To give pleasure to a single heart by a single kind act is better than a thousand head-bowings in prayer -- Saadi.
The days have grown colder and much shorter here in the northeast. Like Jan Brett's retelling of the Ukrainian folktale The Mitten, the streets of New York City have once again begun filling with visitors from around the world, faces full of wonder and delight at the sights and sounds, colors and smells of the city we love.
Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, or the winter solstice this month, if you are looking for a way to make a difference in our world today, nothing is more powerful than the single act of the individual. One easy and so very important way to do this is to send a card to one of our many American service members. Some of them, veterans in hospitals around the world or people who have just returned from theaters in Afghanistan and Iraq, will receive NO other personal correspondence. I know this seems impossible (or at least, it did to me), but the American Red Cross assures us this is true.
If you click on this link Red Cross you will find an address to send a card, and even a link with a printable card to send. It's so very easy to do this -- all you need is a stamp for the envelope --really. Cards must be postmarked by December 10 and will be returned if sent after this time. Please take a moment now to click and send. Be the change you want to see and you will make a difference. I promise that you will feel just a little better for it.