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I am a huge advocate for giving back. Random acts of kindness are such easy, thoughtful gestures we can do for others. And you know what? They make you feel good inside! While I have always been a firm believer in giving back, I had much more appreciation towards it after my accident. In fact, it was one of the first things I thought of when I woke up. Somehow I managed to survive. I was listed in critical condition and had 14 broken bones -- but miraculously I survived. I wanted to do more with my life. To teach my children to do more.
Here are five simple ways you and your family can give back:
(1). Donate items to an animal shelter. Shelters are always willing and grateful for donations. Some things they are always looking for are old blankets, towels, and newspapers. A bag of dog food and treats would also be welcome, as well as cat litter. Some shelters would also gladly accept volunteers to help care for the animals. I don't know about you...but spending time with adorable animals sounds like fun!
(2). Cleanup a nearby playground or beach. If you have little kids, then I'm sure you spend some good quality time at the playground. If you're lucky enough to live near the shoreline, then I'm sure you also frequent the beach! Unfortunately, playgrounds and beaches can easily become littered. The next time you go, grab a trash bag and some gloves, and pick up any litter.