Only a few years ago, scoffers would have poked fun if you expressed gratitude for your job. But today’s fragile economic climate reminds us to give thanks if we have one, and to help others who don’t.
If you are one of the employed, I encourage you to offer an anonymous hand to a jobless acquaintance this holiday season. There are many ways you can share your blessings with a family in need:
- Help them look for work, even though they don’t know you’re doing it. Leave a printout of possibilities under their windshield wipers.
- Submit their name, contact information, work experience you are familiar with, and offer a confidential job reference to potential employers, even if they haven’t applied.
- Purchase a money order or grocery store gift card, and leave it in their mailbox or on their porch, with an unsigned note that says you care.
- Buy them a practical gift that will help them beyond the holidays and have it delivered to their home.
- Contact the utility company, and pay three months of their electric or heating bills.
- Pick up a gas card from a convenience store in your area, and leave it with a note, that says, “To help while you look for work.”
- Get a laundry basket and fill it with staple food items. Leave it by the front door when you know they are gone.
- Pray for them. There is no greater gift than an anonymous, fervent prayer enacting the power of God to intervene for someone else.
- Hire a couple of local teenagers to do winter odd-jobs for them and relieve some of their burdens. Ideas? Shovel snow, clean the interior of their car, clean their house, or babysit. A jobless person most likely battles depression, and clutter easily builds, creating a vicious cycle hard to climb out of. Offering to watch the children can enable them to look for work.
- Write and deliver an anonymous letter listing every positive quality they possess. Then, list job possibilities that might go with those skills. If you have trouble matching, there are many assessment tools online to give you ideas.
This holiday season, share the wealth while helping someone less fortunate maintain their dignity. There’s no better way, than through a secret gift. Thanksgiving started as a result of sharing with others who had none.
Anita FreshFaith @ Work
Anita Agers-Brooks is a Business Expert, Certified Personality Trainer, Communications Specialist, speaker, and writer. She lives in Missouri.
New International Version (NIV)
“So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honored by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.”
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