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Even Giving A Little Can Help A Lot

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In these difficult economic times when many people do not even know where the money for this months rent is going to come from it may seem hard to think about coming to the aid of someone else. Amazingly enough, however, that is just what is happening over and over again in this country.
Even those with little, are understanding the importance of sharing what they can with others in need. This phenomenon is one of the rare and beautiful side effects to emerge from this trying time we are all living through.
Not always, but sometimes, going through hardships can bring out the very best in people. It can even bring out the best in businesses. Recent reports of companies such as Marriott, and the companies who own the Ritz-Carlton and Starwood Resorts have demonstrated some incredibly charitable acts by offering free rooms to numerous individuals who are suffering from critical illnesses. Airlines such as Continental, Southwest and AirTran are doing their part by offering free air fare to those same people. These reports are in such contrast to the depressing and discouraging news that most of us hear on a nightly basis and they serve to lift our spirits and improve our outlook. For many, they also make us want to do business with the kind of companies who are willing to give some of what they have to those who stand in such need.
In the sports world, there are numerous stories about high profile athletes who give of themselves to lighten the burdens that others carry. Yao Ming has been instrumental in relieving the suffering of millions of impoverished children in his homeland. Seven time Tour de France winner, Lane Armstrong, gives mightily to the fight against cancer and Muhammad Ali travels the world over to lend his name and fame to the cause of hunger and poverty.
We do not have to be famous or have megabucks in our accounts in order to offering a helping hand to someone else who is going through a tough time. The help you offer may not be monetary at all. Perhaps you are able and willing to help a neighbor by offering them a break from one of the many duties that are overwhelming them. Whether it is helping with childcare or the care of an elderly parent or taking dinner in or even sharing an encouraging word, it may be just the thing that is needed at that particular time.
What if everyone made it their business each and every single day to find a way to be of help in some small way to at least one other individual. What a difference that could make in the lives of those around us and in our own lives as well. Why not give it a try. It may just be an experiment that ends up becoming a way of life.

Nancy Smith is one of the owners of RobbinsSports.com, an online retailer specializing in Basketball Uniforms and Portable Scoreboards.