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5 Ways to Help Others Without Spending Money

Liz T.

Sometimes we want to help others, but money is tight! It is okay; we can still be generous without spending money:

  1. Donate blood:

Blood is one of the most valuable gifts that anyone can give to another person – the gift of life. If you are in good health and weigh at least 110 pounds, you can donate blood. One unit of blood saves three lives! Whether a patient receives whole blood, red cells, platelets, or plasma, this energy-saving care starts with one person making a generous donation.

  1. Volunteer:

If you can’t spare money, spare some time. You can tutor a kid, teach Sunday school, coach sports, or pick-up litter. There are a lot of volunteer programs you can join. Think about something you like doing and find a place where you can volunteer to help in that. You can also babysit; most moms are looking for a “day out,” but they don’t have anyone to take care of their kid.

  1. Give garden extras:

If you have a garden, fruit trees may shower you with way too many peaches, pears, or apples. You can share this extra food with people you know, neighbors, Meals on Wheels, domestic violence shelters, and other charities. They may seldom enjoy fresh fruits or veggies. If you don't have a garden, you can consider planting a few veggies or fruits to donate later on when they bloom.

  1. Donate discards:

Cleaning out your closet, attic, or garage? Too many books or clothes? Instead of throwing excellent items away, donate them to a charity or give them to someone who could use them! You can get a tax receipt for a charitable donation.

  1. Provide your knowledge:

Your expertise can help others. You can serve on a board of advisers for a church or charity. Retired business people volunteering for the Service Corps of Retired Executives can advise new entrepreneurs on navigating the marketplace. Mentoring can be informal, such as a former educator guiding a brand-new teacher or experienced parents helping first-timers care for their newborn.

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