Sunday, February 28, 2010
There are suffering and hurting families in every community. Wouldn't it be wonderful if we all budgeted a small amount for a special fund?
We could call it "The Good Deed Money."
Here are some examples of how it would work:
1. There is an elderly neighbor who lives alone. It is his birthday. You buy him a cake, ice cream and card, and go visit him.
2. Your neighbor just lost his job. You mail him a money order. You do this anonymously. (You can do this through your local bank. Just have the teller sign it for you.)
3. You notice extended family members are having a hard time financially. You give them some cash with a smile. It is fairly easy to do this without hurting their pride because it is your own family. Or, you could do a "trade" to ease their mind. Tell them you need (any random item) and hand them the money in exchange. (Then run before they see how much you gave them!)
4. Buy a few sales items from the grocery store and donate them to the food pantry. Make sure you buy good things that anyone would enjoy - special treats like a box cake mix, vegetable oil, frosting, cookie mix, cereal, Chef Boyardee, etc.
When we lived in Massachusetts, my husband and I did this regularly. We would deliver this large box of groceries to our favorite food pantry. It was a small place run by a group of elderly volunteers. They were the sweetest people! When we dropped off that package, we always had a little hand-written note in there to bless whichever family received the gift. But it was never signed.
These are just some ideas of what any of us can do. If you only have $10 a month to spare, then pray over it, and God will send you the opportunity to use it for charitable purposes. It is the most wonderful experience! My husband and I have so much fun doing this! But remember, it should be for those in your own community. The people you meet each day (Like the Sesame Street show)! You are the light of your own neighborhood. Those are the people you should be blessing.
Now, how about you? What will you do with your Good Deed Money?
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