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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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 7 146 quick look at employment contracts, photographers can offer to do a family photo shoot; writers can proofread their friends' children's college essays, trainers can develop a plan to help get a friend back on track, accountants can offer to help out with finances or taxes, masseuses can offer a free neck rub, and people who are good with tools can offer to hang pictures and fix things around someone's house for free. Kids and grandkids can shovel, rake, take care of pets, and vol- unteer in the kitchen. Most people will be so appreciative of your help that it will feel even more worthwhile than getting paid. Help a Family in Need In towns like Wellesley and Weston it's easy to forget how many people are struggling behind closed doors to feed and clothe their family. Sponsoring a child or a family in need can be very helpful and reward- ing. Buy a new backpack and fill it with school supplies for a student. Buy a new wardrobe for a family before the winter sets in. Participate in the St. John Christmas Wish Program and provide clothing and a special Christmas wish gift to families in need. Or purchase and wrap presents for those kids who might not have anything under the tree. Little gestures can make a big difference for a lot of families. Do a Random Act of Kindness While it's nice to help out people you know, it can feel just as good to Put Your Skills to Work Everyone's good at something—and you may even charge for those services. Around the holidays and throughout the year, think about using your skills to help someone else for free. Attorneys can take a M E D I A B A K E R Y

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