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12/26/2012 8:01:00 AM
This year, resolve to reach outside yourself

The time we generally make resolutions for the New Year is once again, and too quickly, upon us.

In 2013, among the resolutions for weight loss, exercise, saving money, and the other "shoulds" we swear we're going to do in the next 365 days, perhaps we should add one thing that is guaranteed to make us not only feel better, but be better people.

What if each of us decided, once a month for the next 12 months, to do something for someone else?

What if, once each month, we gave a donation of whatever we could afford to a local food bank?

What if, once each month, we helped someone with a chore that was too difficult for them to accomplish - shopping, yard work, a ride somewhere they need to go? What if, once each month, we wrote a letter to a man or woman serving overseas who is lonely for news of home?

What if, once each month, we gave our time to a local organization like Big Brothers/Big Sisters - reading, playing sports or doing other activities with children? What if we volunteered to deliver meals or visit homebound seniors?

The possibilties are endless, but one thing is sure: if we keep that resolution we'll have a better community, and be better people, at the end of 2013.

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