How can one person change the world? If not the entire world…then one person’s world? By taking positive action! Look around your community! There are needs every day…on every block. And you don’t have to be rich, talented or even *connected* to meet them. You just have to be willing to do a small amount or give a small amount every month. But that small amount can make a big difference in someone’s life. Here are some things you can do for $50 to change someone’s world:
1. Buy a box of groceries for one or two families in need a
2. Buy books for 10 kids who can’t afford books each month.
3. Buy diapers for your local day care center.
4. Dedicate $50 a month to sponsor inner city children for
5. Buy space heaters for those who can’t afford them in the
6. Or pay part of someone’s electric bill during the cold
winter or hot summer.
7. Adopt a senior that has no family nearby. Take them for
rides, shopping and lunch or a special dinner on their
8. Buy smoke alarms or carbon monoxide alarms for 2-3 families
a month. You may save a life.
9. Commit to mentoring 1 student with the goal of making sure
that student graduates from high school. Commit $50 a month
toward college tuition.
10. Buy $50 of fresh fruit and vegetables every month and
donate them to a senior or child day care center.
11. Adopt a family. Be responsible for presents on holidays
and birthdays and special dinners on holiday occasions.
12. Help a senior or single mother with monthly cleaning chores
or home repairs.
13. Pay for a dental exam for one needy child a month.
14. Commit $50 toward college books for a worthy student.
15. Round up clothing in your neighborhood and give it to a
domestic violence shelter along with $50 to augment supplies.
16. Buy a car seat a month and donate it to your local hospital
or health department for families who cannot afford proper
restraints for their children.
17. Give $50 worth of general school supplies (paper, crayons,
pencils, etc.) to your local school per month.
18. Buy $50 worth of coats at your local thrift shop and donate
them to a local homeless shelter.
19. Buy $50 worth of yarn or fabric for local sewing or knitting
clubs which make quilts and afghans for those in need.
20. Donate $50 a month to your local United Way. Each local
United Way is autonomous. Check with your local United Way
to find out how your donations can be leveraged to help
greater numbers of your neighbors.
Look around your community. There are needs that you can meet.
You just have to be willing to do a small amount or give a small
amount every month. Start now and make 2006 the year you change
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