Giving Tuesday: 3 Ways to Give Back on a Small Budget


So, we have finally made it through the madness that is Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday. But, believe it or not, there is one last day lined up for you to reach into your pocket--this time for a great cause:

Giving Tuesday!

Now, if you are anything like me, by the time Giving Tuesday rolls around you have all but spent your entire holiday budget. Seriously, why can't they do a Giving Wednesday the day before Thanksgiving?? Perhaps this is the perfect day to bank on the guilt of overspending on every other day, but unfortunately, big donations are just not in the budget for me this year.

However, that does not mean I cannot find a way to give back--today or any day this holiday season. Which is why I have made a list of three of my favorite ways to give back without breaking the bank. You may not have a ton of cash to drop on a charity of your choosing, but it is my sincere wish that you will still find the incredible blessing hidden in the midst of unabashed giving, whether it is giving your money, attention, or time.

Give Money: Samaritan's Purse / Operation Christmas Child
While the drop off week for Operation Christmas Child gifts has already happened, there are plenty of other opportunities to give to Samaritan's Purse that all support the same great cause of bringing both international relief and Christmas blessings to children in third world countries.

If you choose to make an OCC box, it is very easy to fill with toys and items all purchased at the dollar store. Most churches offer the boxes for free and it usually takes between $5-$10 to fill the box depending on what toy and items you want to put inside.

Samaritan's Purse also offers a Gift Catalog on their website where you can browse for different needs and at different price points.  One possible option is providing a hot meal for a child for only $7.

Check out their website here.



Give Attention: Using Social Media to Influence Change

 There is a reason you see so many people on social media labeling themselves as influencers. It is because social media is the top way to bring about visibility to products, people, places, etc. Obviously, the more followers a person has the more opportunity they have to be seen, but literally anyone who has any following has the power to be an influencer.

If money is an issue this Christmas season, consider lending your online presence to championing for a cause you truly care about. All it takes is reaching out to your followers and urging them to think about these causes. Give them a convincing list of reasons why you feel they should contribute to these causes and really pour your heart into the list.

For example, I have a heart for helping children and moms. I absolutely adore Save the Storks, a pro-life organization helping mothers with unplanned pregnancies become fully informed on all of their options and empowering them to choose life for their babies.

Give Time: Salvation Army

Some of my fondest holiday memories as a child revolve around the Thanksgiving and Christmas outings my dad would take me to with the Salvation Army. On Thanksgiving we would spend the morning serving meals to the homeless and at Christmas we would volunteer to wrap Christmas presents for kids. Even today I still get the same heartwarming sensation thinking about how wonderful it feels to give of my time.

This year I will be trying something new with the Salvation Army and ring the bell with a friend of mine. It is probably the most excited I have been to stand out in the cold and darkness since...well, ever.

Over 3 million people volunteer with the Salvation Army each year and for good reason, too. Not only are they an incredibly large and wonderful organization, but they make it easy to get involved. They have a reach in everything from fighting human trafficking to loving the elderly and everything in between.

Find out how to volunteer for the Salvation Army here.

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