How to make a donation:
If you want your checkbook to follow your heart,
Make a donation to those doing work you support.
Donna Brazile

There are numerous ways to make a donation.  Some as simple as opening up your wallet, taking out your credit card and doing an online donation.  Others can be more complicated like building a house.

Why Donate

There are plenty of people who lack.  They lack housing or toys or access to health care, etc.  There are plenty of people who have needs.  They need a mentor, or they need relief from an illness or they need help around the house.

There are so many needs and wants that it can be overwhelming.  How can you give to everyone?  You can’t.  It’s best to pick one or two organizations or causes that you want to support and then stick with them for all of your donations both physical and monetary.

How To Donate

If you want to donate your time, there are numerous ways to do it from serving meals at a soup kitchen, helping to build houses with Habitat for Humanity, mentoring students or being a Big Brother or Sister to a child.  You can also reach out to shelters, to senior centers and/or senior housing to volunteer your time.

Or you can donate goods as opposed to services.  You can help to restock a food pantry or donate gently used clothing or donate new or gently used toys.  When my son was young, each Christmas, he would select some of his toys to donate to our church.  There was a gentleman at church who would clean and fix used toys and then sell them at the Church’s Christmas Bazaar.  His toys were a big draw and people would stand outside of the door waiting for it to open in order to get to his toys.  Teaching your children early to be generous with their time and their “things” is important.

Finally, if you don’t know what to do or what’s available to you locally, you can go to Volunteer Match and they will help connect you with the volunteer opportunity that is right for you.

You might also find some inspiration in these previous posts:
Take the Plunge for a Good Cause
It Was So Easy It Surprised Me
Help Those Still Suffering