Karen Kalisek's Top 20 Things To Help (16-20)
16.If your friend and neighbor has lost their home and are forced to move, invite everyone on the block to participate in a garage sale, host a party that night and tell stories, show pictures, and express how much joy they have brought into your lives. As they are leaving, hand them an envelope with the money raised from the garage sale because they STILL have to come up with a first, last and deposit to get into another house!
17.Provide those who are forced to move your complete contact information. They may need references. They also remain your friends and continue to need your support. Contact them. Don’t wait for them to contact you. And continue to contact them, send cards, etc. It will mean more to them than you will ever know.
18.Remember special individuals on low incomes, such as elderly, military, newly weds, college kids, and families caring for disabled or elderly members. Also know some of the most affluent ‘looking’ may be cash poor. Be aware of the ones around you. Everyone needs help from time to time. If you haven’t experienced a difficult time in your life, as my former minister, Rev. Jim Ferdette would say, ” You just haven’t lived long enough!” It will come.
19.Teenagers are old enough to know when their parents are loosing everything. Hire them to help them afford prom, sports, band, etc. Award them for great grades and achievements by networking with business owners that could donate make-up, movie tickets, and gift cards. Remember “It takes a village…”
20.Pray. You may not be able to solve all the problems, but you can help someone smile.