- August 12, 2008 at 11:09 pm #261634
> I believe we all are able to help others no matter what our income is.
> Please help me think of more things to do. Especially ones which do
> not cost money. I would like to help more people.
Thanks for a great topic, Janice. Some ideas here are the same as
yours, and expanded. You have great idea there.
1. Back to School Kits: Some schools are so down-and-out that the
parents have to provide all the paper & everything. Right now, stuff
is so cheap, a kit would be easy to do–especially if you are buying
for your own. The kit could have extras from what your kids have–a
couple of pencils, pens, a pack of paper, glue stick, (some of this
stuff is 10 cents each right now), a composition book (50 cents),
ruler, and more. For under $3, it could be a decent kit!
2. Coupons: Great idea Janice! I have put coupons around the store
too. Libraries sometimes have a coupon box. Get a group of friends
together, combine coupons, and take them to the council on aging.
Leave coupons at the welfare office.
3. The Council on Aging (or whatever it is called in your town),
often does things to help the community. They disburse gently used
toys at Christmas in my old town. They could disburse coupons,
toiletries and other things that could be brought there.
4. Shelters: Many towns or a nearby city have shelters for people who
are struggling. If you have sample packs then a donation would be
free to you. They can use your tired but clean linens. Your old
magazines would be appreciated. They could use help in the kitchen.
5. Animals: For animal lovers, your very tired linens (even stained
ones) can be donated to shelters, hospitals, & kennels. If you have
leftover food, many places will take that too. Shelter allow
volunteers to come and help with the animals. Foster an animal while
they are found a home.
6. Periodicals can be shared widely and be recycled many times before
ultimately going to the dump for recycling. Newspapers can be
shared–as Janice mentioned–and when the sharing is over, the animal
places again can use them. Magazines can make the rounds, and end up
in doctor’s offices. The Council on Aging may take them as well.
7. Freecycles: Many folks do not like to ask for help even if they
need it. Freecycles is a way to give things without people worrying
about “asking for help”. ALSO, if you are skilled, why not pick up
something on Freecycles, repair it, and re-offer it. Things are
offered, but unusable by people who need it because they do not have
the money to hire someone to fix it. If you are crafty, accept the
free fabric or yarn on Freecycles, make something, and share that.
8. Food Pantries & Soup Kitchens: Donate food, or your time.
9. Network: Talk to everyone you know. We all know someone–at leat
indirectly–that can use a hand. Ask family, friends, and folks from
your social groups if they know anyone.
10. Scouts: Get children involved. One can mass produce school kits
or food bags with a troupe involved. The troupe could do an old
blanket drive for the animal shelter or put together Christmas care
11. Neighborhood Action: Fix that single mom’s lawn mower, or mow
the elderly neighbor’s lawn. Have a rototiller? Turn over a
neighbor’s garden. Share the bounty of your garden (like Janice
wrote). Share seeds. Make a meal large enough to share with a
neighbor. Help the injured: bring a meal, walk their dog. Offer the
use of your truck to help that family get a bureau from Freecycles.
Carry in an elderly neighbor’s groceries; better yet, have your older
child do it. Help someone load their car that is struggling. Stick
up for someone. If someone is in line in front of you with food
stamps, do not scrutinize their order. If they have wic, do not sigh
or roll eyes while they pay with the wic checks (some people really do
that). contact the school to see if you can help put up thanksgiving
baskets. if you cannot afford to buy food for them, you could fill
them or make the phone calls.
12. Gift Cards, $ Off Cards, Cards from Reward Sites: If you have a
gift card with $$ left over on it, give it to someone who can use it.
Other $ cards that you do not have to pay anything to share it are
those advertisements that come in with a $10 gift card. Our Kohls
sends them out one a year–with nothing else to buy. If they are $10
off $50, then pick up something for the $10 and donate it. Often a
needy person cannot use that type of card because they do not have the
other $40 to spend. If you belong to a reward site, donate your
points to a charity (most reputable reward sites have this option), or
get the cash card or gift card, and give it away.
13. Restaurants: If you get a gift certificate to a place you don’t
care for, give it to someone who needs a meal. Share a sub sandwich.
Once, on the way to a big city, I stopped at Subway first. I ordered
a small, and the girl made a large. I said that I’d take it. I gave
the other half to a homeless person. You can even make a few
sandwiches before going, and hand them out.
14. Veterans: Do what you can there. We have what we have because
of them. There are lots of organizations too. Who deserves more, but
gets less than them? There are a variety of ways to help. If you
cannot do much, write to “Any Soldier” in Iraq or Afghanistan, send a
15. Salvation Army, Good Will, & Others: The S.A. will take old
clothes and even pick up furniture. Other places may take only
clothes. Slip something in the S.A. Bell-Ringer’s bucket.
you only have change–it all adds up. If every person–every–dropped
a quarter in, they would probably have more $$ than they get from the
% of people who put in dollars.
16. Recycle: That helps everyone. I save all my metal for a young
man who lives with & cares fro his grandfather. He derives his income
through scrap metal. I save all my metal for him, and put the other
stuff out for the recycle truck. Maybe the Little League is doing a
newspaper drive or maybe your could give your returnables to them so
they can cash them in for uniforms or whatever.
17. Share the Ride: Offer a neighbor a ride to the doctor’s or
grocery store. Carpool with a co-worker who is struggling to pay for
their gas to get to work.
18. Shop through charitable Sites: If you shop on-line anyway, go to
a charitable site and click the link to your favorite store to start
shopping. Because you clicked their link, the store will give some
money to that charity.
19. Church Groups: Churches have many ways to help. Even if you are
a non-religious person, it is still OK to help through the church.
20. Start an Organization of Your Own: It is easier than you think.
You do not have to go through the Govt. and become a non-profit. You
could start at home in your neighborhood or town.
21. Spread the Word: Share these and any other ideas with any and
everyone! Pass it on, pay it forward. Include links to things at the
bottom of your e-mails.
Bless those that help others–they get as much out of it as those they
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