As rightly said by Helen Keller “alone we can do so little, together we can do so much”, as much as changing the face of the world we are living in currently. The act of giving has been discussed and spoken about in abundance but it still is a concept kept discrete. It is the ability to give something either measured in monetary value or service-based value without demanding or expecting anything in return, a selfless act aimed towards helping the underprivileged sections of our society. Little acts of service can contribute towards a greater cause for someone, probable even save someone’s life. Your act of giving doesn’t always need to have a material aspect conjoined with itself, simple acts of kindness like being there for someone during their bad times and lending them emotional support is also an act of giving. While there are multiple ways in which you can start your journey of giving, we have curated top 5 ways in which even you can become a contributor to the smiles of millions around the world.
Charity starts at home
You must have heard this quote being used a lot when we start talking about charity, its literal meaning is to start at home by giving to your family members, friends and close ones. It implies to fulfil our duties towards the ones who have been with us through thick and thin and then slowly venture out and start helping others. Little acts of giving such as helping a friend start a business by becoming their initial investor or helping your mother start a YouTube channel are all simple yet effective acts of giving. They need not be elaborate gestures but simple yet loving acts that can or may not involve materialistic needs.
The next crucial step is to donate, start by donating old cloths, books, etc to the underprivileged or drop them off at orphanages, old – age homes etc. Things that you do not need anymore can be of great value and importance to someone so Instead of them ending up in landfills and contributing to global wastage they could end up being of use to the needy. You can thus indulge in the art of giving without even spending excess while also following the principles of reduce, reuse and recycle. Some things that you can donate to the deprived are:
• Electronic items
• Bedding (pillows, mattresses, comforters etc.)
• Books and knowledge material
• Hardware etc.
Volunteering is another way in which you can participate in the act of giving. Volunteer for community programmes, orphanages, old age homes, charity runs, etc. so that you can be an effectively help the needy upfront. You make sure that the donations are going towards the right use while also helping the underprivileged to make use of those donations. It is a service based giving act where you give your time and labour for community service. You can work as a regular volunteer or as an emergency volunteer that goes to work when emergency situations such as droughts, floods, famines etc hit by making necessary aids available to those hit by the phenomenon. You can start by applying to nearby volunteer-based organisations and start devoting a little amount of your time, love and care to the cause.
Reduce, reuse, recycle
Just like you give back to your community even the environment around us needs your help, love and care to grow and thrive. Start to give back not dust and pollution but sustainable methods that ensure that the environment sticks with us in the long run. Practice the 3r’s that is reduce, reuse and recycle so that less garbage ends up in landfills and ditches.
• Reduce the amount of material you consume and practice inculcating the “less is more” agenda in your daily life.
• Reuse as many things as possible around your home, if not possible donate them instead of giving them up to landfills
• Recycle materialistic things such as making curtains out of old bedsheets or reusing plastic or tin containers
Make it a goal
Practise giving as part of your routine. Save some money every month that goes to charity, it won’t burn a hole in your pocket while also fulfilling someone’s dream. Make short term goals like volunteering for a particular organisation or participating in a charity run so that even in your busy life you can dedicate some time, money, labour, love and care to the needy and the deprived. Do not allow yourself to get out of this habit of giving be it however meagre it be, remember it is better to start giving more once your financial condition improves rather than start from the bottom and start giving again.
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