The leftover turkey has been refrigerated. The Black Friday madness is over. And maybe you’ve patronized the webs on Cyber Monday and even remembered Giving Tuesday.
Don’t limit the love to Tuesday
Giving Tuesday is always the Tuesday after Thanksgiving; December 1st this year. It’s a chance for you, your family, community, company, and/or organization to give something more. But there’s no need to limit the giving to one day, we’re in a whole season of giving!
We’ve come up with a list of 4 ways to give - and they cost zero dollars.
1. Give something you already have
Rummage through your cabinets and donate dry goods to a food bank. I know I have quite a few boxes of mac and cheese not far from expiration that I bought thinking we would make those. Ditto for your bookcases. Find some books and share them with a shelter, a school in need, or even a friend collecting stuff for a fundraising yard sale. Mint Hill also has quite a few little libraries, where people can pick up a book and even can goods if they need them. Box up some old coats, hats and gloves and bring them to a homeless shelter or a local school (sometimes the school has to find hats/gloves so kids without them can play outside with their peers). Room at The Inn begins collecting new gloves and hats this time of year. Bring old blankets to an animal rescue, such as the Humane Society, or donate blood through Community Blood Center.
2. Make something
Bake some cookies and deliver to your neighbors or coworkers. If you are particularly gifted in couponing, gather up some free stuff and fill stockings. Donate them to a food bank or other program for holiday giving.
3. Do something
Run an errand for someone. Smile at a stranger. Give a genuine compliment. Spread good news. Volunteer at a children’s hospital, nursing home, or anywhere you think another human being could use a smiling face.
4. Write a letter/make a phone call
Leave a nice note on someone’s windshield. Even if you don’t know them. Call a friend or loved
one you haven’t spoken to in a long time - especially if it’s someone you’re at odds with. Send an email to someone who has greatly impacted your life (and may not know it).
Bonus: And if you have a little money to throw around...
Give a generous tip, whether you’re at the coffee shop, out to eat, or your often-unseen postal worker. Pay someone’s layaway anonymously or their meal in the drive thru line. Sign up for a 5k that gives to a good cause. Donate a toy to our Toys for Tots Drive. Bring some pet food or toys to a local animal shelter. Buy a gift certificate for massage for a person close to you and your family.
Giving doesn’t have to be a huge, elaborate and grand event. Sometimes the smallest things make the biggest splash. As a massage therapist, I know that sometimes it’s not the hands-on work that is most helpful to a client. Often it’s just being seen and heard and cared for that makes all the difference in the world.