Community Service Corner
We on the Community Service Committee would like to say “Happy Holidays” to everyone. It is the season of giving, but on this committee, the season of giving is year round. Can you remember as a child the feeling you had on Christmas morning when you ran out into the room where the Christmas Tree was and looked at the presents sitting under that tree? The red wagon with the big red bow around it, the handmade doll that years later you realize must have taken a family member a long time to get just right, sitting around the dinner table sharing laughs, memories, and fun for Christmas Dinner. Then you became an adult and wrapping your child’s first Christmas present, the preparation of that first Christmas as a couple, the joy in your heart when someone in your family opened that gift you gave them that you knew was just right. Your children have grown and now your wrapping your grandchildren’s gifts for their first Christmas and those feelings just come floating back again and your heart just seems to grow more and more each year, each memory. That is the feeling we should all hold in our hearts and minds each day of each year. People, organizations, and events that we do give those feelings to others that may not be able to feel this way because of life circumstances. When you think about a project, put aside the work it is going to take to get it done and sit back and remember a time when something was a lot of work but the reward was worth it. Put on a smile and do it. Community service projects give you those feelings every time they are completed. Let’s all make a difference one project at a time.
Family, Health & Hearing
Here are just some of the subjects that you can promote for December and January. Bring awareness and join one of these great organizations for a community service. Remember work with your Lecturer and set up a program for promoting awareness of these items. Play a game, share a poem, promote a fun fact. Invite the public and a guest speaker. Let’s show our community Grange is alive and well making a difference any way we can.
Tomato & Winter Squash Month
- December 1, World Aids Day, www.worldaids.org
- December 3, International Day of Persons with Disability, www.timeanddate.com/holidays
National Blood Donor Month, www.americanredcross.org
Thyroid Awareness Month, www.aace.com
Glaucoma Awareness Month, www.americanglaucomasociety.net
- January 4, World Braille Day, www.acbmaine.org