Saturday, October 9, 2010

Helping Hand Challenge

Jane @ Frugal Fine Living has challenged us all to look around and help someone who is hurting.

Jane has reminded us that with all the problems we are currently seeing in this wonderful country, no jobs, foreclosures, divorces, illnesses and for many families total devastation from nature too, that we should all reach out to try and do what we can for each other.  She is challenging us to find just one person and try to reach out to them in someway to help. 

She has requested that we post the following on our facebook or blog.

"...has noticed lately that there are so many people who are hurting for one reason or another. If each one of us could just reach out to just one of them, it could be the start of something really big. Paste this in your status line if you're in. "

Those that know me are aware that I do a lot of work with seniors.  I have several that I visit on a regular basis.  Sometimes it's just a visit, but almost always it is to help them with a few things they need.  It can be a wide range of needs, but always so rewarding to help them.  Some of the things they need are:

1. Housecleaning - I always do some housecleaning when I am there.  Things they can't do that are too hard for them, or cleaning something they can't reach.

2. Grocery shopping and cooking a few meals and putting them in the freezer.

3. Running errands and picking up prescriptions.

4. Helping clean out a closet and doing an extra load of laundry.

There are many other small needs that they have, but the visit and the help makes all the difference in their world and mine.  I always come away rewarded far more than I can ever say.

Look around your area and see who you could help.  Maybe an extra casserole for their dinner, or bake a cake.  If you have children that have clothes that they have outgrown, pass them on to someone else that can use them.  Offer to run an errand for them. Maybe invite their children for a play day so they can have some time off.  Most importantly, be sensitive to the person you want to help and by no means do anything to embarrass them in any way.  Just be a friend and you will soon see their need and you can do what you can.

I hope everyone will meet the challenge and see if they can find at least one person to show a kindness to and help in some way.


  1. You are truly a good person, Marty. And I think Jane is wonderfully thoughtful for suggesting we all do something to help others in need. You are setting quite an example and it is very inspiring and thought provoking. Hopefully I can do more to help others.


  2. Marty, this is a subject that is huge in my heart. Sometimes it isn't convenient to help others, but we need to help - even in small ways. I stayed with a lady, a senior, a few days ago. Her car was broke down on a busy highway and she was by herself. I couldn't fix her car, but I let her use my phone and stayed with her till help came. Sometimes we don't even need to "do" anything, just being "there" with someone can also make a difference.

    ITA that you setting an example is awesome. What's that saying? Pay it forward, I think?

  3. Thank you Marty for the gentle reminder......sometimes we are so wrapped up in our own hurts we fail to be sensitive to others needs......there are so many small kindnesses to be done....hugs...cleo

  4. We do need to be reminded of others around us who may not have it as good as we do. Such a great message.

  5. This could not have come at a better time and ties in with my upcoming monday post. Thank you for posting about this, Marty. Have a wonderful weekend.

  6. Certainly a great post! There's always folks who just need a helping hand. Always a good reminder.

  7. Marty,

    This is such an inspirational post. Sometimes just a smile or pat on the back, or a listening ear is a big help to people. We can all do that.

    Have a great weekend.

  8. Marty this is such a wonderful ideal! This is something I try to do everyday. I try to seek out anyone who might need anything, and I think we all have a few minutes a day to gather that kind of information, because there is always someone out there, even if it's just a kind word.
    Something else I have been trying to do more of is use what I have. Most of us are so blessed, with so many material things, but still we feel we need more! In just the makeover of my laundry room, zero $'s spent to this point, I already had evrything tucked away! Thanks for visiting and your kind comments.

  9. What a good example you and Jane are setting, Marty. I have my mom right now and she needs my help full time but maybe I should help others too when she goes to my sister's...Christine

  10. HI Marty ~ What a great idea. If everyone did just one nice thing ~ it would be a start. I know of several people going through divorces at this time (never thought it was possible) I take their kids on long playdays. That way everyone can catch a breather.

  11. What a lovely post. I have elderly neighbors on 3 sides. We try to bring them treats and chat with them as they get lonely, but I know we could do more. My next door neighbor just turned 92 this past week. We brought a cake and sang and shared it with him and it was his only party, he meant to meet up with his sister and brother and something went wrong so they went to Taco Bell. I was so glad we tried to make his day. I am going to try extra hard to do more and more. Thanks for inspiring me.

  12. Oh, Marty! You are a wonderful gal and this is a wonderful post! Very thought-provoking and I will make every effort to do more!

    Hugs and love to you!
    Carolyn ~ Cottage Sunshine

  13. Thanks Marty for reminding us all to think of others less fortunate......this is especially timely given it is Thanksgiving in Canada this weekend.

  14. Marty a great post and I hope many will be challenged to give a helping hand. I am surprised at how many people do not or never have volunteered in any way. They are missing out on the biggest blessing of their lives! I am continually amazed that I am the one that is blessed as we reach out in Jesus Love to others!

    bee blessed

  15. God Bless you Marty. The world would be a sunnier and happier place if there were more people like you who focused on the needs of others! Thank you for the kindness you share with others.

    Susan and Bentley

  16. Marty,

    How awesome that you help out seniors. What a wonderful ministry!

    Thanks so much for posting this. A few hours after I wrote that blog post, I found out a young man we used to worship with who had recently moved to Florida was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, and one of the guys on my husband's baseball team is going through a divorce. So many people are hurting around us. Kindness and love go a long way in times like these.


  17. hi Marty! This was so nice of your to post this.I know there are so many folks with so many problems - health and other wise. Thank you for reminding us to be more considerate and pray for those in need.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  18. That is truely a great challenge and one that I hope everyone will always keep in mind. You are right also that our seniors seem to be the forgotten population in our soceity. Interestingly enough soon that will be the majority of our population.

  19. What sweet and wonderful thoughts and what a lovely person you are to help those seniors. I don't do as much as I should but do try to help whenever I can. I work with new young teachers and try my best to help them have a good first year of can be a difficult year for many and hopefully giving them a shoulder to lean on helps. If each of us would just be willing to reachout to others what a better world it would be!

  20. You have a heart of gold, I hope you know that!! I hope we all rise above these last years with our heads held up high. It's so hard to see friends go through such difficult times.

    I wish you a wonderful week friend!

  21. Great idea Marty! I will post it on my FB status. La

  22. A wonderful challenge for all of us. We are off to a nursing home Wed. They need people to just spend time with them.
    I admire what you do Marty.

  23. Marty, I can just imagine how those people feel when they see you, their angel, turn up to help them. God loves a cheerful giver, and I know that you couldn't be anything but cheerful while you are giving to these people. What a wonderful challenge. laurie

  24. Hi Marty,

    I love your blog and am a new follower. I love the info you passed on to Rhoda... about not having to post so often. I don' know how you ladies keep up.

    Love everything you share. ♥

    ~ Lisa from Indiana ~

  25. Oh Marty... Aren't you just the sweetest? I'm sure these folks apppreciate your gift sooo much.

    It's a great reminder to remember those who are less fortunate...especially right now, in these trying times.

    Warm huggies,

  26. this is a wonderful thing and you are so sweet to post about it. My sister works with the elderly in homes and the things she tells me just makes me cringe. On an opposite note I am having a Give Thanks party at my place. We all have something to give thanks for this Thanksgiving. Hope you can join in and tell everyone about it. xoxo

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  28. How wonderful. In our last town I was able to do things for neighbors and seniors all the time. It truly was more of a reward for me than it was for them. In this town...I often say that I have no one to "take care of" and I really miss that. It is an odd community. They take care of their own, no outsiders allowed.