WellesleyWeston Magazine

WINTER 2016-2017

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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very worthwhile causes. Often the most fulfilling altruism is the more personal kind of donating your time or expertise to someone. You can serve food at a soup kitchen, wrap presents at a mall for charity, donate groceries to the Wellesley Food Pantry, or give coats and boots and mittens to a homeless shelter. Even better, get your kids and grandkids to participate as well. Here are a few other ideas for how you and your family can make a difference this holiday season, and throughout the year. Reach Out to Your Neighbors Neighborhoods are communities of people who live in close proxim- ity to one another and who respect each others' boundaries. But being in a neighborhood also means you're there for each other in times of crisis or life changes—loss of a loved one, sickness, lost jobs, new babies—throughout the year. While you need to respect your neigh- bors' privacy, it's nice to make an effort to get to know them so you can lend a hand if needed. You can offer to help them shovel their driveway during a blizzard or clean up sticks after a microburst. You can be there for them when their car won't start or when they can't pick up their kids. You could also offer to grab something for them at the store or pop by the post office. Even the most efficient and organ- ized people need help sometimes, and it feels good to be there when they do. Help the Elderly More often than not, elderly people in need of help may live alone and are essentially invisible to their neighbors. Growing old is hard enough, but doing it alone can be debilitating. Little things like open- ing jars, changing hearing aid batteries, walking up stairs, or carrying in groceries become nearly impossible, not to mention trying to set up and decorate a tree or light candles on a menorah. Offering to help can make a huge difference. You can also volunteer to drive an elderly neighbor to a doctor's appointment, or the hairdresser, or just pop over for a visit. Sometimes a little company or a cup of tea can really brighten someone's day. Elderly people have lived through so much, and they have great perspective and wonderful stories to share. family matters "brighten someone's day" M E D I A B A K E R Y 144 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | w i n t e r 2 0 1 6 / 2 0 1 7

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