Raising my hand


Today will be a bittersweet day for me.  I have $1,000.00 Canadian dollars to go on a shopping spree for the rest of the toys that will be given to the children in our area who may not otherwise have had a present to open on Christmas morning.  This is the third year I have been at the helm of our toy drive and it has grown significantly each year.


I am sad to say I have not volunteered as much as I should have over the years.  Back in the stone ages when I was in high school, we were not required to have volunteer hours as part of the curriculum.  We studied, we tried not to fall asleep in class and, if all went well, we graduated and moved on to college or university.

But this toy drive has sparked something in me.  It has kindled a need to use my able body and mind to spend some of my free hours helping others.  I have just filled out my application and submitted it to a local cause to see if I will be approved to become a part of their volunteer team.

With luck, I hope to have a positive response.  And when they ask who is able to come and help, I will raise my hand and be one of the people at the front of the line.

18 thoughts on “Raising my hand

  1. My husband served jury duty last week. He brought home a brochure for CASA, where volunteers can act as Court Appointed Special Advocates for kids caught in the court system. I’d actually begun the application process up in Oregon before I moved back to LA some years ago. Seeing the brochure made me realize how much I miss volunteering, and how that’s one “obligation” I would like to return to my life as I try to clear up others for easier breathing. 🙂

  2. We can’t change what we did or didn’t do in the past- what matters is what we do now and tomorrow. I tell myself this often because throughout the year I’ve been taking a brutally honest look at me and I’m striving to be more tuned into others’ needs. I’ve been pretty selfish and insulated and it’s not good.

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