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Inspiration

Here are a few ideas to help inspire you.  Please comment with any ideas you have to inspire others.

*Make a quilt for your local Children’s Hospital

* Shovel snow for your neighbor

* Take cookies to a friend

* Adopt an angel from an angel tree.  Here is the web address to the online JC Penny/Salvation Army Angel Tree:  http://angel.jcpenney.com

* Surprise a family member by tidying up their bedroom

* Clean the snow and ice off a someones windshield

* Be a secret Santa to someone in need

* Take a bag of groceries to someone in need

* Donate food to your local food bank

* Write a thoughtful note for a loved one

* Leave a larger tip for your server at lunch

* Take a freezer dinner to a friend or neighbor that is always on the run

* Donate your old winter outerwear to a shelter or school

* Help someone stranded on the side of the road with car trouble

* Hold the door for someone who has their arms full

* Donate school supplies to a local school

* Keep $5.o0 in your pocket and find someone to give it to on your next shopping trip

* Help a neighbor hang twinkle lights or trim a tree

* Surprise a family member by preparing their favorite meal for dinner

* Spend some extra time with your children reading books or playing together

* Donate your time at your local food bank or shelter

Here are a few of my favorite quotes on giving.  I hope that one, or many, bring you inspiration and a desire to give:

Of Course:  We can do no great things, only small things with great love.  ~Mother Teresa

I have found the paradox that if I love until it hurts, then there is no hurt, but only more love.  ~Mother Teresa

How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.  ~Anne Frank

Act as if what you do makes a difference.  It does.  ~William James

The purpose of life is not to be happy – but to matter, to be productive, to be useful, to have it make some difference that you have lived at all.  ~Leo Rosten

Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better.  It’s not.  ~Dr. Seuss

It seems to me that any full grown, mature adult would have a desire to be responsible, to help where he can in a world that needs so very much, that threatens us so very much.  ~Norman Lear

Being good is commendable, but only when it is combined with doing good is it useful.  ~Author Unknown

I am a little pencil in the hand of a writing God who is sending a love letter to the world.  ~Mother Teresa (Agnes Gonxha Bojarhiu)

I am only one, but I am one.  I cannot do everything, but I can do something.  And I will not let what I cannot do interfere with what I can do.  ~Edward Everett Hale

It is the greatest of all mistakes to do nothing because you can only do little – do what you can.  ~Sydney Smith

Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could only do a little.  ~Edmund Burke

If you can’t feed a hundred people, then feed just one.  ~Mother Teresa

Wherever a man turns he can find someone who needs him.  ~Albert Schweitzer

He who gives when he is asked has waited too long.  ~Sunshine Magazine

This is the true joy in life – being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one; being thoroughly worn out before you are thrown on the scrap heap; being a force of nature instead of a feverish selfish little clod of ailments and grievances complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy.  ~George Bernard Shaw

Nobody can do everything, but everyone can do something.  ~Author Unknown

The true meaning of life is to plant trees, under whose shade you do not expect to sit.  ~Nelson Henderson

No man stands so straight as when he stoops to help a boy.  ~Knights of Pythagoras  (Thanks, Jim)

Charity sees the need, not the cause.  ~German Proverb

In about the same degree as you are helpful, you will be happy.  ~Karl Reiland

How far that little candle throws his beams!
So shines a good deed in a naughty world.
~William Shakespeare, Merchant of Venice, much later adapted to “So shines a good deed in a weary world” by David Seltzer for the 1971 film Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

If we could all hear one another’s prayers, God might be relieved of some of his burdens.  ~Ashleigh Brilliant

Dare to reach out your hand into the darkness, to pull another hand into the light.  ~Norman B. Rice

I expect to pass through life but once.  If therefore, there be any kindness I can show, or any good thing I can do to any fellow being, let me do it now, and not defer or neglect it, as I shall not pass this way again.  ~William Penn

Be an opener of doors for such as come after thee, and do not try to make the universe a blind alley.  ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

The greatest good you can do for another is not just to share your riches but to reveal to him his own.  ~Benjamin Disraeli

We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.  ~Winston Churchill

Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth.  ~Mohammed Ali

And my person favorite (this is for my sweet husband): The Lord loveth a cheerful giver.  He also accepteth from a grouch.  ~Catherine Hall

Thank you to : The Quote Garden http://www.quotegarden.com/helping.html

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