Helping those in need

By now, news of the Connecticut elementary school shooting has gone national, possibly even international. The devastating event, occurring so close to Christmas, has united our country in prayer and love for the victims and their families.
It is so comforting to see strangers reach out and lend a helping hand to those involved, as we are in the middle of the holiday season, but it is also sad that it takes a national disaster to unite us.
No matter the number involved, whether one or 100, everyone deserves prayer and hope in times of trouble.  There may not be a national disaster happening in your community, but I assure you that there are people in need.
When you feel the itch to help others, search within your community for outreach programs that help those in need. Nonprofit organizations that help the less fortunate are almost always in need of volunteers. A death is not the only cry for help. Homelessness, spousal violence, and so many other tragedies are just as worthy of help as shootings and natural disasters.
While we would all love to reach out and comfort the families involved in the shooting, helping anyone in need is a selfless and giving act. Look in your community, to see if you can make a difference in the lives of those around you.

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