Monday is declared Day of Sharing

November 14, 2012

It’s been said that volunteers get back just as much as they give.

Pat Howrey, who heads the volunteer group at Luminant’s Comanche Peak Nuclear Power Plant near Glen Rose, confirms that statement. “It just makes you feel good to help other people,” he said.

If you haven’t shared your time and talents lately, now’s your chance. Monday, Nov. 19, has been designated a Day of Sharing in Hood County.

“We’re hoping to get the whole community involved in this project,” said Toni Brown-Belew, executive director of United Way of Hood County.

“We want to encourage people to help others, maybe help at nonprofit agencies and to become aware of needs in the community,” she stated.

People may get involved as a group – or individually. Likewise, opportunities exist to help a group or nonprofit agency, as well as individuals.

Maybe you share your time by reading a book to a child or helping a student with homework. Visit a shut-in and play checkers, or prepare a meal. Donate blood, donate items to be used by those less fortunate or donate food to a local pantry. Offer a free haircut or tax help. Provide transportation to an appointment for someone in need. Take someone to lunch and pick up the check.

“Business owners might encourage their employees to participate on this day,” said Brown-Belew.

Howrey said Luminant employees regularly pitch in to help the community. Previous projects have included helping at Ruth’s Place and at the animal shelter.

“In the past, we’ve also helped out by painting a house,” Howrey said of the Luminant team. “The family was absolutely appreciative. Not only does it make you feel good to help someone, there’s the social aspect of working on a project with your friends.”

A team of administrators from the Granbury school district will help with Meals on Wheels on Monday and with Mission Granbury’s food pantry on Tuesday.

But, you don’t have to be part of a team. Individual efforts are also appreciated.

Hood County News Publisher Jerry Tidwell smiled when recalling a time in his childhood when his father determined that young Jerry was not being courteous to others. “He took me to the Post Office and instructed me to hold the door open for people coming and going.” Lesson learned.

For more ideas to get involved with the Day of Sharing, contact the United Way office at 817-579-5100.

The United Way and the Hood County News are sponsoring the Day of Sharing. “We hope to make this an annual event,” Tidwell said.

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