Giving in Practice

In my past episode on Giving (Health, Rejuvenation and Giving, YOUR HEALTH, NATURALLY) I list the health benefits that altruism gives us. I point to St. Francis of Assisi’s wisdom, “For it is in giving that we receive” to awaken our awareness of these benefits not just to those to whom we give but to ourselves.

In my goal to share the advantages of acting locally for our holistic health I like to point to community partners who take their contribution to heart. One such partner is the neighborhood Sunshine Resale Shop.

sunshine viewSunshine is part of the Christian Community Service Center, a 42-member multi-denominational church organization to serve those in need.

How do they do it?

They receive donations from the community and sell them to the community to support their giving programs. They are the go-to neighborhood shop for those who choose to reduce, reuse, and recycle. They’ve been doing it since 1988.

They run through the dedicated efforts of a team of volunteers, some showing up with a smile for 19 years or more. These folks take pride in how they give their time and receive the reward of being a part of a great effort that counts on them to serve.

The shop is located in the Bellaire triangle in Bellaire, Texas. Any Houstonian can tell you that’s right in the heart of the city. This triangle connects a vast demographic representation of the community. Donors can conveniently drop off to reduce their “things”. Those who need or prefer to reuse or recycle “things” can come by to find “things” galore.

The shop includes almost anything you can find at home: china, shoes, tables and chairs, watches and art. And where else can you find evening gowns for $15 or less or men’s suits for $10?

So if you want to enjoy the benefits of giving, visit this community partner to give your time and treasures or to find a great buy to take home and save the environment. I hear there is a fantastic sale today! Or visit your local resale shop for a healthful giving experience.




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