Times have become tougher for most of our brethren. Whenever I take a stroll around my neighborhood or travel to work, I can see more and more people living in the streets each day.
Fighting homelessness may look like a very daunting task, but the truth is, it is not. Through my experiences in helping out in various charitable institutions, I have learned that charity can also come in simple yet very effective forms. As long as you have genuine intentions, you can reach out to those who are in need. This post will provide you with a list of great ways to help homeless people.
1. Volunteer in Soup Kitchens
Check your local pages and see if your town has nearby soup kitchens. You can do a lot of volunteer work in soup kitchens. You can be tasked to deliver food, prepare meals, scout for donations, or take inventory of the items. The volunteer shifts usually last for four to five hours so it would not really take up most of your time. Plus, soup kitchens have this sense of community that motivates you more to help others.
2. Provide them with grooming kit
Every once in a while, you can pack some basic hygiene essentials inside a re-sealable bag and give them to people on the streets. The bag should at least have:
- Aftershave / Grooming Items
- Feminine Hygiene
These helpful items will be beneficial if they want to look good for a job interview.
3. Raise a Coat Drive
The winter winds are always harsh for people living in the streets. Without any good source of warmth or any protection from the cold, most of them can die from hypothermia.
One of the ways to prevent these tragedies from befalling on them is to make sure that they at least have ample protection from the cold. Through a coat drive, you can easily gather enough old and new coats that you can give to the homeless people. You can do start the coat drive with your family and friends.
4. Turn birthdays into charitable events
Kids should be taught the spirit of charity while they are still young. Instead of spending so much on a lavish birthday party, why not turn into a charity event instead? Birthday parties become extra special if you add more purpose to it.
Instead of asking guests to bring gifts, let them bring donations and start a fundraiser. Or, you can also visit an elderly home or an orphanage and give meals. Let the young celebrant take part in a charitable event by making him choose the institution you’ll visit or allowing him to pack donation items.
5. Create a “donation jar” at home
Invite your kids to share a portion of their allowance and put it in the “donation jar.” As the jar becomes filled, talk with your family members on how they should donate the money. Let your kids participate in the decision making process so they will be encouraged to donate.
Helping out the homeless is not as complicated and expensive as what most people think. Oftentimes, a simple but pure intent is enough to make the homeless happy. In addition, helping others can also give you a sense of peace and joy to your life. If you know other effective ways to aid the needy, feel free to share your ideas in the comments section.