I have a hard time with this because I don’t necessarily want to be recognized or thanked for giving. Getting thanked or recognized is not a reason to give, certainly not unconditional since the expectation is a condition. It’s actually easier for me to think of anonymous ways to pass $10 on. Mostly because as a lifelong INTROVERT, I’d rather disappear into the woodwork.
My first choice for over and above giving would be to a church or a food pantry. They help a lot of people and need more help. In fact it’s very discouraging to work in a place that helps people and get to the bottom of the bucket and still have folks lined up that need help. So truly, think your church and your food pantry first. But okay, we have the $10 Challenge so here’s a little suggestion list:
- $10 grocery store gift cards-hand them to anyone checking out in a grocery store, or when out and about, hand them to sweet people or anyone caught doing sweet things.
- $10 phone cards-hand them to anyone in uniform.
- $10 fast food certificates/booklets/gift cards-hand them to anyone who has kid
- $10 Restaurant Fun – Any restaurant that has check out at the end of your meal is an opportunity, and mid day there are probably business folks and other stopping in.
- $10 Haircut – Go to any barber or haircutting place and cheer someone up!
- $10 Post Office – The post office is a great place to pass some unexpected cash on especially this time of year.
More than $10:
Utility companies have gotten savvy and actually have gift certificates available for folks to help others with their utilities. Check with your local utility. I know it’s possible in the ones I’ve checked.