Today I’m checking #24 off my list: Associate myself with a specific cause/charity organization.
I didn’t complete this one quite the way I thought I would, but I’m happy with what I’ve decided.
While I don’t donate a lot of my time to any specific charity, I do help out in other ways. First of all, we practice tithing, meaning we give 10% of our income to our church. That is a major cut to our income, but the money goes to help people all over the world. Our church is often first on the scene of major disasters, and the relief effort is made possible by tithing.
Second, you know how you often get asked to donate to various causes at checkouts? Well I always say yes. I know that it’s just a small amount, but at least it’s something. I always think, “I would have paid an extra dollar for what I’m buying anyway, so I can certainly spare a dollar to help someone out.”
I really like this way of donating. I may not have one specific cause or charity, but instead I have LOTS!
I also regularly donate clothing and household items to Deseret Industries (“Mormon Goodwill”) or Goodwill, and we are often asked to help and serve other members of our church and community, whether that is visiting families to see if they need any help from us, bringing a meal to a new mom, or helping the youth with their projects.
So all those things, combined with the fact that I am a young mom who has her hands full with her little ones, make me feel like I’m doing my part.
Any other ideas how a busy mom can help others in need?