The holiday season shouldn’t be the only time that you give back or indulge in the spirit of philanthropy. Charities and the people they serve need assistance all year round and it’s a great way to teach your children about the importance of giving back. As I’m sure you know, there are all kind of charities out there: wounded veterans charities, homeless shelters, children’s charities, and so much more. It can sometimes be tough to pick who to sponsor or what you should send. However, in many cases, sending clothes or household items is just as great as giving money — almost 50% of recycled clothes are reused by others.
Why Should I Donate To Charities?
- That Feel Good Vibe
- Environmentally Friendly
- It Benefits You Too!
Philanthropy can make you happier and can make you a more positive person. Helping other people is always a good feeling and one that can rapidly spread. Indeed, about 70% of people who use social media would do something as a response to someone they know posting a story about a charitable donation or needing help. Some people may also think of it as good karma — what goes around, comes around.
Donating gently used clothing or household goods can actually help save the environment too! Clothing donations make up almost five billion tons worth of donations every year. Sadly, almost 11 million tons of clothing still get sent to landfills and Americans donate only 15% of their used clothing. That clothing could go to keeping someone warm or get them the job interview they really need. Additionally, almost 100% of textiles and clothing can be recycled — why not give back to someone who really needs it?
In some cases, you can also get a tax write-off if you donate. Some givers only support groups that grant you tax-exempt status per the IRS. You do need a receipt or a qualified appraisal along with your tax return, especially if you’re giving upwards of $250. Being charitable has never felt so good! It can also be a great opportunity for you to de-clutter. Instead of throwing out all that stuff you spring cleaned, why not go through it and see what is still in good condition? Some kid might love those bikes your kids have outgrown and that new outfit you only wore once might be the perfect fit for someone else. Keep your house organized, get rid of stuff you don’t need, and help others. Talk about a win-win situation!
How Do I Find Out About Places To Donate?
Some charity organizations may have a large network, like wounded veterans charities or children’s charities. Wounded veterans charities, for example, may be listed on a veterans’ association page and some hospitals may have a list of children’s charities to donate to. Word of mouth can also be a good way to find a charity, especially one that aligns closely with your interests.
Don’t save your good deeds just for the holidays. Consider donating year round or every few months. Your generosity could be the helping hand someone greatly needs.