Though I think those fortunate enough should give back to those in need whenever they’re able to, this time of year seems to be the most crucial. This doesn’t always mean handing out cash though. Even in my days with limited additional cash (arguably now with debt repayment goals), I have found ways to give back to people less fortunate.
Donate Old Prescription Eye Glasses
Most people don’t realize that your old prescription eye glasses can be used by someone else. Optometry clinics, and some pharmacies, will have drop off boxes you can donate your unused prescription glasses in to be used by someone else in need, often in third world countries.
Round up Your Credit Card Purchases
This is a new concept currently used by a few banks and credit unions. It’s called ”ChangeIt”. According to their website:
ChangeIt lets you automatically round-up your debit, credit, or mobile wallet purchases and donate the difference to causes you care about.
I love this idea, especially for people who use their credit cards often. ChangeIt rounds your purchases up to the next dollar amount and donates that money to a cause of your choice, which is key. Smaller donations like this throughout the year is a much easier way to ”give” than a lump sum come end of year too.
Donate Your Stuff
Anytime I have stuff to get rid of I always donate it to a local store that uses the profits for one of two local charities that I support. Someone else gets to enjoy my unwanted stuff while the local charities benefit from the profits made, win-win.
This is pretty self-explanatory but giving yourself and your time to someone or some cause in need is always appreciated. Especially at this time of year there is no shortage of need.
Look for Opportunity in Your Daily Life
I work with a very diverse clientele in my job. I see everyone from the richest socialites to the poorest recovering addicts. When someone in need comes in, and there is something I can do, I usually capitalize on it. It may be a free fluoride treatment or getting them some dental supplies they may not be able to afford, it’s something though. I’ve also done simple things like giving my ‘free cookie with coffee’ purchase away. Simply asking your friends, family, church or community if there is anything you can do to help is a great deed.
Our current primary goal is to pay debt off, which, for us, means allocating all necessary funds toward said goal. That doesn’t however excuse us from helping those in need. As mentioned, we should do good deeds year round but heart strings are pulled especially tight during the holiday season, please give what, and when, you can.