Service Ideas: 10 Ways to Help People Heal
A man named John Bunyan once said: "You have not lived until you have done something for someone who can never repay you." I don't know about you, but I would really like to fully live, and I truly believe that one way we do that is to help others, even in small ways. Those "small ways" add up and really do make a difference. Take this week's Season of Service challenge, based on the verb "heal," and do just one of the bite-size actions listed below. You will heal not only others but yourself as well, guaranteed.
10 Bite-Size Ways to Heal Others
- Help people heal from an addiction to tobacco by redesigning a tobacco education resource for South Australian teachers, through this Sparked challenge.
- Help update the website of the Alzheimer's Family Services Center, an organization that helps heal families dealing with Alzheimers.
- Learn how to recognize the signs of abuse so that you can help a friend, relative, or co-worker get the healing treatment they need.
- Check out this music by Lisa Ostrow, a woman who is trying to help find a cure for Polycystic Kidney Disease.
- Break out the shaving cream, cookie sheets, and appropriate protective gear and make shaving cream art with your kids, to experience its healing, relaxing, smile-inducing effects.
- Send a free e-card to a hospitalized veteran.
- Help heal a friend's depression just a little by calling them or visiting them today, and making a commitment that you'll do so regularly.
- Take a bag of stuff you would normally put in your recycling bin and give it to a homeless person, who can then take it to a recycling center and get a little cash for it.
- Donate unused prescription medicines or used stamps to Intercare for Africa, a UK-based organization that provides healing medical aid for Africa.
- Buy a small fleece blanket, attach a short but encouraging note, and drop it off at a local women's shelter or donate it to Blanket Statements if you're in Illinois.
How Will You Give to Others This Week?
- What other ideas do you have for helping others heal?
- Has healing someone made a meaningful difference for you this week?
- How have others given to you this week and what difference has that made in your life?
How Else Can You Make a Difference This Season?
Make a meaningful difference this season by taking the Season of Service (SOS) Challenge. Here’s how you can participate:
- Commit to do one act of kindness/service based on the week’s challenge.
- Leave a comment with ideas relating to the week’s challenge as well as your experience(s) performing it.
- Enter to win this week’s giveaway.
- Join #gno this Tuesday on Twitter to connect with other Mom It Forward moms about the challenge.