For you were called to freedom, brethren; only do not turn your freedom into an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. For the whole Law is fulfilled in one word, in the statement, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”
Some of our biggest spending occurs during the Holiday season. No matter how tight our budgets we often find room to splurge. As many of us already know it’s not the amount we spend that makes our holidays eventful but the quality of our serving. Here are 4 ways to volunteer and support your community throughout the holiday that cost almost nothing.
1. Skip a Latte’ (or martini) for Charity. Make a commitment to skip a latte’ (or your beverage or choice) once a week or more during the holidays. Take the savings and donate to a local nonprofit or a cause you care about. With 12 weeks left ’till Christmas, you could easily save $60 or more. $60 would make a big difference to hungry families and kids without books and medicine here or abroad. Recruit your friends and coworkers to pledge to Skip a Latte’ too, and see what kind of impact you can make together.
2. Create a Caring Circle Calendar for a Relative. Rake leaves, shovel snow, prepare a meal, or visit for coffee — these are simple gestures that can make a world of difference for relatives during the holidays (and throughout the year).
3. Stick Close to Home
Many charities have volunteer jobs which can be done from home. These jobs range from creating flyers to advertising special events hosted by the charity to creating gift baskets of food or clothing for needy families. This type of volunteer opportunity permits your whole family to participate in the fun, but requires very little travel or time set aside for the project. Contact local charity organizations and see what they need help with. These opportunities will allow your entire family to be involved, including small children.
3. Scour Your Neighborhood
Many times, members of your neighborhood may be in need of assistance. Consider whether any elderly, handicapped or other needy individuals live in your area and if you could somehow bring them joy over the holidays. Perhaps you could invite the needy individuals over to your house for a meal or bring them a meal that your family cooked together. Another great idea is to help decorate a senior citizen’s home with Christmas lights. This activity will be fun for you and your children and make the recipient smile. Don’t be surprised if you’re offered cookies when you return to take the lights down after the holidays.