We all like to think that we are charitable people, we feel good when we give and make people smile. We drop our loose change into collection buckets, we support local cause days by dressing our kids up and sending them to school with a gold coin, we might even go as far as organising a fundraiser morning tea or girls’ night in.
But what do you do when you want to give more, and there is nothing left to give? Budgets can pull tightly at purse strings, family life can inhibit our ability to commit time to extra projects, and quite frankly, some of us just don’t know where to start.
With the science of the benefits of gifting well documented, and something we care immensely about here at Happetite, this month’s blog discusses how you can lift someone’s spirit with charitable giving, when there are everyday hurdles holding you back.
For those of us with busy careers, homes, children or a combination of the lot, time is a rare and precious commodity. We often find ourselves prioritising never-ending to do lists, multitasking and juggling heavy workloads because quite simply put, we have too much on our plates as it is.
Charitable giving for those of us with limited time resources can look like many different things. It can look like sponsoring a needy family’s farm animals with a monthly contribution, it can look like online orders of groceries or food gifts for friends who could benefit from someone else doing the thinking for them, or it may look like cash donations to worthy causes.
However you chose to give, be sure that you have done your research and that your charitable acts are not going to impact on your already tight schedule.
The concept of giving does not always have to be dollar based – think of volunteering your time at a local soup kitchen, donating unused clothes and toys to a charity store or baking cookies to sell at your next fundraising cake stall. With a little clever thinking and an investment of your time, non-monetary charitable gifts can be just as effective and well received as those involving cheque books.
Don’t know where to start?
I’ve always found that the best place to begin when chosing a charity or cause is to stick with what is close to your heart. It is entirely unnecessary to start at a global level, although it that’s where you want to invest your time and energy, then that is amazing and I’m incredibly proud of you.
For those who would prefer to start small and see how they go, think of the charity that really pulls on your heart strings, the one that has affected you or a loved one personally perhaps. A quick google or call out on your local community Facebook page and I can guarantee you’ll be connected with the right person or resource to get you started in no time.
Still seem too grandiose?
Charity begins at home, and a great idea to give a little back and lift someone’s spirit, is to offer something you have to someone you know needs it. Offer to take your single Mum friends kids for the afternoon to give her a chance to grocery shop alone, bake a sponge cake for your elderly widowed neighbour because she once told you it was her favourite, or offer to walk abandoned dogs at your local rescue centre once a fortnight – no matter your choice of charity or the method in which you give, the gift of giving will lift your spirit, and make someone else’s day just a little bit brighter.
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