Sunday, February 28, 2010

The Good Deed Money

American Dollar Bill Paper Clipped to Accounting Book

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:

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.)

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?

Mrs. White

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Michelle Gibson said...

My husband does Meals on Wheels for the Senior Center, so the children and I decided we would do "Meals on Heals" for the elderly widows in our neighborhood. And when we know someone is sick we take them a bag of oranges. My sister in law wrote a book on this topic ~ it is called 77 Ways Your Family Can Make a Difference. . . she has some fun ideas in it for serving. One of my favorites is the "Bring it Back Box." When you go on vacation, you buy little souvenirs and trinkets, even things you find, and bring it back in a special decorated box or bag and give it to an elderly person who can not travel anymore. *Ü*

Anonymous said...

my husband & i were talking about this very subject last night. he talked about how great it would be be if we could open up an account where faithful, God-loving, God-fearing Christians could contribute to help fellow community members pay off their is a big idea! God does big things!!!

Anonymous said...

Such a lovely post! When I was growing up, my father (the cook in the house) made meals for my elderly grandpa everyday and then we delivered them to him. He also did this for elderly aunt. I think this was such a simple wonderful way to bless others, especially family. You could also do this for elderly neighbors.

Cassidy said...

This is something I am going to start doing. I have already been talking about doing some of this and we have ALWAYS done it in the past. Now, however, our funds are tight. So, I will put a few dollars here and there when I can to do just this. We have a neighbor and he is a widow. We made him muffins this week but we didn't get an answer to the door. So, we will try again this week, with fresh muffins or fudge. Of course this is a bit different but it is something hospitable to do when we go to meet him. My husband also mentioned when we have dinner, fixing him a plate to take over sometimes to bless him with a warm, home cooked dinner. I loved the idea. Your words touch my heart, Mrs. White, and I know they do the hearts of many others. Blessings to you for your writings! Cass