It doesn’t matter what you are blessed with (talent, health, finances, etc.) If you have it, you can share it! When we give back we are showing gratitude for what we have been given. I think we each have a responsibility to give back in the ways that we can. Those ways may even change over time and that’s OK too.
“The only reason we are blessed with good fortune is
so we might in turn be a blessing to others.”
Personally, there were years when I was able to give back more financially. If I was at a friend’s house and they mentioned needing something for their kids or talked about how having a bookshelf or desk in this area would help them – I usually went out and bought it. I would often just leave things on the back patio or something too. I especially love delivering care packages to our elderly! I have left envelopes containing gift cards at church or in groups with an individual’s name on it and signed, “Your Secret Sister” or something similar.
I may not be able to do as much of that kind of stuff at the moment, but there are plenty of other things I can do to keep giving back. Perhaps one of the greatest ways is by giving the gift of time – you can volunteer your time to individuals or your community in so many ways.
When my daughter was little I would volunteer to babysit a couple’s kids so they could enjoy a romantic evening out. I have also volunteered countless times to visit and run errands for the elderly (offering free health care as well while I was an NA). Another idea is that for years, we would scout the neighborhood every summer asking for material donations so we could make care packages that we sent to other countries (you can also ask for donations to pay for the shipping). Perhaps our most beloved project though has been participating in the Christmas shoe boxes almost every year for as long as I can remember. Currently my daughter and I are searching for a homeless or abuse shelter where we can help serve or volunteer again for the New Year.
There are many different ways you can help others too
regardless of your financial position,
and not just during the Holiday Season,
but throughout the entire year!
- A Christmas Story of Gratitude (jessiejeanine.com)
- Quick Ways to Give Back This Holiday Season! (mom-spot.com)
- The Christmas Challenge ~ Be a Blessing (heavenlyraindrops.wordpress.com)
- Student Volunteers help Military Mothers Assemble 100 Care Packages (zimmermuseum.wordpress.com)
- Ten Out-of-the-Box Ways to Gift Your Love (growcookeatshare.com)
- Creating Care Packages for the Homeless (craftingabettertomorrow.wordpress.com)
- Local Barbershop to Give Fresh Haircuts for the Homeless (ridreamcenterblog.wordpress.com)
- Christian Motorcyclist Association makes care packages for inmates at Jenkins Correctional Center (chronicle.augusta.com)