Things You Didn’t Know You Could Donate

Although you want to help the less fortunate ones, setting aside extra money for charity can be overwhelming when you are in a financial rough patch. Fortunately, there are many other ways to help, and some of them cost nothing. Choosing to donate old clothes and appliances to charities is an amazing way to help others without spending a dime. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if you could giveall the things that have been sitting around your home to the ones that actually need them? Well, we have some good news for you. There are many things you didn’t know you could donate and you are about to find out more about them.

Old blankets, sheets and towels

It’s amazing how many things that we don’t use can be more than helpful for the ones in need. If you are moving soon, packing is a great opportunity to declutter and donate the things you don’t use.  While you are preparing your items for safe relocation, separate all the items you don’t use anymore. More things than you can imagine could be donated or at least recycled.

sleeping dog
Your old blankets can make someone warm

With a huge number of homeless people and animals in shelters, any help is much appreciated. Donating your clean old blankets and towels is as good as any other donation.  Especially if you decide to use the right kind of moving supplies, instead of your old sheets and blankets, you will be able to help someone by donating them. You will help people in need as well as our furry friends while you are eliminating unnecessary waste. And even if some of them are torn or stained, they can still be useful. Even if they won’t use them as clothes, they can convert them into rags.

Old newspapers and plastic bags

Don’t worry if you don’t have any extras sitting around the house, there is still a way to help. Start saving up your old newspapers, they can also be donated on a monthly basis. Add to that any old papers you have and plastic bags and you can donate even more. And remember, the more things you donate before moving, the more you will cut your moving costs.

Most noteworthy, newspapers are often used at animal shelters to line kennels, and bags can always be used to pick up after the animals. You can get more information on shelters you can donate to in your area on the ASPCA or Humane Society websites. These are the things you didn’t know you could donate, and we all have them sitting around our house.

Your old Halloween costumes can make someone's day
Your old Halloween costumes can make someone’s day

Halloween costumes

Nowadays, when most people are paying their home mortgages and their kids’ college, it is perfectly understandable when there is not much left for charity. That is why the opportunity to donate something other than money is so revolutionary. And you can find those opportunities in the most unexpected places. For example, if you can’t bear to wear the same costume two Halloweens in a row, donate the old one to Goodwill. They are actually taking costumes at any time of the year, although they are probably the most appreciated around September. Think about how happy you will make some kid or even a grown up by giving them a Halloween costume. We should never forget that one man’s garbage is another man’s gold.

Crayons and markers

Whether your kids stopped using their crayons and markers or you bought new ones, imagine how much kids in need would appreciate them. They are definitely one of the things you didn’t know you could donate, and you probably have a lot of them. Also, you can donate them to programs like Crazy Crayons.  They accept old crayons that might otherwise unnecessarily make their way to a landfill, or just take up space in your home.

You might think that the difference a few crayons make in a landfill is trivial, but it’s not. By recycling them you can save thousands of pounds of waste. Recycling is equally important as using green energy because it is also a way of making a donation, to our planet.

Don't throw away your old crayons, there are kids that would appreciate them
Don’t throw away your old crayons, there are kids that would appreciate them

Eyeglasses and hearing aids

With a huge number of people in the world suffering from vision damage, the demand for used eyeglasses is extremely high. Fortunately, organizations like the Lions Club have glasses recycling programs that collect and distribute glasses to people in need around the world. This is an amazing way to help them fight this problem. Additionally, they have a program for helping those whose hearing is impaired by refurbishing used hearing aids and giving them to the ones in need. Hence, when choosing to donate items like these, you are supporting programs that drastically change peoples’ lives! And at the same time, you are eliminating clutter from your home, so it’s a win-win situation.

Hair donations

You probably didn’t know that you can donate your hair to charities which specialize in providing wigs for people suffering from cancer or other diseases.This is a beautiful way to put a smile on someone’s face and it costs you nothing.


Old computers are probably one of the things you didn’t know you could donate. Whether your old computer is in working condition or not, you can donate it. Furthermore, desktop computers and laptops contain parts that are hazardous to the environment if not disposed of properly.Luckily, many Goodwill stores now accept computers to be recycled, free of charge. Also, you can donate all computer accessories such as keyboards, mice and USB drives.

The best of all things you didn’t know you could donate- your time

Sadly, the world is full of people in need. And what they need the most, more than anything else, is a friend. Hence, the best of all things you didn’t know you could donate is your company and your time. Whether you choose to animate the little ones in children’s hospitals or read to the elderly at some nursing home, kindness comes with no price. And remember, happiness is like a boomerang. When you make someone happy, you will get even more in return.

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