1 December 2015 — After Black Friday, and Cyber Monday and perhaps a little too much pie, you’ve done a lot of getting on days that are essentially made up. So why not officially make up a day for giving? It’s about balance. And although giving should be a part of our every day lives, it doesn’t hurt to counter all the getting we’re doing with a reminder to give.
So, here are 20 ways you can be going giving … on a Tuesday (complete with instrumental) as inspired by friends in the UK at the Charities Aid Foundation.
1. Donate your time
- Volunteering is a great way to meet new people and develop your skills.
- Help some other types of our Lord’s creation by volunteering at a local animal shelter.
- Receive any unwanted gifts lately? Sell your unwanted presents and donate the proceeds to charity.
- Get crafty and hands-on can you knit something to sell for charity?
- Cook for a cause put on your apron, you can have a bake sale!
2. Donate your money
- Throw a fundraising bash. For inspiration join the Islamic Relief USA Facebook or Twitter community to keep up-to-date with the latest fundraising tips and charity events. Share fundraising stories with like-minded humanitarians!
- Shout loud on Social Media. Share one of our posts to raise awareness for a cause close to your heart.
- Teach kids about giving. The Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) said even a smile is charity. Smiling at someone on the street, donating unwanted toys or visiting a sick relative is still charitable because it warms someone’s heart.
- Random act of kindness. Think about simple ways you and your friends can help others to make a positive difference.
- Dedicate a donation. Dedicate a donation to a charity that is close to a loved one’s heart or has helped them in some way, and tell your friends about it on social media.
3. Spread the word
- Donate money. Use your contactless credit/debit card to make donations online.
- Give as you shop. Do your shopping online through a site that gives a portion of proceeds to charity.
- Sign up for payroll giving. If your employer offers a payroll giving scheme. You can donate to your favorite charities through your salary.
- Gift your financial assets. Gifting qualifying shares is one of the most tax-effective ways to give charity, especially at the end of the year.
- Fundraising event. From running a marathon to Gala charity dinners, get involved with fun events to make a difference.
4. Help a stranger
- Feed a family in need. Donate spare food to your local food bank.
- Charity cards. Support a charity and buy their holiday cards this year to send to friends and family when occasions arise.
- Donate blood. A great way to ensure that you’re giving back to those who need it.
- Toy box scheme. When buying toys for your kids, buy an extra one for a toy box scheme that is collecting toys for less fortunate children.
- Do a First Aid training course. Learning CPR and First Aid could mean the difference between life and death for someone else when an emergency comes up!