5 Tips to Bringing a Meal to Someone in Need

When someone is in need, sharing a meal with them is the kindest gesture you can do. There are many ways in which you can bring a meal to someone in need. This someone could be a family member, a friend or someone in the local community who simply is hard up for food. Whether you are bringing a meal to someone in need that you personally know or a complete stranger, there are some things to think about first. Today I am sharing 5 tips to bringing a meal to someone in need so that you can provide a smile to someone in need today.

5 Tips to Bringing a Meal to Someone in Need

5 Tips to Bringing a Meal to Someone in Need

Food Allergy Check

Find out if that person in need has any food allergies. These days having a food allergy seems to be pretty common. There are nut allergies, gluten allergies, dairy allergies and so on. Figure out if there are any allergies pertaining to food for this person in need before planning what meal to bring them.

Easy to Reheat Meals

Now that you have done a food allergy check, you should be sure to bring a meal to someone in need that is easily reheated. If this person is sick or feeling down, they may not eat this meal in one seating. Having instructions on the meal for how to reheat the food will go a long way to ensure this person can eat later too.

Kid-Friendly Options

If this person in need has kids in the home, you may want to ensure you add a kid-friendly option. Parents know how finicky kids can get and the parent who may be sick doesn’t have the energy to deal with extra work. Bringing along a kid-friendly option will truly help this person in need if they have kids around.

Consider Dessert

Last, but certainly not least, you should consider bringing a meal that involves a dessert too. This is a nice added treat to bring along because we all know that dessert makes us happy. Bring a basic dessert option such as cookies or cupcakes for the person in need to enjoy after their meal.

Plan Proper Timing

Lastly, you will want to make sure that this person in need has time to enjoy the meal and dessert you brought to them. Ask questions about the proper delivery date and time for this meal to someone in need. Timing will help ensure your kind gesture is met with open arms.

Bringing a meal to someone in need is the perfect way to spread random acts of kindness to your local community. All it takes is a little planning and cooking to brighten this person’s day. During the holiday season, many are without family, bringing them a warm meal could really boost their spirits.

How to Prepare your Kids to Get Rid of Stuff and Donate

When raising kids, it’s almost certain that your home will be full of clutter. Kids tend to take claim to their items forever and teaching them to get rid of stuff and donate to others isn’t easy. The holiday season is the perfect season to start cleaning out those closets. As a parent, it’s your job to start preparing your kids to get rid of that stuff and give to others on a regular basis.

With the holiday season quickly approaching, it’s the perfect time to start discussing giving back to others with your kids. No matter how old your kids are they are sure to grasp the concept of how nice it is to give and receive. Traditionally speaking most kids tend to get items during the holiday season, but taking this step to teach your kids to give back other families will pay off in two ways; you will have a less clutter-filled home and you will feel great giving to other kids in the local community.

How to Prepare your Kids to Get Rid of Stuff and Donate

Prepping the Kids

Make sure that your kids take part in the decluttering process. Give the kids a rule of thumb that if they haven’t worn it or played with it in the last 6-12 months, it goes into a donate pile. Items that are too worn out to donate, can go in another pile designated for repurposing projects.

Have each kid work on their own area and own toys, clothing, and accessories. Give the kids responsibility to declutter items and to really think about toys they no longer need that would make another kid smile this holiday season.

When finalizing the steps of prepping the kids for getting rid of their items, you must take into consideration that each item holds value to the individual kid. Take this time to have them think through the process of giving back.

Donating to Others

Now that you have prepared your kids with expectations and how to get rid of their no longer used items, it’s important to explain why donating to others is important.

Consider having your kids pick a family to adopt, there are many organizations that collect local family wish lists and allow community members to adopt the said family.

Have your kids pick a kid-friendly organization that they want to donate to. When kids are getting rid stuff, often they feel happier about it when they know where the used items will go.

