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Ways to Help a Charity Without Donating Money

October 16, 2018, 12:52pm EDT

Every great cause needs financial support to achieve its mission, but what if you want to help and can't afford to donate money? Fortunately, there are numerous ways to support a charity without reaching for your credit card. Here are six simple and impactful ways you can make a difference.

1. Donate blood

Donating blood is a quick and easy way to save lives. Most people can donate every three to four months, and the entire process typically takes just 15 minutes. Blood banks are always in need, so your contribution can make a significant impact.

2. Donate a car

If you have a car, truck, motorcycle, RV, or boat that you no longer need, consider donating it to the National Kidney Foundation through Kidney Cars. This not only supports a charitable cause but also frees up space on your property. You’ll even get a tax deduction!

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3. Donate household items

It's surprisingly simple to give back by decluttering your home. Donate items like gently used clothing, furniture, books, or even spare computers and electronics. Your donations can either be put to good use directly or sold to generate funds for the charity's vital work.

4. Register as an organ donor

You have the power to save lives or greatly improve someone's quality of life by becoming an organ, eye, and tissue donor. You can register for this selfless act when you pass on, or if you're a match, consider becoming a living donor, such as donating a kidney. Currently, over 120,000 people in America are waiting for a lifesaving organ transplant, and 13 people pass away daily while awaiting a kidney.

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5. Share your time

When your wallet is light, remember that many charities are in dire need of your time. Your skills can be of great value to a nonprofit organization. Assess how much time you can spare and look for charities that can benefit from your specific skills. Volunteering your time can be just as meaningful as financial contributions.

6. Help your neighbors

You don't have to travel far to find people in need of assistance. In your own neighborhood and community, there are likely individuals who could use a helping hand. From elderly neighbors who need assistance with household tasks to anyone facing life's challenges, lending a hand can make a significant difference. Simple acts like mowing lawns, raking leaves, doing chores, or even sharing a meal can brighten someone's day.

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