Giving someone a smile goes a long way.

Posted on February 26, 2020 · Posted in Blog, General, Personal

First, we should ask them how we can help. It’s so easy to tell people what we think without asking them initially. When asked for money, I would tell them that I would….and if that was all they wanted, at this time I would not be able to help with that, but I would be happy to….. It’s a choice we have to make. Whether we want to or are willing to take a risk, it’s always a choice. Connecting to people, no matter what the circumstances, involves taking a risk. Connecting to people, with the intention of helping, makes you feel better about yourself and it’s about improving the life of another person.

Here are some things I have done:

  1. bought a breakfast, lunch, or dinner, or coffee,
  2. helped with a resume and set up interview,
  3. Found interview clothes or Appropriate clothing,
  4. provided transportation to job interviews and/or medical,
  5. passed out blankets to homeless people who won’t or are unable to go to a shelter,
  6. paid for a motel room for one night or more for a family,
  7. Provided groceries for a family and connected them with a resource,
  8. bought diapers or formula for a mother
  9. found people from an organization or a surau/mosque who would help a mother paint, fix things around her that she cannot, give her a break from children or eldercare, do a chore,
  10. Educated myself, became a volunteer,
  11. donated to organizations that I have identified with, or donate something you or your family doesn’t use,
  12. just listen.

There are a number of things that we can do. We just have to be creative. Giving someone a smile goes a long way. And yes, there have been times I gave money. Hope this helps. – mk

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