When giving back, especially around the holidays, who do you give to and why? Is it individuals, is it specific charities, or do you like a friend I know have a purse full of loose ones and change for kettles and others needing help (My friend by the way has a lot to give and I told her to make those loose ones fives, but that’s another story).
Giving back is so important and a good friend once told me to give from the inside out meaning, to start with in your family and work to the outer world. My giving is random and what touches my heart at the moment. If a family member is in need I do all I can to help them and to help them find the resources I can’t provide. That too is important. If you KNOW where someone can get help and they don’t, what a gift it is for you to introduce them to one another.
I donate to church, the Kettle, misc people who are hard up that I know personally, friend’s causes online that touch my heart, Toys For Tots, and more, but one I like to give to?
The person on the street or in the parking lot that has a sign that says “Will Work For Food”. Yeah, I know many are a sham, but many aren’t. When I’m able, I like to stop and ask them how they fell on hard times and find a little bit more about them. Why? I found some are vets that returned home from the war and can’t find a job, some are ill and mentally ill, many don’t have the education required for a good paying job and are in the working poor.
When someone is holding up a sign looking for food, I have come to find the reason they’re in this situation is because they paid their bills, and didn’t have enough left over to feed their family. I struggle at times with people who can work but won’t work, and people who are scamming but here is my thought….. If someone is sitting on the street corner begging in the cold and blowing snow with a cardboard sign they have to be in need, because no one in their right might in this frigid weather we have, would scam a few bits of money if they weren’t in true need.
This holiday season, look in yourself and think about what you have to give. It doesn’t have to be money, it can be food or HBA supplies from a stockpile you have in your cupboard, it can be showing someone where a food pantry is or a soup kitchen. There are companies here in Michigan like the Salvation Army and ThawFund.Org that will help with electric bills or heating bills, thus leaving you enough to purchase food. Many of these organizations can at least point you in the direction to help your family most. The spirit of giving shouldn’t end with the holidays though, it should be something everyone of us is thinking about and doing daily.