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Reaching Out to Others

Reaching Out To Others


man and woman holding hands on brown wooden table

Happy Friday morning to you, my friends.
What’s on your calendar for today?

Many of you know that I am a retired educator
who enjoys spending my time volunteering.
I enjoy the spirit of “Paying it Forward.”
It’s not difficult to find people and places
where a helping hand is needed.

One of my favorite places to volunteer my time
is at our local nursing home.
I am a member of the auxiliary there.
At the beginning of each monthly meeting
we all recite this prayer together:

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When I read “all who are in distress of mind and body,”
I personalize it and think of the specific friends
who now live in the nursing home,
and remember them as the
independent, capable,
helpful folks they were…
that person is still in them!!


Here is my friend, Elaine,
Always reaching out to others,
Always ready with a smile,
The life of every party!

Living now in half a room
in a nursing home,
dependent on others for meals,
transportation, shelter…
It must be hard!

Loneliness could set in
if caring people did not reach out
with generosity, discretion,
and gentleness.

My friend, Elaine, is one of the fortunate ones.
She has a son and daughters nearby.
They come regularly to visit
and to take her to church and to their homes.

Others are not so blessed.
They sit alone in their rooms,
waiting for the next meal, or
the next CNA to come in to check on them,
unless someone volunteers
to come and lead the Bingo game,
visit with them in their room
or on the patio on a good day,
or sit with them in the dining hall.

What can you do to reach out to others
who are in need of comfort, hope,
and companionship?


This wonderful lady lived for nearly 25 years
in our local nursing home.
Her mom visited her daily,
but could not care for her in the apartment
where she lived alone.
As Karen’s MS progressed, she became
less and less able to manage her own affairs.
But she was always a lion at heart.
A strong soul who inspired those around her.
This face painting and costume
was done for her one Halloween a few years ago
by my granddaughter.
What a joy to see my friend’s true spirit emerge!!

Here is another person who was a lion at heart!


One Thanksgiving, we had my friend Gloria,
come to celebrate the holiday with us.
She lived in the nursing home the last 5 to 10 years
of her long and illustrious life
(she used to sing with the NY Opera!).
Getting to know her and spending time
talking to her about her life
was such a privilege!!

Another one of my friends
was one who lived alone in a log house
at the edge of the Madison Range
where the deer and the antelope roam.
One early December day we went together to the nail salon
and had matching polish jobs.
See the snowmen on our pinky fingers?

Hands On Christmas

If nursing homes
or visiting the elderly in their homes
are not your bag,
think of other places where you can
reach out to help others.

Today I am volunteering at the
Madison Valley Medical Center.
We “Purple Ladies” do a lot to raise money
for hospital ย equiment and other needs,
and to save money by being the
receptionists at the front desk
daily from 8: to 5:
The last two Fridays each month are my turn.


I’m the “shrimp” with the silver hair in the middle back.

Today is my day to serve.
Better get going.

Who will you reach out to today
with wisdom and humility
to help make their life better?

Jan @ MVMC
See ya later!


Comments on: "Reaching Out to Others" (25)

  1. Anonymous said:

    Thank you for giving people a smile, hug and just being there to touch their hearts!

  2. When people talk about traveling to the past they worry about doing something small that will radically change the present, but barely anyone in the present thinks they can radically change the future by doing something small.

    But you are doing a lot of small things and proving that you can make a difference, well done!

  3. Very beautiful. You have a heart for the Lord by serving others!

  4. kayakingirl said:

    Loved loved loved this and love you

  5. kayakingirl said:

    Loved, loved, loved this and love you.

  6. May God bless you for volunteering. โœ๏ธ

  7. Jan did anyone tell you that you are an Earth Angel? So loved this post.. Wonderful what you are doing in helping others smile and make their days better..
    Jan, I hope you do not mind me saying this, and tell me to mind my own business, but you know the new acquaintance that got chatting on your bee post. Be careful,.. I got a not so good vibe about him.. I feel he is not what he seems.. I am sure you got an inkling too..
    Just do not want to see you or anyone taken advantage of ..
    On a brighter note.. I loved the images you took and the face painting priceless..
    Well done to all who raised money <3
    Special Hugs <3

  8. Thank you so much for being so generous with your time, momma! Youโ€™re my inspiration to do likewise when I retire!

    • You’re welcome, DeDe! You actually are generous with your time now. Keep on being that sweet loving daughter/friend! <3

  9. โ™ฅ๏ธ

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