The title of this blog post is a little deceiving because, while we may regard small acts of charity as ‘little’, to someone else they can have a big effect. It doesn’t take much to show a little solidarity in our day-to-day life and, if we all did, our children would find the world in a much better place than it is now.
From small acts of kindness to going all out to raise money for charity, there really is so much more all of us can do. Here, we have listed just some of the things that you can do today that can make life for someone else that much better.
Take on a Challenge and Raise Money for Charity
Fundraising events are everywhere, and that’s no bad thing at all. From the moment that you sign up, you are taking on a challenge for a cause that is close to your heart, as well as raising awareness which, for many, is half of the battle.
The London Marathon is one of the biggest challenges that anyone can hope to take on in the name of challenges, but you don’t have to commit yourself to running 26.2 miles around the nation’s capital. You can set your own challenge, such as giving up chocolate or a sponsored silence, to raise money. Friends, family and colleagues will normally be more than happy to sponsor, especially if it means watching you suffer just a little bit.
Sponsoring a Child
There is nothing more tragic than to see images of children struggling in an environment that they have been born into. Through no fault of their own, there are millions of children around the world living without the basic necessities that you and I take for granted on a daily basis.
Many charities run campaigns where you can sponsor a child in areas such as Syria, Ethiopia, Gambia and numerous other poverty-stricken third world countries. In return, many charities keep you updated with your child’s progress with letters from the child, pictures and other updates to showcase exactly where your money is being spent.
Helping the Homeless
On our own doorstep are hundreds and thousands of homeless people living in poverty, again through no fault of their own. Recently, Charlie Hennessy went viral on Twitter after someone gave him an old phone and joined the social network – the homeless man has since received a number of job offers.
While many walk on by pretending not to see the man or woman sleeping rough on the street, there are many cases where a seemingly small token of compassion has gone a long way.
Listening to Each Other
Often, those in need do not make themselves known and could be the person sitting next to you right now. Opening a conversation can be that one little gesture that, to you, might not seem much but could in fact make a bigger difference than you will ever know.
Everyone is fighting their own battles and it can be easy to feel alone in a crowd. Just by talking to someone that, perhaps, you normally wouldn’t consider, it can open the doors to forming new friendships that can last a lifetime.
Whether you choose to give to charity, take on a once in a lifetime challenge, sponsor an orphan or just simply let somebody know that you are there for them, these are all things that help to make the world a better place. With more compassion and a better understanding, our children truly would be inheriting a wonderful place to live.
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