I believe a blog is a wonderful way to spread the word and gain adherents to a cause. I have a general respect for anything that helps people in need and turning to charities in my town of Salem has been my own personal reward. I can’t tell you how good it feels to do some good in the world. I hope you will join me in shining a little light for those who are lost and can’t find their way. I feel an obligation to volunteer my time and services, and I hope I will inspire you to do the same in your area. Trust me, it will be your salvation.
There is nothing like working with a group on a project that will impact the public positively and create good feeling. It is not enough to give money although that it certainly a way to start. Whether or not you have the means, charitable actions are priceless in any form. You can always raise money and support fundraisers that are likely to bring in much more than you can alone. There is no limit to what can be done in the interest of securing funds for a specific need. It can be a fancy dinner, a bake sale, an auction, or a car wash. School kids know all about this.
The community has a craft fair every year and volunteers help with publicity and securing participation. Local artisans come from miles around to sell their wares for the organization. It is one that appeals to everyone and getting people to come is no problem. Fortunately, woodworking is popular in the countryside around these parts and we had ample offerings for the fair from one particular vendor whose work approaches fine art. After all, we are all part of Woodwork Nation. I admire the craftsmanship involved in handmade pieces that are often intricate and unfathomable in terms of construction and finish.
When this woodworker participates, we all get excited for ourselves and for the buyers who flock to his booth. Wood projects can be large or small and they inevitably enhance any space. On display, they speak for themselves. Any time of hand skill garners public attention and we are lucky, indeed, when this artist decides to do a demonstration on the spot. The craft fair event is always a winner for those who love crafts as much as I do.
This year I became enamored with a small carved deer with exquisite horns and a long, elegant nose. My father loves animals and I grabbed this gem immediately before it could get away. All profits go to the charity, of course. I was happy to “give” in a different way. I could see the deer in my mind’s eye on his fireplace mantle, right under the landscape oil painting above. I used to make things in school for him as a kid, but my abilities never developed. Now I enjoy shopping instead and fining unique things fashioned by others.