How to Give from Your Home
by Roger Carr
When we think about giving
from our wealth, most of us think of giving financially. However, there
are other ways of giving from our wealth. Some of those ways are right
in front of us every day. The following are some examples to consider:
Clean out your closets and drawers of all clothing that is either too
small or too large to fit you. Also, get out any clothing that you have
not worn for a long time. Donate those clothes to a charity or church
that will reuse the clothes or sell them to raise funds.
Don't stop with cleaning out your unused clothing. Go through all of
your books and any toys that might be in your home as well. If they
don't get used, put them to good use by donating them.
Phones. It seems that many people are getting their cellular
phones replaced every couple of years. What do you do with the old
phone? There is an organization that redistributes those phones to
people that might need one for emergency situations but can't afford
it. Contact the Charitable Recycling Program at 1-800-527-4700 x301 for
more information. They have collection sites across the United States.
Are you about ready to purchase a newer car? What are you going to do
with the one you are currently driving? Many charities accept donations
of used cars. Most of them sell the cars in an auction to raise funds
for their cause. Checking with your favorite charity or doing a search
on the Internet for "auto donation" will give you some options if you
are considering this.
Don't throw out your old glasses or let them collect dust somewhere in
your home. The Lions Club International has been collecting eyeglasses
for approximately 80 years. They will put them to good use in
Every year the Boy Scouts in my area collect canned goods to donate to
churches and shelters to help feed those who need the help. You can
help by giving food to your local churches and shelters. Check in
advance for rules on what they can and cannot accept.
If you are remodeling or have household appliances you are no longer
using, consider donating them as well. Furniture and appliances may be
accepted as donations at charities such as Goodwill Industries
International, Inc. Call ahead to make sure they are accepting them at
Not only will making these
donations help others, but it will also give you some additional space
and a great feeling. You may even be able to use your donations to
reduce your taxes.
What are you waiting for?
Start opening your closets, drawers and cupboards now and donate your
unused items to help others. You may be wealthier than you realize.
Roger Carr is the
founder of Everyday Giving. His life purpose is to help people help
others. To learn more ways to give, sign up for the free Everyday
Giving ezine at http://www.everydaygiving.com.
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