Friday, November 22, 2013
How to Serve Those in Need- on a Budget
With the holidays upon us, I am realizing that with this new chapter of our life, we are going to have to find new ways to help those less fortunate than ourselves! We are so lucky to have a warm place to sleep and yummy food to eat, but sadly there are those who are not so fortunate. In the past we have always adopted a family for Christmas- we bought the Santa gifts for the little ones, made sure the grown-ups had a little something to open up and provided the makings for a delicious holiday meal. There have also been times when we have been lucky enough to pay off someone else's Christmas lay-a-way!
This year there really is just no possible way for us to do those things, so I am looking for ideas on how to take part in what the holidays should really be about - helping the less fortunate.
Here is the beginning of a list of some of the things we can do to serve that won't cost anything but time:
1. Clean out our pantry and take some food to the local food pantry.
2. Serve at the local homeless shelter on Thanksgiving or Christmas.
3. Take any extra coats, gloves, hats to the fire station.
4. If you have extra fabric hanging out (most crafters do) you can make blankets for the babies in the
5. Take extra blankets and clothes to the Homeless Shelters.
6. Write a letter of thanks to someone overseas in the service.
7. Visit the elderly at a local rest home.
I am still looking for more ideas. Do any of you do something special to serve this time of year? Please share your ideas!