Feeling charitable? When many people think of ‘giving to charity’, they tend to think of donations in the form of money. But this is not the only thing you can give away for free. In fact, there are many other things you can donate that can have a far greater positive impact than money. Below are just a few examples of some of the other things you can donate.
Donating food to food banks can help to support those struggling on a low income. Many supermarkets have places to donate food – this could be food that you’ve bought there in the shop or food that you have sitting unused in your kitchen cupboards. This page lists the best foods to donate.
Got some clothing in your wardrobe that you never wear? Donating this clothing to a thrift store could help to provide income to charities. You can also donate clothing directly to third world countries – things like jackets and shoes are greatly appreciated in poverty-stricken areas where people don’t have easy access to these items.
You can also donate old toys to second-hand stores. Toys can also be great for donating to orphanages and schools. Just make sure that they are clean and in good condition before donating them.
There are many people around the world who struggle to afford or gain access to toiletries including soap, shampoo, female hygiene products, toothpaste and deodorant. There are many charities that you can donate toiletries to who can distribute these to the right places.
Hospitals need a continuous supply of blood, and this can only come from donors. If you’re not too squeamish about blood, consider whether you could become a donor. You can find information on your local blood donation centre online.
There are many couples out there who suffer from fertility issues who would love to become parents. Donating your sperm or eggs could give these couples the chance to conceive a child. Visit your local clinic to see if you are eligible.
Donated hair is often used in wigs that may be supplied to those with hair loss conditions or those undergoing cancer treatment. There are companies online that can tell you exactly how to donate your hair.
Becoming an organ donor gives doctors permission to take your healthy organs when you die. These organs could be used to save the lives of patients that need an urgent transplant. You can read this page to find out how to become an organ donor.
Some people choose to donate property or land to charitable causes after they die. An estate lawyer can help you to include this in a will – which could include stipulating the exact usage.
One of the most valuable things you can donate is your time. Volunteers are needed by charities to carry out all kinds of tasks from running food banks to cleaning up beaches. Consider what jobs you’re willing to do and which causes you want to support and explore relevant ways to volunteer in your local area.