Sep 11, 2008

Be the Change

I spent this morning once again working with The Salvation Army getting ready for an influx of people to Dallas who need our help.  Because of Hurricane Gustav, supplies are running low but we still worked to get together toothbrushes, toothpaste, deoderant, etc. for people who would be arriving in Dallas with nothing but the clothes they wore and no idea when they can return and what will await them.  I spent a lot of time at the Dallas Convention Center last week with people displaced from Hurrican Gustav.  They were sleeping on cots in the convention center, many of them there alone with no family and no one to help them.  The people in the convention center don't have anywhere else to go.  They need our help, and not of us were there to help them.  The volunteer shortage was saddening.  If you have a few hours free this week, consider volunteering.  People from all over the coast of Texas will be arriving in Dallas this weekend as Hurricane Ike bears down upon their homes.  I can't be there this weekend to help (I'm doing MOH duties) so will one of you stand up and take my place?  Find somewhere near where you live that needs your help - wether it is an animal shelter, a hospital, your elderly neighbor who needs help weeding, your young neighbor who could use a hand with dinner (because juggling meals and an infant isn't easy), an activity at your church, or working in your childs classroom.

I leave you with a few thoughts from John McCain's Acceptance Speech.  No matter your politics or beliefs, these words ring true.
"If you find faults with our country, make it a better one. If you're disappointed with the mistakes of government, join its ranks and work to correct them. Enlist in our armed forces. Become a teacher. Enter the ministry. Run for public office. Feed a hungry child. Teach an illiterate adult to read. Comfort the afflicted. Defend the rights of the oppressed. Our country will be the better, and you will be the happier. Because nothing brings greater happiness in life than to serve a cause greater than yourself. "
So volunteer.  Make a difference. There are people who need the gifts you have to offer.  So find a cause and "be the change you want to see in the world."

3 comments:

  1. Great post. We are trying to figure where we are going to live once our house sells so we can get involved in that particular community! We do stuff now through our church, but I want to do more...

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  2. wow, great post! thanks for sharing, i know those people are thankful for all you do!

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  3. Great post! I would love to volunteer if I wasn't working and on call.

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