The news is often filled with images and stories of great suffering. From water crises to fleeing refugees, there’s never a shortage of negativity when it comes to our broken world. Even if we are moved by these issues, it is difficult to know how to help. Here are some ways that you can make a difference.
Donating food to a local food pantry can do a lot to provide this basic need for people you may be interacting with on a weekly basis. And although it is important to donate around the holidays, hunger is a year-long problem. So, picking up a few extra can goods every time you go to the grocery store can help to provide meals for families outside of the holiday season.
You can also go through your family’s closets and collect clothing, shoes, toys and other unused items and donate them to charities like Goodwill or to women and children’s homes in your area.
Make something and sell it
Donating funds to a charity is a great way to make a difference, but if you don’t have a lot of extra cash, consider creating something you can sell to raise money. This could be anything from a bake sale to handmade gift items. Customers receive a great product for a discounted price, and you get the chance to donate the money you make to someone in need. It’s a win-win.
Do something about it
If you have the ability, find ways that you can physically help those in need. Join a group or organization that specializes in charity or mission work and get your hands dirty. Help the homeless, volunteer at a food pantry, become a Big Brother or Sister, or teach a class for adult learners. We all have talents, abilities, and experiences that make us uniquely-suited to inspire and help someone else.
Be an example
If you can’t get out and physically help with a cause that is close to your heart, then find ways to be an example to others. Just by practicing kindness and tolerance, you will make an impact. You never know what a smile or a compliment will do for someone’s day.
In a world wracked with negativity, be the positive. It’s easy, free, and can have a lasting effect on those around you.
Jessa is the Editor-in-Chief of Hooray for Family and the mom of three energetic children. She has a BA in Mass Communication/Journalism from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, and is a long-time resident of Central Texas. When she isn't writing and editing, she enjoys playing board games with her kids, teaching Sunday school and channeling her creativity into craft projects.