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Opinion

January 4, 2013

Resolve to help others this year

At the start of a new year, many people consider what they can do to improve their lives. They make resolutions to lose weight, get organized and think positive.

We should also consider how to improve the lives of others, which not only helps them but also brings us an appreciation for all we have and a greater understanding of the world.

Victorian poet, writer and art critic John Ruskin put it well when he said, “You will find that the mere resolve not to be useless, and the honest desire to help other people, will, in the quickest and delicatest ways, improve yourself.”

We are a generous community, willing to lend a helping hand to those in need during the holiday season. Efforts include dinners, as well as food, clothing and toy drives.

But we must remember that food, shelter and kind words are needed throughout the year. This may be something as simple as spending time with a relative or neighbor who may not have a lot of company during the long winter months. Offer to shovel their driveways or drive them to the store or appointments.

Send an email, letter or care package to our servicemen and women to thank them for their sacrifices to our nation. Donate blood at one of the many American Red Cross blood drives held throughout our community. Support and give to food banks, the Salvation Army and Habitat for Humanity to aid our fellow man, and animal shelters such as the Susquehanna SPCA to help our furry friends.

Depending on your interests or passions, there are organizations seeking volunteers all-year-long.

For those interested in the arts, residents can contribute their time and talents to the Cooperstown Art Association, the West Kortright Centre, the Oneonta Concert Association and many others.

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