We have been on the receiving end of generosity so many times over the years! We have been incredibly blessed and thankful for the love of others! It is important to teach our children to give back joyfully and to see that giving to others blesses us. We don’t give expecting something in return, but the very act of giving is where the blessing is. The best way to teach our children generosity is by example.
There are so many ways to give back joyfully and meaningfully. If you have ever been on the receiving end of some one’s generosity (we all have been, haven’t we??), then you know how much hope and comfort that any small act of kindness can bring! Here are 5 ways to give back joyfully.
5 ways to give back Joyfully
Pay For A Fast Food Meal – Surprise the car behind you in the fast food line by paying for their meal! Or at the coffee shop line, or wherever. You could even type up and print a short & sweet note with scripture on it to explain why you have paid for them. Give it to the drive-thru attendant to pass on to the person you paid for.
Donate to The Salvation Army – Or other equivalent organization. I have a special place in my heart for The Salvation Army, since they gave to my mom when she was a child and she always gave back to them as an adult and taught her kids to do the same! You do not have to donate money. Clothing, toys, books, and household items in great condition are good items to donate, too.
Give a Meal – Or food items to a family in need. A new mom, a family suffering a medical crisis, a family suffering from unemployment, or a family that is struggling financially in some other way. A box of non-perishable items or a casserole in a disposable pan are both great options. Include paper products and other general items, too.
Raise Funds – If you know of a family in need of medical equipment or have bills they can not pay, consider raising the funds among your church family and friends to gift them with the item or with the money to purchase the item themselves.
Offer Your Time – Offer to babysit, do yard work, or clean the house for a family in need. Visit the elderly or housebound. Volunteer at your church or the local food bank. There are so many ways to give of your time and it is the perfect way to give back when you do not have extra money.
What creative ways have you found to give back joyfully?
The Joy Of Giving Resources!
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