Friday, May 15, 2015

5 More Ways to Give Back

There is a lot of ugliness in the world today. Selfish people, that's what a lot of the problems come down to. Stealing, lying, cheating, killing, abusing, all of those things are done out of selfish actions. Sometimes it's very discouraging and sad. How am I supposed to raise my children to be good people when there is so much evil around?

By example! I try to be the best example to them. Here are a 5 more ways you can teach your children kindness by giving back, even when you feel like don't have a lot money to donate:

Budget it in
One of the first things we do when we get our paycheck is take 10% of that paycheck and give it to our church. Some may not think of this as donating money, but it is. Our church uses the money from our tithing and fast offerings to help build and maintain our temples and meeting houses, support activities and operations of local church congregations and to support the programs of the church, like family history. The fast offerings go to the poor and the needy. They can go talk to their bishop who will guide them to that help as needed. 

Donate Goods
Another way you can give back is by donating unwanted, gently used clothes, books, toys and other goods to Good Will or Deseret Industries.  That might not seem like much of a donation, but it helps those who can't afford to get brand new clothes (or other items) get what they need for a much lower price. We do this at least every six months. I go through our closets and basement to see if there is anything we can get rid of and we donate it to DI. It helps me de-clutter my house, and it helps someone else who needs something we don't use anymore.

Random Acts of Kindness
I've never really been able to do this yet. But, what a fun way to teach your kids about giving! I saw a picture on Facebook recently of a Redbox movie with four 1 dollar bills in it and a note that said "snacks are on us tonight". I would love to get that in my redbox movie! And I would love to be able to make someone's day by sticking the money in there. It doesn't have to be much. Even just sticking a couple of quarters in a bag and taping it to the vending machine for the next person who uses it. 
That gives back by paying it forward. Doing something nice for someone else.

Run a 5K
Or any other kind of race. Most races are non-profit races. That means that a portion of the proceeds (your entry fee) goes to a cause or a charity of some kind. There are tons and tons of races you can choose from too. Everything from breast cancer awareness to building awareness for abuse, you can really easily find a race to fund something you love or that you're passionate about. So get into shape, get your running shoes on and run for a cause.

A little while ago Trev volunteered to help find a missing person in the community. You don't have to wait for that kind of opportunity though. Go to your local soup kitchen and volunteer to help out for an hour. It might even make a fun date night. Help clean a local park, that is something you don't even have to sign up for. Just go do it. 

Like I mentioned earlier, I haven't been able to do all of these things yet, but I do try to do my part in giving back and serving others. What is your favorite way to give back?

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