My birthday is coming up, but rather than hopping on the Facebook fundraiser bandwagon, I’d like to do things a little differently.
Instead of asking you to throw pocket change at a charity of my choosing (top candidate = stopabductions.com), I’m asking you to keep your money in your pocket and get up off your ass — unless you’re in a wheelchair — and actually DO something to help make the world a slightly better place.
It doesn’t have to be anything major: treat a friend to lunch, or surprise them with a little gift. Offer your seat on the Metro to someone who looks tired. Pick up trash you find along the beach instead of posting a picture of it to Instagram. Pick up the phone and call an aging relative, just to let them know you care. Fact check before reposting.
Or if you really want to spend a bit of cash (and aren’t bothered by the fact that kindness is not tax deductible), try offering limited financial assistance to an ACTUAL human being in need — covering the cost of a prescription refill, hearing aid, groceries, etc. Even if your offer is declined, the spirit of it will not go unappreciated.