Types of Donations:
While most charities accept and appreciate money, there are many other ways to donate. Everyday items that you may have around the house may be useful to a family in need. Below you will find a list of just some alternatives for donation:
Hair – Your hair can help “financially disadvantaged children in the United States and Canada under age 21 suffering from long-term medical hair loss from any diagnosis.” – Locks of Love
Cars, Boats, Other Vehicles – Running or not, your old car can help out a veteran or enable a volunteer to deliver a meal to a sick neighbor. America’s Car Donation Center, Cars for Veterans and Cars for Homes by Habitat for Humanity are a few examples.
Time – Time spent reading to sick children and visiting the elderly is time well spent. Often a few hours of planting trees or
Computers – Many schools and churches will accept old, but functioning, electronic equipment.
Clothes – Local shelters can make use of gently used clothing. Sometimes religious and other charitable organizations send care packages overseas to families in need.
Household Goods – To you, it’s a mismatched set of silverware. To a family whose house was destroyed in a fire, it’s a step towards home.
Food – “Right now, millions of Americans are struggling with hunger. These are often hard-working adults, children and seniors who simply cannot make ends meet and are forced to go without food for several meals, or even days.” – FeedingAmerica.org
Blood – Contact your local blood bank to see if there is a need for your blood type.