We love to support World Charity Day but this United Nations Celebration of World Charity Day takes on even more significance this year during a world pandemic. If ever we needed to come together to support each other and lift each other’s spirits – this is it! World Charity Day during a world pandemic is cause to help, support and give from the heart.
The United Nations declared the International Day of Charity as a day to be recognized globally to raise awareness of charitable activities and to provide a platform for people to give internationally, nationally, or locally. Giving at any level -globally or locally – is appreciated and needed.
World Charity Day is the perfect time to start your daily giving routine. Start small, with one give, and practice it daily. Before long, you will be making a difference and spreading the ripple effect of your efforts throughout the world.
During a pandemic, giving is a bit different. You can no longer go into care homes or senior centres to help out. Some charities have stopped collecting used goods t protect their employees and people who need donated goods. All of these charities and organizations still rely on volunteers and help from the outside, but our giving has to be done in a different way. We need to help these organizations meet their needs while still keeping everyone safe.
Here are some ideas to help you get started.
Everyone around the world needs food. It is a basic need that we can all help fulfill. Helping our local food bank, be it formal or informal, is a great way to get food to those who need it. Give in a way that is best for you. Clean your cupboard of good canned goods to donate, buy extra canned goods at the grocery store or donate directly to the local food bank. Every can or dollar helps feed someone.
A safe place to sleep at night is important worldwide. You can help by donating any used items to your local salvation army or community not for profit. They re-sell the goods and use the money to provide clean shelter for people who are struggling. Habitat for Humanity Worldwide makes homes for those who need them using people power, financial donations or donated household goods.
A give that’s as easy as doing laundry. Clean out some clothes you don’t wear anymore and donate them to any of the many local charities that take clothing. When the seasons change, pull out last year’s clothing that you no longer want, or kids clothes that no longer fit, and donate those. It’s great to give warm mitts and outwear at the beginning of the season to really give it value.
There are so many ways to give to the environment that have a worldwide impact. Conserving water, recycling, and composting are just a few. Choose one thing that you want to do to help the environment and commit to doing it. We can’t do everything, so choose something that works for you – it will make a difference. Make a promise on Wold Charity Day to help our environment.
What can you do to help people around the world? You can start by spreading positive messages through social media, by making posters, or sending cards to senior centres. Any kind messages of support will lift a spirit and bring a smile. Making someone feel good is priceless.
Local animal shelters always need help – pet food, used blankets or towels or your assistance with walking dogs or petting cats. Call them and see what they need and offer your charity to help our animal friends. They are an important part of our world as well.
Non-profits and volunteer run organizations are really hurting from the changes due to Covid-19. Call any organization that interests you and ask them how you can help from home. They may need phone calls, blog posts, pick ups or drop offs – any number of tasks to be completed that require minimal in-person contact but really make a difference to their bottom line. Call and see what they need on World Charity Day.
Any and all efforts are helpful. Each one of us can make a difference that can be felt around the world. Use the International Day of Charity as a day to make your commitment to the world and helping it be a happier place. Once you start your daily giving routine, you won’t want to stop and the world will thank you for it.
Check out 365give for more ideas on how you can be happier every day through daily giving.