Giving back in 2020

There are many ways in which we can all give back. Sometimes they are big and sometimes they are small. Sometimes the small gifts to others are gigantic. In the past and I know in the future there have been and will be times when I need help. No one can live on planet earth alone. I am a very busy person so I been trying to look for helpful opportunities that are a one time helping situation.

I have in the past donated money to different organizations. I know money really helps a lot but I wanted to be a little more hands on. My wonderful husband found a few places where I could do some good. One that really caught my eye was where I could put my crocheting to good use for those in need. They accept hand made hats, scarves and gloves for the needy. I only know a few basic crochet stitches. I am not great with patterns but I can make a long rectangle so scarves are a go! When someone has asked me lately what I have been making I have told them scarves for the chilly. I have told family and co-workers I don’t like to say for the needy because we all have needs, these people specifically need help to not be cold.

I made a baby blanket for someone last year and had about a half of a skein of yarn left over of each color. I used the pink to make finger-less gloves for a friend. The purple for finger-less gloves for myself. The teal I made into a scarf for the chilly.

In the attic recently when looking for some yarn for the neighbor girl to make herself a poncho I found a blanket I had started about 15 years ago and did not finish. But I did find a half a ball of the pink yarn that matched the partial blanket. So I brought it down and did a few finishing touches. Put on an edge and shell border on the ends. Another scarf for the chilly and less partial projects in the attic.

Does giving back always have to be a big gesture? no. Sometimes its as simple as I make home made bread for my husband and I twice a week. One yeast packet makes two loaves of bread. Since we are not able to eat a whole loaf in the four days before it molds why not give the second loaf to one of the families in our neighborhood. We have four houses out of the seventeen on our street that have four kids in each house. I have been rotating giving out bread to the neighbors. Sometimes I feel silly doing these small things for others but i know that in my simple act of reaching out to the neighbors with a little loaf of bread and a kind word it helps to make me feel wanted and needed and I know that they also feel that way. It helps me keep in touch with the families closest physically to our home and I really think that it helps me feel less intimidated by people around me as well. We are all here to help each other out.

Whether it be bread, scarves, yard work, or something like helping make Halloween costumes for the new family members across the street.

RickabaughReviews encourages all of us to reach out to help someone else, you might be surprised how much it helps you.