Practical (& Budget-Friendly) Ways to Bless Your Community

Last week I talked about some ways to be a light to non-believers in your community.
Today, I want to share with you some practical and budget-friendly ways to bless your community.

Babysit - The couple next door could probably use a date night without kiddos. Or maybe there's a single parent that's desperate for some me-time. Can you babysit their little ones for a couple hours so they can recharge? As a mama of 2 myself, I know that'll bless my socks off :)

Share a Meal with the Elderly - We have a retired lady living next to us and we got to share a meal with her one night. It was great learning more about her and hearing all the stories about the neighborhood we live in! Often times, it doesn't take much to bless older people. Simply spending time with them will make their day!

Bring a Meal to New Parents - I cannot tell you how much it blessed us when friends & family brought us meals during the newborn stage. Not having to worry about what to cook took a huge load off our shoulders! If you choose to bless new parents with a meal, I encourage you to also consider watching their baby for a little bit so they can take a nap or take a shower! They will love you forever. For reals.

Volunteer - What non-profit organizations are located in your community? How can you get involved using your gifts & talents? If you're crafty and you live close to a children's hospital, they can probably use some handmade blankets or knitted hats for their little ones. Ronald McDonald House would be a great way to get your kids involved as well. 

Host a Casual Play Date - Is there a stay-at-home mom in your neighborhood? More often than not, she is probably craving for community. You can brighten up her day by inviting her and her kids over for a little play date! I'm sure she'd love to have adult conversations with someone!

Raise Funds for Your Local Charity - A lot of times local charities have 5K Walk/Runs or Fun Runs to help raise money. Will you consider being a part of it? That'll be a great way to be active and support a cause you believe in!

Become a Safe Family - Being a Safe Family means that you provide support for vulnerable children whose families are going through a crisis in your community. By providing a caring environment for the children tempmorarily, you keep them safe and out of foster care. For more information on becoming a Safe Family, please visit their website.

Pass Out Blessing Bags to the Homeless - There's tons of blessing bag ideas on Pinterest. Basically you put together some toiletries in a big Ziploc baggie and give them to the homeless in your neighborhood. This is a great way for your kids to be involved and learn how to be a blessing to others!

Make Cookies - Pass out homemade cookies to your neighbors or at your police station shows that you care. Plus I'm sure your little ones would love to help make some cookies ;)

Leave Beverage/Snacks for the Delivery Guys - I saw this on the internet awhile ago and I thought it was such a great idea! This lady left some bottled water along with some snacks at the door for the people delivering mail/packages. What a brilliant idea to say "thanks" to those busy running around all day?!

Have you blessed your community recently? I'd love to hear your story! Feel free to share in the comments below :)