Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love. ~ Lao Tzu
One of the activities outside of my work life that I really enjoy is volunteering at a community Thrift Store in Steamboat Springs, Colorado on Saturdays. I help sort the goods and wares that come in. Some of the donated items are put in the Thrift Store for sale, and others are passed along to The New Horizons Mennonite mission in Canon City and Pueblo,Colorado. http://bit.ly/x5n7Fw.
Last week, I was given a flyer that evidenced the fruits of the labor of approximately 100 people that help out on a volunteer basis. In 2011, the volunteers logged in 9,800 hours. Impressive in its own right, but what is most evident among the statistics was the diversity of help and assistance Lift-Up gives to people in the community.
The non-profit, Lift-Up, http://bit.ly/yPtOqb goes about fulfilling financial needs in so many ways. Here are just a few:
- Emergency Food and Personal Products 9,248 bags of food, personal products and perishables were given to those in need
- The Emergency Lodging, Fuel and Transportation fund gave $8,608 in donations
- Special Needs Funds – 127 households were assisted, totaling $50,014 in aid.
- Energy Outreach to households needing utility assistance to 170 families
- Community Coat Drive distributed 222 warm coats to people needing clothing.
- Healthcare fund – emergency medications and medical help came to 122 people.
This is only a small list from a much longer list of aid that was given. The statistics evidenced on the yearly report, indicates there is real need and real purpose in the services this non-profit, Lift-Up provides.
Before you discard unwanted books in print, audio books, DVDS, cds, clothing or other household items into a landfill, remember that there are people in communities all over without or needing to rebuild their life. Seek out a community thrift store in your area and give.
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