Kathryn June 3rd, 2011
Ever wanted to make a difference? Have you wanted to do something that you know is helping someone else but feel you don’t have the time or money?
I’m sure many of us have felt like that. I know I have at times, but lately I’ve been looking for ways to contribute to good causes that don’t cost me any extra money and little, if any extra time or effort. There are a couple of quick and simple ways that I have found lately that allow you to do this.
The first is through Fly Buys. Lets face it, most of us that have Fly Buys cards take so long to accumulate points and when you have enough points to get SOMETHING it’s not usually anything all that exciting! We were at the point a few months ago where we needed to use some of our Fly Buys points or they were going to expire. So we made the decision that instead of getting something for ourselves we would take the option to make a donation to charity. It was easy, and didn’t cost me anything but it was nice to know that instead of getting something I didn’t really need or want I was able to do something (very) small for someone else. I haven’t looked specifically but I’m sure that you can do the same thing using QANTAS frequent flyer points and other reward programs.
The next is through a website like www.schoolbuy.com.au which allows you to shop on-line and purchase something you would be purchasing anyway, but know that your purchase is helping support a local school.
On a more personal level, I have found that if I am making a meal that I know produces twice as much as my family would eat, I can bundle the other half up and take it to someone else. I know that the food won’t go to waste, people appreciate it and I have just made someones day a tiny bit easier for no more effort than getting in the car and dropping it off to them.
I love doing these tiny things! I’m not at a stage in life where I have hours to contribute to volunteer service, or hundreds of dollars to donate to a good cause, but these are things I can do. By being aware of these opportunities it helps me keep a bit more perspective in my life. If I think ‘why not!?’ rather than ‘why bother!?’ I feel like I’m making a contribution to society and making the life of those around me a tiny bit easier.
Does anyone else have ways that they can give service or contribute to a good cause that takes little to no effort? I would love you to share them!
Make a difference today…. it can cost you nothing!