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Reaching Out Is What We All Do

By Sandy Schroeder

If we are lucky, we have learned how important people connections are with our family, friends, neighbors, and strangers who cross our path. When we reach out to lend a hand, communicate, and share thoughts and dreams, the world is in a better place, and so are we.

Over the years some of the best moments that I spent with my kids were the ones in which we were helping someone else. I can still see them running full tilt to the marine center to see the baby seals who needed help. I can also see them smiling shyly at a senior as they offered a cookie that they helped bake.

Little Hands with Big Hearts

Other times, I remember them picking their way along the beach, helping to clean up the sand and the water that they loved so much, where they swam and surfed. They had matching wetsuits, size small, smaller, and smallest.

I also remember my oldest bringing home a bedraggled little black spaniel that he “found.” We posted flyers and pictures and searched for his owners, finally scooping him up in a big hug and welcoming him into our family and our hearts. Our cats were not thrilled, but grew to love him, too.

As they grew up, I saw their helping hands reach out so many times. My youngest son learned how to rescue abandoned kittens, and funneled countless furry little creatures into safe spots, where real homes would be found.

My oldest loved to camp. In one memorable trip, as he was driving back from a special trip, he gave another young guy a ride. He also gave that fellow an all-weather sleeping bag, and some of his dollars.

I also saw my kids reach out to friends who had less, sharing their toys, games, advice, and energy to make life better. At the time, we had a full-sized station wagon, and it was often filled with my sons, and their friends, as we made our way to the beach or an amusement park.

We Stand Taller -- We Feel Happier

When we open our hands, hearts and wallets, giving our time and energy to others who desperately need it, something amazing happens. We stand taller. We feel happier.

As Fayetteville deals with the aftermath of Hurricane Florence, the community should know that folks at The Joint nationwide are right there with you, hoping for the best possible outcome. America is filled with selfless people willing to help.

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