Christmas is above all the time to be charitable and give to others in need, or better yet join your local church in their rally to give gifts to struggling families in need. Even though most of your budget may already be geared towards gifts for your own family and Christmas food shopping, you can really help to make a difference in someone else’s life through your local church’s outreach program in the community.
1. The most common types of gifts to the church during this season are monetary endowments. They don’t have to be overly large either, as any amount will be received with gratitude. Giving money will also allow the church to allocate the money as and where necessary. If you don’t have enough to donate on your own and have a large family, then a good idea might be to get every working member of your family to pitch in with a small amount each.
2. If you feel as though money is too impersonal, then it may be helpful to ask your church what it is they need to collect for their Christmas outreach program. For example, some churches hand out shopping lists during services, where you can buy up a few items to fill up a large or a small Christmas gift hamper like one from interflora. That way, you will only buy the essentials that families need to get through Christmas.
3. You will undoubtedly have a few items or clothing that you want or need to get rid of. There is no reason to wait all the way until summer to have that garage sale you have been dreaming of, when you can easily set up a small sale during the weekend. The best part of it all is that if people know that you are trying to raise money for a good cause, they will more likely buy something whether they need it or not, because they get to participate in a good cause in some way, shape or form.
Alternatively, if some of the families within the outreach program need some essential housewares, blankets, or clothing and you have some that are in good care, then you could always give that too.
Giving doesn’t take a lot – you just have to find a need and then fill it. It is ultimately the thought that counts.
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