Happy Thanksgiving.

I hope you all enjoy a wonderful meal with family and friends! May we all share some love and laughter today … and everyday.

Oh, and don’t forget to watch “It’s A Wonderful Life“. It is a tradition in our home … and no matter how many times I have seen it, I still cry joyful tears every time. Surely it is playing on some channel in your area šŸ™‚ If not, you can see it here in its entirety.

As promised in yesterday’s post, and in the spirit of George Bailey (one of my all time favorite fictional characters) I wish to share some great ways to “give” …

* Bring some used towels and blankets to your local animal shelter. They are always running out of adequate bedding materials for the shelter dogs.

* If you live near a university, invite a foreign (or foreign exchange) student to share a holiday meal with your family. Many such students do not return home for the holidays and would welcome the comfort of a family gathering.

* Sponsor a Doctors Without Borders project. This organization has done such amazing work throughout the world … and with a very impressive ratio of funds spent directly on those in need.

* Drop off some baked goodies to your local fire or police department as a way of saying “thanks” for all they do.

* While you are out shopping, if you notice a person mulling over a particular purchase, consider secretly purchasing it for them (this is one of my faves).

* While travelling the highway, upon reaching a toll booth, pay for yourself and the car behind you. I do this almost everytime …. and it gives me such a tickle … not a bad thrill for $1!

* When out in the world … at work, or play … try to sincerely compliment another person who may look stressed or unhappy. You could totally turn their day around.

* Donate blood (or a kidney šŸ™‚

*Do you know someone who is desperately trying to fund an adoption? You can help to create a family by assisting them in their efforts … offer your time and talents or your pocketbook.

* Host a holiday party asking each friend to bring a gift to donate to your local Toys for Tots program.

* Call a local nursing home to ask whether there are some residents who will not be receiving any visitors for Christmas, and consider paying them a visit.

The ways in which we can GIVE are endless. I hope to display as many of them as I possibly can on this blog throughout the next couple of weeks … maybe longer. (Maybe another blog is in order?) I would love to hear your thoughts, ideas, and stories of your own “giving”.

Love to you all …

~ Jodi
Jodi Renshaw

About Jodi Renshaw

Jodi is a homeschooling Mom, a photographer, a wife, and a proud resident of the city of Bangor. She spends part of her time working at a locally-owned shop in the downtown area, part of her time homeschooling her favorite young man, and most of her time behind a camera lens. She often writes about adoption, family life, homeschooling, and community.