Short on cash and time, but want to help your local charities?
Many local charities will accept functional items you no longer need as "gifts-in-kind". It just takes a bit of research. Check their websites to find out exactly what items you can donate.
A year ago, I discovered a vast array of items are accepted and re-used by charities I knew and trusted in my city (Toronto, Ontario). For example:
- Art work
- Building supplies
- Gift certificates
- Hand-knitted clothes
- Household items
- Medical and health supplies
- Office furniture
- Pet care
- Points and airline miles from loyalty programs
- Recreation items, entertainment tickets
- School supplies
- Toiletries and personal care products
- Transit tokens
Who is helped by donating gifts-in-kind? Here's a sample:
- Children & youth
- Abused women & children
- People who are homeless
- Low-income families
- People with disabilities
- People with AIDS
- Create a blog of charities in your city/town that accept gifts-in-kind.
- Here's an example of a blog of charities in Toronto, Canada that accept gifts-in-kind. Quick links help you find items to donate, who to help, and names of charities. Each charity has a description of who they help, what they do, items needed, their location, and their website URL.