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Default A Season Of Giving: How Do You Help Help Those Less Fortunate?

How do you help those less fortunate during the holiday season?

I thought maybe we could all come together for ideas of things we can do.

I am not just talking about spending money though, it could be as simple as helping at your local food bank or helping an older neighbor clear the snow from their driveway.

What ideas do you have?

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We usually contribute to Salvation Army. Jean and I also drop nice sized bills into their buckets. This year I'm also spending a lot on improvements to the church where our senior group meets. The church is overflowing on Sunday, so having the meeting room for overflow, plus expansion of their video system will be appreciated. We also buy toys to give to the Marines' Toys for Tots drive.

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Going to put my geek hat on for a moment. I am member of the 501st Legion, which is a Star Wars costuming group. The only requirement to join is to own a screen accurate costume of a Star Wars 'bad guy', the most popular of course being Storm Troopers. My costume is a Tie Reserve which is an off duty Tie Pilot without the helmet (officer hat instead) and chest plate (I will eventually go for the full Tie Pilot, as budge allows). This group goes out of its way to help others, using our costumes. We will raise money for other charities. The 501st is divided into Garrisons, of which I am in the Ohio Garrison. The O.G.'s goal for this year (and we are close to achieving it) is to raise $20,000 for various charities, of which 100% goes to them. Our biggest event is Cincinnati Comic Expo, where over that 3 day weekend we raised $5000 for a local charity Families with ASD, which work with families that have children on Autism Spectrum. We also have helped raise money for Make a Wish, A Special Wish, and Special Olympics. By trooping at various cons, movie releases, parades, and other groups events. An important type of troop we also do is for the Children's hospitals, which we do to bring very important smiles to not only the patient's face, but also to their family's faces as well. Our motto is "Bad Guys Doing Good".

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Back when I had a few hard time, a few encouraging words, and the occasional helping hand, went a whole lot further than money would have. And, yes, I realize that sometimes a few $ is needed too. A long time ago, I decided I would make a huge piggy bank, and donate it to one of the local churches, or whatever organization could make the best use of it, for fund raising. That will be an on-going project once I get back in the shop. In the meantime, the Salvation Army will be get some help.
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Although it is emphasized more this time of year the need exists year round. We give based on a list of about 30 organizations that meet our desecration on funding. For instance we use to give to injured police officers families. No issue with where it was used but rather how much actually was distributed after their "administrative costs". That factor alone trimmed the list a fair amount. We decided to give to those groups directly like the Boy/Girl Scouts, American Cancer Association, and so on. At least giving directly makes sue 100% of the funds get there. But the one I hold near and dear is St Jude's Children's Hospital.

But it goes further than that of course. I also ran on our local rescue squad for 6 years running every Thursday night and many holidays and weekends from 6pm till 6am the following day. When I started we had enough coverage to be able to run multiple units almost every night. During this time I had both knees replaced, nine months apart, came back and ran as soon as released until about 6 months ago when the knees starting giving me issues and I no longer trusted their strength. Carrying a 300+ pound person down a set of stairs be it on a gurney or stair chair is no easy feat for two people. The chair adds 40 pounds and the gurney (cot) is over 100 pounds more (battery operated). The point being had I been in the same shape I was in during my high school football days I would have lasted way longer. And then the wrist and shoulder, hell age itself, started to interfere. The point being is that your community has many needs that are often unfulfilled or under staffed. Most people expect taxes to pay for all these services but those who have volunteer fire and rescue often times are completely unaware of the staffing shortages that exist. That often means they are unaware of the coverage gaps and extended response times. These are not the only organizations that work in our community so look at where you can lend a hand and make a real difference. It always surprised me and sometimes offended me how quick some people would whip out their checkbooks when I spoke about becoming a member of the rescue squad. We had plenty of money but were starting to lack in manpower because no one had the time. And after all shouldn't the city/county be paying for this from our tax money? You wouldn't believe what it costs to build, staff, supply, and run a single station properly. The medical supplies costs are staggering. We need to stock epipens (Epinephrine Auto-Injector) for those who may be allergic which have expiration dates and must be disposed of when out dated to mention one of many supplies that expire. Not to mention the cost of the trucks themselves that must be equipped to meet state standards. I could go on.....

So yes, groups that mentor school children, assist the homeless, retrain and educate those who need it. There are many places your few hours a week can make a huge difference in many lives. We all have time we just need to be willing to give some of that to a cause. Those living in the towns and cities have many choices close to them. Out here in the country we need to drive a bit. But if we don't who will? If we call for assistance and no one shows who's fault is it? Or as I've seen a few times, asked why it took so long? It's difficult to explain that someone called before you and we we're en-route to the hospital when your call came in. That sick person call )delay in response time) caused your heart attack to take a larger toll according to your doctor. And even though you have sympathy for that person your mind later asks where were you when your neighbor needed you? Fire/Rescue isn't for everyone but we can all find a place where we can make a difference. We just have to be willing.
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Just yesterday, we passed on several coats, including one that is really warm to one of the guys that was installing our hardwood floors. The "old guy" as they called him, took the coats. I'm good with that. They were almost brand new and I can remember only wearing them once or twice.

Also, there is a place in our town that takes donations of just about anything. They pass it out to those in need.

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