Free time is such a precious commodity. It's difficult to come by, and we always want more. When you finally get a few hours to yourself, it can be hard to decide what to do, and who you’ll spend this time with. Your first thought might involve video games, or inviting friends over to watch a movie, both of which are great ideas. That said, it’s also cool to give back to your community through charity work.
The idea of spending your free time working might not sound enticing, but there are people out there who need help. Some fall on hard times financially, while others suffer from health issues that prevent them from working or even going outside.
Even if it's once a month, any time you can dedicate to charity is valuable. Working in a soup kitchen is a humbling experience. Conversely, volunteering at the local YMCA gives you a chance to make a difference in a young person’s life. You can even bring pets to the hospital to brighten someone’s day. It’s incredible to see a person’s mood change when you place a furry friend onto his or her lap.
Additionally, multiple organizations routinely look for people to help clean up local parks and streets. The same goes for groups that take on beautification projects to make their cities welcoming to newcomers. Even if you don't have time to travel somewhere, you can look for charitable organizations that need donations, be it money, clothing or food. Monetary donations even come with tax benefits.
We all see the powerful commercials on TV, and hear stories from friends and family that make our hearts sink. If you can find a way to make someone’s life better, there’s a good chance you’ll come away from the experience fulfilled and perhaps with a new friend. With this in mind, consider devoting time to charity when you have a free afternoon or weekend. Someone you’ve never met may benefit from your positive decision.
While on the subject of helping others, this little girl gave her meal to a homeless man and made an incredible discovery. Then, after the recent bombing in NYC, a Starbucks employee showed love to the brave men and women at the scene.