What do you do to help others?

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      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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