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meals on Wheels – MOWaa.org
This national network provides
home-delivered meal services across
the country. According to the orga-
nization, one out of nine seniors in
America faces the threat of hunger,
and at least four out of 10 local Meals
on Wheels programs have seniors on a
waiting list for the service.
Do-It-Yourself Projects
Also consider giving some common
group activities a community-minded
twist.
Here’s a new kind of book club. –
Book club members can open up
enrollment to invite mothers, daugh-
ters and grandmothers to join. Or,
organize a community book club at a
local senior center and bring together
different generations of readers to
share stories and companionship.
Time to clean out the closet and toy
chest? – Gather up outgrown toys
and clothes and donate items to a
local women’s shelter. Many moth-
ers are forced to leave everything
behind, arriving at shelters with only
the clothes on their back. Donations
can provide a welcome and comfort-
ing item or a change of clothes.
Repurpose old beach towels. – Col-
lect worn beach towels and bedding
and deliver them to veterinarians
and animal shelters, where they are
needed to comfort and care for pets.
Ideas for do-it-yourself community
projects are infinite. Many more than
what are listed here are outlined at
GreenGuideForKids.blogspot.com. Just
because something good hasn’t been
done before doesn’t mean it can’t be
done right now. When our intention is
to help others, there really is no wrong
choice. Each of us, when we keep our
eyes open for opportunity, can become
the change we want to see.
Helen Coronato is a mother, au-
thor, speaker and consultant. Her
latest book, Eco-Friendly Families,
is packed with concrete advice,
useful tips and fun strategies. Visit
HelenCoronato.com.
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