We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.
This time of year my mail box is overflowing with request to give money to so many wonderful charities. The only thing that truly bothers me about being poor is not being able to just write a check to each one. But December is not a month that finds our coffers very full, what with taxes, heating and this year extra health cost, we are probably the ones in need of charity. Ha! But I still like to do something. So here's some ways to give charity when your pockets are empty:
Invite a lonely person to dinner.
Babysit for that harried mom, free of charge, of course.
Get a group together and sing Christmas carols at your local senior housing.
Shovel your elderly neighbor's driveway.
Knit or crochet for a charity. (The Girl Scouts have a Mitten Tree around here)
Volunteer to work in a soup kitchen.
Volunteer to take the holiday shift at work so others can be home.
Offer to drive someone that cannot to church or to the store.
Donate your used things to charities such as the Salvation Army.
If you have a special skill, offer to teach it for free.
In other words, just being aware of others' needs and trying to find a way to help. Even small things like being cheerful and smiling instead of scowling go a long way toward spreading goodwill.
Blessed is the season which engages the whole world in a conspiracy of love.
~Hamilton Wright Mabie~