It’s natural to become intimidated by the word ‘charity’, especially when you don’t have much money yourself. This word shouldn’t be something that scares you or makes you feel guilty from this day forward because even if you do not have a single penny to offer those in need, that doesn’t necessarily mean you cannot help out. In fact, there are plenty of ways you can give back and today we are going to talk about a few different options you have so you can feel great knowing you are 100% capable of helping out a cause that you feel personally connected with.
Everyone Has Time
The great thing about giving back through charity is the fact that they do not only need money. Charities can definitely use your time. Contact your local charities and see if they need any help. You may be asked to do anything from organize food or items they are giving to their members, greet people as they walk through the door, or clean up. Many charities are struggling and barely have enough staff to keep up so they would probably be thrilled to have an extra body around to make everything run smoother.
Donate Things You No Longer Need
Let’s say you have zero money to spare and are extremely busy, barley having enough time to spend with your family. You can still donate. I’m sure you have something around your house that you no longer need, whether it’s clothing, canned food or old toys that your children have long grown out of. You can even donate old cell phones that you may have lying around, glasses that you never use anymore or a car, even if it isn’t running.
Over the years, it’s very easy to end up having a lot of items throughout your home that aren’t necessarily needed, so why not give those items to someone who could truly use them, all while cleaning up your home and increasing the amount of space you have for your other belongings? Plus, donating verses having a garage sale is going to save you a lot of time and stress.
Donate Your Hair
Another great thing you can donate is your hair. Charities such as Locks of Love accept hair and give it to individuals under the age of 21 who have permanent hair loss due to medical reasons, most commonly from alopecia areata which there is no cause or cure known for at this time. The great news is, the hair will grow back and you can donate time and time again.
Put Your Coupons to Good Use
You’ve probably used coupons at some point in your life, right? You’ve also probably received something free through a coupon, as well. This would be a perfect opportunity for you to give to a charity. Even something as ‘simple’ as a bottle of shampoo can make a big difference for someone in need.
Purchase From Companies Who Donate
Look for shops locally or online (wherever you normally purchase the things you need) that donate a percentage of what you spend to charities. An example of this would be Target and their REDCard. Every time you shop at Target using your REDCard (a Target Credit Card) a percentage of what you spent gets donated to schools. You even get to choose the school that is being donated to, which I thought was pretty neat.
Trade What You Want for What Someone Else Needs
No matter how small your budget may seem, there are probably things you spend money on that you do not technically need. This may be a coffee you allow yourself once a week, a trip to the movie theatre or a meal at your favorite restaurant. Instead of using your money to purchase those types of things, consider using that money to help out a charity of your choosing. If you do not feel comfortable giving the cash, you can spend the money on something that a charity needs. Did you know simply cutting out a $4 coffee once a week will give you an extra $208 per year to work with?
No Donation is Too Small
Even the smallest donation can make a huge difference, so never feel as though you don’t have enough to offer. One child who receives a single teddy bear may hold on to that stuffed animal the rest of their life and have a source of comfort through it as they bounce from home to home. A mere dollar can help go towards purchasing food or beverages at local homeless shelters.
While one person may not be able to change the world alone, when we all come together; major changes occur and lives are altered forever. Take a moment to think about how you can donate.
Eve Torres is a freelance writer who works for various charitable organizations and loves to write articles that encourages people to help the needful.