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    I have no shows this Saturday night and was thinking of what I could do to make myself useful.

    The stockings are hung by the chimney with care and the presents tucked tightly underneath the Christmas tree. My bills are payed for the month and the Christmas Eve food money is put away, so why shouldn’t I do something to help someone else, even in a small way?

    I am going to be purchasing 15 x $5 Gift Cards valid at my favorite cafe at Pike Place Market. This is all I can afford to spare, but I want to get a group of people together to do this with me. Donating an amount that they can spare. We’ll meet up at the cafe, purchase them together and then distribute them in the Westlake Center area.

    I am wondering if the news would catch on to this to get more people to do it around the state. It’s similar to the purchasing of the drink for the person behind you in line, except you’re giving gift cards out to people that could probably use them and it’s an expression of love and giving to those who might be able to afford a cup of Joe!

    Who’s with me?



    You are so thoughtful, but…

    I think that maybe the best thing for you to do is take the money you have and put it in the bank. In these hard times it is imperative to have some money set aside should things get rough. We all get enthusiastic about helping others especially during the holiday season and I admire your wanting to comfort those less fortunate. Would you consider a couple of alternatives?

    *Visit the VA Hospital and sit quietly with someone there.

    *Go to one of the retirement centers and see if there is a resident without friends or family that could use a little cheering up.

    *Take a board game (chess, checkers?) down to Nicklesville and spend quality time with one of the residents. Let them know that you find value in their existence and so should they.

    *Visit a Children’s Home. Read to them and even sing to them and don’t forget to give lots of hugs.

    *Talk to one of the Animal Rescue groups and see how you can help. Clean cages, do some dog walking or whatever will best service their needs.

    *Go to the Library and ask if you can give a spontaneous reading of children’s books for all to enjoy.

    You can do these and lots of other things on your own or invite some of your friends and family along.

    Giving our “Time” is one of the greatest gifts we can share and its impact will last forever.

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