Be a Helper

A certain little boy received this advice from his mother when he saw really bad things happen: Look for the helpers in a bad situation. They always seem to show up and are ready to help. That little boy was Mr. Rogers, a PBS mainstay who knew how to comfort and soothe kids of many generations. The holiday season seems to turn many of us into helpers, bringing food and gifts to those who need help. This season, we need those helpers more than ever. It has been one week since the Newtown, CT tragedy, and hearts are still heavy from this sad news.

While many people have pledged to Ann Curry’s #26Acts, I would encourage anyone to be one of those helpers, helping all year long. It does not need to take a tragedy to make the world a kinder place. You can help at any age, whether it is a kindergartner helping by listening at home or at school, kids collecting toys for other Hurricane Sandy kids, making snowflakes for the Sandy Hook Elementary School’s new location, sending cards to first responders or adults donating services, goods or money.

Want to get started now? Check out this article: Small Acts… My favorite is making snowflakes for the Sandy Hook Elementary School’s new location. Too busy to make some right now? No worries. They need the decorations by January 12 to decorate over the holiday break. So why not have a post-holiday party and make a few? Happy Holidays!