Simple Ways to Help the Needy
Do you want to help those in need? Here are some simple ways you can try:
Empathy is more than putting yourself in other people’s shoes. It’s about walking through them, feeling what they feel and seeing what they see. It helps us understand people instead of judging them directly.
Start by focusing on our similarities rather than our differences. Take the time to get to know others, especially those who have different beliefs than yours. Throw your prejudices out the window and forget all the stereotypes you’ve been told. This is the way you can truly empathize with others.
2. Support a cause
Whether promoting access to safe drinking water or raising awareness of social justice issues, many of the movements ultimately benefit the poor. That’s why supporting a cause is one of the easiest ways to help the needy.
If you don’t have time, don’t worry. You don’t necessarily have to walk the streets or lobby conventions to support a cause (these would be great). There are many other ways you can show your support, such as by donating to these causes or promoting fundraising activities. Even educating people about them would be a huge help.
3. Share your meals
If you can eat three full meals a day, then you are very lucky. It’s such a thing billions of people worldwide you can only imagine. Therefore, if you want to help the poor and needy, start by sharing your meals.
Simple things like giving blessing bags for the homeless or sharing home-cooked meals with a neighbor in need can go a long way. Or, if you have excess cans in your pantry, you might consider donating them to food pantries, soup kitchens, and other organizations that help the poor.
4. Donate what you don’t use
Do you have a lot of things collecting dust in your basement? There are many people who may need them right now. So consider giving them to those in need rather than throwing them away.
However, remember that donating to the poor is not an alternative to landfill. You can’t just donate anything you plan to throw away. Be sure to donate only items that are still useful. This means there are no stained or frayed clothes, broken toys or anything past their expiration date.
5. Donate your time
It’s not just food and stuff you can donate. You can also help the poor by donating your time.
Many charities rely on volunteers to get things done. Try reaching out to local charities in your area for information about any volunteering opportunities. You can also help charities or fundraising campaigns in your community. Or, if you can, invite your family and friends to a fundraiser for yourself.
6. Be kind
If you don’t have the time or resources to volunteer or donate, even simple favors will do. Try listening to or talking to someone who is homeless or going through a difficult time. A kind word or a note of encouragement can brighten their day now. Even a simple smile can go a long way.
Remember to treat others with the same respect and kindness you would like to see yourself, and you are well on your way to making a difference.