As July winds down, so will our company-wide “Independence from Hunger” food drive on July 31. So far, our loyal and community-conscious customers have collectively donated almost $275,000 in cash and food donations — all of which will go directly back into their local communities to help those in need.
While the “Independence from Hunger” campaign may be coming to end, the need of those in your community may not. Making a difference in the lives of those around you doesn’t have to cost money or even much time. You can donate kindness and compassion in many ways, on a daily basis. Below are five cost-free suggestions to give back to the community — starting today!
- Smile! You never know who might be in need of it. It’s so easy to fall into a mentality of “you versus the world,” and you might forget that those around you are most likely feeling the same pressure or stress you are feeling. A smile can remind a stranger that they’re not alone and that we’re all in this together. You can even take it a step further — like opening a door for someone, or giving a compliment.
- Attend a local event and spread the word. Local events like festivals, fairs and fundraisers are usually free to attend, and the money that is spent there will stay in your community. Spreading the word to friends about the great things going on in your neighborhood will encourage them to stay in town and shop locally — promoting growth and benefiting everyone.
- Grab a box and give. You’d be surprised to know what good your old, forgotten things might do to those who need them. Call your local schools and shelters and find out what the guidelines are for donating. On the bonus side, donating your unwanted items will also help de-clutter and simplify your life, making you a happier person with extra kindness to give.
- Walk with a purpose. Take a walk around your block with a garbage bag. Picking up litter will help beautify your neighborhood, while at the same time, boosting your energy. Plus, if you’re neighbors catch a glimpse of your good will, it might inspire them to give back as well.
- Reach out and research. Whether it’s once a week or once a year, take some time out of your schedule to reach out to local services and ask what they might need from you. There’s guaranteed to be at least one cause in your local community in need of your time. Small things like collecting cans, reading to children or cleaning up local parks don’t cost anything, but can change everything.