As JFK once said, “My fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.” People are so angry right now, and fear is fueling outrage to astounding proportions. Violence is not the answer. Bullying is not the answer. Rioting is not the answer. Smile at those who disagree with you. Laugh silently to yourself about their stupidity. Take a deep breath and keep hope alive. With Thanksgiving only a few weeks away, here are 5 ways to do good this holiday season.
Remember Our Troops
I’m a big believer in happy mail, so I love that Operation Gratitude includes letters in every care package they send. They collect letters year round to send to Deployed Troops, New Recruits, Veterans, and Wounded Heroes. They are, also, collecting Halloween candy through November 15th!
Donate Your Voice
You’re probably familiar with the sound of Stephen Hawking’s computerized voice. It’s iconic for him, but not so exciting for a little boy. The Human Voicebank celebrates the diversity of the human voice and seeks to customize voices for those who cannot speak. Listen to this TED talk to learn more.
Ask Someone to Tell Their Story
Too often we take the people closest to us for granted and never ask them to tell their stories. StoryCorps is changing that. This oral history project has been collecting interviews since 2003, and the recordings are archived at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress. You can record your interview at a physical location or download their app and record wherever you are.
Walk for Your Favorite Charity
One of the quickest ways to improve a bad mood is to exercise, and when you walk for your favorite charity, you can improve more than just your mood. Check out this list of charity walk events and get moving for a cause that is important to you.
Knit or Crochet a Blanket
If you’re handy with a crochet hook or knitting needles, Warm Up America! is always accepting donations of afghans, adult hats, baby clothes and other handmade items. Since 1991, they have been distributing items to those in need as well as providing the perfect excuse for you to craft.
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