Monday, January 24, 2011

How About Helping a Single Parent?

I have been thinking alot about single parents. I have come up with a list of things a person could do to bless a single mom or dad.

1. take advantage of buy one, get one free offers and pass the free one on
2. give babysitting coupons
3. make 2 casseroles and pass one on
4. gasoline gift cards
5. a bill a month club: offer to take a bill for a number of months
6. a shoulder, listening ears
7. bus pass
8. pay for an oil change
9. purchase some staples: toilet tissue, soups, pudding, toothpaste, etc.
10. offer to work in the yard, do some painting

I am sure there are more ways to help. Can you think of some other ways? Is there someone who comes to mind as you read this post? That may be your cue.


  1. Barb,

    This is such a great, inspiring post. Many will be touched and hopefully moved to make a difference.

  2. My school district has a group of people called "Guardian Angels." They agree to help out--one time per year--by fulfilling a need. They purchase something that has been deemed a necessity, and it never exceeds $30. The district social worker has a notebook, and some only help out at a particular school while others help out anyone who is needy.

    Your post is a great one, because many of your ideas cost nothing, except for a bit of sweat.

    How about an offer to join you at a cultural/community event? You drive the parent and the kid(s) and get to know each other better as you engage in a fun activity.

  3. Thanks to Sioux and Jennifer for their encouraging comments. Hopefully, others will find ways to be a blessing to a family.

    Thank you to my newest follower, Chatty Crone. Visit her blog at
    as well as Sioux at,
    and Jennifer at

  4. Wouldn't the world be a kinder place if everyone who could, particiapted? This is a fantastiv idea.

  5. Gosh I have to admit - I haven't thought about that - what a great idea. sandie♥

  6. I have a new friend who is a single mom and I sent her this book (reviewed on a blog I follow).

    God Loves Single Moms: Practical Help for Finding Confidence, Strength, and Hope

    Thanks for all the great ideas.

  7. Thank you, Sally, for this book title. I will have to get a copy.

  8. Hi Barba,
    As usual, your posts are always enlightening and uplifting. I volunteer at a food pantry, and while people generally donate food and canned goods, what some single parents need that aren't donated a lot are things like dish detergent, soap, paper towels, and the like.

  9. Thank you, Donna, for your comments. You are right about the need for soaps, detergents, paper towels, etc. People have to make hard decisions when the finances are tight or not there at all.