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Donating as an Act of Kindness Also Requires Transparency

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It is estimated that 80% of donated clothing in the United States ends up in charitable organizations for distribution to the needy, and also for funding. Through donating your clothes to charity, you can help someone who really needs and touch someone’s life in an unexpected way. However, the act of charity donation entails more than just picking random unused items from your closet and placing them on donation bins. It involves an extensive donation plan that will often come from your goodwill.

While financial donations are the most common form of donations and often the best way to help, many non-profit organizations are open to other assistance, including food stuff and volunteer work. Often, it’s the little things that you do that matters the most and you don’t have to be extremely rich to donate to whatever course you believe in. So, if you have anything you’d love to donate, it’s important you prepare and organize them in an acceptable way, especially clothing donations.

If your charity donations involve clothes and other related products, there are few steps you can follow whether there will be clothing donations pick up plans or you’ll be dropping them off at the donation bins. These steps include.

Declutter Your Closet
This is your first process to your charity quest and it involves thorough decluttering of your closet space. Here, it’s necessary to create two stockpiles of clothes your normally wear and those you rarely do. This will help you sort out the clothes and get a better understanding of what needs to be donated. Do you really need that many trousers, skirts, t-shirts, shoes, scarf and other accessories? Are you clinging to too many old clothes that don’t even fit properly? These are some of the questions you’d need to ask yourself before tossing away any outfit.

Prepare the clothes
After you’ve finally sorted out the donation items, you’d then need to check all the pockets to make sure you haven’t forgotten anything inside. While charity organizations ensure lost and forgotten items are returned to their respective owners, it can be a daunting task trying to find who owned the garment. The second thing you ought to do is to wash the clothes and although this isn’t mandatory, it’s important to donate clean clothes to encourage thrift resale and also reduce unnecessary work to the charities. In addition, if you have any garment that is torn and cannot be recycled, kindly don’t donate it. In preparation of the clothes, make sure they are completely dry and avoid using perfumed detergents on them to eliminate chances of an allergic reaction to those who’ll be wearing them next.

Properly package your clothing donations
Before scheduling clothing donations pick up, ensure you package the clothes into suitable containers such as tote bags, garbage bags and other bags. You could also consider putting sorting tags on the storage bags to help identify the type of clothing, especially if you are doing a large clothing donation.

What’s your mode of donation
There are few ways your donation can reach the intended party. You can either schedule clothing donations pick up, deliver your donation to the charity store or take the clothes direct to refugee centers or shelters. However, charity pick up and drop offs are most widely used means of donating clothes. Whichever mode use, do it in love.

03 Jul 2017

Four Reasons to Give Your Old Stuff to Charity

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If you are American, you are among the most fortunate people on the planet. We have so much food, it exceeds the amount we need and many of us struggle with overeating. In fact, there’s an entire industry built around learning to eat less of the food that we have readily at our fingertips. We have so many things that many times we get bogged down with our possessions. It’s impossible to get the house clean with all the stuff we have, and it’s difficult to think clearly among the clutter as well.

This is why we recommend, at least twice a year, going through your home and making charitable donations of the things you don’t want or need any more. When you make household goods and clothing donations, the world is a better place, for more reasons than one:

Four Reasons The Earth is a Better Place When You Give to Charity

  1. The organization you donate to is able to further their cause.

    For the most part, organizations that accept donations of household items and clothing do so for a good cause. Maybe they help military families. Maybe they help puppies. Maybe they help the puppies of military families. There is a cause for everything.

    Your donations might directly go to the military families or puppies that the cause you donated to supports, or (more likely) they might sell your unneeded household items in a thrift store to convert your junk to cash to meet the needs of the puppies, military families, or puppies of military families that they support.

    If there is a cause that you are passionate about, clearing out the unneeded junk in your home and donating it to a charity that supports that cause is an amazing way to do good for something that matters to you, while cleaning your home out, without costing you any extra money.

  2. Your mind, soul, and spirit are better off.
    When your home is filled with clutter, it clutters the mind. You can’t think clearly. You develop a sense of anxiety. In fact, sometimes the brain misinterprets your real problem (that you have too much stuff that you have no need for) and thinks that what’s wrong is that you’re lacking. This makes you go buy more stuff, and more stuff, in pursuit of that one thing that will make you feel fulfilled.

    This never-ending cycle is stopped when you donate your unneeded items to charity. Instead of being stuck in a rut that makes you feel like you never have enough stuff, and also gives you anxiety because you have too much stuff, giving to charity helps you clear clutter from your home, which also clears your mind.

    Also, doing good gives you a sense of warm fuzzies that energizes the mind and body.
  3. The Earth is better of when you donate to charity.

    It’s no secret that humankind is really hard on our planet. We make the things we don’t need in factories that use a lot of energy and produces a lot of pollution. When we’re done with said item that we don’t need, we throw it in a landfill, basically a giant hole full of trash in the ground. Then we replace it with another item we don’t need. The whole process makes the Earth send out frowny face emoticons to its friends.

    When you give to a good cause, it also helps Mother Nature. You’re giving your unneeded item another life instead of throwing it into the trash. The person who buys your donated good doesn’t have to go buy it brand new, which saves that energy and pollution that would have been produced making it twice. Plus, when an item is reused instead of made twice, the wasted energy of shipping and the wasted trash of packaging the item are saved. This makes the earth send the emoticon with the huge smile and the heart eyes.

  4. The economy is better when you give to charity.

    The charity you help is better off when you donate unneeded items, but so is the people who buy your goods for pennies on the dollar of what they’d have to pay for it new. Since they have more money, the other businesses they are able to use benefit from your donation. Your whole economy wins!

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19 Apr 2017

3 Ways You Benefit From Volunteering

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According to researchers from Harvard Business School, ?Happier people give more and giving makes people happier, such that happiness and giving may operate in a positive feedback loop.?

In other words, giving can be addicting.

There are hundreds, if not thousands, of charities and nonprofit organizations in the United States. People all over the country know the personal benefits of giving. Let?s take a look at three of the best reasons to donate or volunteer.

  1. Raise Awareness

    When you volunteer or make charitable donations to organizations that help military families and veterans, you can spread the word to your close friends and family. Those around you may not be aware of the hardships suffered by the brave veterans in their own community. You have the power to change their perceptions and open up their eyes to so many different issues that deserve attention.
  2. Meet New People

    Volunteering provides the unique opportunity to unite with others towards a common goal. When you helping families in need or raising funds to support veterans, you will meet other people who have similar beliefs and values. While doing good for the community, you can also expand your social network and develop strong bonds with people you may never have met otherwise.
  3. Boost Happiness and Self Worth

    Believe it or not, giving can feel a whole lot better than getting. Just the simple act of helping another person can give you a sense of purpose and satisfaction. When you do something worthwhile, like volunteering or donating, it?s truly a win-win situation. Those who participate in charities and volunteer work are typically happier than those who do not. Feeling like you have a higher purpose is one of the best ways to obtain and sustain happiness.

As many as 70% of Americans donate in some form every year, and it?s easy to see why. By donating or volunteering to those less fortunate than yourself, you can educate the public, expand your social circle, and improve your own sense of well being and purpose in the world.

Help military families and veterans today. Look for a nonprofit organization in your local area or donate online.

15 Nov 2016