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Sat Jan 31 16:37:54 SAST 2015

Be that person who makes a difference this Christmas: iLIVE

One person, by e-mail | 23 November, 2012 00:07
A homeless man sleeps wrapped in his mattress next to Joubert Park in central Johannesburg, 2007.
Image by: LEBOHANG MASHILOANE

This Christmas season, please support someone selling The Big Issue newspaper, donate clothes and toys you no longer need, anything - just make a difference.

Take time to communicate with someone clearly less fortunate than you and find out if there is something small you can do for him or her. Perhaps just let them know they are not alone, that you have heard their story and feel their pain. Make an effort to connect with a side of life you perhaps ignore because it is too painful to face.

Smile at strangers. See the person on the side of the road. Be grateful for the roof over your head and the food in your stomach. The reality is that one person alone cannot resolve all the problems in this country. However, one person can make a difference to another human being, even with the smallest gesture. Be that person.

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