Lend A Hand

A couple weeks ago in the Parade magazine, there was an article entitled “Lend a Hand.
It’s been a brutal year, but this holiday season, you can help fellow Americans get back on their feet… Here’s how.” And the article goes on to give several suggestions. From feeding the hungry in Oregon to wild fire victims or keeping families warm this winter. You can go to parade.com/giving and learn the details.

Or we can look in our own back yard. Whether you live in a big city as I do, or a very rural community, there are always those in need. Giving to others does not have to be expensive or even require money. If you have lots and lots of frequent flyer miles, as many do, give them to an organization or someone in need. You can also use your miles for gifts. Call your frequent flyer program. American Express is very good at allowing miles for gifts.

Many of us have winter clothes we no longer wear that are in perfectly good condition. Call Big Brother Big Sister and they will come by and pick them up. Or drop off the clothes in one of the many Red Cross clothing bins. How easy is that?

Then there are the old books you have read but do not need to keep. I leave mine at the subway stops. Find a good spot and start a new tradition in your neighborhood.

Do you live in a condo association or a very friendly neighborhood? Collect cans or dry goods for the local food pantry. Almost no effort is required and others will be most appreciative. If you do not know the local food pantry, call a nearby church and they will know that information.

Holiday cheer is wonderful, especially when it comes to lending a hand.

P.S.
… kind words from Al…

“American Airlines treats their Executive Platinum status members better than any other airline treats their highest level customers.”

Al is an Executive Platinum member for eight years.
AA just gave Al a great deal to insure his status again for 2012.

About alwaysharriet

With thirty years experience in corporate and leisure travel consulting, Harriet Ahouse has traveled extensively throughout the Caribbean and worldwide. An avid scuba diver, she understands the requirements of travelers both on land and in the water. On the European scene she has offered traditional and personalized travel itineraries throughout the continent--Italy, France, and England are some of her favorites. As a Virtuoso Agent, she also has extensive resources to enhance her expertise in designing individual destination travel itineraries--and honeymoons--worldwide!
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