December 7, 2020
The holidays are one of the greatest times of the year and what better way to celebrate them than to wear warm clothes. Many individuals in our community are unable to obtain warm clothing or receive any gifts these upcoming holidays due to the economic downturn. Although there is not much that people think they can do to help those in need during this pandemic, there are plenty of things that can be done.
Mrs. Lydon, teacher,
and advisor of Turlock High School’s Interact club, decided to speak on this topic. She states, “helping others when we have the ability to do it, we are helping to support maybe our future friends, family, or selves who might need similar help one day.” She also claims, “while giving to others is great to do year-round, wintertime is a usual season when more people can use some help from the community”. Many organizations have been organizing donation events where individuals can drop off items such as blankets, socks, and toys, which go to those in need throughout the city of Turlock.
Some may think that giving to those in need is a waste of time. However, it has been found that these benefits contribute to a person’s health. In the article “Volunteering and its Surprising Benefits”, Jeanne Segal, Ph.D., and Lawrence Robinson explain the top four reasons why volunteering is beneficial to a person’s health. It is mentioned that volunteering makes people feel healthier and happier. Jeanne states, “Volunteering allows you to connect to your community and make it a better place.” If individuals focused on the positive side rather than the negative side of volunteering, they would have plenty of happiness in their lives.
During this holiday season, everyone should try and help those in need because the smallest help could have the greatest impact on a person’s life. There are several volunteer opportunities for anyone who would like to bring some joy into the lives of others. For further information on volunteer or donation opportunities, some links are provided down below.