Over the last year, I have become involved with a local community group, and now attend weekly gatherings and contribute in various ways.
We meet at the Emerald Terrace Community Centre in Edgewater to do craft, chat, and do good works too.
We have a table of stuff brought in by various members that we put up for raffle. (Last week my daughter gave me some toys my grandson had grown out of to pass on to other people). During the morning, people wander around and but raffle tickets for the items that interest them. The winner will take one item. A table with more expensive items is for gold coin donations only.
We also have a table of items for free, anyone can help themselves to those.
Another table has the beautiful bread I collect every week from the very generous Dejaxo bakery in Carine Glades. Everyone helps themselves to those too. The leftover bread (and there is always a lot left over!) goes to a Retirement Village.
There is also a table full of home-made jams made from strawberries, plums, grapes, marmalade, and other seasonal fruits, which you can purchase for $2 a jar.
All of the money raised throughout the year is donated to different charities and institutions, helping various groups as much as we can.
It feels good to be a part of a community group like this. Not only for the social aspect but because I am fortunate enough to be in a position to help, and all it takes is a little bit of my time. Which groups or communities are you a part of? Do you find you get a lot out of it?