On the 2nd Day of Christmas The Daily Croissant Gave to Me…
Opportunities to serve the community!
For a good cause
Yesterday I got together with my running group to gather all the diapers we’ve collected for the Westchester County diaper bank. It was an awesome feeling to get out of bed on a Saturday morning to do good for someone else.
Did you know that some families have to choose between buying food or diapers for their children? It’s hard to imagine that this crisis exists, especially in one of the most affluent counties in the country. The Junior League of Central Westchester opened up the diaper bank as a way to collect this basic necessity for families in need. Diapers of any size (preferably 3-6) or cash donations are accepted. Then, volunteers help to distribute them to families in need. They also provide diapers for disaster relief efforts outside of the county. They recently sent over 10,000 diapers to Puerto Rico. The organization has distributed hundreds of thousands of diapers since opening in November of 2014. If you would like to donate to this cause, find diaper drop locations here. If you’d rather give a cash donation go here.
The spirit of serving
Wendy, who runs the diaper bank, worked in book publishing for 30 years and after serving on the board of the Junior League of Westchester, she decided to take on the diaper bank full time. Her beautiful spirit and contagious smile show you that she was born to do this great work. She shared so many wonderful stories that inspired me to serve more often! She was so grateful for our church’s effort in donating over 1,000 diapers.
How can you serve?
There are so many causes worthy of your time. If you’re looking for a way you can give back this season, check out their website here and https://www.volunteernewyork.org/holiday has a plethora of volunteer opportunities to make someone’s holiday better this year. They have everything from meal delivery, gift wrapping, and a coat drive. Everyone can find something that fits with how they’d like to serve.
How do you feel called to serve this season? Whether it’s volunteering your time for a cause you feel close to, giving a financial donation, or leading something with a group you belong to, find something that will make a difference and will also bring you joy while doing it! Shopping, anyone?!
Have any other service opportunities to share? Leave a comment below or on our instagram page to share how you’ve been helping out in your community!