Happy Wednesday! I’m sorry for being MIA the past couple of days, life’s been pretty hectic, but I’m back! As the weather starts getting colder and the holiday season approaches, let’s not forget about the less fortunate. Let’s not forget about the people (and animals) who need our help. It’s our duty to help each other, especially those that need our help. Let’s not forget about those that do not have a roof over their heads to stay warm and be with their loved ones. Let’s not forget about those who cannot afford basic life neccessities and see how we help out any way we can. Let’s be kind to each other. Let’s be kind even if it’s just smile or a “hello, hope you have a nice day.” It’s very easy to judge and look the other way and say it’s not your concern. But let’s remove that negativity. Everyone has a story we don’t know about out. There’s no room for judgements.
Ways you can help
MENSTRUAL PRODUCTS | Ladies (and gents), if you see a homeless woman, give them menstrual products (pads, tampons, hygiene products etc.) or donating to a women’s shelter. Homeless woman already have to worry about finding a safe place to sleep, staying safe, worrying about finding money to buy food and drinks every day, but also need to worry about finding money for hygiene prouducts. I read an article a few weeks ago where a homeless woman was fined $500 for stealing a pack of pads from a store. The same woman goes on by saying that if they don’t make enough money to buy these hygiene products every month, they are left to go to public bathrooms and make makeshift pads out of toilet paper or newspaper.
SPARE CLOTHES | If you find you have spare, warm clothes you no longer need or going to use in the future, consider donating them to shelter or if you see a homeless person, consider giving it to them. They already have to worry about finding a safe place to sleep, money for food and drinks and other neccessities and they may not have enough money to stay warm through the harsh winter. It doesn’t have to be anything fancy, whatever you have that will help them stay warm would be appreciated!
CANNED GOODS | Consider donating canned goods, turkey, ham and other non parishable food items. Grocery stores usually have them somewhere near the front of the store, or donate these items to a local food bank and shelter where they will be used to feed those in need during the holidays!
DONATE BLOOD | If you’ve been following me for a while, then you probably know that blood donation is something very important to me. As the holiday season approaches, there tends to be an increase in accidents (please don’t drink and drive or snap and drive!), so they need volunteers to donate blood! Please read this post, if you want to learn more about blood donation!
VOLUNTEER AT A FOOD KITCHEN | This is one of the most humbling things I’ve ever done in my life. It makes you appreciate what you have and makes you want to be a better person and help others. From prepping food to serving food to keeping guests company, it truly is something I think everyone should do at least once in their life! If you can’t volunteer, consider donating to a local food bank!
VOLUNTEER AT A HOSPITAL OR NURSING HOME | If you have some spare time, sign up and volunteer at hospital or nursing home! You can help out with administration work or talk with patients and keep them company!
SPONSOR A DOG KENNEL | Want a dog, but don’t have the time or space to own one at the moment? Or you just want to give back? Sponsor a Dog Kennel through the Toronto Humane Society (or an Animal shelter near you)!
VOLUNTEER AT AN ANIMAL SHELTER | If you can’t sponsor a dog kennel, but still want to help, volunteer at an animal shelter. For example, at the the Burlington Humane Society, you can volunteer to care and play for animals.
These are just a few examples of how you can donate your time and money to help others in need! Please let me know of other ways we can help!