Well, you don’t have to give everything…but you can give something, I’m sure…
12for12k is a nonprofit that focuses on using social media to raise awareness and money for nonprofits. Their 12 Days of Christmas Homelessness Push is a twelve day event to get people actively helping the homeless in their communities. It’s already started, and there are only 10 or so days til Christmas, but it’s still an awesome idea that I wanted to highlight.
So how does this work? Well, from the 12for12k website, here is a list of their suggestions for what to do on each day:
- Day 1. Contact your local homeless shelter(s) and ask what they need. Make a list and work from there.
- Day 2. Gather 10 friends each (family, friends, colleagues) in preparation for Helping Day.
- Day 3. Challenge these friends to a bake-off. Bake a bunch of homemade goodness – soup, stews, cookies, etc – ready for Helping Day.
- Day 4. Clean out your closet (especially your husband’s, 12for12k wives!), and pack up all the old clothes that you find. Coats, socks, underwear, shoes, jeans – anything and everything.
- Day 5. Go through your linen closet and think of what blankets, sleeping bags, duvets, etc, that you no longer need.
- Day 6. Check your pantry – do you really need all these tins of soup or canned stew? Collect and store.
- Day 7. Invite a homeless person for coffee. Go to a Starbucks or McDonald’s, buy a combo, sit and talk. Get to know the person behind the story.
- Day 8. Go grocery shopping. Find 2-for-1 deals and buy what you can afford. Save the second item for Helping Day.
- Day 9. Kids are homeless too. Collect all your childrens’ unwanted toys and box up. This includes books as well.
- Day 10. Go to your local fast food/coffee house and buy a bunch of gift cards ready for handing out.
- Day 11. This one’s an easy one – share with your networks what’s happening and get them involved.
- Day 12. This is Helping Day. Go to a shelter, take everything you and your friends/family have collected, and help. One hour; six hours; all day – it doesn’t matter. Help – serve food; give out packages; talk to people; befriend someone. Simply put – be human to another human being.
I know, it’s a lot. Well, not really, but for some people it is a lot. Instead of doing one thing each day, you could also pick one or two things from the list and focus on them.
The fun part (besides getting to make a difference in someone’s life this Christmas) is that you can post and share photos and whatnot on 12for12k’s social networks.