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16 Ways to Do Well By Doing Good

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In most instances, people find as much pleasure in giving as the recipient obtains from receiving. Though monetary donations go a long way to help many fine charities, many people caught in the turbulence of the economy understandably cannot afford to part with finances. But there are countless other ways people can provide donations. Being charitable does not necessarily include giving money.

Aluminum Cans

Local schools, churches and other organizations often times collect aluminum cans for various moneymaking projects. Also, check with Habitat for Humanity. The organization sells the cans to buy much needed building materials and supplies that go into housing projects.

Blood

The Red Cross continually organizes blood drives in numerous communities across the country. However, be sure to eat a rich protein meal beforehand and drink plenty of fluids prior to donating.

Books

Many facilities and organizations readily welcome donations of books and or magazines. Check hospitals, nursing homes, senior centers, women’s centers, VA centers and prisons. Local libraries may or may not accept books, or may sell them for proceeds.

Business Attire

Many men and women require professional clothing for job interviews but cannot afford to purchase the items. www.dressforsuccess.org and www.careergear.org are two organizations accommodating this need for many.

Carpet

Individuals not knowing what to do after replacing old carpet might check with animal shelters. Many use remnants for bedding. Some local radio stations provide free listings; persons may also offer the carpet to anyone in need.

Computers

Instead of inhabiting a landfill, old computers and other technology are frequently welcomed at a local non-profit organization for bookkeeping or records. http://www.computerswithcauses.org and other organizations will also gladly find a home for the equipment.

Cupboard Excess

Whether it be an abundance of travel mugs, sippy cups, extra bakeware, silverware or other no longer used items taking up space, ask the local food pantry if they would be interested in donating these items to families in need. The same goes with plentiful garden veggies. Families experiencing tough times would more than likely be delighted to have fresh, homegrown food.

Eyeglasses

Local Lion’s Clubs takes prescription eyeglasses and recycles them for funds to provide new prescriptions for children in financially struggling families. Some optometrists also welcome eyewear for use as replacement parts.

Flowers

Whether flower arrangements come from funerals or weddings, many local facilities rearrange the bouquets for the adoration of others. Check with hospitals, nursing homes, senior centers or possibly local upcoming events.

Gowns

www.makingmemories.org is a charity that accepts wedding gowns for women experiencing the devastating effects of breast cancer. Prom dresses or other gowns and quilts are also accepted. The organization strives to provide survivors with happier memories while providing education and support.

Hair

Put a smile on the face of a child enduring hair loss because of a chronic medical condition or necessary treatment. Locks of love utilizes human hair to provide hairpieces and wigs for children in the US and Canada. Just cut off a ponytail 10” or more in length and send it in a sealed envelope. For further information, check http://www.locksoflove.org.

Home Improvement Supplies and Tools

Individuals upgrading tools or having surplus from an improvement project can put these items to good use. Habitat for Humanity and similar organizations are more than willing to accept various building supplies and tools. Rather than taking excesses to local landfills, check www.habitat.org for lists of needed supplies.

Shoes

Nike’s Reuse-A-Shoe program takes donations of old athletic shoes, separate the different components, grinds the pieces down and makes sustainable raw materials. The recycled materials construct basketball courts, playgrounds and tennis courts. Individuals may visit www.nikeuseashoe.com for details.

Space

Donate the space on your lapel, wrist or on a vehicle bumper to display a pin, bracelet or bumper sticker to a favorite charity. Many organizations willingly supply items for this purpose. Individuals may not be able to benefit charities themselves with financial donations, but the free advertisement often causes others to stop and think.

Time

Tending to little ones in a church nursery, or visiting a lonely person in a nursing home are situations where people gladly welcome donations of time. Perform a chore or run errands for someone not physically able, or volunteer through a local organization. Most communities have various places needing people to relinquish a little free time.

Voice

Individuals might consider reading a book aloud while recording for www.librivox.org. The organization develops audio books, educational material and radio material for the sight impaired.

 

Jessica Bosari is an Internet copywriter and blogger for various publications and her own blog. You can read more of Jessica's work here. If you have any comments or questions about SavingTools or about saving money, leave your comments in the form below or email jessica@savingtools.com. Thanks!

 

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