Jackpot of Giving

by Melissa Brunner

While the Powerball jackpot soared to $550 million this week, it was wonderful to see that, among people's dreams for how they'd spend their riches, there was a great outpouring of charitable thoughts. When asked how they'd spend the money if they won, most people had some organization or effort to help others at the top of their list.

Jackpot or not, let's keep that giving attitude going. Sure, you might not be able to cut a check for $1 million or even $1,000, but you don't need to give a large amount to have a large impact. Agencies will tell you that even $5, $10 or $20 can assist with food, clothing, job training, transportation and a host of other items they might need. If you don't have money, perhaps you can give a few moments of your time. Get the kids involved in a service project with which they're able to assist. Perhaps you can dig into your closet and share some of those gently-used items that aren't getting a lot of use in your own wardrobe. Or throw an extra couple cans of soup in your shopping cart on your next trip to the grocery store for a food pantry collection.

They might seem like small acts, but, together, they result in a big jackpot for our organizations and agencies that help those in need. In that respect, we all win.


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