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The hardest thing I’ve had to do in regards to this blog is coming up with a title for this post because it is about helping (and selling, too)! It would have been easier if I had my act together and got this post up before Christmas, but in hindsight, maybe it’s best that I’m a day late. How can we help others? What can we do to help those in need of help? In the holiday spirit, it’s really a nice thing to be able to do something for others when we are able to. If you have money to spare, maybe just a little cash, isn’t it a great time of year to be able to give something to those that are needy?

In the previous paragraph, I mentioned that in hindsight, this post is okay that it is a day late. My logic is as follows: those that wanted to help others, that wanted to give a little money to others may have already done so (e.g. Christmas gifts, coin donations to those that cheerfully ring that bell in front of stores, donation boxes, etc.). So what about all those folks that want to give, but don’t think they have anything to give? I’ve always felt that just to smile at someone, to let them know you care, to lend an ear and listen to someone’s story, to share one’s joy and peace with others is a really nice gift in itself. On the other hand, there are those that could really use some money, and there are many people who think or feel they don’t have any money to give, and they might even feel bad that they didn’t donate any money. I don’t think a person should feel bad if they don’t have money to give. In fact, maybe it’s not really the best thing to do to give away money that you really need yourself. Therefore, I’m not talking about that; I’m talking about extra dollars; cash you won’t miss. Again, though, what if you don’t have extra money laying around? So, this morning, I let my “wheels turn” and lots of good thoughts and ideas came up (forgetful me — I’m sure some of those ideas I forgot already, hence the importance of getting them down on ‘paper’).

First of all, it is likely that you have a person, a charity, or a company in mind that you’d like to give to. If you don’t have a charity in mind, you can always search on the net for some worthy causes. (I like to visit a place like the better business bureau at bbb.org to check out the charity, so as to help me make decisions about donations). Or maybe you know a friend or neighbor, or a friend of a friend in need that can use some food or money. After you have someone in mind that you want to give a donation to, then you may wish to decide what you have to spare, whether it’s money, food, or whatever. I wouldn’t be to quick to immediately decide you don’t have any money to give. My readers might be thinking “No way, I don’t have a spare penny to give.” And, that’s fine, maybe it’s best that you don’t give any money. But I said not to be too quick to immediately decide about that. What do I mean? Well lately I’ve become aware of how many things (things = stuff, unused items, junk laying around, non-junk laying around, miscellaneous items boxed up in storage somewhere) that can actually be sold! For example, let’s say you are a college student. Now, granted, one may hear the phrase “broke college student” from time to time. I always chuckle to myself when I hear that because it’s such a generalization. Some college students are rich, some are successful, some are loaded with cash. At the same time, there are some students who simply don’t have any money, but they wish they had money to give. All their money has gone towards tuition, living expenses, educational materials, housing, and other university-type expenses. However, consider this: they may have un-needed or unwanted assets. Like what? How about textbooks! The college graduate or enrollee may have books laying around that they don’t need any more that they could sell for some money, and then voila, they now have some money to give. Another example may be someone that is an avid reader who has a huge collection of books, novels, and storybooks, but throughout their life or career, they may have accumulated too many that they  might not even read again, or don’t ever use any more, and they could… you guessed it… sell those items at a flea market or a used bookshop. Okay back to the college student who might have lots of books they aren’t using. Where can they convert those books into money? Well, they can take them to their bookstore if their bookstore is doing a book buyback, or they can find a web site to sell textbooks to (www.buystextbooks.com is a good example, they’ll buy almost any current edition textbook) and sell their books, get some money, and now they have some money they could donate.

Of course, that’s just one really good example of how to possibly get some cash for stuff that’s just laying around, and using that example, a person can probably think of a dozen other ways to get money. Another example (this is really cool) is that many people (maybe even most people?) collect one thing or another. Some collect cards, baseball cards, old fashioned toys, and things like that. With the advent of internet, auction style websites, and the like, a person wanting to help others by giving them money can sell things they don’t need online. A person doesn’t have to be a college student to sell items, although someone in college might have time to do this: they could be a craftsman or craftsperson, and make handmade items. Let’s say you are good at making boxes, or ornaments, or really classy hand-made gift items. There’s an excellent websites where a person can sell their crafts and make money to give to those in need.

Note: while writing this post, someone just told me they knew someone that raises money for charities buy buying used books from library sales, and then going online and selling those books and using the proceeds to give to others. I’ll have to look into this further but on the spur of the moment, this website looked pretty interesting and cool: http://www.booksale.org. Now, that’s a library book place in New York, I’m sure there are other similar places in your town.

Anyway, in conclusion (yes, I am rambling on), my point is that there are so many ways to help others. You, the reader, have to decide on your own how much you are able to help others, if you are able to help others, and use your own best judgement to make these decisions. If you truly are unable to give to those more in need, a really friendly smile or a gesture of positivity is often a welcome offer of kindness. I once heard someone say that if you walk past or drive past a homeless person on the street that is holding a sign that they need money and you don’t have any money to give to them (or don’t want to give them any money), it’s really nice to not ignore them (for whatever reason), and to at least smile at them and acknowledge them as fellow human beings. We are all part and parcel of the universe, and creation.

Joy, peace and all of the happiness of the holidays to all.


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