Show and Tell- Serving Others

Happy Wednesday Friends! Tis the season for giving right? That is one thing I really love about the holiday season. It is such a great reminder to serve others. I think many of us want to serve others more but are simply at as to how so here are a few ideas I have come up with to serve other during this holiday season.

Shop Thoughtfully

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Let’s face it. We all cannot be Pinterest Queens that bake all the home goods, make all the crafts, and sing all the carols. While I love those things, and a bit jealous of ‘those’ moms, sometimes we just do not have the time or ability. This is when I like to shop thoughtfully. Shop local, through individuals that sell products, and with organizations that give back. I talked about this more in this post. I also just purchased socks for stocking suffers from Bombas. This company supports the home by its one pair purchased = one pair donated. Plus the socks are awesome!

Don’t Forget Your Community

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It can be too easy to overlook your smiling neighbor, single mom, or elderly church friend. I know this all too well. Last year, I was juggling being a mom (running solo for months at that), working full-time, grad school, and just life. While I put a smile on my face, it was hard. No one knew how I how overwhelmed I was feeling. While it was a hard time in many ways, know I try to look around to see who else is hiding having it all together. Some ideas are: taking the mom with the sick child a meal so she doesn’t have to cook, go sit and just talk to that elderly man or woman they would love to just listen, cut a single mom’s grass, or take that teen out for lunch that seems all alone. Don’t be too busy to stop and look around.

Get The Kids Involved

So I take no create for this! I ran across this website and loved all the ideas for teaching kids to serve others. Simple things like visiting others, leave a kind note, slip a $5 bill in a coat pocket or vending machine, leave a goodie basket on someone’s door, and giving away toys to others. What I liked most about it was much of it talked about being ‘sneaky’ about it. I love it because to teaches them (and us) to give because we want to, not for recognition.

Treats and Sweets

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So if you are one of those crafty people then show out! My friend dropped this goodness off last month and it totally made my day! It does not have to be anything big or fancy. The old saying ‘it’s the thought that counts’ rings so true!

Question: What are some of your ideas to serve others?

XOXO

Bethany

 

6 Comments

  1. Erinn

    November 15, 2017 at 1:46 pm

    These are such great ideas! I used to work in a homeless shelter for a few mornings around Christmas time when we lived closer to Washington DC. And I coached a girls on the run team in the spring. I need to get back into volunteering!

    1. Bethany

      November 16, 2017 at 4:59 am

      I love that! It is so rewarding to volunteer and serve. I have started off thinking I am helping others but truly I end up receiving the greatest blessing from it.

  2. Maureen @ Maureen Gets Real

    November 15, 2017 at 4:01 pm

    These are great ideas! In my hometown, the chiropractor my family goes to holds a food drive every year. They partner with a local church and pack 100 boxes (I’m pretty sure it’s 100) for families in the community. Patients can drop off any non perishable food items and the owner purchases all of the turkeys. They started when I was a junior in high school and the amount of food they collect each year continues to grow which is amazing! The Saturday before Thanksgiving people go to help pack the boxes and the families come later that afternoon to pick them up. I would love to find something similar where I live now for next year. I would also love to get involved with a running club for children near me.

    1. Bethany

      November 16, 2017 at 5:01 am

      This is awesome! I love when other serve there own community. Big charities are great but their is just something about reaching out to your own neighbors. We also try to do for one family or center this time of year. This year we prayed about it and choose a missionary family. We are sending them a care package.

  3. Emily @ Pizza & Pull-Ups

    November 15, 2017 at 8:25 pm

    These are great ideas! Thanks for sharing.

  4. Nicole @ Bento Momentos

    November 16, 2017 at 12:00 pm

    What sweet ideas! We donate our gently used clothes to Goodwill or people we know going through a rough patch. Also we usually make too much food and just end up sharing it with family/friends/coworkers. Nice read to start the day 🙂

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