Being thankful, and wishing I could help more.


If there’s one time of the year I dread, it’s winter. I’m the kind of gal who loves HOT Florida weather, and yet, I’m stuck here in Ohio with 3 inches of snow on the ground with whopping a whopping 19 degrees outside.

Needless to say, I’m your average Debbie-Downer this time of year.

So I usually sit inside and sulk, and clean to keep the boredom at bay.

Then I realize how blessed I am.

Even though I live in the tundra, I have a home.

A roof over my head.

Heat to turn on.

Food to feed my loved ones.

TV, toys and games to keep them entertained.

There are others out there, who don’t have any of these luxuries.

I hurt for them.

I wish I could do more.

I donate money and time and items when I can, but I know it’s never enough.

There’s always someone out there in need.

Here in Dayton, we have the St. Vincent de Paul Society. They are committed to helping those less fortunate in our community, and I’ve seen people lining the streets to be taken care of by them. They are an amazing group of people, and when M begins school full-time, I’m making it my mission to volunteer there as much as my time allows.

I know I’ve told you about them before, and how crucial they are to helping anyone. So please, if you’re in the giving mood, say a prayer, donate, give them something from their wish list or even volunteer. Or you could even “Like” them on Facebook to give them a little cheer.

Because this time of year is the hardest for the Dayton area. Jobs have been lost, not many (if any) have been gained. Families are struggling to feed and clothe themselves,

and it’s up to us to help them.

Because if we don’t, who will?

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