Ahhh! Smell that crisp air! Fall is upon us. And I, for one, could not be happier. By now you’ve seen the Pumpkin Spice everything in the stores. (They even have Pumpkin Spice m&ms now!) The trees are beginning to turn and there is a beautiful chill in the air reminding us of just how beautiful Prescott is when the seasons change. With this being the time of year where we tend to think about our blessings and what we are thankful for, I’d like to issue a challenge to those reading. Uh oh! A challenge? Don’t worry, it’s an easy and fun challenge that will get you in the fall mood. I challenge you to do one (or more) things on this list below: 1. Volunteer at the Margaret T Morris Center The Margatet T Morris center is a care service especially for those going through the stages of dementia. It is a wonderful place to bring some Thanksgiving cheer! If you call in and ask what their need is, they will work with you. Or you can stop by and ask to sing some songs to the folks there or play Bingo with them! The greatest gift you can give is your time. 2. Pay it Forward at the Starbucks drive thru When you’re in line or in the drive thru to get your Pumpkin Spice Latte, pay it forward and literally pay for the person behind you in line. Your kindness will be infectious! 3. Volunteer with the Salvation Army There are tons of ways you can volunteer with the Salvation Army ! They give a big Community Thanksgiving Meal each year that needs plenty of volunteers. But remember, they need help all the time, not just on Thanksgiving! 4. Try out one of these Fall recipes and take them to a neighbor This one brings cheer into someone else’s life and helps your waistline! Have you wanted to try a new fall sweet recipe, but don’t want the guilt of eating it? Make it for your neighbor or a friend. They’ll love the gesture. 5. Want to help out our animal friends? Volunteer at the Heritage Park Zoo ! They have plenty of opportunities where you can help and have a blast! Or you can volunteer at the Yavapai Humane Society . Take some of those cute puppies on a walk! 6. Donate to the food bank Whether you organize a collection with your family and friends or just clean out your pantry, this is a great time of year to donate. I don’t know about you, but I have quite a few cans I could donate! 7. Help an elderly citizen with yard work In Prescott, we have a large number of folks who are not physically able to keep up their yards as well as they used to. Ask your friends who they know who needs help! Many churches in the area have lists of people who could use a helping hand around the yard. 8. Lastly, smile, hug, shake hands, and wave as much as possible! Spread some joyful cheer by being friendly to everyone you meet. I challenge you to go a whole day without complaining or getting upset, but instead great the day (and everyone in it) with a smile. You’ll be glad you did! There are plenty of other ways to volunteer and spread goodwill this holiday season. What are some ways you like to give back or make someone’s day? If you are interested in other volunteer opportunities, go to www.volunteermatch.com and find something that’s right for you!
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