Supporters like you have been so generous all year long. Even in a year like 2020, you’ve continued to show up when we’ve needed you most.
Tomorrow, on Giving Tuesday, we’re asking you to show up again—but not for charity: water.
We know firsthand how incredible this community is, and if there’s anything the world needs right now, it’s the pure goodness we’ve experienced from people like you. So here’s what we’re thinking:
Pick one way—any way!—to be generous tomorrow. Our whole team will be joining in on the fun with generous endeavours of our own.
Here’s a not-so-short list to help you get started:
- Curate a playlist and send it to someone you miss dancing with—make sure every song is a banger.
- Take a virtual yoga class with your most-stressed family member.
- Save energy! Turn off a few lights.
- Your friend shared an accomplishment on social media! Celebrate their hard work with an enthusiastic comment. (Emojis are not optional.)
- Leave encouraging comments on social media, news articles, or anywhere they'd cause a smile.
- Sort through your books and gift the ones you don't need anymore.
- Write to a long lost friend.
- Invite a friend to join you for a virtual museum tour (like the MoMA or Musée D'Orsay).
- Set up a video chat with someone who lives alone.
- Call someone you haven't checked in on recently.
- Leave your post man or woman a friendly thank you note.
- Leave a glowing review for your favourite restaurant.
- Propagate a plant.
- Clean the bathroom. Someone's gotta do it, and today, you are that champion.
THE NEIGHBOURHOOD STAR
- Put your child in fancy dress and go door-to-door delivering sweets like it's a backwards Halloween (neewollaH?).
- Rake your neighbourhood leaves.
- Volunteer to walk a neighbourhood dog whose owner could do with a break.
- Leave a tin of biscuits on your neighbour’s doorstep, ring the bell, and get the heck out of there.
- Buy a bouquet of fresh flowers and put a single flower on each of your neighbours' doorsteps.
- Slip friendly notes into your neighbour's letterbox.
- Visit do-it.org to get matched with a local volunteer opportunity—anything from delivering meal kits to putting up flyers for kitten adoption.
- Clean up your nearest park.
- Deliver flowers to your local nursing home to bring joy to the residents and staff.
- Order takeaway from a local restaurant you've never tried before.
- Start a neighbourhood activity swap. Every week, rotate a new activity (like puzzles, board games, books, movies) from one house to the next.
- Offer to go to the post office or the grocery shop for your older neighbours.
- Know a neighbour who can't be with family this year? Invite them to share one of your family's traditions, even if virtually!
THE MONEY CAN'T BUY HAPPINESS
(BUT IT CAN BUY PIZZA)
- Pizza. Someone in your life needs a pizza delivery.
- Buy coffee for the person in line behind you.
- Pay for a stranger’s groceries.
- Take care of your neighbours and donate to a local mutual aid or food bank.
- Help someone pay rent.
- Does a teacher in your life need school supplies? Send that hero a gift card.
- Your family member deserves flowers. (You know which one.)
- Need to purchase gifts this festive season? Shop from small businesses.
- Create an "emergency" kit for a friend with their favourite snacks and gift card for when shops open again.
- Gift a book to a student.
- Tip your delivery driver 40%.
- Count the number of tabs you have open. Donate that number of pounds to your favourite charities.
- Send a friend an IOU note for the hot beverage you'll buy them when out of lock-down.
- Send donuts to a local primary school staff room.
- Support a friend who is doing good work in the world.
- Leave a life-affirming note on a stranger’s car window.
- Clear out your food cupboard and donate the excess to a local food bank.
- Plant a tree.
- Write a bunch of hope-filled messages and deliver them to an assisted living home.
- Share a list of your favourite recipes with someone who has made way too many meals at home since March.
- Share a funny memory with a friend you haven't talked to in a long time.
- Set up a themed video chat with people you've been meaning to get in touch with.
- Write thank you notes to NHS workers and encouraging letters to patients.
- Ask a grandparent/parent/sibling about their favourite memory. Then record it.
- Give someone the benefit of the doubt.
- Write haikus about your favourite people and send them throughout the day.
- Respond to your favourite newsletter writer and tell them how much you enjoy their writing.
- Become pen pals with a senior citizen.
- Share a compliment with a coworker.
THE CRAFT QUEEN
- Bake some homemade pet treats and drop them off at your local animal shelter.
- Create a Powerpoint explaining exactly why your best friend is awesome. Present it to them via Zoom.
- Make encouraging bookmarks and give them to your local librarians.
- Print out old (we're talking waaaay back) photos and post them for everyone to enjoy and remember happy times spent together.
- Make a family tree. Instead of pictures, use hilarious memories or quotable moments.
- Send a scrapbook filled with inside jokes to your siblings or oldest friends.
- Make a Snow Day box (candle, hot chocolate, a good book, fuzzy socks) and send it to a friend.
- Invite your favourite 5-year-old to colour with you on a video chat.
- Keep a running list (or a wall of post-it notes!) of all the awesome things you've noticed people doing recently. There's so much kindness in the world when we're looking for it.
- Give people who walk past your house a reason to smile! Put colourful art or encouraging signs in your front windows.
- Draw portraits of your neighbours' pets. Deliver them with a few treats.
- Make handmade cards for residents at a local nursing home.
- Send brand new crayons, markers, and colouring books to a children's hospital.
No matter how you celebrate Giving Tuesday, know that we will be celebrating you. We can’t wait to continue in our mission together—and can’t wait to spend Giving Tuesday being as generous as possible alongside you!
– your friends at charity: water
| |P.S. We’ll be posting these Give Guides and celebrating stories of generosity on Instagram. You can follow along, reshare, or share your own story—be sure to tag @charitywater if you do!