Sweet deeds for your community

Sweet deeds for your community

(NAPS)-Every now and then, we all could use a helping hand. The simplest gesture from a friend or even a stranger can help boost morale and add a silver lining to an ordinary day. Applying that same principle and finding simple ways to support your community through a good deed can make a lasting difference. Here are some ways you can celebrate the spirit of helping others and get involved in your community. For example:
* Grow some good: Put gardening skills to good use by getting involved with a local tree-planting initiative or an urban garden. Trees, plants and gardens not only beautify the areas where they're planted, they provide oxygen, homes for animals and even fresh herbs or vegetables.
* Pay your fashion forward: Transform clutter into charity by donating lightly used clothing or shoes from your closet. A number of programs provide business attire to people interviewing for jobs as a way to help workers get back on their feet. Additionally, thrift stores often sell secondhand clothing as a way to raise funds for other programs and nonprofits.
* Share your knowledge: Use your aptitude for reading, writing, math or science to support the next generation of students in their education. Volunteer at a local tutoring center to help children struggling in school.
* Do a good deed each day: Keep your eyes open for the opportunity to open a door for a stranger, mow the lawn for a neighbor or bring a meal to a family with a new baby.
Finally, don't forget to take a moment and celebrate the good deeds done by your friends. One way to recognize the efforts of others is to become a member of the Sweet Deed Society on the Santa Cruz Organic(r) Facebook page and nominate a friend who has done a good deed. Participants will also be entered into a grand-prize drawing for a chance to win weekly and grand prizes, including one of two home computer upgrades, awarded as a $2,000 check. To help acknowledge their good deed, nominees can also accept their nomination, join the Sweet Deed Society and be entered for their own chance to win. Visit www.facebook.com/santacruzorganic to join.
No purchase necessary. Promotion open to legal residents of the 50 United States and D.C., 18 years and older. Promotion subject to complete Official Rules available at www.facebook.com/santacruz organic. Void where prohibited.