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Feeling Grateful and Giving Back

There’s no right or wrong way of giving back to the community! Feeling grateful has led me to look not only inward but also outward of how I can help.

What is gratitude?

Gratitude is the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness.

Reflecting on the holiday season…

Over the holiday season, I have been thinking a lot about what it means to be privileged. Unlike some, I was lucky enough to grow up with a pantry that was always full and new school supplies each year. This year in particular, I felt an overwhelming sadness for those who do not have the same. I think it can be very easy to go about your day and not realize everything you have at your disposal that others may not. In the new year, I have decided I want to give back to my community.

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Cooking breakfast for families at the Ronald McDonald House in New Haven with a college club.

What can I do to give back?

There is no right or wrong way of giving back! Here are some ideas to get you started…

  1. Put together kits and bring them to your local shelter
  2. Check on your elderly neighbors
  3. Pick up trash along the beach or at parks in your area
  4. Write thank you notes to First Responders in your area
  5. Donate children’s books to local schools or families in need
  6. Hold a food drive and donate items to a food shelter
  7. Write birthday cards and drop them off to a nursing home – some residents do not have anyone to celebrate their birthday with
  8. Sign up to cook a meal at a Ronald McDonald House

Whatever you do, big or small, giving back will never go unnoticed!

-Maria


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