A Volunteer Christmas

When: Sun., Dec. 25 2011

Back when I lived in Cleveland, Ohio, a few of my friends and I spent a couple of Christmases serving up hot meals at the Salvation Army. Being Jewish, I didn’t have any pressing Christmas celebrations to attend, and it just seemed like a nice thing to do — and it turned out to be much more fun and fulfilling than I anticipated. I don’t mean to flaunt my good deeds: Typically, my noble intentions far outweigh my actual volunteer activities. My point is, if you’re really feeling the holiday spirit, why not put the volunteer in Volunteer State? If you have nothing to do because you don’t celebrate Christmas, here’s something to do. If you’re lonely and down this holiday season, spending time helping others who are less fortunate can do wonders for your spirit. And finally, even if you’re happy as a clam and have a Christmas dinner to go to, you can still fit it into your schedule. The Nashville Salvation Army is looking for volunteers for two shifts: 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., and 12:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m. It’ll likely be the most memorable and heartwarming two hours of your holiday. To sign up, contact Misty at 242-0411 or misty_ratcliff@uss.salvationarmy.org.

Jack Silverman

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