2009-12-17 / Editorial

’Tis the season for caring and sharing


No time is busier than the holiday season. We find ourselves rushing about, attempting to find the right gifts and to get everything done in the nick of time. There are parties to attend and dinners to plan.

We find that the holidays can be stressful in many ways. How can we de-stress? Help someone else. You will feel much better.

This is the time of year when we are reminded that there are people everywhere who are less fortunate in life. Many of those folks would benefit from our assistance.

Of course, one might be overwhelmed by the tremendous need that surrounds us. As individuals, we cannot help everyone, but we can make a difference. There are so many ways that you can help – all you need to do is decide how.

So this holiday season, why not do something that will help someone – a neighbor, a family around the corner or across one of the bridges?

Help people you know or help people you don’t know. Either way, you’ll have done something worthwhile. Here are a few ideas that you can try:

• Drop a few dollars in the giving buckets that are found at merchants in the area.

• Volunteer at the soup kitchen in Newport or Providence.

• Donate a warm coat, hats and gloves to one of the many local drives.

• Buy toys and blankets for a community shelter.

• Check with your church to find a family in financial need.

• Donate money or food to the local food pantry.

• Offer to help at the local senior center.

The list goes on and on, but you get the idea. Try the random act of kindness. You will feel much better about the holidays.

— Jeff McDonough

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