Four Ways to Be Charitable Without Writing a Check

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Maybe you’re feeling like giving back to your community, or perhaps you’re in desperate need of a tax write off. Regardless of the reason, you know that you want to help out some charitable causes, but you aren’t exactly sure what you want to do. Even though monetary donations are usually always at the top of every charity’s wish list, all charity work doesn’t have to involve writing a check. If you want to help a charity and do something a little unique there are many different options open to you.

Make a Sick Child Smile with Your Xbox

If you were born in the 1980s or 1990s it’s safe to assume that you’ve played your fair share of video games. Your old gaming consoles could be doing more than collecting dust on your shelf. If you donate your old consoles and games to a children’s hospital, you’ll be cheering up sick children and getting rid of old gaming systems at the same time. Many children’s hospitals have special play areas set up for children, and video games have quickly become one of the most in-demand toys. You don’t need to donate the newest game releases; your old PlayStation or N-64 would be more than enough for the average hospital.

Help People in Need by Donating a Car

People always seem to be a little confused about giving car donations. Many people believe that only cars in excellent working condition are accepted by charities, but almost any vehicle that can run will gladly be accepted by charities that specialize in car donations. The cars could be going to people who are in need of a vehicle. Veterans returning from active duty, families who need transportation from work and school, and people who need vehicles to properly search for jobs could all use your 1994 Honda Accord.

Your car could even directly help the charity work itself; charity volunteers need cars, so they can get to and from events. Charities that accept car donations may also accept other transportation vehicles; you may get lucky and be able to get rid of your old motorcycle, mobility scooter, and RV along with your car.

Find Shelter Animals Homes With Cuddles

In the United States it’s estimated that anywhere from 5-7 million animals enter shelters each year, and all of those millions of animals need good homes. Some gentle and kind animals have been abused by humans and as a result they act very fearful around them, a cowering or hiding animal may be mistakenly perceived as unfriendly when, in reality, they’re just not used to being around non-abusive humans.

These animals benefit from being around kind of and loving people and learning how to properly interact with people. Volunteering to help to socialize shelter animals could help find countless of scared animals loving homes, and all it would take is a few hours of your time to walk, pet, cuddle, and play with them.

Save Lives By Donating Blood/Bone Marrow

Is there anything as simple and important as donating blood? Many healthy adults between the ages of 17 and 65 are eligible blood donors, and most can give blood every 3-4 months. The blood donation process can take as little as 10 minutes, and signing up to give blood also makes you eligible for an even more important type of donation. Bone marrow transplants can save the lives of cancer patients, aplastic anemia sufferers, patients with auto-immune diseases, and countless others.

The next time you get your blood drawn ask for the nurse to check your tissue type since bone marrow recipients are matched through tissue types and white cell counts. You don’t need to have major surgery to donate; the procedure is done under general anesthesia, and doctors only use needles and syringes to harvest the marrow. All you’ll need is a few days to recover, and what job wouldn’t give you a few days offer after you volunteer to save lives?

This is a guest post.  Brendan Kenny is a part of an elite team of writers who have contributed to hundreds of blogs and news sites. Follow him @Beekayyyyyy.

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