Saturday, December 5, 2009

Get Off The Couch And Serve Some Potatoes

Posted By on December 5, 2009, 5:57 PM

Been wanting to do more than the typical humdrum of the holidays? %uFFFDWant to get connected to your community?%uFFFD Have a hard time feeling warm and fuzzy without the spiked eggnog?

%uFFFDTry doing a little volunteer work this December.---

%uFFFD%uFFFD%uFFFD%uFFFDMy stocking is perpetually full of good intentions, equally as much as intricate excuses. Sound familiar?%uFFFD We recently had a request from a reader as to how they can make good on some soon-to-expire New Year's resolutions.

%uFFFD%uFFFD%uFFFD%uFFFD%uFFFDMany folks want to have a hand in the goodwill but don't know where to look. %uFFFDIn Salt Lake City, there are a myriad of opportunities to get involved. %uFFFDCheck out for some guidance. %uFFFDListed are spotlighted endeavors, or you could sift through the assemblage to find something fitting to your preferences. %uFFFDRanging from serving turkey to fill a belly to lending an ear to a lonely elder, you can spend an hour or a day. %uFFFDIf donating your self and your time is not what you are looking for, you can make contributions of food, clothing, and blankets.

%uFFFD%uFFFD%uFFFD%uFFFDThe spirit of volunteer work is said to be altruistic.%uFFFD While giving can be a selfless act, the self is often satisfied with a feeling of accomplishment and good deed.%uFFFD I think that is why most people give gifts in the first place.%uFFFD If the mere thought of helping another isn't enough maybe this paradigm shift will get you out of the house.

Here are some selections to get you started:

Salt Lake City Mission
Volunteers: %uFFFDCall Dec. 21 at 8 a.m. in order to serve on Christmas Day
Contact: %uFFFD801.355.6310 (Steve Larson)
Utah Food Bank
Volunteers: %uFFFDHelp with food drives, sorting food, decorating, and food boxes.
Donations: %uFFFDNon-perishable, commercially packaged food products.
Contact: %uFFFD801.978.2452%uFFFD
Shelter Kids (at SL County youth Services)
Donations: %uFFFDTeen holiday items, boy/girl plain t-shirts, PJ's, hoodies, socks, shower flip-flops, chapstick, lotions AXE gift sets.
Special Holiday donation requests: %uFFFD(4) decorated holiday trees for youth shelters.
Also, a volunteer group to cook a Holiday Dinner December 25th for 55 people.

Satiate your giving glands in place of your glutenous gobblers this holiday season (or at least along with). %uFFFDYou are sure to get those warm and fuzzies, guild-free.

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