Friday, February 4, 2011

Practice Random Acts of Winter Kindness

By Tess Tomasi

We often think of volunteering as a formal and structured process, but how many millions of unheralded events happen every day between neighbors?

We're probably all guilty of complaining about this wild winter we're having so far. Who isn't tired of weather alerts, slipping on ice, cabin fever, and shoveling and shoveling and more shoveling? But as bad as all that sounds, for some people winter snow storms can mean helplessness and isolation. For our elderly and disabled neighbors who can't manage the physical exertion of shoveling, they can quickly become stranded in their own homes, particularly people who are on a limited income and can't afford to pay for the service.

You can make a meaningful difference by "practicing random acts of kindness and senseless acts of shoveling." Being a nice neighbor is a quick and easy way to "volunteer" to make your community a better place for everyone.

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