As we enter November we embark on the most wonderful holiday season. A season full of many things, including charity.
Giving to those less fortunate is something I feel everyone should do. There would be a whole lot more good in this world if we all gave to those less fortunate. Giving doesn’t just have to be of the monetary form though. Giving back may not be in your holiday budget. There are many ways to give back or contribute without needing any money.
Grow a Mustache or Cut Your Hair
It’s November which means men all over the world (or at least Canada and US) will be growing their mustaches out and raising money to do so in support of mens health and prostate cancer.
If you’re a man, shaving on November 1st and not doing so again until December 1st, while fundraising money, is a great and fun way to give back. Ladies with long hair can donate virgin hair to locks of love as well. An organization that makes human hair wigs for cancer patients.
Giving What You Have
A lady my sister knows recently found out she was pregnant. Her and her husband are going through a tough time financially (something I know a lot about!) so I offered up for her to have our infant carseat. With expiration dates on carseats now, it is unlikely that we will have another baby before this seat expires so I wanted to give it to someone who could benefit from it. I didn’t want to sell it since we didn’t pay much for it (year for store clearance sales) and would rather see someone just like this benefit from it. I’m glad it’s going to a good home.
I don’t know how it happens, but every so often, my pantry seems to get full of food I know my family won’t eat. Maybe we bought it for recipes that never came together, I’m not sure why or how this stuff ends up in my home but about once per year we go through our non-perishable foods and donate to our local food bank.
I also found out that you can give your boat for charity and receive a tax deduction for your effort. Once you donate your boat to a registered charity, it is then sold at auction with the money going to a good cause. You can actually choose from a list of charities, including children’s charities, diabetes management solutions, religious groups, and animal-based charities, depending on where you feel the money is most needed. You can donate any type of boat that you might have and the amount that the boat sells for at auction is what is given to the charity of your choice.
Going through stuff you already own and don’t need, and donating to someone who could use it is a great, and easy way to give.
Give Your Time
Giving your time is probably one of the most precious gifts you can give. I can tell you that if I give my time to someone or something, it must be important to me. I am a very busy person who cherishes every minute I have. I am strategic with how I manage my time and who I share it with. Giving time can be a huge help to someone.
While in my undergrad I went to the local veterans hospital a few times. Often doing nothing more than sitting and talking to a few patients. You can give time to a friend or family member who needs help or you can give time to a local charity that could use you. You decide how to best manage your time and decide who and what would benefit most from it. Never underestimate how even a few minutes volunteering can help someone.
Just because money is tight doesn’t excuse one from giving. Give time, give stuff or participate in a meaningful cause. None of these cost you money but all have the potential to make you feel like a million bucks.