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Old 01-18-2021, 08:06 AM
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Some folks observe Martin Luther King Jr. Day as a day of service, often volunteering in some way.

That is hard to do this year because of COVID. You can still take the opportunity to do some good.

If your circumstances allow, consider making a donation to a worthwhile cause. There are a lot of people out of work now, and food-insecure, so I'm going to donate online to the Northeast Georgia Food Bank. Your worthwhile cause could be something else, such as donating for cancer or Alzheimer's research, helping wildlife, or supporting voter registration. Other organizations are happy to get donations of goods (clothing, etc.) rather than funds.
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Nice idea, OW.

We have donated a fair amount of money to a local food bank.

It makes no sense that the richest country in the world should have so many people unable to feed their families.
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Nice idea, OW.

We have donated a fair amount of money to a local food bank.

It makes no sense that the richest country in the world should have so many people unable to feed their families.
Amen, Ray. We increased our giving to local food bank this year. Also, when we get delivery or eat out -- which isn't often now that weather is too cold to eat outdoors -- we double the normal tip. Food service workers are struggling. This is one little thing that we can do.
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Nice idea, OW.

We have donated a fair amount of money to a local food bank.

It makes no sense that the richest country in the world should have so many people unable to feed their families.
Both an "Amen" and a "high five" Ray.
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I've always been a pretty generous tipper - both my wife and I worked as wait staff while in school, so are pretty well attuned to the requirements of skill and tolerance - but we have also "upped" our tips over the last year.
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Our local grocer, 'one man band' tiny village store, has introduced a box by the door where you can place an item you have bought for the purpose. He then drops the box off at the Mission centre once a week to help the homeless.
This has grown from just odd items of groceries and toiletries to include all sorts of stuff. My OH bought some trainers online last week, tried them on when they arrived, didn't like them, the next day they joined the stuff for the Mission.
When the grocer has surplus fruit getting a bit ripe he gives it to me along with flour. I add eggs, sugar, whatever and make pies, cakes, jams etc that he donates to customers that he knows are struggling. We did a good line in banana bead earlier in the year, and lime marmalade!

I like the idea of leaving bigger tips but I never go anywhere or do anything that involves tips these days!

A friend of mine in the village had a lovely idea. She has a holiday chalet in her garden, totally solar powered. No visitors this year. She put a notice in the shop saying she had surplus hot water if anyone wanted to use the shower and/or washing machine. Several families contacted her and come twice a week to use her facilities, all the adults are out of work at the moment (they work in the tourist trade). They scrub the place spotless after they use it and wash her car and patio as a thankyou.
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