Donating Tips for Every Season

Posted on Dec 16 2011 - 1:30pm by Tim Eyre

It’s getting to be the time of year where it is easy to get caught up in the hype of presents. Santa will soon bring good children gifts, families will provide presents, and charities will receive generous holiday donations. However, this is not the case for many. Especially when a time of high unemployment, the holiday season is not as fruitful for the less fortunate.

For those who are in the position to donate, you’ll be helping others in more ways than you can imagine (if you still need a reason, it’s also a tax write off as well). There are local toy drives, money collections like the Salvation Army, or plenty of places to donate items you already have. While it may feel like cheating, there are plenty of people  happy to get gently used belongings at a great price. And by donating what you’re no longer using, you’ll be able to clear up some extra space while also helping out others – a sentiment that shouldn’t be limited to Christmastime.

What to Donate
Each store may be different, but most second-hand stores take a variety of items. Furniture and clothes are usually their biggest sellers; everything else can be taken on a case-by-case basis. For example, electronics should be working, CDs shouldn’t be too scratched, etc. After all, it’s called donating, not getting rid of your broken, outdated, junk. And if you still have doubts if they will take it, just ask.

If it’s a food bank you’re donating too, oftentimes the best donation is money. The second-best donation is canned goods, although you may want to ask what they’re in need of. Check dates before you donate, and don’t clean out your pantry and hand off your leftovers. And as for fresh foods, they usually can’t be used as it can either parish too quickly or is against codes.

This holiday season help clear out some space while still helping others. Whether that space is in your basement or your bank account, you’ll be helping spread the giving season.

Do you have more donation tips? We want to hear them.

Tim Eyre