We all have tough times that we face, and having a friend or family member, or even a stranger, who is willing to help out during a crisis can be a huge relief. When someone goes through a financially, physically, emotionally, or otherwise stressful time, it can be easy to lose track of basic needs like groceries or a clean house. In some cases, it can be difficult to even take care of children or make food because someone is experiencing such severe hurting.
Although many of us can’t simply fork over tons of money or move in permanently to help, there are many affordable and reasonable ways that we can help out others who need us. Although we can’t always fix the problem, we can make a hard time a little easier with assistance. Here are six ways you can help someone in need without breaking the bank.
1. Bring a meal
Cooking can be exhausting, and it seems to be one of the first things that gets forgotten or neglected when someone is going through a hard time. If you are able to provide a home cooked meal, or even a healthy takeout option, it can be a welcome relief to someone who doesn’t have the time or energy to cook. Bringing a meal also is a thoughtful choice because it takes time away from your schedule and shows that you care about the person you are bringing the food to.
If you have a group of people that want to bring a meal, consider a meal planning site, like Take Them A Meal, which allows people to set up a schedule for multiple people to bring meals. The organizer can include the recipient’s address, phone number, meal preferences, allergies, desired delivery dates, and any other important information on the signup sheet.