Life is full of possibilities and opportunities to help others. Unfortunately, not everyone fully appreciates or takes advantage of this fact. What I have found when trying to bless others through volunteering is that I’m usually the one that’s blessed! At this point in my life with my children at the forefront of all my activities, I like to volunteer in areas that involved them. Helping in the classroom or at the nursery at church are some of my favorite things to do because they involved my favorite little people.
It is never lost on me how much of a difference you can make and how much other people appreciate it. When you hear their thanks, it’s all worth it! After losing my dad this summer and seeing him spend the last year of his life in a nursing home, I have a whole new appreciation for anyone that volunteers with the elderly. Since I’ve seen how few people do it; it’s been on my heart to find a way to volunteer once my last child is in school and I have more time.
Reading Volunteering & Giving Back brought me to tears, as all the Chicken Soup books do, and inspired me to want to do more. It’s such a huge opportunity to bless someone and in turn to be blessed.
There are ten different topics with stories in each including my favorites Who’s Helping Whom, The Spirit of Christmas and Filling a Need. I have a bad habit of jumping around in these books. I always open to the index to see what the topics are and start with the ones that interest me the most. I always end up reading the whole thing in the end so I don’t know why I don’t read it cover to cover. I just can’t seem to do it that way. I get too excited about the topics and want to read them first!
One that that helped me in all my flipping about that I believe is fairly new is that the page numbers are sideways on the bottom along with the section title. It’s perfect for those of us that like to flip around and want to easily find things!
I loved The Spirit of Christmas probably the most and it’s a great reminder with the holiday season approaching that there are many opportunities to volunteer this time of year and so many that are less fortunate than us.
I really enjoyed Where do Those Toys go that was about the Toys for Tots program. This is one I always do with my kids and have them pick out a toy for a child their age to donate. But I always wondered too; where DO the toys go? This one was informative as well as touching and a great reminder that there are people on the other end of giving who are receiving a much greater gift than the toy itself.
People tend to get depressed around the holidays and are lonely and sad if they don’t have happiness in their life. Volunteering & Giving Back made me want to reach out more to those in need and volunteer wherever I can. There is no greater gift to give!
About the Book
One Person can make an enormous difference in the lives of others. The 101 stories in Chicken Soup for the Soul: Volunteering and Giving Back celebrate volunteers and those who give back, and also show how the biggest beneficiaries are the givers themselves.
Volunteers and people who give back are models of unconditional kindness, compassion and love. You choose hope over despair, optimism over cynicism and career over indifference. And by serving others, you also help yourself. In this inspiring collection of personal stories by and for volunteers and those who give back, you and your fellow unsung heroes will get some of the recognition and appreciation you deserve.
“Young or or, rich or poor, we all have something to share. These stories will inspire you to make a difference.” ~ Carrie Morgridge
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