A Gift of Service

By Audrey Lintner

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Every holiday has its traditions. Turkey on Thanksgiving, hearts and candy on Valentine’s Day, and all things green on St. Patrick’s Day. Of all of these, few traditions are as well-known as Christmas gift-giving.

Have you got your list? Mom and Dad, Aunt Tillie, Uncle Lou, the cousins; we make a special point of trying to choose something personal for friends and family. As you tape paper and tie ribbons, consider giving one more gift: a gift to the community.

Many people choose to offer the gift of service to their communities. Some volunteer at soup kitchens, others collect donations for those in need. Sometimes, the most welcome gift is time. Caroling around your neighborhood, reading stories at schools and senior centers, giving out treats and belly rubs at the local animal shelter. What seems like a small gesture can make a big impact on both those that give and those that receive.

Think of it as a spark. One small deed of community service this year lights the flame of tradition in the years ahead. This fire spreads, and in less time than you might imagine, that first spark has kindled the thoughts of countless others. It provides a warmth that never fades, and a glow that can light up the world.

They say you get what you pay for. Take a moment right now to imagine what you’ll receive when you pay with your heart.

3 thoughts on “A Gift of Service

  1. ” . . . Imagine what you’ll receive when you pay with your heart.” You’ve captured the essence of selfless giving, Audrey. Thanks for that. Merry Christmas to you and yours.

  2. The “one small deed” mantra is strong in my home this year and has been since I realized how little it takes to give large deeds that mean something to people. When I got in contact with my local food bank I was astounded to not only learn about how much (like, by the millions of pounds of food!) they do for our community. As a member of it, I thought my real contribution came in the form of school service.

    You wrote some pretty powerful words here, Audrey: Think of it as a spark. One small deed of community service this year lights the flame of tradition in the years ahead.

    YES. A spark. A little thing that grows and burns for the future. What a great reminder.

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