Donate Differently: No Money, No Problem!
Are you on a tight budget and don’t have the funds to donate cash money? There are so many ways to give back without breaking out that checkbook or Venmo. Here’s how to donate without actually giving up your cash.
Register With Amazon Smile
By registering your Amazon Prime account with smile.amazon.com, Amazon will donate 0.5% of your purchase–excluding shipping, handling and taxes—to the charity of your choice. It’s a great way to consistently give back when you buy items you regularly purchase.
Donate New Socks And Underwear to Homeless Shelters
Everyone needs underwear and socks. But when you’re homeless, access to clean undergarments and warm socks is a luxury. Socks and underwear are the least donated items, but the most needed by homeless shelters.
Register Your Grocery Loyalty Card to The Charity of Your Choice
Pretty much every grocery store today has a loyalty card. Many loyalty cards will give money to a local charity if you register your card with the store. Grocery stores such as Kroger, Dillon’s, Ralph’s, Smith’s, and Harris Teeter will donate a percentage of your purchase without adding anything to your bill.
Donate Used Blankets And Towels to Animal Shelters
If you have blankets and towels that you no longer want or need, contact your local animal shelter or animal rescue. Most organizations are not picky about donations, but some do require that blankets are not stuffed with any type of padding. Be sure to wash all of the items you plan on donating prior to dropping them off.
Collect Clean Plastic Shopping Bags
A great way to reuse plastic shopping bags is to donate them to your local animal shelter. The bags are used by dog walkers for cleanup outdoors. That is, if your city or state has not banned plastic bags.
Blood donation is a simple, four-step process: registration, medical history and mini-physical, donation and refreshments. It’s safe and easy and many people would not be alive today if donors had not generously given their blood. When you give blood, it gives someone another smile, another hug, another chance. It is the gift of life.
Share on Facebook And RT on Twitter
Follow your favorite charitable organization on your own social media pages. Then, share it with your friends and followers to get the word out about the organization. If you are passionate about a cause, it’s likely that your friends will be too.
However you donate your time or money, have a passion for the organization you are working with. If you are passionate about the cause it is more likely you will stick with it, donate more, and enjoy it. Find an issue that draws you in and research it. Visit charitynavigator.org to read about the organizations’ financials, accountability and transparency, income statement, mission, and compensation of leaders. The more you believe in the charity, the more of an impact you will make.
Be sure to check with your local charitable organizations before dropping off donation items. Find out what items they need to be the most effective in your giving.