No matter how big the problem is, or how impossible it may seem, there is always a way that you can play your part and, as Ghandi once said, “be the change that you want to see in the world”. It may be something that you see on a daily basis, or something that was brought to your attention a few minutes ago, but it is never to late to act and make your contribution to creating a better world to live in.
Many of us have a cause that is very close to our hearts whether it be because of our personal experiences or how the cause affected someone that we care about. This Festive season, pick a cause that you care about, visit their website, and donate. It might not be the same as giving your time, but your donation, amplified by so many others, is something that can surely go a long way to contributing to the solution. You may consider to donating to a long-standing organisation like Doctors Without Borders, a local charity, or one of the many organisations that are helping those negatively affected by COVID-19 like Operation Hunger or Palesa Pads. Every cent counts.
The hardest thing about the different adversities, and the first step to find a solution to them, is to bring attention to the cause. From poverty, to diseases, mental wellness, wildlife extinction, each of these are prominent features in the causes “hall of fame” because organisations and individuals have put so much effort into creating awareness around them. You too can be an activist for the issue you hold dear and give a voice to those who cannot speak for themselves. You never know, your movement could have the same reach and impact as other initiatives that trended globally, such as “#BlackLivesMatter” and “#ClimateChange”.
While donating you time at a soup kitchen or spending time with the children at an orphanage might not be a feasible option in 2020, that doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate the spirit of giving in other ways in your community. We have seen many people set up community food stations. Members of the community can either drop off some home cooked meals at this station, so that those who cannot afford to buy food can pick up something to eat for their families. You can initiate a food station in your community but remember to be kind and take safety precautions considering the virus.
‘Tis the season for giving so, while you’re making your gift lists and checking it twice, why not give a gift that gives back to the community. There are many organisations that allow you to make a donation by buying cute products that would make wonderful Christmas gift such as 7seasrope or Plantastic. These organisations sell bracelets and use the proceeds to fund their efforts to conserve the oceans and the wildlife that lives in it. You can buy a bracelet for any amount that you want to donate and wear it as a souvenir to honour your good deed, or gift it to someone who also supports the cause.