We live in a time where we need more bonds with one another, to help and care for our fellow human. We see in news reports and events scenes that give the sense that we are irrevocably divided as human beings, but we sincerely believe it doesn’t have to be this way.
John Lennon’s “Imagine” rings true today as it did on its debut more than ever, and we need to nurture goodness and kindness with others and within ourselves, and this all begins in our communities.
Our community is more than just the place where our home is located; it’s where our children go out to play, it’s where we socialize with our neighbors and local supermarket clerks, to put it simply, it’s where we live.
Now that may seem like an understatement, but frankly the term ‘where I live’ has been taken for granted and to most people simply means everything within their front door.
But is that really the case?
Is where you live simply a set amount of square feet, divided into rooms with different purposes?
Or is where you live also everything inside, as well as the sidewalk chalked with hop-scotch, the pharmacy to get your cold medicine, the supermarket for your food, the bar to relax with your friends, the catering service in your San Diego neighborhood, the small bakery around the corner, your favorite local restaurant with those amazing tuna poke bowls.
Your home is more than what resides within your four walls; it’s everything and everyone outside as well.
The simply reality is we rely on one another for our basic essentials, our luxuries and commodities, but it’s important to give back, because unfortunately, our communities can include so many people hardly getting by, humans just like you and me, where every sunrise is another fight to find food and shelter.
Regardless of our struggles, we need to remember that we’re all together on this big spherical boat called Earth, and it’s the only place that we have.
No matter how hard we divide and label ourselves, we’re all together here, and deserve to treat ourselves and one another with kindness.
That’s why it’s so important to give back to those in need, and involve others and even our children in such activities.
Donate Toys to Kids in Need
If you haveany toys left over that your child doesn’t use or have grown out of, consider donating them for the sake of a child in need.Click here to find a toy drop-off near you at your local Toys R Us or Babies R Us.
You can also help others by gathering up toys and books that no one is using and give them to a local charity.Get them delivered to one of theseSan Diego toy donation spots.
San Diego Humane Society
It’s important to remember that animals are a part of our community too, and are even more helpless in cases of strays and those without a home.
The San Diego Humane Society is always in need of volunteers. If you’re over 14 years old, you can assist in cleaning the kennels, walk a dog, or be a part of an animal companion program.
If you’re considering getting a pet, think about adopting a misplaced furry critter before buying one, you can find your local spots to adopt a pet here.
The Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank
If you’re walking down the canned goods isle, consider buying a few extra nonperishable food items for the San Diego Food Bank’s red barrels. This food will help feed people at churches, schools, shelters, and food pantries.
Additionally, you can volunteer to help assist with simple tasks such as packaging food for distribution or work on an assembly line to prepare boxes and bags of food that will be sent to the organization’s various food programs.
Let us know in the comments what other organizations or events are available to help nurture our community.