little kid doesn’t need a snuggle buddy at night and a book for someone to read to them?! 
http://www.projectnightnight.org

Samaritan’s Purse – Here you can donate boxes filled with gifts for underprivileged boys and girls worldwide through their project Operation Christmas Child.  You can pack and send your own box or they will pack one for you.  You can even track your box to see where it’s final destination is. How cool is that?! There are also other ways to donate year long.   www.samaritanspurse.org/occ

If you have time this Christmas season, check out all three of these web site. Just like my friend randomly posting that quote,  one small $20-30.00 donation from you can mean the world to someone else.

Funny, I sat down starting to write about wanting to make my own Christmas decorations and how I am finally getting into the Christmas spirit.  I suppose my mind felt this should be shared first.  Maybe mom and dad were guiding me ;0)

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