However, with the current state of affairs, we can’t wait until the end of the year for people to open their hearts and wallets.
Enter: Giving Tuesday Now.
Launched at the beginning of May, the event aims to create a wave of support for communities and nonprofits around the globe.
There’s no doubting we humans have our downsides, but we also have an innate capacity for helping those in need. As the world struggles to cope with the pandemic, citizens are coming together to make a difference in whatever way they can.
Regular People Making a Difference
Here in Cape Town, homelessness, poverty and unemployment are a reality for far too many. While the government is doing what it can to assist, it’s not nearly enough.
Fortunately, we have NPOs like The Service Dining Rooms, Ladles of Love and RPJ Helping Hands (to mention a few) picking up the slack. Each of these is run by volunteers who do what they do out of love.
The amount of food that has been donated, prepared and distributed, is remarkable. And it’s not showing any sign of slowing down. If anything, it’s on the increase.
So much so that Ladles of Love had to temporarily move into bigger premises to accommodate the added demand. Hat tip to the CTICC for opening their doors to them free of charge.
They’re not the only ones doing their bit. All over the world, people are stepping up to make a difference during the Coronavirus outbreak.
From painting mailboxes blue as a token of thanks to NHS workers to pensioners and little kids finding innovative ways to do their bit. We even have famous experts like Sir David Attenborough delivering online courses to young learners.
Celebrate Our Everyday Heroes in Style
These everyday heroes embody the best in all of us. They do what they do out of a desire to give back, not because they expect anything in return.
Let’s give them something anyway. Let’s shower these bighearted humans with love and gratitude because it’s people like them that make our world a better place.
How do you do that when hugging isn’t allowed? I’m glad you asked. You make them something to show your appreciation.
Don’t worry, I’m going to suggest that you bake banana bread.
Even if you’re not the most creative person on the planet, you can still make something eye-catching. All you need is access to the Internet and an idea of what it is you’d like to create.
Whether that’s a coffee mug, t-shirt, poster, scrapbook, or whatever, you can find it on the interwebs. With free design platforms like Canva, all you do is pick a template, add your message and Bob’s your aunt.
If you really want to channel your inner creative genius, head over to Design Bundles for additional inspiration. I only discovered them recently and already I’m a huge fan.
Along with plenty of freebies to choose from, they also offer a wide array of reasonably priced options. Designs are downloaded as svgs, which means you’re free to scale them to whatever size you like without losing quality.
As you’ve probably noticed, I love including fun images on the blog. I do this to make for a better reading experience, but I also do it because I love the opportunity it presents for indulging my inner-artist.
Showing appreciation for our everyday heroes is one way to make a difference, but there’s no reason to stop there. If you’re enjoying the creative outlet, you could make fun social media images to spread a little positivity online.
Giving Tuesday Now: Generosity Ideas
Every act of generosity counts and everyone has something to give.
We might have to practice physical distancing, but we can still find a way to connect with one another and come together on behalf of our communities. Giving Tuesday Now has some ideas to help you get started.
If finances allow, you can donate money, goods or protective supplies to local and international nonprofits. These organisations are working to stop the pandemic and ensure services get to those that need them.
Volunteering your time at a soup kitchen or delivering groceries to at-risk individuals is great if you can do it. Fortunately, we live in 2020, so there are plenty of virtual volunteering opportunities if you can’t.
You can also choose to shop with local businesses instead of mainstream retailers. If they have yet to open their doors, consider buying a voucher if they offer it or simply pay it forward if they don’t.
Right now, every little bit helps.
In many ways, the Coronavirus has brought the world to its knees. It’s been (and continues to be) a terrifying time for all of us. However, a lot of good has come from the pandemic, too.
Nature has rebounded in our absence. People are slowing down and connecting more. We’re finding innovative, out-of-the-box ways to do the things we normally do in real life, online.
We’re all looking forward to this being over, but let’s not be too quick to rush back to the way things were. There are lessons to be learnt from this experience, let’s take them to heart.
Imagine a world where nature can thrive even when we’re not in lockdown.
Imagine a world where people embrace the art of slow living.
Imagine a world where we continue to find ways to connect, make a difference and give back.