6 Everyday Generosity "Hacks"
6 Everyday Generosity "Hacks"
May 03, 2018
The practice of everyday mission is called "everyday" because, even in our everyday lives, we have the chance to make a difference. Sure, there are times when we can step forward to volunteer at the soup kitchen, organize a toy drive or even travel across the globe for a mission trip - these are all incredible ways to share God's love, but they are not the only ways. Everyday mission is really about looking at our daily lives, however mundane - grocery shopping, going to work, bringing the kids to school, walking the dog - through the lens of a missionary and challenging ourselves to seize opportunities to sow the seeds of love wherever we may be with whatever we have in those moments.
Everyday Generosity "Hacks"
Wherever you may be in your strides to becoming a Fully Devoted Followers of Christ, we've come up with a few Everyday Generosity Hacks - simple, low-hanging fruit, no-cost ideas to help you get started and have a BIG impact on the mission and ministry of Hales Corners Lutheran Church & School.
AmazonSmile. When you need to order from Amazon, visit smile.amazon.com. You'll find the exact same low prices and tens of millions of products, but with the option to donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to Hales Corners Lutheran School. How easy is that? For complete program details, visit the AmazonSmile website.
Give or sell valuables. From antiques and artwork to coin or stamp collections, jewelry and other valuables, simply giving these items, or selling them and donating the proceeds, are easy but often overlooked ways to give and make a difference.
Coca-Cola Give. Do you drink Coca Cola products? By submitting codes found on the packaging and under the bottle caps of your favorite products, you can help support HCLS! Coca-Cola Give rewards HCLS by donating funds for submitting your codes! All you have to do is enjoy your favorite Coca-Cola products and then drop off Coca-Cola Give codes in the labeled slot at the Care Counter at the Janesville Campus. This can be a great opportunity to get the kids involved too - task them with gathering and organizing the codes and helping to deliver them when it's time.
Thrivent Choice Dollars. Did you know that, if you're a Thrivent member, you can direct Choice Dollars where you feel Thrivent should distribute a portion of its charitable grant funds? Directing these Choice Dollars can make a world of difference to Hales Corners Lutheran Church & School and it couldn't be easier! Click here to learn more about this program or contact Thrivent directly at 800-847-4836 and say “Thrivent Choice.”
Box Tops for Education. The Box Tops for Education program gives you three ways to raise money for your school:
- Clip - Find Box Tops coupons on hundreds of your favorite products. Each Box Top coupon is worth 10¢ for our school. Clip the Box Tops from your product and turn them into the school office.
- Marketplace - At the Box Tops Marketplace, you can shop at over 70 online stores like Oriental Trading Co., Office Depot and Lands' End. A percentage of purchases goes back to your school! Click here to visit the Box Tops Marketplace site.
- Reading Room - You can earn cash for your school just by buying the books that you love! Begin your shopping at the Box Tops Reading Room to earn up to 6% on purchases made at Barnes & Noble.
Get Creative! Commit your tax return, bonus, inheritance or any other extra funds that come your way. Or, you can even resolve to make even smaller changes, like giving up an extra Starbucks trip each week or packing lunches instead of eating out - get the whole family involved, start a "generosity jar" to set a goal, make it fun and see what you can come up with! Remember: even small changes can make a BIG difference!
As you continue growing in your faith walk and contemplate ways to stretch yourself spiritually, remember that it's okay to start small - the more important thing is that you start. Everyday mission is about doing what you can, where you are, with what you have. Make space for the Holy Spirit to inspire you each day and start sowing the seeds of love wherever He takes you.
More Ways to Give
From directing dividends to giving real estate, bonds, life insurance policies, irrevocable or revocable trusts and more - these are just a few of the creative ways to have an impact. Not sure where to start? We can help! As a service to families of Hales Corners Lutheran Church, you can schedule a free, no obligation consultation with financial and estate planning expert Jennifer Nohelty right here at HCL for guidance on all this and MORE!