What do you do to help others?

I believe we all are able to help others no matter what our income is. So I am asking what do you do to help others along the pathway? Some things that I am thinking of are: cutting coupons and laying them by the item in the grocery. (A good project for the kids.)

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  1. #1
    ajengelberth
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    Default What do you do to help others?

    I believe we all are able to help others no matter what our income is.

    So I am asking what do you do to help others along the pathway?

    Some things that I am thinking of are:

    cutting coupons and laying them by the item in the grocery. (A good

    project for the kids.)

    Take your extra produce from your garden to the food pantries.

    Give away stuff on freecycle.

    Take unused band instruments to the high school band teacher.

    Pay for someones groceries if you are able. That person ahead of you

    in the grocery line at the discount grocery that has just a few items.

    Leave the quarter in the grocery card at Aldi's

    Give your newspaper to the people next door if they don't receive one.

    Send a dollar or two to a teenager that has nothing.

    Buy pencils, etc. for some kids that you know can't aford it.



    Please help me think of more things to do. Especially ones which do

    not cost money. I would like to help more people.

    Janice










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    heck1518@comcast.net
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    To help others I keep all baby related coupons like diapers and give them to the daycare teacher in the babies room. I have given them out at the store however, it takes more time to watch out for those that need it.(Store employees will remove them if left on the shelf).I havetwins (now 6) and I know how expensive baby items can be. I attempt to GIVE as much as possible on freecycle...responding to the WANTED postings. Goodwill is very easy with drive up/covered area. They evenremove theitems from your car.
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    My son received a stuffed bear a young adult male won at a quarter machine (very difficult game). He had several people at his table he could have given it to. It's time for more people to GIVE without thought. We pass on our good fortunes! Great lessons for kids.
    ~Alison, Chicago
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    I believe we all are able to help others no matter what our income is.
    So I am asking what do you do to help others along the pathway?
    Some things that I am thinking of are:
    cutting coupons and laying them by the item in the grocery. (A good
    project for the kids.)...






  3. #3
    L
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    Default What do you do to help others?


    I already freecycle my stuff, and I also knit for 3 charity
    groups. One makes blankets for the homeless, one makes socks for children in
    overseas orphanages (they have no heat in the winter) and the other makes socks
    for our soldiers. I do try to help out the teens around here (I have two)
    whenever their friends are around I bring extra food, etc. I wish my garden
    produced enough to have extra, but I haven’t gotten to that point yet. Lisa





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    SE MA Coast, Zone 7
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    Default What do you do to help others?

    ajengelberth

    > I believe we all are able to help others no matter what our income is.

    > Please help me think of more things to do. Especially ones which do

    > not cost money. I would like to help more people.

    > Janice



    Thanks for a great topic, Janice. Some ideas here are the same as

    yours, and expanded. You have great idea there.





    1. Back to School Kits: Some schools are so down-and-out that the

    parents have to provide all the paper & everything. Right now, stuff

    is so cheap, a kit would be easy to do--especially if you are buying

    for your own. The kit could have extras from what your kids have--a

    couple of pencils, pens, a pack of paper, glue stick, (some of this

    stuff is 10 cents each right now), a composition book (50 cents),

    ruler, and more. For under $3, it could be a decent kit!



    2. Coupons: Great idea Janice! I have put coupons around the store

    too. Libraries sometimes have a coupon box. Get a group of friends

    together, combine coupons, and take them to the council on aging.

    Leave coupons at the welfare office.



    3. The Council on Aging (or whatever it is called in your town),

    often does things to help the community. They disburse gently used

    toys at Christmas in my old town. They could disburse coupons,

    toiletries and other things that could be brought there.



    4. Shelters: Many towns or a nearby city have shelters for people who

    are struggling. If you have sample packs then a donation would be

    free to you. They can use your tired but clean linens. Your old

    magazines would be appreciated. They could use help in the kitchen.



    5. Animals: For animal lovers, your very tired linens (even stained

    ones) can be donated to shelters, hospitals, & kennels. If you have

    leftover food, many places will take that too. Shelter allow

    volunteers to come and help with the animals. Foster an animal while

    they are found a home.



