Humanitarian Giving – If it isn’t fun, you’re doing it wrong.
There is any number of articles out there about giving to charities. The best kind of articles, are the ones that show you what giving has done to help someone else. It’s seeing the smiles and heartfelt thank you’s coming from the recipients. Be it someone old, young, homebound, sick, or impoverished – it feels good to give. It can actually be fun to give.
Meeting the needs of providing a normal family life is difficult for some. Offering to help isn’t and shouldn’t be a handout – but rather a hand up with the support of a caring giver.
Anne Frank famously wrote, “No one has ever become poor by giving.”
How does one choose whom to give to, and what? It doesn’t have to be a hard decision. Think on your own past and remember the moments in life that made you feel the most accepted, at peace, and understood. What made you feel that way? Give that way.
You may know who you are giving too, then again, you may not. You may want to give anonymously – the best gifts are the ones in which you will receive nothing in return.
The gift of giving is a gift in-and-of-itself. Giving to others is a gift you give yourself. Yet it helps another human being to feel happy and grateful. It eases a heavy burden and lifts a heart.
Giving to others is a gift you give yourself.
Looking for some Creative Ways to Give? Check out the list below:
- Answer A Child’s Letter To Santa
- Buy a cell phone and talk-time for a soldier.
- Donate frequent flyer miles you have accumulated to help a needy family.
- Donate your credit card rewards points.
- Donate your vehicle to charity.
- Financially Struggling Families need help with utilities and decent clothing
- Gift A Gift To A Kid In The Hospital- “A gift of toys, games or activity supplies can make a big difference to children and families spending time in the hospital.”
- Give A Foster Child A Holiday Gift
- Give A Gift To A Child In A Youth Corrections Facility
- Give A Gift To A Child Living In A Crisis
- Give A Gift To A Child Living In Poverty
- Give A Gift To A Child With A Deployed Parent
- Give A Gift To A Homeless Kid
- Give a pair of glasses when you buy two for one
- Give a pair of shoes when you buy two for one
- Give Barn animals to needy families in different countries
- Give a gift card to your local store
- Give to a random fund (or adoption fund )
- Give to St. Judes Hospital for children
- Give to your local food bank
- Help a child with a cleft lip at Operation Smile.
- Help save African and Asian elephants.
- Offset your carbon footprint.
- Organize your own fundraiser and donate to your favorite cause.
- Sell stuff on eBay for charity.
- The Ronald McDonald House provides housing to families of children receiving treatment at nearby hospitals.
- SAMARITANS PURSE Shoebox distribution – Operation Christmas Child provides gifts to children in need each year. Volunteers are asked to pay $25 and pack a virtual “shoebox” of gifts for a child including essentials like a toothbrush, a “wow gift” and small gifts like a ball or a car, and a note and a photo if you so choose, or you can just donate $25 to have the organization build a shoebox for you.
- There are many families in America who may not be homeless or starving, but they’re struggling. Help with a month or two on their mortgage or utilities. This might be what it takes to get them back on their feet during the winter months.
- Give your time by serving food to the needy
“If you can’t feed a hundred people, feed just one.” Mother Teresa
- Help a family get their car running so they can go to work
- Give school supplies to your local schools
- Donate to a school who need jerseys and other athletic equipment
- Give to your local churches and charities that support the homeless and needy
- Re-gifting items that could help a family who doesn’t have things like a refrigerator or other large household items.
The size of your charitable gift isn’t as important as the very act of giving itself. Because, you know what, it involves you. It involves you giving and helping. There is a saying, “Give out of your need.” Also “To whom much is given – much will be required” Both are important humanitarian ways of thinking.
“No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another.” ― Charles Dickens.
Reach out and find that charity that gives you the greatest sense of “HOPE” for humanity. It begins one person at a time. Starting with you, and me.
Humanitarian Giving – if it isn’t fun, you’re doing it wrong. Have some fun giving this year & warm another’s heart by giving.