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Giving Back

My husband just returned from his high school after attending a scholarship ceremony for graduating seniors. For the past 6 years, the Class of '67 has given a $1000 scholarship to a deserving senior (they're all deserving, btw, but the committee decided to give one substantial scholarship as opposed to multiple very small ones).

At their 50th reunion, the class decided to embark on this journey of giving. They are so grateful to the school for giving them an education and an opportunity for success, and they are so hopeful for our youth, our future leaders, that they wondered why they didn't think to do this sooner.

They are the only graduating class that gives back in this manner, and they are happy and proud to do so.

There are so many ways to give back:

* scholarships (like the Class of '67 is doing)

* donating clothes you no longer need/want

* taking canned goods to food banks

* serving food at a shelter

* reading to a child

* teaching a fellow employee something that will help them in their career

* writing a thank you note to someone who did something nice for you

There are countless ways to give back, some that cost money and so many more things that don't.

We are a community, and helping each other, giving back to people, is what it's all about.

The most recent way I've given back is to donate a basket - that includes my Mali Hooper Thriller trilogy books and many other 'book-related' goodies - to a silent auction that will benefit the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research.

Tell me some ways you've given back. I'd love to hear your stories.

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