Given the recent events around the world, it is easy to become disheartened with humanity. It is easy to get angry and upset. It is not always as easy to find the good in the world, but if you look, you can always find it. Just as Hugh Grant said in Love Actually (quite possibly my favorite holiday rom com), “If you look for it, I’ve got a sneaky feeling you’ll find that love actually is all around.”
So, that is exactly what I set out to do this week. I found people helping Veterans. I found Buddy Check 22, a group that draws attention to the 22 veterans that commit suicide every day. I found a blindfolded Muslim offering hugs to strangers to break down barriers and spread awareness about Islamophobia in our society. I found MEND (Meet Each Need With Dignity), an organization that provides food, medical and dental care, education and more to those struggling with poverty. I found someone that said “Hello” to a homeless man and changed everything.
For those of you that think there are too many people, as Mother Teresa said, “Never worry about numbers. Help one person at a time and always start with the person nearest you.” If you want to be the good in the world, here are some suggestions:
Homelessness – donate to your local food bank, or volunteer to feed the homeless; find your local food bank here
Poverty – adopt a local family for Christmas
Domestic Violence – donate new and used clothing, books, and toys, or donate to the Good Shepherd Shelter here.
Veterans – my favorite military charity, which gives 100% of donations to the warriors that need it, the White Heart Foundation
Obviously, there are countless ways to make a difference. Now, go forth and make one.
Bottom Line: If you make a difference to one person, it’s worth it.