#GivingTuesday is here and many ways to help 

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By Eugena Brooks 

Every once in awhile something happens that puts us to the test, and we find out what we as individuals are capable of. 2020 has been that test.  

We have had to make do with what we have, do without what we do not, and figure out how to live with the frustration and fear of dealing with circumstances in the middle of a pandemicSome of us are sick and all of us are tired. There is no quick fix. It just is what it is. What we need to remember is the adage ‘when the going gets tough the tough get going’. Like every situation to get out of a tough situation you need to move. Moving starts step by step. Every step makes a difference no matter how big or small.  

#GivingTuesday is December 1st and is a prime opportunity to get back on track and help ourselves by helping others. It is not about making huge donations. It is about doing something, anything, whatever you can.

For instance, the holidays are right around the corner. Many families are cash strapped and unable to make ends meet. If everyone that signs up for a family meal donated 30 minutes to creating those meals, they would be able to serve at least 15 plates. 60 minutes of prep time would make 30 plates and 2 hours you have helped to make a whole dinnerThat adds up quickly and makes a big job simple while feeding everyone that needs including you 

There is so much you can do to help others while helping yourself doing something that feels good because you have accomplished something.   

Despite our squabbling over differences our greatest strength has always been our ability to pull together and get the job done. We did it in 1776, WWII, 9/11 and we can do it again now.  Times are tough true indeed, but we are tougher, and it is time for the tough to get going. Remember it is hard for most in this situation so be kind, understanding and helpful whenever you can. What you send out is usually what comes back.  

So spread the love by giving from the heart.