I am not a huge giver to my community. Let’s face it; there are some weird folks out there. That guy who walks his dog all over town creeps me out. Not that dog walking is creepy. I do it all the time. It’s the inordinate amount of time he spends grooming the large furry mammal in public. It borders on worship.
Then there’s the backpack wearing bicycle guy. I’ve watched him for the last two years and I don’t think he’s ever changed clothes. I’ve heard people say he lives in town but I’ve seen him coming out from under the bridge on more than one occasion. I can understand how someone can become homeless but it’s not a career and yelling at yourself while biking down main street does put people off.
So, the dilemma is how do I give back to my community without worrying about creepy dog guy slashing my throat? Well, I chose UMCOR this year. I’ve done it before but this is a great way to help others without fear of losing a limb. We leave on Sunday for a week long stint in Baldwin Louisiana. We’ll probably work in the warehouse assembling items to be distributed to those that need them. It really is a great program and I will have done at least one good thing this year. I’m actually looking forward to the physical labor. We stay in a dorm like setting and our meals are cooked by Cajun gals though we do have to wash our own dishes.
This will be the first vacation I have had in six years. I know, you’re supposed to run to the beach or some tourist trap for your great escape but I’m not a beach person and responsible me needs to save money for a new roof. Oh, the joys of adulthood.
So, what do you do to give back? What makes you feel good about yourself?