Simple Ways to Give Back
There are people all over the world who are struggling and in need of help.
One could be right next door. While it‟s not always possible to help out
financially, or donate a large amount of time to a cause, there are easy
ways to perform simple acts of kindness every day. Not only does the
person performing the good deed feel great, but these small gestures add
up to make a big difference.
Contribute to the community with these simple deeds:
• Gather gently used books. Contact schools, libraries and other
institutions, such as hospitals and senior centers, to see if books are
needed. Involve a book club or other community organization to increase
• Call area schools and ask about volunteering. Many schools are
looking for mentors and tutors. Depending on each school‟s policy,
sometimes volunteers need to attend a short training session before
starting. For parents, lending time to chaperone a field trip is both fun and
• Consider donating blood through an American Red Cross blood
drive. The need for blood is constant as approximately every two seconds
a patient in the United States needs a blood transfusion. Just one donation
can save up to three lives. After each donation, Red Cross donors are
treated to Keebler cookies, beverages and other snacks as a way to say
„thank you‟ for their act of kindness. To learn more about the “Be a Good
Cookie. Get a Good Cookie.” campaign and for blood donation eligibility,
• Head to the local park for a clean-up. Get friends to chip in to help
the community as well. Separate trash from recyclable items, and dispose
of each appropriately. See efforts materialize in a clean green space.
• Organize a clothing drive with co-workers or friends. Schedule
home pick-ups for a specific day and donate gently used clothing to local
charitable organizations. You‟ll be helping others and you‟ll have more
room in your closets.
• Collect those canned fruits and vegetables and take them to the
local food bank. Check with them to see if they have a “wish list” of items
that they need. Some of those things, shelf-stable or non-perishable, may
already be sitting around your house. It‟s also great way organize your
There are so many ways to give back. Simple acts of kindness are often
the most valuable to those in need, and they are the easiest to perform.
Whether saving a life, feeding a family or mentoring a student, every kind
gesture brings a smile to more than one face.