Suggestions for the busy ones with little time:
1. Write a check once a month for an affordable amount, and send it to your favorite charity.
2. Donate a bag of nonperishable food items to a community kitchen once a month or as desired.
3. Put together a few care packages every now and then and donate them to a church that has a community services department. These may be used for disaster victims. Packages can consist of a small towel, soap, toothbrush and paste, deodorant, comb, etc. in zip-lock bags.
4. Take nonperishable food to a community kitchen as desired. Volunteer two hours to help serve food to the homeless during a holiday season.
5. Carefully choose a few disabled or elderly individuals you feel would benefit from special attention. Send them occasional cards, make a friendly call, or drive one or two to a grocery store once a month. Those with regular visitors may not be the best candidates.
6. Tutor a needy child in reading or math once a week for 30 minutes.
7. Help a disabled child to fundraise for a worthy cause at least once a year.
Once you read these suggestions, add a few more and decide which one or more you want to assume. Each one should require little of your time. The reward for giving is greater than the gift you give.