    6. Periodicals can be shared widely and be recycled many times before

    ultimately going to the dump for recycling. Newspapers can be

    shared--as Janice mentioned--and when the sharing is over, the animal

    places again can use them. Magazines can make the rounds, and end up

    in doctor's offices. The Council on Aging may take them as well.



    7. Freecycles: Many folks do not like to ask for help even if they

    need it. Freecycles is a way to give things without people worrying

    about "asking for help". ALSO, if you are skilled, why not pick up

    something on Freecycles, repair it, and re-offer it. Things are

    offered, but unusable by people who need it because they do not have

    the money to hire someone to fix it. If you are crafty, accept the

    free fabric or yarn on Freecycles, make something, and share that.



    8. Food Pantries & Soup Kitchens: Donate food, or your time.



    9. Network: Talk to everyone you know. We all know someone--at leat

    indirectly--that can use a hand. Ask family, friends, and folks from

    your social groups if they know anyone.



    10. Scouts: Get children involved. One can mass produce school kits

    or food bags with a troupe involved. The troupe could do an old

    blanket drive for the animal shelter or put together Christmas care

    packages.



    11. Neighborhood Action: Fix that single mom's lawn mower, or mow

    the elderly neighbor's lawn. Have a rototiller? Turn over a

    neighbor's garden. Share the bounty of your garden (like Janice

    wrote). Share seeds. Make a meal large enough to share with a

    neighbor. Help the injured: bring a meal, walk their dog. Offer the

    use of your truck to help that family get a bureau from Freecycles.

    Carry in an elderly neighbor's groceries; better yet, have your older

    child do it. Help someone load their car that is struggling. Stick

    up for someone. If someone is in line in front of you with food

    stamps, do not scrutinize their order. If they have WIC, do not sigh

    or roll eyes while they pay with the WIC checks (some people really do

    that). Contact the school to see if you can help put up Thanksgiving

    baskets. If you cannot afford to buy food for them, you could fill

    them or make the phone calls.



    12. Gift Cards, $ Off Cards, Cards from Reward Sites: If you have a

    gift card with $$ left over on it, give it to someone who can use it.

    Other $ cards that you do not have to pay anything to share it are

    those advertisements that come in with a $10 gift card. Our Kohls

    sends them out one a year--with nothing else to buy. If they are $10

    off $50, then pick up something for the $10 and donate it. Often a

    needy person cannot use that type of card because they do not have the

    other $40 to spend. If you belong to a reward site, donate your

    points to a charity (most reputable reward sites have this option), or

    get the cash card or gift card, and give it away.



    13. Restaurants: If you get a gift certificate to a place you don't

    care for, give it to someone who needs a meal. Share a sub sandwich.

    Once, on the way to a big city, I stopped at Subway first. I ordered

    a small, and the girl made a large. I said that I'd take it. I gave

    the other half to a homeless person. You can even make a few

    sandwiches before going, and hand them out.



    14. Veterans: Do what you can there. We have what we have because

    of them. There are lots of organizations too. Who deserves more, but

    gets less than them? There are a variety of ways to help. If you

    cannot do much, write to "Any Soldier" in Iraq or Afghanistan, send a

    care package.



    15. Salvation Army, Good Will, & Others: The S.A. will take old

    clothes and even pick up furniture. Other places may take only

    clothes. Slip something in the S.A. Bell-Ringer's bucket. Even if

    you only have change--it all adds up. If every person--every--dropped

    a quarter in, they would probably have more $$ than they get from the

    % of people who put in dollars.



    16. Recycle: That helps everyone. I save all my metal for a young

    man who lives with & cares fro his grandfather. He derives his income

    through scrap metal. I save all my metal for him, and put the other

    stuff out for the recycle truck. Maybe the Little League is doing a

    newspaper drive or maybe your could give your returnables to them so

    they can cash them in for uniforms or whatever.



    17. Share the Ride: Offer a neighbor a ride to the doctor's or

    grocery store. Carpool with a co-worker who is struggling to pay for

    their gas to get to work.



