A lot of people who join me for the Kindness Challenge, especially in the early years, often thought kindness was connected to donations. And that can be true, and while it's obviously not the ONLY way to make a generous impact on your community, it is still most welcomed and very effective. So, we are including it here.
This is a win-win act of kindness. We get the benefit of cleaning our homes and shedding some unwanted items, and the donation facility of your choice receives good, quality items that can be used to benefit others.
So let's get creative here.
Clothing that hasn't been worn, outgrown, or you're "just not feeling it" articles can all be washed, bagged and donated to several charities. There are several- SEVERAL options in your state if you look. (P.S. Goodwill, while they make it SUPER easy for you to donate your items- is not necessarily a charity. They are a business.). There are homeless shelters, women's shelters, military organizations, family services... choose what would work best for the items being donated.
You can clean out your garage and donate tools to Habitat for Humanity, trade schools, Big Brother/Big Sister.
You can clean out the kid's toy boxes and release the toys that they have outgrown and put them in the hands of children who may not have anything at all if not for your kindness.
Clean out the pantry for can goods or overstocked box meals. Many churches offer a food pantry that families can come and select items they could use.
This also works for the bathroom panty too? Did you get a bit overzealous about the toothpaste that went on sale? Toilet paper, tooth brushes, extra towels, feminine products (maybe you don't need them anymore?), shampoo, conditioner, soap bars, liquid soap, bandaids, travel size everythings...
Nothing expired, of course, but you could also toss in, aspirin, suntan lotion, chapstick (does anyone buy just one?), calamine lotion, antibiotic lotion, wet wipes, razors, shaving cream, hand lotion...
Got extra snacks? Make some packages for the local homeless in your area. Maybe head to the Dollar Store and grab a couple extra items to tuck inside too... if you wanted.
Let's. not forget books! Some people love to hang on to their favorite books and others are a read 'em and let 'em go. I'm a little bit of both and am never in short supply of acquiring more! Lol! There are lots of places you can donate books, CDs, DVDs, even videos... even cassettes!! I love leaving books behind at those tiny lending libraries, at laundromats, bus stops, train stations and airports, clinics, parks... (Bonus, add a bookmark letting them know this book is not lost, but left behind on purpose as a "found gift for them"!)
Children's books are often most welcome at many places too. Church day care centers, low income schools, low income libraries...
You can donate coloring books to hospitals!
So many options! Get creative and Get cleaning!
You'll love the extra space and you'll sleep well knowing you've helped someone else.
This has become my annual event, where I purge all my "extra" items. I live in a small space and really don't have room for extras, so this works out perfectly for me. Wherever I happen to be in June, is where I donate.
As the saying goes, "One man's trash is another man's treasure." Don't let perfectly, usable items go to waste by just tossing them in the trash. Give them a new life in the hands of those who could use a little bit of help right now. You'll be glad you did.