A Small Gesture Goes A Long Way

Giving They say that there is nothing better than to give to someone and never expect anything in return.  I can assure you that the sentiment is entirely true.  One of the things I love about volunteering is the ability to come into people’s lives and be remembered for spreading joy.  To be a messenger of happiness is an amazing responsibility and honor.  I am blessed to work with other like-minded individuals who seek a life filled with helping others and making even the smallest difference in someone’s life.  Though I am a full-time wish granter, I wanted to do something else, something more, before I turned 30. Continue reading

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Silent Auctions: A Lesson In Getting What You Want

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Have you ever experienced the sheer delight of getting something that you really want?  Something that you see and just have to have?  Doesn’t it just fill you with happiness when you finally do get it?

Yesterday, the 5K that I ran in–my third of the year–was immediately followed by a festival.  The whole event benefitted foster children in the local area and there were so many post-race activities, I found it hard to leave.  While young girls showed off their clogging skills and reptiles were exhibited to excited animal lovers, there was a kids area, complete with a rock wall and inflatable obstacle courses, and plenty for the adults, including merchandise and charity booths, food trucks, and my personal favorite, silent auctions.

I love silent auctions!

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Granting Wishes, Gaining Perspective

There is something to be gained when helping others.  You are introduced to people you might never meet and experience joy that you never knew was possible.  Despite always referring to my 20’s as the “selfish years,” I find the act of volunteering a great way to keep in touch with the human condition and remind others that there is still hope in a world where children torment their bus monitor.

When I finished grad school a few years ago, I was happy to have my life back.  No more weekends where I have to tell my friends I can’t hang out because I had to banish myself to the library.  It was time to regain my social life, rejoin the race of the non-studious, and have some fun.  And I knew just what I wanted to do: volunteer.

In high school, I was actively involved with Key Club run through the Kiwanis organization.  We did a lot of stuff in the community including library readings and delivering Thanksgiving meals to nursing homes.  It was a blast and it never really felt like I was sacrificing my time.  To find another organization to volunteer my time was not an easy task.  A lot of groups had weekly meetings that I could not attend because of work or were not accepting new volunteers.  Plus, I wasn’t even sure what type of organization I wanted to volunteer for.  There are so many causes out there (animals, diseases, poverty, violence, etc.) that I knew I had to start with who I wanted to help and go from there.

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