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Life After 50: The greatest gift you can give someone is your time

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Living in the land of excess!

For more than 20 years, the Newark Senior Center has relied on two flea markets per year as wonderful community fundraisers. What I have learned since I have been here is that so many people have too much stuff!

The amount of generous donations by community residents to support this effort is sometimes overwhelming. I can only imagine what Goodwill, the Salvation Army, the Purple Heart Foundation and other organizations go through on a daily basis. For the Newark Senior Center, it is only twice per year.

The point of this observation is to consider an alternative gift during the coming year. For our parents, children or the “person who has everything,” something more consumable may be more appropriate. A gift of an experience, something that contributes to wellbeing or even a gift that may be considered self-pampering may be be a welcome alternative to another material item.

Many local organizations offer cultural events that have been mentioned in previous columns. Tickets to upcoming concerts or museum exhibits are always a possibility. Another great gift idea may be a gift certificate at the Newark Senior Center that could be used for membership, exercise classes or even a future trip.

The gift opportunity can be enhanced even further if it is an experience that can be shared. Consider being a part of the gift by giving of your time to enjoy a special experience. We are so fortunate to live in a place that is so close to many amazing venues; gardens, museums, live performances are within a short drive. But for those who are no longer comfortable or able to drive to these attractions, this simple gift could be a welcome treat.

“The greatest gift you can give someone is your time because when you give your time you are giving a portion of your life that you will never get back.” Anonymous.

Carla Grygiel is executive director of the Newark Senior Center. She writes a regular column in the Newark Post that highlights issues facing seniors in Newark.

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