Karess Carter

We all get by with a little help from our friends.
We all get by with a little help from our friends.

A story appeared this week in the paper about a boy who is battling cancer. It was very moving. You can see it here.

I’ve been trying to help others more and more over the years. If I can make a monetary donation I do. If I can help by spreading the word, I do. The thing I try to remember is that $5 can make a difference. It doesn’t have to be a huge donation. Every dollar counts.

So I read this story but wasn’t sure how I could help. Until I saw that my friend and former coworker Ashley had created a tshirt design to help raise money for this boy and his family. And the design is cool. All proceeds benefit this boy. So I ordered 2 shirts. Ashley is taking preorders until next Wednesday and you can check out the design HERE. Give Hope. That is the design and statement made on the shirt. Yeah, I can get behind that! And Ashley is a cool chick. She isn’t doing this to make money for herself. She is doing everything for this family. I love that.

As we head into the holidays, I want to remind you to think of others. Sometimes money isn’t something we can give, but could you give your time? Or share a story with your friends and family to help make people aware of someone who needs help?

Combat Hunger is coming up, and it is an event that does a lot for our community and the Food Bank of Iowa. Every year I am reminded by families who come out to support us, that every donation makes a difference.

Race for the Cure is coming up on Saturday. Maybe you have something going on that keeps you from walking. I get it. We get busy. Maybe this year you support someone who is walking? That’s making a difference too!

Anytime someone brings in flyers or catalogs for something their kids are selling I buy something. At the grocery store we see the Boy Scouts selling popcorn. I’m in. I can help. I think my attitude changed a lot when I started raising money for the March of Dimes. A lot of people helped us with something we are a passionate about. So you know what…I can support the passion of others.

Let’s give a little help to our friends. Spread the word. Give hope.