* Add an extra pack of chicken or beef to your grocery list each week for a single mom. By doing this on a consistent basis you can help her fill her freezer. Also take advantage of buy-one-get-one-free grocery sales–one for you and one for her.
* Does she have a Christmas tree and ornaments? A friend once bought and decorated a tree for a newly single mom with small children. My friend left the fully decorated tree on her front porch while she was at work.
* Give gift cards to Wal-Marts, Target, and local grocery stores.
* Invite her and her children to share Christmas dinner with your family.
* Let her know you are praying for her and her children. Be a constant source of encouragement to her.
* Ask (or have your children ask) your cashier what her favorite candy bar is. While you are checking out have one of the kids get the candy bar and put it with your purchases. As you leave, give her the candy bar and let her know you appreciate her service.
* Get to know your cashiers. Let cashiers see the love of Christ in your attitudes of kindness, gentleness, and joy.
* Listen. Does she have a need? Once while standing in line my cashier was asked by the check-out boy where she was going to lunch. She replied that she would love to get a hamburger and fries but only had $2. When she handed me my change I gave it back and said ‘have a great day.’ Sometimes it’s just about listening and responding.
Waiters & Waitresses
* I’ve often heard that the hardest day of the week for wait staff at restarants is Sunday. Go out of your way to be nice and friendly to those who serve your food. And, bless servers with a good tip. I have friends who have made it a ministry to bless their servers. They leave a card for the server with a nice monetary gift letting them know they are praying for them.
* Bible study supplies. Do you have a Beth Moore study with the audio CDs you no longer reference?
* VBS supplies. Everything from curriculum to craft supplies.
* Help them to set up a family blog or website by using your computer skills or fianances.
* Send their favorite candies or baking supplies such as chocolate chips which may be hard to get.
* Magazine subscriptions.
* Good books and movies.
* Books on tape.
* Ask what is hard to obtain on their mission field. It could be as simple as Oreo cookies to ink cartridges for printers to a needed medical supply.
* Remember the family’s birthdays and anniversary with cards and gifts.
* Be consistent in emails and cards expressing encouragement and prayer support.
On the Spot Needs
I believe in divine opportunities and many times that’s exactly how God works. He will put us in situations where we see a need and we have the choice to respond or walk away. God’s Word tells us that when it is in our power to do good, to do it.
“And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. As is it written: ‘He scattered abroad his gifts to the poor; his righteousness endures forever.’ Now he is who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness. You will be made rich in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God. This service that you perform is not only supplying the needs of God’s people but is also overflowing in many expressions of thanks to God. Because of this service by which you have proved yourselves, men will praise God for the obedience that accompanies your confession of the gospel of Christ, and for your generosity in sharing with them and with everyone else.” 2 Corinthians 9:8-13 NIV