The Meaning of Giving

Everyone likes a thoughtful gift from time to time. Many agree, however, that the feeling that comes over you when giving is more powerful than the feeling of receiving.

Giving a gift is really a gift for you and for the recipient.

There is no better time to celebrate the true spirit of giving than on National Giving Day, observed on July 15thof this year. There are so many ways to celebrate this special day. 


Celebrate With Your Time

The gift of time is one of the best gifts that you can give someone. There are so many people that you know and that you don’t know that would be touched if you offered some of your time to them.

For example, you can:

  • visit a nursing home and have a lovely conversation with one of the residents.
  • offer to volunteer at your church or local food bank.
  • spend the day with one of your kids and truly focus just on them. In fact, you can do that with a spouse, a best friend, or a parent.
  • make a meal for a new mom.
  • clean the house of someone who has been ill.

Anytime you give your time, you will bless someone.


Celebrate With a Surprise

Surprising people with a gift, regardless of what it is, is always a surprise someone is happy to receive.

  • You can bake some cookies or pick up some pizza pies and drop them off at your local fire or police station.
  • You can pick up some dog food and chew toys and drop them off at your local animal shelter.
  • You could buy some cake mix, party supplies, canned icing, and candles and take them to a local orphanage or food pantry. Everyone should have a birthday celebration!
  • Stop by your friend’s place of business at lunchtime and surprise her with an impromptu picnic.
  • Pick your child up from school early and take them somewhere fun like the zoo or to see a movie. Take one child at a time, if you can afford to, so they get that special one on one time.
  • Knock on your neighbor’s door and surprise them with a pie and it doesn’t even have to be homemade.
  • Do your kids chores for them to celebrate National Giving Day.
  • Pay for the person behind you when you are in line getting coffee and fast food.
  • Pick up our travel-size Real Simple Wrinkle Release Trio then keep one for yourself and give the other two to a couple of good friends.


Celebrate With Money

There are plenty of ways to Celebrate National Giving Day by writing a check or buying something for someone in need.

  • If you see someone homeless, consider giving food, water, or money.
  • write a check to a charity you support or a cause that you feel passionate about.
  • buy toys (leave unopened) for a children’s hospital.
  • donate school supplies to your local high school.
  • drop off old magazines to a prison.
  • donate old books to a thrift store.
  • buy gloves and coats for your local clothing bank.
  • sponsor a child in need.
  • pay the electric bill of someone you know is struggling.
  • buy gas cards for low-income families.

Money can always be put to good use.


Celebrate By Celebrating!

Why not have a party on National Giving Day? You can make some appetizers, pick up some drinks, and have an open-house style event. You can send out a list of items that you would like to donate to the cause of your choice and have a jar if people would prefer to give money.

A party is even better when the purpose of the party is to give!


Celebrate Family Style

Kids are never too young to learn about giving. Why not take National Giving Day and use it as a platform to begin teaching your children the importance of giving, or to reiterate the message.

You and your family could head to a local soup kitchen to prepare and hand out food. This allows kids to really see the people that their actions help and this generally helps their spirit of giving to blossom.

You can volunteer at the animal shelter and all you have to do is play with the animals. That can be a great introduction for kids to learn about volunteering.


So, how will you celebrate National Giving Day?

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