Who or How Do You Help?

By GabbyPA Latest Reply 2013-11-01 11:13:05 -0500
Started 2013-08-28 11:04:20 -0500

There is so much about our lives that kind of gets forgotten in the midst of testing, carb counting, shots and pills. I was helping my neighbor take care of their animals while they were away for a nice vacation get away and I thought about some of the little ways we give to others can really help us as much. There is nothing like that feeling of helping someone out.

Paying it forward or doing random acts of kindness are great. But what are those little things you do without even thinking about it, that give you that boost inside and make you feel like you made a difference? Don't be shy…toot your own horn and we will pat you on the back.

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forsakes alive
forsakes alive 2013-11-01 11:13:05 -0500 Report

When I have free time and feel good enough to get out (walk) through the area where I live,I pick up aluminum cans. When I get home,I take the pull tabs off,save them until I fill a couple of coffee containers. I mail the tabs to eithewr the Ronald McDonald House or I wil bring them to a dialysis center. This offers help for those people that are in the need of med.help. I have been doing this for about 7 months now. My oldest sister had past in the beginning of June this year,she had pancreatic cancer. For 2 years, she complained of stomach pain,thought it had to do with stress. Then 1 day she had been brought to the ER,do to the pain being unbearable. It was too late ,the cancer had taken over other organs and into her bones. Her doctors didnt expect her to make it through a month,well she made it through 2 months. I promised her that I would continue to pick up the tabs,to help. I know now that cancer has its effect on alot of people, as well as alot of other healths concerns. So far I have collected well over 15 lbs of tabs. Though for the price the tabs bring its just not enough to be able to give the help needed from 1 person. I ask all of you to save the aluminum can tabs,send them to either place mentioned. Thankyou JD

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2013-09-02 12:16:02 -0500 Report

Hey Gabby,

This is such an inspiring discussion. I often encourage my clients to get involved in helping others, to look around for people in their life who can use some help, or to try some volunteering. It can make a big difference in your attitude when you shift your perspective from what's going on inside of you to what's going on around you. And pats on the back are definitely in order!

We are all in this together!


GabbyPA 2013-09-03 18:52:50 -0500 Report

Yep, there is a special feeling you get when you do something selfless and helpful. That is for sure. Unfortunately, we don't focus on how good that feels and we get tangled up in our own mess. We all struggle from time to time with that and doing something for others is a big poke in the side, so to speak.

lemkedoris@yahoo.com 2013-09-01 07:53:25 -0500 Report

your right we forget the good things in life because we are so consumed in are diabetes we need to take 5 min. a day and look back at the good things smell the air, flowers hear the birds singing.

GabbyPA 2013-09-01 12:13:16 -0500 Report

I am a huge fan of the quite moments just before dawn when the moon and stars shine brightest, like a little battle of who can be the brightest before the sun comes up to outshine them all. I like that time of the day a lot.

silvie mae
silvie mae 2013-08-28 16:33:04 -0500 Report

I set up at a marina with my guitar and a tip jar played for 8 hours and raised $100 for our local Boys & Girls Club.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-08-28 14:28:42 -0500 Report

That is great Gabby, your neighbors were able to enjoy vacation, without having to board their animals and they knew they were in good hands. It is the little things in life that can make a person happy or even change their lives.

GabbyPA 2013-08-28 20:20:52 -0500 Report

The last day there was a BIG snake in the chicken coop! The rooster was all in an uproar about it, but I couldn't get it to leave. So I put a garden pot over it so the chickens could at least eat in peace. He took off today, finally. Now that was interesting. LOL

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-08-28 14:26:18 -0500 Report

One of the things I do as well as some of my neighbors is take packages from UPS, Fedex or USPS for neighbors who are not home. My sister has a garden plot and has hot peppers in the yard, we give veggies to our neighbors because there are too many for us. Our neighbors look forward to fresh tomatoes, cucumbers and cabbage.

I made a database of resource information for the community and if anyone says they need help, I always know who the person can contact. Last Thanksgiving, the Police and Fire Department partnered and gave out food baskets. I walked the three blocks around me knocking on doors in the cold and sometimes rain getting names and addresses as well as phone numbers to submit so these families could have a Thanksgiving Dinner. I collected 25 names. The officers I work with came and gave me a 20lb turkey which I gave to a neighbor who was not home and desperately needed the turkey.

Right now one of the Lt. Col's and I are working on a project for women in need. We are going to put together a Womens Group and bring in speakers who will teach them how to shop for and prepare healthy meals, how to apply for jobs, how to dress and interview for a job. We are also going to teach them leadership skills so they can take over the groups and we both will consult as needed.

With the increase in crime in our city, many of the senior citizens are concerned and some are afraid to come out as well as afraid of being in their homes alone. I am working on a phamplet on safety tips for everyone. It will be edited by our Neighborhood Services Police Sgt. and then given to all of the community associations and as many people as possible.

When you pay it forward, you never know when something good is going to come your way. We have a Civilian Review Board and I have been trying for 10 years to serve on it. In early June, I was at our community garden. Our City Councilman walked up to me and asked if I would or if I knew anyone who wanted to serve on the board. I said I would do it. I sent my resume to him. It was then forwarded to the Mayor with his recommendation for approval. She approved it and forwarded it to committee. I went before the committee, was approved by them. I had to be approved by the City Council, that happened over a week ago. I am now waiting to be sworn in by the Mayor.

Whether you pay for the coffee of the person behind you in line, the toll for the car behind you at the toll plaza (I have done that), giving back is the most rewarding thing you can do. I know that doing community work is a thankless job but when I saw people smiling last week at our Day of Hope because they got free medical screenings, as much free groceries as they could carry, kids in the kid zone playing and getting prizes, free books, backpacks and people in line getting free haircuts and all kinds of information, that was all the thanks I needed.

GabbyPA 2013-08-28 20:17:54 -0500 Report

Well, you get lots of toots and pats! I have done the pay ahead at toll booths. It's kind of fun to do it.

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