Guest Blog by Macy Beckett, Sultry with a Twist
Get your minds out of the gutter, you dirty dogs. The fine folks here at Love Romance Passion have asked me to talk about why community service is sexy, and I’m happy to oblige. Why? Because my debut romance, Sultry with a Twist, follows the misadventures of June Augustine, an Austin bar owner who’s forced to return to her tiny Texas hometown for a month of community service…under the supervision of her first love, the devilishly sexy Luke Gallagher.
See how that ties in there?
In the book, June spends most of her time working under Luke—and under Luke—at Helping Hands, a non-profit organization similar to Habitat for Humanity. She also pitches in at the Holy Baptism by Hellfire Church, where she edits the newsletter, cleans the sanctuary, balances ledgers, cuts the grass, and tries to avoid the critical gazes of the church teetotalers. Now, that might not sound sexy to you, but there’s something inherently attractive about people who give to others, and I don’t mean writing a check. When we donate more than money and pitch in time and elbow grease, we’re taking our contribution to the next level. Time is certainly more precious than money to me these days, and I’ll bet you can say the same.
Does the idea of community service seem intimidating? Never fear! Giving back doesn’t have to be an all-or-nothing commitment. As with monetary donations, you provide whatever time you can spare. For example, when my sister was deployed to Afghanistan, she asked for help collecting socks, shoes, underwear, and basic toiletries for the soldiers to distribute to local families in need. Since I didn’t have the resources to run a community-wide collection, I started with my moms’ group and asked them to help with some of the footwork. Afterwards, I took up another collection of DVDs for the soldiers. It was a great way to support my sister and the servicemen and women in her unit, and it only took a few hours total to collect donations, box them up, and ship them overseas. Even better, I was able to get my whole family involved. You know what they say: service starts in the home. J
If you’re looking for family-friendly community service ideas, there are some great suggestions here: http://lancaster.unl.edu/4h/serviceideas.shtml
So have I convinced you that community service is sexy, or at least really friggin’ awesome? I hope so! What about you—how do you like to give back?
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Macy Beckett writes hot and humorous romances set in Sultry Springs, Texas: where first loves find second chances. Her debut novel, Sultry with a Twist, is now available in stores, and two more Sultry Springs romances will follow in 2013. Macy loves to hear from readers, so feel free to say hello on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/AuthorMacyBeckett or via her website. http://macybeckett.com/
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