20 Ways to Give Without Going in Your Pocket

20 Ways to Give Without Going in Your Pocket, by Shirley George Frazier. All rights reserved.

How can you provide assistance to someone in need without money exchanging hands? Let these 20 ways to give without going in your pocket inspire you to take action.

Responsible giving

Helping charitable causes isn’t always about giving money.

Organizations are consistent in asking for monetary donations. However, there are many ways to give to causes that make people smile without the need for you to open your wallet.

Try not to take for granted what you know or perform to assist others. There are numerous things you can do to lend a hand and make another person happy.

The following list is full of suggestions I accomplish. Some options that could be listed are not recommended due to general health and safety concerns.

Lead by example

Here are two ways I’ve shown kindness to strangers without any monetary outlay.

  • Helped a senior citizen in a bank who wasn’t sure if her deposit slip was written correctly. She tried to thank me with $5, but I returned it as I expressed to her my gratitude for everything she’s endured in life to make my existence better.
  • Gave an autographed copy of my book, How to Start a Home-Based Gift Basket Business, to a young mother with three children as we rode on the A train in New York City. The book was originally for a person visiting the U.S., but I could not find the person and was returning home when I saw the mother.

Most publishers provide authors with complementary copies of their books. The mother received one of those copies.

20 ways to give without going in your pocket

As stated earlier, giving is not always cash based. Here’s what you can do.

1. Read to seniors, children, or the blind
2. Grocery shop for the home bound
3. Play board or card games with seniors
4. Walk sheltered dogs
5. Donate blood
6. Help build a home through Habitat for Humanity
7. Volunteer serving food at a soup kitchen
8. Remove garbage from a park or beach
9. Drive a neighbor to the supermarket
10. Help a lone child cross the street
11. Compliment a stranger’s attire or hairdo
12. Re-purpose something you own to give a person in need
13. Mow a senior citizen’s lawn
14. Deliver meals to those who are immobile
15. Mentor a youngster
16. Donate no-longer needed books, clothing, furniture
17. Write a letter for someone who cannot write
18. Assist at a food bank
19. Help organize an upcoming fundraiser
20. Educate youngsters in a school setting about your profession

More to give

When reading this list, there will be ideas that you will not or cannot do, and that’s fine. Your goal is to decide which ones have potential, which people you can help, and recognize that the assistance takes a small amount of time versus the joy you’ll bring to whoever is in need.

Which of these actions will you add to your life?

How are you helping someone today in a way that’s not on this list?

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Shirley George Frazier is an author and speaker on small business, marketing, and content creation. She is also the world's expert on the gift basket industry. Call Shirley at 973-279-2799 or email Shirley@ShirleySpeaks.com to invite her to speak at your next online or in-person event.


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