The Holiday Season is always the best time to be more generous and compassionate towards the needs of others. You’re most likely thinking I’m referring to the amount of gifts to buy for your family, friends and loved ones. Or, by supporting organizations who provide Christmas gifts and meals for needy families and children who would otherwise do without. That’s accurate, however, only the tip of the proverbial ‘Iceberg.’ In actuality, I’m suggesting adopting a ‘Generous-Frame-of-Mind’ year-round and not only from Thanksgiving to Christmas. In other words keep that generous Holiday giving spirit everyday of every year.
As a Professional Organizer, I often encounter a client, whose biggest obstacle is parting with their unused goods such as house wares, clothing, etc. There is always a reason why people don’t want to part with things they treasure and cherish. Yet, ninety-five percent of the time all of that memorabilia is packed away in the attic or basement. Why not bless someone with what is no longer useful to you? As I list and explain about the many organizations who provide a great vehicle in distributing contributions that make a difference in the lives of those in need, the grip on their unused goods eases up and the donation pile starts to accumulate.
One organization that is near and dear to me is The Saint Vincent de Paul Society. This is a Catholic organization that does great work throughout the country. Members (Vincentians) give of their time, talent and expertise, on a person to person basis, to help those in need; whether it be monetary, spiritual, or otherwise. If you are interested in learning more, visit their web site at http://www.svdpusa.org/
Surrey Senior Services serves Delaware, Montgomery and Chester County as well as many neighborhoods in Philadelphia. This organization is dedicated to providing assistance to seniors which enables them to lead an independent life. Many of their services are funded through donations to their thrift shop, consignment shop and monetary donations as well. When I pull up to the thrift store in Broomall, PA, the volunteers are not only grateful, but also elated knowing that what my clients have donated will enable more services. Visit their web site at https://surreyservices.org/
Another wonderful organization is your local animal shelter. The PennsylvaniaSociety for the Prevention and Cruelty to Animals (PSPCA) is one of the first humane societies established. Their good works have not only saved the lives of many animals, but have also enriched the lives of those who have adopted their ‘forever friend’. Any local animal shelter welcomes new or used animal toys, food, towels, and of course, financial donations. Visit their web site at http://www.pspca.org/
Vietnam Veterans of America serves the needs of our veterans. They will take clothing and household goods and use them to support programs and services that address the concerns and needs of all veterans. Please visit their web site at http://www.vva.org/
I have mentioned a few organizations which are near and dear to me. There are many others in our state and across the country that do great work. Remember, what you hold dear, treasure and cherish but don’t use can be held dear, treasured, cherished and useful to someone in need. Bless someone today with anything you don’t use and they need.