While most charities always accept cash donations, money is definitely not the only thing people need. Here are five things you may have lying around your house that you didn’t know you could donate to charity.
Old Towels and Blankets
Animal shelters are always accepting old towels or blankets, whether they need them to place on the floor of kennels or pad the bottom of kitty adoption boxes. These items are essential to keep animals warm and comfortable!
Plus, donating them to a shelter keeps them out of a landfill and keeps sweet puppies and kittens cozy.
Eyeglasses and Hearing Aids
Many people with vision impairments aren’t able to afford eyeglasses or contacts due to the price of these items. The same is true of those in need of hearing aids. That’s where charities come in.
There are a few organizations out there that collect used glasses and hearing aids and refurbish them in order to pass them on to someone in need. By getting rid of an object that’s gathering dust in your home, you could drastically improve someone else’s quality of life. And yes, hearing aids and eyeglasses qualify. Check with your local Lions Club and any participating Walmart Vision Center.
Another thing you didn’t know you could donate to charity is airline miles. If you’re a frequent flier, consider donating your unused miles. Make-A-Wish Foundation is an organization that grants sick children’s wishes, often sending them and their families to the child’s dream destination. Your unused airline miles could buy someone a trip of a lifetime.
If your kids have tons of unused toys, this option is for you. Donate your kiddos’ old stuffies to charity. Organizations such as SAFE (Stuffed Animals for Emergencies) distribute them to shelters, police stations, and fire stations. They are then handed out to provide a small source of comfort to kids who have undergone a traumatic event.
Your Old Car
There are plenty of reasons you should donate your car to charity. Charities can convert old cars into mobile kitchens, libraries, or food pantries. Your vehicle could also be fixed up and given to a family in need, which could make all the difference to individuals who need to get to drive to work and struggling parents.
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