Are you giving today?

After the whirlwind of the long weekend and all the shopping, it’s refreshing to have a day carved out for giving to those who can’t give back. “Giving Tuesday” is being launched today as “charities, families, businesses and individuals are coming together to transform the way people think about, talk about and participate in the giving season.”

The great thing about giving is that it comes in all shapes and sizes. Here atNew Concept Auto Service in Overland Park, Paul sets a great tone for giving. From the seasonal contests with free oil changes, tire rotation services, and other giveaways he provides, to donating scrap metal and wheels to recyclers, to contributing his time to community support groups and school programs, we are thankful that the culture at New Concept is a generous one.

Even in the suburban bubble of Overland Park and the surrounding cities in Johnson County, there is great need. We’ve all heard of the Kansas City Rescue Mission and the City Union Mission in downtown

Kansas City, but did you know the Salvation Army Olathe Corp provides emergency housing assistance to families? Nearly 25 percent of students in Johnson County received free and reduced lunches due to low income this year. The need is right outside your door.

So do what you can today. Send a donation to your place of worship, text REDCROSS to 90999 to give $10 to American Red Cross Disaster Relief, throw some canned goods in the Harvesters barrel at your grocery store, or rake your neighbor’s leaves anonymously while they’re at work.

“You’ll not likely go wrong here if you keep remembering that our Master said, ‘You’re far happier giving than getting.’” – from The Message, Acts 20:35

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