30 Day Giving Challenge – Let’s Get Started
I’m very excited to be participating in The 30-Day Giving Challenge in November. Join us November 1 – 30, 2010 as we take giving to new heights, combining the efforts of thousands of people. We’ll be working together to bless our friends, family, neighbors, and complete strangers by making a conscious effort to give each day of November. If you’d like to participate you can print the 30-Day Giving Challenge Calendar and start filling it in with ideas and accomplishments.
Here is a list of ideas for myself and for anyone else who would like to get involved. Thanks to Meagan at Frugal, Fun and Fortune for her help with this list. She is a natural giver and I strive to be more like her!
Giving of Yourself:
- Smile or say hello to a stranger who needs it.
- Be a “coupon fairy” and leave coupons in front of corresponding items at the store.
- Hug somebody who needs it.
- Pick up trash outside that you see.
- Invite people into your home.
- Donate clothing to thrift stores where money goes to good (such as helping battered women)
- Visit people in children’s homes, nursing homes, and homeless shelters.
- Go downtown and talk to the homeless. Take them blankets and jackets.
- Drop off food at the food bank (thanks to coupons!)
- Take toiletries and cleaning supplies to places that accept donations.
- Donate by simply clicking or doing free online actions: Free Rice (Play Trivia), The Animal Rescue Site, The Breast Cancer Site, The Hunger Site, Land O Lakes (fights hunger), Make a Wish Foundation (Donate frequent flyer miles and more) Kraft Foods (send an e-card, and Kraft will donate 10 meals to Feeding America), Good Search (use Good Search when searching the internet, and 50% of revenue from advertisters goes to a nonprofit organization of your choice), Seed The Future. Donate some of your Swagbucks to Run for her Ovarian Research & Awareness.
- Talk to somebody you normally wouldn’t talk to.
- Bake treats and goodies for somebody just to make their day.
- E-mail or write a letter to somebody just to say hello.
- Call somebody to tell them you’re thinking about them.
- Babysit for a couple who needs a date night out.
- Offer free tutoring to a student who needs it.
- Open the door for a stranger.
- Clean the house for your spouse or do something special for him/her.
- Spend quality time with your family.
- Give up something for one day that normally takes up all your time…and use the time for something more valuable. (For me, it would be giving up blogging to spend time with my husband).
- Give your time to your church.
- Collect Box Tops for your school.
- Volunteer anywhere, everywhere. There are so many places to choose from!
- Visit prisoners.
- Mow somebody’s yard, help them with yard work, or help them with a repair they need done on their house.
- Donate your hair to Locks of Love.
- Give those free samples away that you collect over time.
- Donate blood.
- Put together a gift basket for somebody in need, maybe somebody who lost a job.
- Visit and talk with an elderly person who is lonely.
- Cheer up that cashier at the store who is “not so friendly.”
- Give somebody a ride who doesn’t have a car.
- Spend quality time with your children.
- Join Free Cycle.
- Give pocket change to somebody who asks you for it on the streets.
- Leave your change in the coke or snack machine.
- Pay for a friend’s meal.
- Donate money online to various organizations that stand for causes you are passionate about. (For us, some of those organizations include World Vision, Save Darfur, Children International, Compassion International, World Relief, Blood Water Mission, Living Water International, Stop Child Trafficking Now, Invisible Children, etc.)
- Send money anonymously to a friend, acquaintance, or coworker who you know needs financial help of some sort.
- Provide a Thanksgiving meal for somebody.
- Pay for somebody’s meal or coffee behind you in line.
- Put together a Christmas Shoe Box for a child overseas (time is about up on this one).
- Adopt a pet. =)
- Adopt a child. Maybe you’ve been trying to decide, and that life decision is upon you.
- Adopt a child internationally to support with a small amount of money each month (World Vision, Compassional International, or Children International listed above with links).
- Give to your church.
- Donate to an animal shelter.
- Drop off some toys at a donation box.
I’d love for you to leave comments with ideas and suggestions for me. How do you give back? Will you commit to the challenge with me? It doesn’t have to monetary, you can give your time too!