by Casey Valiant
April 3, 2009
April 3, 2009
We can make the world a better place. There are a million ways to go about doing this, here are 10 out-of-the-box ideas (some even involve cookies!):
- Take cookies to your local fire station. You might want to call ahead to make sure they would accept such a gift, but most will.
- Volunteer at the local food bank/soup kitchen in February and March. Don’t wait until the Holidays because that’s when everybody does it. People still gotta eat.
- Host an international student. In most cases they don’t even have to live with you. Hang out with them a couple times a month, take them to Walmart, buy them some food, show them some genuine hospitality. In most cities or areas there are colleges and universities that have an international population. Many of them even have programs to match hosts with students. Give them a call.
- $100 at Taco Bell goes a long way. Talk with the manager at your favorite fast food joint and give him $100 to be used by customers until it runs out. If you want to stay anonymous, grab a soft drink and a booth with a good view of the action and tell the servers/waiters to not point to you. If you have kids that are around 8-12 years old, this is an awesome real life example of generosity.
- Pick up litter around your neighborhood/place of business. You might want to check with your city if they have any beautification programs that you can work with.
- Visit a nursing home and ask the receptionist if anyone there hasn’t had a guest in a while and might like some company for a couple hours.
- Start a Christmas savings account now that you will use specifically on a family in need. There are many good organizations out there that can help you find a family that needs simple basics (socks, underwear, shirts) as well as toys and other gifts. $10 a week from now until Christmas is about $400 — that’s a lot of joy. Most banks can set up such an account and make the transfer happen automatically.
- Invite your neighbors over for dinner. It doesn’t have to be anything special or extravagant. Set the bar at spaghetti so they don’t feel compelled to try to out-do you next time.
- Instead of giving a homeless person a dollar or whatever change you have in your pocket, take them to McDonalds and get them a meal. You won’t have to worry about how they’ll spend your generosity, and you could get some really inspiring conversations out of it.
- Clean out your closets and take all the clothes you haven’t worn in the last 18 months to Christian Life Center, Rescue Mission, Salvation Army or similar operation.