Christmastime Giving to Charities

Christmas is a time when mankind turns from thinking just about their family to thinking about other – especially those who are less fortunate.  If you are thinking about giving to a charitable organization, here are some ideas of things that you can do.

Money is always a welcomed donation that is the most versatile and is always appropriate. If you have some that you can afford to give, you can never go wrong with giving cash.

If you feel that you cannot afford to give money, you can give gently used clothing.  Go through your closets and select clothing that no longer fits or that you no longer wear. Make sure it’s in good condition, wash it, and drop it off to the thrift store.  At Christmas time, coats, sweaters, hats, gloves, and boots are especially welcome.

Also consider giving toys.  Go through your children’s toys, select some that they have outgrown, and wash and sanitize them before you donate them.

Some charitable organizations such as Toys For Tots and Shop With a Cop request new toys still in their original packaging.  As you are shopping for your children, also purchase one or two toys that you could deliver to these organizations.  These toys will be given to needy families with children.

Are you considering getting new furniture for Christmas?  Why not donate the sofa, bed frame, TV, or dining room set that you are replacing to a thrift store.  (Do not donate mattresses because many thrift stores don’t take them.)  Make sure the furniture is in good shape and is useable and not something that should be hauled off to the junkyard.

Food banks and food coalitions are always in need of food donation.  Canned food, packaged dry food (such as noodles), and jars of peanut butter are good things to donate.  Do not give perishable foods or dairy products.