    18. Shop through charitable Sites: If you shop on-line anyway, go to

    a charitable site and click the link to your favorite store to start

    shopping. Because you clicked their link, the store will give some

    money to that charity.



    19. Church Groups: Churches have many ways to help. Even if you are

    a non-religious person, it is still OK to help through the church.



    20. Start an Organization of Your Own: It is easier than you think.

    You do not have to go through the Govt. and become a non-profit. You

    could start at home in your neighborhood or town.



    21. Spread the Word: Share these and any other ideas with any and

    everyone! Pass it on, pay it forward. Include links to things at the

    bottom of your e-mails.



    Bless those that help others--they get as much out of it as those they

    help.



    Robin












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    Ann Garner
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    I help whenever the chance arises. Yesterday was a good chance. One

    woman was looking at lamps in WalMart and I was looking at shades. I

    said I guess I was just going to have to bring in my lamp and let it

    try on a few shades to decide which one I wanted. She said she was

    looking for a 3-way lamp, but it looked like they didn't have

    any. Then she told me that the one she kept by her chair had gone

    out, and it was not the bulb. I asked if she had considered

    replacing the socket. No, she didn't realize a person could do

    that. We went to the electrical department and I showed her what she

    needed and explained how to change the socket and plug on her

    lamp. I not only saved her at least $20, this kept a "broke" lamp

    from going in the landfill, and allowed her to keep her pair of lamps

    in the room matching.



    Ann in Arkansas










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    wilbe95
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    If I go to a hospital that has a parking garage that you have to pay,

    I will give an extra amount when I leave and ask the attendant to use

    for someone who needs a friendly jesture for the day. I know the

    attendant has used the money the way I asked because I usually get

    a "God has truly blessed you" from him. I also have my children at

    least once a year go through their stuffed animals and decide which

    ones they are ready to share with others, we then clean them and my

    children deliver them to the local Sheriff's Office. Officers use

    these whenever they go on a call and give them to a child to make the

    experience a little better for the child. I also have my children go

    once a week to a local retirement home to spend time with the

    residents-reading, walking, playing bingo, etc. Our extended family

    lives in another state and it also helps my children to not miss

    their grandparents quite as much. Sometimes it is just the little

    things that can mean the most-a smile, holding a door, saying hello,

    waving-you just never know how you may have changed someone's outlook

    on life for that day.



    --- In Budget101_@yahoogroups.com, "ajengelberth" <ajengelberth@...>

    wrote:

    >

    > I believe we all are able to help others no matter what our income

    is.

    > So I am asking what do you do to help others along the pathway?

    > Some things that I am thinking of are:

    > cutting coupons and laying them by the item in the grocery. (A

    good

    > project for the kids.)

    > Take your extra produce from your garden to the food pantries.

    > Give away stuff on freecycle.

    > Take unused band instruments to the high school band teacher.

    > Pay for someones groceries if you are able. That person ahead of

    you

    > in the grocery line at the discount grocery that has just a few

    items.

    > Leave the quarter in the grocery card at Aldi's

    > Give your newspaper to the people next door if they don't receive

    one.

    > Send a dollar or two to a teenager that has nothing.

    > Buy pencils, etc. for some kids that you know can't aford it.

    >

    > Please help me think of more things to do. Especially ones which

    do

    > not cost money. I would like to help more people.

    > Janice

    >










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    Lucy Anderson
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    I start with tithing. Taught the kids that even if they only get a dollar - 10 cents goes back to God (or charity or whatever your Higher Power is). I know that sounds like it costs money - but I treat it like a tax - it was never my money in the first place. God can do so much more helping you with your 90% than you can ever do alone with 100%.


    After that, freecycle your unloved stuff. Pay compliments, verbalize appreciation (I don&#39;t do this enough). Take the shopping cart back to the store instead of leaving it for the baggers. Take a few seconds to pick up the trash left behind by others when you visit a park.


    On Tue, Aug 12, 2008 at 4:09 PM, ajengelberth <ajengelberth@yahoo.com> wrote:







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    Rhonda Harris
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    Some things that I am thinking of are:
    cutting coupons and laying them by the item in the grocery. (A good

    project for the kids.)...


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