Vail Daily column: Giving takes you out of yourself
It is no wonder that most people living in Western societies live their lives with the general concept that more is better. Just ask any friend or office mate you see today, “If you had the opportunity to do anything that involved the word ‘more,’ what would it be?”
I may be surprised, but I highly doubt the answers you will receive are things like, “I want more time to help others” or “I could use more time to raise money for charity.” While many people do volunteer their time and donate to their preferred causes, few do so with the initiative of “more.”
I love living in the Eagle River Valley. The sense of community and desire to help others constantly reassures me of my belief in human nature.
THE GOOD IN EAGLE COUNTY
This past week, one of our caregivers told us about her plans to take off soon for a trip to India. She has chosen to save up her winter earnings and travel abroad to help others. She plans to go and provide aid, learn, and come back with a great amount of self-reward.
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Recently, a florist in Edwards, Vintage Magnolia, called and offered to donate flower arrangements left over from special events to our office so that we may in turn bring them to the homes of seniors in our valley. I cannot begin to tell you the joy and smiles this brought to those seniors who received this generous gift. Thank you, Vintage Magnolia!
A couple of years ago, I reached out to a few restaurants in the valley to see if they would be willing to prepare a Thanksgiving dinner for seniors who may not be sharing the day with family or who may not have the ability to prepare the meal for themselves and/or their spouse. Without hesitation, Sweet Basil, Paradigm Restaurant and Red Canyon Cafe in Eagle offered to assist. Together, they provided for almost 30 seniors to have a Thanksgiving dinner at a time when their businesses were slammed and staffs were nearing exhaustion preparing for the holiday.
LIVING ALONE IS HARD
This past week, I participated in a meeting of local and regional organizations that will bring great change to our community, particularly to the seniors living here now and those who will choose to live in our great community. One of the topics discussed was available resources and gaps that affect seniors in their ability to continue living independently in their homes.
Living independently in a home for an elderly person brings many challenges. For example, cooking healthy meals, changing light bulbs, changing clock times at daylight savings, adding hand rails to bathrooms and showers, installing raised toilet seats, repairing flooring and adding access ramps are just a few of the needs the group identified. If they can’t do these things, who will do it for them? Who will do it for you?
LET US HELP YOU HELP OTHERS
I would like to reach out to anyone reading today’s article, and the family and friends you can reach out to, and ask for your assistance. If you would be willing to share your time and expertise in order to do any of the items noted above, please contact the local Visiting Angels office at 970-328-5526 and we will help facilitate your volunteer service.
While there are many people and businesses that may offer their time and expertise, our seniors could use your help financially. It was brought to my attention that while there are people in our valley who are willing to offer their time and services, they often cannot provide materials as well.
If you would be willing to make a financial contribution to partner with those people willing to provide services, please call our office. We will arrange for your contributions to provide the materials needed to aid our valley’s elders.
Giving takes you out of yourself. To those who are already giving of themselves, either your time or financial resources, thank you.
Please call our office before you move on with your day to talk with us about what you can do to help.
Judson Haims is the owner of Visiting Angels Home Care in Eagle County. For more information, visit http://www.visitingangels.com/comtns or call 970-328-5526.