Work with your kids to showcase how other families are less fortunate, that times get tough for every family in every area of the world. Perhaps your kids were never taught that others go with far less than they have. Taking the time to preparing your kids to get rid of stuff and donate to others will be a rewarding experience for your whole family…and for others.

Now that we covered the basics, it’s time for you to get started in preparing your kids to get rid of stuff and donate to others. Try to make this a new holiday season tradition and have fun with it!

Are You Participating in Giving Tuesday

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of GiveForward.

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Do you participate in Black Friday or Cyber Monday? I went out around 8 on Black Friday and the crowds had died down significantly and unfortunately I spent all day sick on Cyber Monday so I missed out on those deals. Have you participated in Giving Tuesday yet?

In case you don’t know, Giving Tuesday takes place the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, December 2, 2014.  (Today!)  It’s a day for people to give of their time or money to a person or a cause that they care about.  …or even to a complete stranger.  That can be fun too!  Anything from writing a note of encouragement to someone who’s sick, paying for the person’s meal behind you at the drive thru, sending flowers to a stranger at the hospital, or you could even go online and find a GiveForward recipient who inspires you.

Making a difference in someone’s life is easier than you think.

If you’re looking for a needy family to give to today or throughout this holiday season I have a recommendation for you.

Shah's Fundraiser

The Shah family is fighting cancer in one of their young children.  It’s a truly heartbreaking story and you can go here to read more about it.  They are incurring huge medical bills because the insurance company is declining to pay for procedures which have already completed!  They certainly don’t need another worry while they have a young child fighting cancer.  They don’t need sympathy.  They need help.  I helped by donating myself and also by sharing their story.

The Giving Forward community is donating $10 to the Shah’s when someone shares their story on a blog post. Help where you can when you can.  If you have a blog you can also give in this way.

No matter how or who you give to today, let’s no longer be bystanders.  Let’s be active in cheerful giving. Give Forward!

5 Ways to Help Children Give to Others

“Parents are the number one influence on their children’s financial behaviors, so it’s up to us to raise a generation of mindful consumers, investors, savers, and givers,” says Beth Kobliner, author of the New York Times bestseller Get a Financial Life.  Here are a few ways I’ve thought of to help children learn the joy of giving.

1. Donate clothes.

Children grow like weeds so as they outgrow their clothes donate the ones in good condition to Goodwill, the Salvation Army or another organization that distributes clothes to the needy.  Allow children to be part of the donation process from picking which clothes to donate to dropping them off.

2. Help those around you.

Schedule service-oriented projects where your children will take part. You could bake cookies for local firefighters, rake the leaves of an elderly person or buy lunch and deliver it to a local homeless shelter.  There are so many ways to be generous if we’ll just take the time to look for them.

3. Make birthdays charitable.

Some people would go as far as to ask others to donate a used book or toy to a shelter in place of a birthday gift.  That’s fine but I like the idea of letting people buy a gift if they choose to or not and then making a special tradition of going out together and buying a “birthday gift” for another less fortunate child.  Have the child choose what type of gift and where it should be donated.  Children’s books could go to a doctor’s office, a coat could go to the homeless shelter, and their favorite action figures could go to a local family in need.  There are many different ways to give but no matter what you choose take photos of the day and keep a little journal of the ways your child gave to others on each birthday.  Those will be special memories to revisit on future birthdays.

4.  Sell to give.

If you have an older child you may want to help them list and sell their old DVDs, video games, collector items, etc. online and then once the item sells they can decide how they want to donate that money.  They could give it in the offering plate at church, give it anonymously to a needy family in the neighborhood, or use it to buy items to donate.  The options are really endless!

5. Include pets.

At regular intervals, buy dog/ cat food or kitty litter and take it to a local humane society.  You may even want to see if your child is allowed to spend some time with the recipients of the gift. These are just a few ways that I’ve came up with to help teach my daughter about giving and I would love to hear any of your ideas!! {See: 31 Days of Giving Challenge}