Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Being a 'Good Neighbor' at Thanksgiving

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Being a 'Good Neighbor' at Thanksgiving

Article excerpt

Thanksgiving is the holiday where most people extend gratitude to family members and close friends for making their life better. Thanksgiving 2018 should also be a time to reflect on how we can be more neighbor-like and accepting of one another, especially after we've lost a lot of our civility during the recent politically divisive and rancorous war.

For decades, religious leaders and philanthropists have encouraged people to share a portion of their "time, talent and treasures" to make the world more enriched.

Our gift of time is unique since we control its usage. Reflect on what neighbor, hospital, school, library, nursing home or not-for-profit organization might enjoy receiving some of your time. One hour of volunteer time per week per individual could make a world of difference, leading to a more civil and inclusive society. Let's each reach out while there's still some sand in our hourglass.

Our talents vary. Most people have at least one of the following skill sets they could share with others: bookkeeping, cooking, cleaning, child care, engineering, marketing, carpentry, painting, public relations, writing, home maintenance or secretarial. How about sharing one of your talents with a church, synagogue, temple, mosque, homeless shelter, senior citizen's center or your favorite not-for-profit organization? Talent-sharing will truly be cherished by those who aren't as talented as you.

If you are reading this op-ed, you have a talent that can be shared: reading. Research is replete that proficiency in reading by the 3rd grade is paramount to high school graduation, full-time employment and staying out of trouble as a teenager and adult. Consider calling an elementary school to ask if you could volunteer just one hour a week as a Reading Buddy with some first, second and third graders to help them become proficient readers. …

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