In a positively endearing article about a child's birthday party wherein guests were asked to give donations to a local charity in lieu of gifts, we learn the importance of teaching generosity at a young age. Also, we learn that one doesn't need to have cash in hand to make a huge difference in the lives of those less fortunate.
This 8-year-old didn't have money in the bank. She just decided to turn ungiven gifts into generous aid for strangers in need.
In the article, the author lists other ways one can give back to his or her community without spending a single cent. And they are all smashing ideas:
* Neighborhood dog wash
* Charity car wash
* Used book sale
* Making and selling homemade jewelry
* Birthday party donation in lieu of gifts
* Backyard movie night on large screen under the stars
So, the next time you find yourself wishing to help someone at Modest Needs, but can't quite afford to do so, keep in mind that a used book sale or a neighborhood dog wash might yield enough funds to change someone's life for the better.
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