Nowadays, there are so many “national” holidays that we can't possibly remember them all. This holiday, on the other hand, is a very important and humbling one. National "Roof Over Your Head" Day is celebrated on December 3rd each year. Through our busy lives, we sometimes forget to give thanks for the things that we have that others don't. This is the reason for the creation of this great holiday.
You may be thinking to yourself, "Well, how do I celebrate this holiday?", so here are four simple ways to give thanks this National "Roof Over Your Head" Day:
One of the growing and increasing problems in the world is homelessness. This includes, and is not limited to, children, adults, and animals. In January 2017, the National Alliance to End Homelessness found that 553,742 people in the United States are currently experiencing homelessness. One of the ways that you can give back on this holiday is by donating to this organization. It's a non-profit organization that uses donations to not only end but to also prevent homelessness. This is a way to give back to your community and give thanks for what you have.
Many of us have plenty of items such as clothing, shoes, and toiletries that we do not use or need anymore. There are many people that may have a roof over their head, but only have enough cash to pay their bills and nothing more. This can be a problem for people that need coats and shoes for the colder months approaching. Donate your old items to Goodwill or Salvation Army to allow people to stay warm for the winter season. Donating old clothing is just as important as donating money and can make just as big of a difference.
Has a member of your family ever co-signed a lease for a car, given you some cash as a down payment on a home, or even loaned you some money? If they have, thank them. This holiday is all about appreciation and giving thanks. In light of this, you can thank the people that have made a difference in your life, or have helped you get to the happy that you are today.
Have you ever gone to pay for your coffee and been told it has been taken care of? This means that someone “paid it forward”. Paying it forward is when you give a few extra dollars when paying for your own coffee or meal, to make the persons purchase behind you free. This is a very cheap and simple way to give back to the community. It will not only make you feel good, but will truly make the day of the person behind you.
If you read this article and feel that you can't contribute because you yourself are in a financial crisis, you may want to look into some options for help. You can visit a local Goodwill or Salvation army to get some cheap clothing for the coming cold season. You can also look into taking out an installment loan to get you out of your financial bind. These simple steps can allow you to get back onto your feet for the new year approaching.