“You can give of your spirit by be­ing kind to some­one else or show­ing them em­pa­thy.”

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Spe­cial­is­ing in hand­made quilts, Ira’s busi­ness helps un­der­priv­i­leged women in the Philip­pines and In­done­sia – ev­ery month, she sends batches of quilts to them. “My aim is to get them off the streets and help them put food on the ta­ble.” She now has more than 100 women work­ing with her, do­ing jobs from thread­cut­ting to mak­ing patch­works.

Ira re­calls how, when she was a child in In­dia, her fa­ther would pick home­less peo­ple off the streets. “Th­ese ‘un­cles’ and ‘aun­ties’ would live with us for months, even years. I didn’t know they weren’t re­lated to us un­til I was much older!”

The key to tak­ing that first step in giv­ing back to the com­mu­nity, is to start small, she says. “Even ad­dress­ing your se­cu­rity guard or of­fice cleaner by name and ask­ing about their day means a lot. You can give of your spirit by be­ing kind to some­one else or show­ing them em­pa­thy – that’s vol­un­teer­ing, too.”

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