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Who Do You Inspire?

What can I do? I don’t have a lot of money.

I’m not a leader.

I don’t like talking to strangers.

We all have lots of excuses for why we don’t do things, but if you knew that being an inspiration to others could happen anywhere, and is easy, would you feel empowered?

Those who follow us on social media or get our letters know that we’ve been focused on inspiration this December, sharing stories of Putnam City graduates and the teachers who inspired them to greatness. But you don’t have to be a teacher to be an inspiration. Consider one amazing happy Christmastime story.

People all over Putnam City volunteer to adopt some of our vulnerable children for Christmas. They take time out of their holiday schedules to shop and then deliver those gifts to their assigned school. The CareShare leaders suggest spending $75 to $100 on these children, so this year the volunteer adopters have poured between $86,000 and $114,000 into our children’s lives! It’s been about that much for the past several years. Do you believe that? Strangers buying $100,000 in gifts for perfect little strangers -- people they will never know. They won’t even get to see the children’s joy on Christmas morning, but they know they inspired it.

During this season of giving, I can genuinely say that the generosity of our supporters has truly warmed my heart. Our donors inspire me to continue working for Putnam City’s children. There have already been many who have chosen to give this year, and we are so grateful.

But there are dozens of ways we can be an inspiration to others, no matter where we work or whom we see. Offering a smile to a passerby, buying the Curbside Chronicle from the green-vested street vendor, or just holding the door for another inspires.

Merry Christmas, and Happy New Year Putnam City! Keep on Inspirin’.

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