Giving when you don’t have money to give.
Like most families, our finances are really tight. Over the last 18 years, I have been a SAHM most of the time, with the exception of a few part time jobs and a couple short full time jobs. Because we have chosen for me to stay home to take care of our family, our money is stretched. In the last few years, I have learned quite a bit about being frugal and cutting costs, but money is still tight.
So, how do you give without spending money? You volunteeer.
My middle son is on the Football, Basketball and Baseball Teams at his High School. There has been many opportunities for me to help over the years. I have organized food for before and after games, helped in the concession stand, sold team apparel at games, baked and cooked for team dinners, and sewn football uniforms when they get torn.
It makes my heart happy to help. One of the most meaningful times that I volunteered, was last year, when a young man on my son’s football team, broke his leg during the game. He lives with his grandmother and they don’t have much, not even a car. So, I helped out by taking him to his Dr. appointments, back and forth to school and practice and to therapy after the cast came off. This young man will probably never forget the time I took to help him, and other than a little gas money, I spent nothing.
If you don’t have the means to give financially, give from your heart. Volunteer! Read to children at school, be a mentor, help at a nursing home, hospital or your church. I know everyone is busy, my life is crazy busy with 3 teenagers, but this is part of who I am, I help, even though we don’t have the money to give.