By Corbin Smith
The #LightTheWorld campaign that is done annually by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints has quickly become a major event all across the world. The large red vending machines are known worldwide and millions of people are blessed with Christmas gifts and supplies that bring comfort and much-needed security to their lives. The campaign continually brings the best out in all of us, giving us a platform to share our talents, serve others and share the holiday spirit we have inside of us. This year, even in a pandemic year, is no different. In fact, this year, even more than those previous, we are all needed even more to spread joy and Christmas cheer to the world.
Since November 15th, LightTheWorld.org has been live and full of service ideas that can help give us an idea to #LightTheWorld this year. If you don’t have the time to deep dive into the website, but you are still looking for ways to #LightTheWorld using your nursing skills and knowledge (or not!), you have come to the right place. Let’s find out what we can do!
Sign up for daily text reminders to Light the World.
Do you have a cell phone? Do you have a desire to serve in small ways everyday? If so, this is perfect for you!
In the past years the #LightTheWorld campaign has released a service calendar for the month of December. During each day during the month there is an activity an individual can complete to Light the World that day in a small way. Since this year has made it hard for us to physically go out and serve, many of the activities this year can be done by posting on social media. It is simple and easy, but, you never know, it can make a significant difference for somebody.
You can sign up for daily text message reminders by texting “LIGHT” to 71234.
Find volunteer opportunities at JustServe.org
Just Serve is a website where organizations post their volunteer needs and community members can find opportunities to volunteer their time and services.
Just Serve has a wide range of projects and organizations you can get involved with. You simply search your zip code and a list of available service opportunities will show up for you. Once you have the list of opportunities, you can filter them even further by adding specific volunteer skills you have, like nursing care, for example. You then choose a project and Just Serve will give you all the information you need to contact the organization you chose and get started!
Donate to a charity or non-profit of your choice
There are tons of different charities focused on making the world a better place that are always looking for donations of all sizes to help fund their efforts. You can find a large database of charities by going to latterdaysaintcharities.org.
Of course you can make any size of donation to the College of Nursing at any time during the year by visiting https://donate.churchofjesuschrist.org/donations/byu/nursing.html?cde1=492 and direct your gift toward mentored learning, scholarships, or global health experiences.
Watch and share videos of Christ this holiday
On the Light the World 2020 website there are tons of videos you can watch yourself or share with your loved ones at home or on social media. You can find videos about Christ himself and others around the world that are lighting up the world in their own special way. Who knows, maybe one of these videos will inspire a unique idea in you that will make a difference in someone’s life around you.
“Whistle as you work”
Everyone loves to see a smiling face during the holidays, especially if they find themselves in the hospital for whatever reason. Nurses often find themselves caring for individuals who are in the lowest of spirits and the most hopeless situations, but nurses can do wonders helping patients get back on their feet physically and emotionally.
Be a ray of positivity! Never forget the impact you have on those you treat.
The faculty and administration at the BYU College of Nursing hope you and your family have a special (and safe!) holiday season this year. We wish that there were more ways we could connect with you and be with you, but that will have to wait.
To our students, we cannot wait to be all together again next year, but until then, may we go #LightTheWorld in our own way this holiday season!