Do you have a desire to help those in need but aren’t sure HOW you can be a gift to somebody else when you are struggling to make ends meet?
Let me be honest here…we are a growing family of 7, living on a single income (God bless my husband), always in search of how we can be good stewards of our money, and most of the time…it’s tough. Yet still, I feel so strongly that we need to give to those in need, in whatever way possible.
Even though we don’t have the extra cash to give monetarily, it’s important that we be Jesus to the world and show our children how to be a gift to others.
Long-story-short…we’ve learned how to think outside the “money-box” and truly give of our time to others. Here are some of the things that we do and I’d like to encourage you to consider a few too.
5 Ways to Give Back When you Have Nothing to Give + Tips for Kid Participation:
- Find an organization like Feed My Starving Children that invites volunteers to come and pack “manapacks” of food that are shipped to the poorest and most desperate regions of the world. (Kids must be 5+)
- Make cards and visit an assisted living center for the elderly. You will make their day! Many of the elderly are lonely as they don’t have family around. (all ages can participate)
- Contact your local shelter, soup kitchen or non-profit and ask how you can give of your time. (age varies, call)
- Make cards for a local pregnancy center like First Way to encourage the women and families. (all ages can participate)
- Have a garage sale (all ages can participate) and use a portion of the proceeds to…
There are so many ways that we can choose to be a gift to others in need, EVEN when we don’t have the extra money to give. What I’ve found is that when we really have to give of our time and talents, it’s so much for meaningful, especially for my children.
They’ll remember the time that they made cards for the moms at our local pregnancy center. They’ll remember the prayers that they wrote in the cards, encouraging the moms.
They’ll remember making home-made ornaments for the sick and elderly at the assisted living facility. They’ll remember the smiles on their faces and hugs that the sick and needy gave them in return for those precious ornaments.
They’ll remember all the times that they’ve purged their own belongings and how it made them feel to give them away to children in need. It’s especially a beautiful thing when they’ve been able to see those children face to face.
They’ll remember what it feels like to fill “manapacks” of food for Feed My Starving Children. To know that the boxes of food they packed will be shipped to the poorest children in the world.
The truth is…when we open up our hearts and give of our time and talents to those in need, that’s the true spirit of giving. That’s when we are really doing God’s work. That’s when our children are active participants and are truly changing the world.
So, this holiday season or any season of life…don’t feel bad that you can’t open up your wallet and give monetarily. Choose to think outside the “money-box” and give of yourself in a way that you might not have before. Choose to be a gift to someone by giving of your time, your heart and your talents.