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In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “An Extreme Tale.”

keep calm and give charity

Seeing the devastation that nature and man can create upon another is the very worst of times. Seeing the joy and gratitude of someone whom you have helped, or comforted, in the most elemental, heartfelt, and selfless way, is one of the best feelings that you can experience.

Working in the non profit field, or as a volunteer, always exposes you to the best that people can do for each other and the worst that they have.

Part of giving charity is the empathy attached to it.  No one wants money thrown at them (well, Ok, a few) because we each try to maintain dignity in a situation that leaves little room for any.

Getting to know the people to whom you give your charity means listening and hearing them express the pain that they have lived.  You may only spend 15 minutes with someone in need, but listen, with ALL of you. Truly Listen.  The unburdening is a part of the kindness in that interaction.  You may not be able to change the situation, but your empathy can give strength and encouragement, a sliver of hope, and a small light at the end of a deeply dark tunnel.

We must remember that it is merely for the Grace of G-d that we are not on the other side of this equation.  Giving charity, with money or your time, raises endorphins and serotonin in the brain. Another hormone surge some people experience is oxytocin; this is the chemical of love.

Jobs may end but volunteering never does.  There will always be people in need of whatever support you are willing to give. Please consider giving your heart, your patience, and your generosity as often, and as much, as able.

charity_volunteering with the elderly

#Giving Tuesday

This link can lead you to some terrific charities http://www1.networkforgood.org/

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