Who’s excited for Thanksgiving this month? This holiday is one of my favorites because it’s great to get together with family, enjoy delicious food, and focus on what we’re grateful for. This time of year is also the perfect time to give back and make a difference in other’s lives. There are some easy and thoughtful ways to give back this month.
Instead of celebrating all that you have at this time, it’s important to find ways to make others feel special, loved, and appreciated.
Fundraising is a great way to put your money where your mouth is and support causes you care about. You can organize an event to help raise money or start a campaign. For example, I see people doing something as simple as selling t-shirts to fundraise for certain causes or partnering with restaurants who agree to donate a portion of their sales for the day.
Also, realize that you can also join in on someone else’s event. See if you can join a 5k to support a cause or attend another fundraising event.
2. Volunteer Your Time
Giving isn’t always about money. It’s more about the heart. If you don’t have much to give, see if you can give your time by volunteering somewhere. That is one of the most thoughtful ways to give back. You can serve meals at a homeless shelter, help out at a hospital, spend time with residents at a nursing home, or volunteer time at another community organization.
There are so many opportunities to volunteer in your area. Just narrow down that you’re interested in or passionate about. I’m thinking about volunteering at a local pregnancy center in my area to help young moms who need resources and support. If you like kids, you may be able to volunteer with a foster agency and provide mentoring.Giving isn't always about money. It's more about the heart. Click To Tweet
3. Do a Favor For Someone Who Needs It
This goes right along with volunteering your time and talents. If you’re good at something or can help a loved one, put it on your calendar and make it happen this month. Stop by your grandparent’s home and help them clean up your attic. Rake leaves or assemble furniture for your in-laws.
Surprise someone with an unexpected but much-needed favor that truly makes their day. Providing money or gifts can be great, but there’s nothing like actually showing someone how much you care with your actions.
4. Prepare a Meal For Someone
I really miss the old days when everyone knew their neighbors, were trusting and would help each other out. Nevertheless, you can still take a positive step and prepare a meal for someone who needs it.
If you see that a friend or neighbor has been going through a hard time or is simply facing some major life changes, brighten up their day by bringing a meal over. I once did this for a woman at our church who just had a baby. Someone set up a signup form where others could choose a day to bring a meal so their family wouldn’t have to worry about it.
This is such an easy and thoughtful gesture that anyone can do. You don’t even have to cook the meal either if you’d rather pick up some readymade foods.
5. Do a Community Service Project
On a larger scale, you can participate in a community service project this month. This is one of the more thoughtful ways to give back because it may require a lot of your time, effort, and talents to get this done.
A few years ago, my husband and I helped paint a local restaurant and it was a great experience. Just seeing how everything turned out and driving past it and knowing what we participated in gave me a lot of warm memories.
6. Offer to Babysit For a Couple
We all know a couple who may seem in over their heads sometimes when it comes to their home lives. Even though I’m a mom of one, sometimes I feel like I am super overwhelmed and just need some time to relax.
It can be difficult to find a reliable babysitter especially if you don’t live near family. Think about offering to babysit for a friend so they can take a night off and go out on a date night with their partner.
Sure, this may seem like a lot of work, but it may mean the world to your friend. You can set a time limit (like 3-4 hours for the date) and think of some fun activities and ideas to keep kids busy during that time. If I know I’m babysitting for a friend with young kids, I try to find a fun place to take them so they can run all their energy out for a while.
7. Donate Clothes
Lots of charities provide free clothes closets for people who need them. Instead of selling some of your clothes that you need to get rid of, consider donating them instead.
This is such an easy way to give back that can have a huge impact. Clothing the community, especially during the winter seasons, is extremely important and these organizations definitely have a need for your items that might just be hanging up in your closet unused.
As you can see, there are so many thoughtful ways to give back this month and all throughout the year for that matter. Your gesture, large or small, can really brighten up someone’s day and even impact their life in the long run.
How are you thinking of giving back during this time of year?