When I think back to my most memorable Thanksgiving, what comes to mind is the year I found myself alone with nowhere to go since I had just dumped my boyfriend. Yes, life (and I suppose me to a certain extent!) was cruel back then. Maybe because I was feeling guilty, or because making lemonade out of lemons is preferable to sitting at home feeling sorry for yourself, I decided to look into volunteer opportunities for the holiday. Long story short, in the end, I found myself driving 3 little dearies to a Thanksgiving church luncheon. Blue hairs aside, they were a lively bunch – and all were extremely grateful for the ride and my company. One even gifted me with a two dollar bill; a tip of sorts, I guess. The truth was that I could have paid them for making MY day!
Although that experience was a while ago, the desire to reach out and help others hasn’t left me. I’m lucky that I now live in a city that has an organization like New York Cares. This wonderful group pairs volunteers with project-oriented work opportunities around the city. You can volunteer as much (or as little) as your schedule and interest allows. I just signed up for my first event – assisting at a holiday party for the elderly – and I plan to keep signing up.
This is the life!