ACTS of LOVE & KINDNESS: Counting My Blessings
On Friday, February 14th, Valentine’s Day, energi PR closed its offices in Toronto and Montreal to allow staff to go into community to perform Acts of Love and Kindness. We volunteered our time, our talents and our hearts to charities and causes that were dear to us.
I spent the day at the MADA Community Centre, an organization that has been helping to fight hunger, poverty and loneliness in our city since 1993. As do all not for profits, MADA struggles daily to secure funding, in kind donations and volunteers to keep its operations going, while trying to survive in an increasingly competitive environment where all causes are great causes.
In 2012 alone, MADA served over 282,726 hot meals, delivered 53,454 food baskets to shut ins, the disabled and the neglected, and distributed 294,960 articles of clothing and 6,897 pieces of furniture to those in need. Two full time social workers provide guidance to those struggling to make their way through the maze of social services and there is always a kind soul to call friend even if it’s simply to sit and listen.
I would like to believe that I am a charitable and benevolent person and that I have raised my daughter with a strong social conscience and a sense of community. I believe that we all have a responsibility to give back, especially those of us who are fortunate enough to be healthy or successful or financially stable. To think that a few hours of giving won’t make a difference, or to believe that as an individual you are helpless to institute any kind of change, is not only false, but you are denying yourself one of life’s most meaningful and fulfilling experiences. To touch someone else by giving of yourself is not only a “mitzvah” meaning a “good deed”, it is humbling, and it forces you to prioritize what is truly important. I realize that despite the insanity and chaos that is my life, I am truly blessed. Blessed with good health, an amazing daughter, amazing friends, a wonderful career – and the strength to pick myself up emotionally and physically, and dust myself off and start all over again – whenever I have to.