Do You Need to Make Play Time Part of Your Work Day? (part 2)
As the World Turns...

What do you have & what can you do?

By Amanda Ponzar

Cash How long would you last if you lost your job? Could you make it one month? Play the online game Spentand see how well you do. I lasted seven days and then ran out of money (it took two minutes). Oops.

It’s important to remind ourselves that we are blessed and remember that not everyone has as much as we do. But it’s not enough to just THINK about it. We have to take action.

So, what are you going to do about it? Start first with the people you know –- family, friends, coworkers, neighbors, teachers, etc. Is anyone having a tough time? Consider how youWheelbarrow could help: donate funds, make meals, share your clothes, offer babysitting, loan your car, help with yard work or share your special skills (computer, mechanical, etc.). 

Once you're supporting your inner circle, here are a few more ideas:

  • Support your local community food bank  and homeless shelter
  • Donate your used goods to Salvation Army  or another reputable charity that helps those who really need it  
  • Raise awareness about programs that support the poor (see how you can spread the word about Sojourner’s “Circle of Protection”)
  • Dial 2-1-1 to give or get help
  • Volunteer  

Nonprofit Quarterly recently ran a story on “Why newspapers don’t cover news about poverty” –- it’s just not something that sells. But it’s something we should be aware of (as it happens here in America too), and do everything we can to alleviate, wherever we are, with whatever means we have.

I keep quite a few quotes on my desk about orphans, widows and the poor, including this: "If you spend yourselves on behalf of the hungry and satisfy the needs of the oppressed, then your light will rise in the darkness."

Toaster This week, Salvation Army came to my house and picked up eight bags of clothes (there go my old prom dresses including a floor-length, fitted blue sequin number –- hello, Vanna White!) plus a toaster, coffee pot, pillar candles, basketball high tops and a bunch of other stuff. Even a skull lamp (don't ask). It feels good to have a tidier house. It feels even better to have helped someone else.

This is just a start. What else can you do? 


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Moncler Rockar

I like ANMJ on FB & just subscribed to the email feed! :)

Bruce Peters

Great post. Lots of "food" for thought.
Thank you!
Can't wait to play.


We are blessed. I am certainly not rich by any stretch of the imagination. I am employed and do have things I can give to others. There are many things I haven't used and the other is time. Helping out those less fortunate really makes you appreciate what you have.

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