There aren’t many people out there who don’t feel like they have a lot of balls in the air. Or a lot on their plate. Or irons in the fire – or one of the many nice ways we like to say “I’m so freakin’ busy I want to scratch my eyeballs out!”.
But that’s not what we say. We say that sure, we’ll be on that committee. Or drive for that field trip. Or be a board member. And if we have time, and we want to use it that way, then it’s all good. When we don’t have time we get ourselves stressed out and in many cases, resentful. No good – not for you, your kids, or whatever organization you are begrudgingly serving.
We need to have some ‘low impact’ activities that still allow us to give. If you didn’t read it the first time, check out “Good Citizenship – The Easy Way” for some simple things you can do to help out, without stressing yourself out. I have a few more events that are easy, but fulfill your Community Service. That could be a sense of civic responsibility, a Brownie Badge, or a court ordered mandate – I’ll stay out of your business and stick to the suggestions; deal?
Food banks all over are hurting. This is an area with an immediate need, and one that is easy for most of us to fulfill. When you take those surveys that say “Do you do all/most/some/none of the grocery shopping for your household” what do you check? I’d bet heavily that many of you check the “all” or at least the “most” category. So we’re in the stores anyway, and buying food anyway.
Some of you are rabid couponers. I mean that as a compliment. I love a good coupon myself, and sometimes an awesome deal sucks me in regardless of how many stores I have to drive to in order to find “it” (whatever “it” happens to be), or even if it is something my family won’t use. A deal’s a deal, and it must be had at all costs. I’ve worked hard on being a Reformed Rabid Couponer, but I still look for good deals on healthy staples to donate like juice, canned tuna, whole wheat pasta, or beans. When our shelves are looking a little full, or when there is a food drive at church or somewhere else, I am ready to give. Several bloggers have even organized Couponing for Community to try and encourage folks to use their deal-seeking instincts for the greater good.
This weekend, the United States Postal Service is holding it’s Help Stamp Out Hunger food drive. Just leave non-perishable foods in a bag by your mailbox, and your Postal Carrier will pick them up. There is a button on my sidebar for more information. The food is distributed to food pantries – but that’s all you have to do. Put it in a bag, and leave it there. Easy. If at some point in the future you find your cupboards overflowing, use this Food Pantry Locator to find a place to donate.
Again this year the Great Start Parent Collaborative has organized a Diaper Drive. This is for the Grand Rapids area, but if you are so inclined you may donate through Paypal from anywhere. The diapers are distributed through ACCESS Food Pantry, which is the one that puts on the Grace Hunger Walk you awesome Big Binder readers donated money to. Again, you can use coupons and deals to score some cheap diapers and donate them. Donation sites are all over town, including:
None of these things are difficult, or even very costly. You don’t have to go out of your way, wake up early, or sit through a committee meeting. You get all the warm fuzzy feelings of “doing good” without any inconvenience. I think it’s particularly nice that we can just add a few things to our grocery carts and help take care of another family the way we take care of our own. We’re fortunate to be able to be generous, with time left over to relax.