While the presents, decorations and lights are so much fun, we should never forget the real reason we celebrate this holiday! And to me, the best way to remember Christ is through service! Nothing makes you feel closer to him when you're helping someone in need! Below are some good ideas of ways you can brighten someones day!
"Blessing Bag For Homeless"
Carry some of these little bags around with you in your car and give it to someone you
feel needs it the most!
Gallon size Ziplock bags items to go in the bags, such as:
-packages of tissues
-toothbrush and toothpaste
-pack of gum
-coins (used to make a phone call, or purchase a food item)
you could also put in a warm pair of socks, and maybe a gift card for hot chocolate!
Help someone in need by paying for their gas!
With gas prices constantly on the rise, we all can agree paying for gas is something we dread! Especially if you're already struggling to get by as is. Go sit at a gas station and wait until you find someone you think could use a free tank of gas the most and pay for them! Our family did this last week and the gratitude from the man we bought it for was priceless! We'll never forget it!
Lonely neighbor treat basket
Do you have a lonely neighbor or someone you know who could use an extra "pick me up" this time of year? Show them someone is thinking of them by baking them something delicious and delivering it to them. You can either remain anonymous or personally hand it to them!
pay for the next customer in line
Next time your at a drive through, offer to pay for the next customer in line! When I worked at a little coffee shop I experienced this kind of service all the time through the drive through this time of year! You wouldn't believe the kind of response I would see! It usually would cause the next car to pay for the next car, and so on! This is a GREAT and simple way to show a random act of kindness that will most likely cause a really cool chain reaction!
Shovel someones driveway
Dedicate your next snow day to shoveling at least one neighbors driveway! plan who you're going to do ahead of time so when the snow falls your ready to go do your little service project! Nothing makes someones day as much as a clean driveway! If you live somewhere that doesn't snow, help someone by raking their leaves or doing some other type of yard work!
This one is EASY and requires no money or time! Dedicate one whole day to giving out as many compliments as you can! Nothing makes you feel better then when someone compliments you, so don't be scared to go out of your way and say what your thinking! You never know whose day you might make by a simple compliment!
Free Hot Chocolate!
Find an area with people in need of some extra warmth! Set up a hot chocolate stand and offer free hot chocolate to everyone until you run out! Pre-make the hot chocolate at home and fill up one of those huge orange coolers to keep it nice and warm!
Grocery Gift Card
Purchase a gift card at a grocery store and turn around and hand it to the next customer in line. I've read someones experience that had done this and it was extremely touching!
Hand out free balloons to kids shopping with their parents! Parents will thank you for this- it will keep their kids entertained!
Tape change to a vending machine
Tape some change with a note to a vending machine. This will for SURE brighten someones day! Especially someone who is extremely thirsty and has no change!
Go (HERE) to see a TON more great ideas! This is a printable you will print, cut out, and stick into a jar! Draw out one service idea each day until Christmas!