Cathy's Creations Pay It Forward 7th Favorite Post of 2013

This is one of my favorite posts from 2013. The work Cathy's Creations does at children's hospitals across the country and her tireless efforts in cancer research, advocacy, and donation is an inspiration to me. I have a lot of passion for this subject and she has become a beacon of light to help me direct  my consuming desire for a cure in a positive fashion. I can't think of a better day than Christmas Eve to share this Pay It Forward memory. It's Christmas Eve as "The Grinch Who Stole Christmas," realized maybe Christmas and it's blessings are more than just gifts from a store. Maybe jut maybe it's something much more.  Have a Blessed, Safe, Healthy, Merry Christmas Family. Peace Love and Style.
Pay It Forward Friday is back and this week it's full of blessings.  Tuesday one of my friends shared a link that has apparently gone viral in a matter of days.  Go Cathy's Creations go. Clearly the author of Cathy's Creations is this week Pay it Forward Award winner here at A Stroke of Life.  A simple act of kindness has touched and inspired so many people that the blessing bags have people all over the country lending a helping hand.  We can all do something to make things a little bit better for our world. No matter how bad it is for you, it could be worse for some one else. Embrace your struggle and lift someone else up in theirs.  It may make walking up the rough side of that mountain just a little easier.  My mom always tells us if you focus on the positive it doesn't leave a lot of room or time to focus on the negative. With that philosophy under my belt I have to admit things always balance out.
Blessing Bags to keep in the car when you pass homeless people. Something special you can do with the kids to teach them about caring for others.
BLESSING BAGSINGREDIENTS: Gallon size Ziplock bags chap stick packages of tissues toothbrush and toothpaste comb soap hotel size shampoos trail mix granola bars crackers pack of gum band aids mouthwash coins or predetermined dollar amount, say 5.00 (could be used to make a phone call, or purchase a food item) hand wipes you could also put in a warm pair of socks a packet rain poncho tampons (for women)The ideas could be endless! Assemble all the items in the bags, and maybe throw in a note of encouragement. Seal the bags and stow in your car for a moment of providence.
Photo: Blessing Bags to keep in the car when you pass homeless people. Something special you can do with the kids to teach them about caring for others.</p><br /><br /><br />
<p>BLESSING BAGS</p><br /><br /><br />
<p>INGREDIENTS:<br /><br /><br /><br />
Gallon size Ziplock bags<br /><br /><br /><br />
chap stick<br /><br /><br /><br />
packages of tissues<br /><br /><br /><br />
toothbrush and toothpaste<br /><br /><br /><br />
comb<br /><br /><br /><br />
soap<br /><br /><br /><br />
hotel size shampoos<br /><br /><br /><br />
trail mix<br /><br /><br /><br />
granola bars<br /><br /><br /><br />
crackers<br /><br /><br /><br />
pack of gum<br /><br /><br /><br />
band aids<br /><br /><br /><br />
mouthwash<br /><br /><br /><br />
coins or predetermined dollar amount, say 5.00 (could be used to make a phone call, or purchase a food item)<br /><br /><br /><br />
hand wipes<br /><br /><br /><br />
you could also put in a warm pair of socks<br /><br /><br /><br />
a packet rain poncho<br /><br /><br /><br />
tampons (for women)The ideas could be endless!<br /><br /><br /><br />
Assemble all the items in the bags, and maybe throw in a note of encouragement. Seal the bags and stow in your car for a moment of providence.
In addition to blessing bags for the homeless I'd like to add a few other small things we can do to Pay it Forward without going out of our way or digging deep in our pockets.  Everyone can use a blessing right? Call a school in your area and see if they accept donations of school supplies and then pick up a pack of  paper or pens the next time you are out.  In large cities where public transportation is easily accessible take the metro to work once a week and pay someone else's fare, it'll help with traffic, road rage, ozone damage and may mean more than you think.  There have been days living paycheck to paycheck where payday would come and I had to get to work but getting to work and getting  that next check meant not eating breakfast, lunch,  and sometimes dinner the night before. Eating  or getting to work to clock in more hours. Really  no choice right. Remembering those lean days I always make an attempt to take the metro on Thursday and Fridays and pay the fare for a few people along the way.  You never know what the person standing next to you has on their plate.  Along that order my better half makes an effort to pay for someone's gas when he is at the pump. It's never more than $10.00 but hey $10.00 Is ten burgers on the dollar menu.  :-)
There are also free things you can do to inspire people and warm their hearts.  The chill of winter has arrived in most parts of the country. Take some of your old winter clothes, coats, blankets and shoes to the local shelter. You know you can't fit that  sweater and it might stop someone from freezing in the cold late at night.   If there is an elderly person in your neighborhood check on them once in a while to make they are doing well and don't need a little assistance. Many people not just elderly live alone and their families aren't close enough to check on them daily.  It may be as simple as getting some eggs while you are at the store. You're going anyway, picking up a carton of eggs won't kill you. If it's storming outside and you know your neighbor isn't home yet pull their trashcan in from the curb when you pull yours in on trash day. I hate doing a search and rescue for my trash can after a New Orleans storm has blown in and blown my trashcan to Kansas. Volunteer at a local hospital, children's wards and cancer wards are great places to lend a hand. Often the family needs a break to run errands or just catch some much needed rest, but don't want o leave their loved one alone  for an hour or two. Everyone has a talent.  Use your talents to inspire someone and or make the world a little bit better.  I'm not independently wealthy but I do okay with this writing thing. While I can't write a check to balance the budget, or feed a family for a month I can use my talents to help encourage others and hopefully inspire someone to do a little something for somebody else. See not everything you do to Pay It Forward costs money. But This i do promise, whatever you do to Pay it Forward will make you feel great.
I have some blessings to share. Have a great day. Peace, Love and Style.
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