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Think that donating money is the only way you can help a charity? Think again! Here’s 8 ways your can support charities without donating money…
Who feels a little overwhelmed or overloaded with requests for donations from charities? It can sometimes seem never-ending, particularly when you are approached by people on every street corner or in every shopping centre asking for your financial support.
Whilst I’m sure we’d all love to give more, sometimes monetary donations are just not feasible in our budgets. The good news is that there are many ways you can meaningfully contribute to supporting charities WITHOUT having to donate money!
Donating to charity can increase your happiness and overall life satisfaction. The 8 points below will help you get all the benefits from donating without spending a cent! Winning! Now what are you waiting for?
1. Give blood
Most people between 18 – 65 can donate blood. The process is simple and painless, and at the end they give you a cookie. Oh and every donation can save three lives! Three lives for a few minutes of your time and a bit of blood you weren’t using anyway. Well worth it! You can also donate plasma and platelets if you have a bit of extra time and good veins. Contact your local blood service for more information.
2. Clean out your closet
Most of us have too many clothes as it is. While there’s been a movement for capsule closets and becoming more minimalist, you don’t have to go to any extremes to open your closet and take out anything you haven’t worn in over 12 months. Put it in a bag, and place it in a charity bin.
3. Clean out your pantry
Whilst I was emptying out our kitchen cupboards during our last move I realised just how many non-perishables we had that we were never going to use. A simple google search will tell you which local charities accept food donations. Drive and drop-off.
4. Adopt a pet
If your family is looking for a new pet to love, why not look at adopting rather than shopping? If you aren’t ready to commit to a forever pet you can also foster pets to help local animal shelters.
5. Volunteer your time
This is a broad option because there are so many ways you can donate your time to charity. A little research will give you plenty of ideas, but here are some to start you off:
- Volunteer to call an elderly community member every day to check in on their welfare.
- Volunteer at a soup kitchen once or on a regular basis.
- Volunteer to visit seniors in a retirement home.
- Volunteer to help fundraise for a charity.
6. Get a haircut
Some charities collect human hair for wigs to assist cancer patients. Again, a google search will help you find these in your local area but if you have long locks and have been thinking of getting a chop – why not donate them?
7. Hone your craft and donate the spoils
Love knitting? Why not create some beanies for premature babies? Or some scarves or blankets for the homeless or disadvantaged.
8. Become an organ donor
At any one time there are 1600 on the transplant waiting list in Australia. Just a single organ and tissue donor can change the lives of 10 people. Although it isn’t necessarily a pleasant thing to think about, it is good to be prepared. If this is something you’d be interested in – register, carry your donor card in your wallet, and make sure you let your family know your wishes.