You’ve probably seen charity organizations in your area looking for donations of clothing, food, household items, toys, and other goods that can go toward helping families in need. However, many people are unsure how to get started helping charity, or feel that what they have won’t really “count.” As a result, some people wind up throwing out perfectly salvageable goods, even though those items could have gone to a better home. For example, an estimated 90% to 99% of the clothing and textiles thrown away in the United States could have been recycled or reused, but unfortunately, not all of it is recovered or donated to charity first.
But charitable organizations are always looking for donations, no matter what those items happen to be. How do these items get picked up? And what are they used for? Take a look at some of the things a charity in your area may be seeking:
1. Clothing Donations: Because many people throw clothing away, it’s especially vital to give it to charity instead. Some clothing is given directly to the needy. Other charities may turn it over to thrift shops to sell, and then the profits go to help charities and people in need. In some cases, the clothing is recycled if it is no longer wearable. All of these methods not only help your fellow community members, but they can save the Earth as well.
2. Food Donations: Many families today struggle to put food on the table, but fortunately there are charities that can help. Food banks and cupboards in communities help families in need take care of themselves. Additionally, many shelters and transitional housing charities need food donations, too, so don’t be afraid to ask them if they need anything either.
3. Household Goods Donations: Household goods, such as small appliances, kitchenware, linens, and other necessities can be luxuries for some families. By donating items you no longer need, you’re ensuring that they can make meals for themselves at home (which saves them money) and have plenty of items for their personal hygiene and comfort.
4. Toy Donations: These are especially useful around the holidays, but they are welcomed by most charities year round. Some charities will only accept new toys, but others will take gently used, clean toys also. While they aren’t “necessary,” these donations can help parents who might not be able to afford toys still show their children how much they love them.
Do you have anything you could donate to charity? Are there any charities in your area that are looking for donations? Tell us in the comments. Find out more at this site.