Easter can be a time for indulgence, with chocolate treats often overshadowing the original message of the season. If you are keen to do your bit and make a meaningful, positive impact this year, here are some activities you can embrace with your family over the Easter break.
While your charitable giving can help people in far-off places, another valuable asset you can give away this Easter is your time. Volunteering can be an incredibly fulfilling way to improve your local community and provide assistance to those in your area who might be in need.
Use of food banks is on the rise in the UK at the moment and charities not only need people to provide donations of groceries and other household goods, but also are often on the lookout for volunteers to take up roles that are vital to the running of these services.
Volunteering with the Trussell Trust, for example, gives you a variety of options for roles to fill in the food bank operation. You can work in warehouses in your spare time, assist at food banks themselves or even take care of admin in an office. Starting your own food bank if there is not one locally is another good decision.
Donate To Charity
There are lots of good causes that are deserving of your donations at the moment, and perhaps the most compelling option of all is providing sponsorship to a child. There are children around the world who are facing extremely challenging living conditions every day due to circumstances that are completely out of their control.
You can make a huge difference in the life of a child if you decide to offer sponsorship as part of your Easter effort to do good. See this page for information about engaging, emotionally rewarding sponsorship schemes that will let you support vulnerable children in places like Bolivia, Peru and Sri Lanka.
Your sponsorship will cover everything from providing school uniforms and educational resources to ensuring that children have access to vital healthcare services. Almost 400 million children are stuck in the vicious cycle of poverty worldwide, but you have the power to change that.
Reconnect With Friends & Family
Helping people you do not know personally is always an impactful way to spend your Easter, but you should also make time for those loved ones who you might have neglected in the hustle bustle of daily life so far this year.
You can be more proactive in your approach to reconnecting with friends and family if you offer to help them out, rather than just arranging to meet for coffee. For example, you could visit a relative with your immediate family and assist them with spring cleaning, garden maintenance, DIY duties or any other little jobs around the house that they have yet to get done.
The camaraderie that comes with working together will make your family stronger and reinforce relationships that are important to you.