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As we head into the holidays I want nothing more than to create good all around me.
Create the Good by AARP is currently running a contest for 25 Days 25 Ways to Care. If you know someone that is making a difference in their community by caring for others, you can nominate them. All you have to do is create a video highlighting your nominee’s acts of exceptional care and enter your submission on their website. Share your submission on social media so your nominee can get votes. Each day a nominee will be entered into a random drawing for gift cards up to $500! The nominee in the winning video will receive $2,500 donation to a charity of their choice.
I’ve know many caretakers over my lifetime. They are the people that work the hardest and get recognized the least. They do it because they love to help others. A caretaker can be the nurse that’s been caring for your ill parent or your favorite teacher or sports coach.
I have a friend that took care of her mother for 2 years while doctors were trying to make decisions about what to do. Her mom was a very active woman that thought she just had a minor injury until she couldn’t get out of bed one morning. After months of doctors’ appointments, physical therapy and countless MRIs, they finally decided to do exploratory surgery. That is, until the insurance company denied it. Imagine being in constant pain and unable to walk. How does one drop everything to take care of another person? This was an easy decision for my friend as the person in need was her mother. It takes a strong person to have to watch someone in constant pain and really have no options for how to live life. Fast forward 2 years to when her mom’s surgery was finally approved because of a tiny blip on an MRI that showed she had a tear on her hip that was causing all of the pain. The doctor was able to repair the tear in the joint and had her mom up and walking within a few weeks! Thankfully, this story has a happy ending. Her mom is now back to her active lifestyle and free of pain, and my friend has a full heart knowing that she was able to make a difference for her mom.
Here is a helpful video to show you the best way to submit your caretakers for the 25 Days 25 Ways to Care contest.