Happy Giving Tuesday Friends! What am I talking about? Giving Tuesday is the “Tuesday after Thanksgiving in the United States. It is a movement to create an international day of charitable giving at the beginning of the Christmas and holiday season.”
Have you done something for someone else today? It’s so easy to think about others in need during the holidays. My challenge to myself and you is to think about others throughout the year. We all have busy lives so it’s not as convenient to donate our time, but I wanted to share some quick things we can all do.
If you are like me you spend way too much money on Amazon. The luxury of shopping from your phone or computer without leaving your house if my favorite way to shop. Did you know that you can have 0.5% of your purchased price on select items be donated to your favorite charity? Check out https://smile.amazon.com/ to pick the charity of your choice, and Amazon will donate to it when you shop on that version of the site. Don’t forget to download the Chrome or Firefox extension so you don’t even have to remember to use smile site instead of the main one.
Have you seen your friends raising money for their favorite charities for their birthday? Facebook has really stepped up their giving back game. It’s so easy to create a fundraiser of your own.
Do you have a Kroger card? Did you know you can help out one of many local organizations every time you swipe it? Just go to your Kroger account and you can pick the organization of your choice!
Pay it forward
This one is super easy! If you are like me, you are in a drive-thru a lot to get coffee or lunch/dinner. Next time you are feeling generous or in a good mood, pay for the person behind you. They could be having a rough day/week/month and you doing that small act of kindness could make their day!
Send a text
Just by sending a text with a ‘thinking about you’ or ‘just checking in’ could be so much to someone. Everyone is going through something and might need you at that moment.
Write a ‘thank you’ card
I love getting mail especially when it’s not a bill! A handwritten thank you note, birthday card, or a just because makes my entire day! This is one that is so easy to do and very unexpected these days.
Bring food to your local police/firefighters
These brave men and women are working hard to protect you. Most of the time they are away from their loved ones on holidays and special occasions. Just dropping off donuts, cookies, a meal, or a gift card to say ‘thanks.’
Bring food or coffee to someone who just had a baby
I remember coming home from the hospital after Parker was born. CJ and I had no idea what we were doing. We were just supposed to take care of this small child and had no idea what we were doing. The last thing on our mind was thinking about food. Thank goodness for family and friends bringing food including some we could freeze for later.
It is so easy during this time to focus on that sweet new baby. Don’t forget about the mom and dad. That mom just gave birth. Her body just went through so much, she is still recovering, and her emotions are all over the place. Offer to bring coffee, lend an ear to listen, or snuggle that sweet new babe so they can take a nap!
Support for local companies/organizations
My family loves shopping at a local market in downtown Cincinnati whenever possible. They are lots of small businesses in each city run by people trying to make a living. Even if you are unable to shop the small business, just taking the time to like/share/comment is very much appreciated.
Clothes to a local shelter
If you are like me, you cleaned out your whole life after Marie Kondo ‘KonMarie’ method last year. My husband and I had so many clothes we were getting rid of. We donated to our local Goodwill, but there are different organizations that are in need.
I hope these ways have inspired you to do something nice for someone else. No matter what you do, even the smallest of things can make a big difference in someone’s life.