It can be easy to get jaded in a world of “give me, give me”, a world where materialism and acquiring the newest “it” toy or technology sometimes entails people waiting for hours, sometimes even days, in line for that thing that loses its newness in days or months. When Black Friday dust has settled, and Cyber Monday flash sales die, there’s #GivingTuesday. Giving Tuesday comes hot on the heels of these days, inspiring many to stop and look outside their world.
Our family loves to give anytime of year and I really hate that we live in a world where we need to set a day to remind people to give but sometimes it can be easy to lose track of humanity – to lose sight of the simple pleasure giving can be. There’s really no excuse – for any of us – to not give. You don’t HAVE to have a lot of money to give. In fact, you need no money at all. Today I want to share some ideas for giving that require anything from time to money. You never know when your little gesture of giving will inspire hope in some one who is weary with life, exhausted from trying to make it all work.
- Donate your time to a soup kitchen.
- Make hand made cards and crafts with your kids and visit a local nursing home.
- Collect food or clothing items for a local charity.
- Baby sit kids for a few hours so a tired mom can get a break.
- Help an elderly or disabled neighbor with work around their house or yard
- Donate blood
- Donate in good condition clothes, toys, household items to Goodwill
- Put items up for free on Freecycle or Craigslist
- Find a local shelter and see what they need
- Fill a stocking in honor of Matt (Matt’s Stocking)
- Donate healthy and in date food to a food pantry
- Donate to Operation Christmas Child
- Send a Holiday Card to our Military with Holiday Mail for Heroes
- Donate a package of socks for the homeless – see if there is a chapter of The Joy of Sox near you.
- Donate in good condition clothes, toys, household items to Habitat for Humanity.
- Adopt a child or donate to Angel Tree.
- Donate a new toy to Toys for Tots.
- Drop some money in the Salvation Army kettle. Can you imagine how much money would be collected if everyone gave even just a penny when they passed one?
Can you remember a time when some one gave to you and the feeling you had from the gesture? What’s your story going to be this holiday season? Where can you give? Make today your #GivingTuesday.
I’m adding this post to Bloganthropy’s #GivingTuesday link-up.