This list is from 2010. Please be sure to check each one first before you drop off items.
Give and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap; for the measure you give will be the measure you get back. Luke 6:38 (NRSVA)
Even if things are “tight” there are lots of free or low cost ways we can help others. Here are lots of places to donate items you don’t want that others really need or check out these below.
ANIMAL RESCUE- click to help raises funds via advertisers, and you can click a button daily to generate a donation to help feed shelter animals
- FREE KIBBLE (AND/OR CAT FOOD) is given to animal shelters http://www.freekibble.com/ to play a game, and to help feed needy animals.
(See also under sheets, towels and blankets for items you can donate to the shelters.) ______________________________________________________________
Mend Crisis Pregnancy Center http://www.mendpregnancy.org/
Homeless shelters and Women’s shelters need supplies for infants and children―from diapers (clean) to strollers, baby books and used clothing, etc (Cribs and playpens should comply with all federal and voluntary safety standards.) Check the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s website, http://cpsc.gov/ (Domestic Violence Intervention Services- DVIS- has on the bottom of their receipt that they give their extras to Goodwill.)
BLANKETS HELPING OTHERS TO STAY WARM
(PROJECT WARMTH)-. LaMode cleaners, in the Tulsa area mends and cleans blankets, quilts and comforters that are collected and sends them to social agencies. (Usually January) http://www.newson6.com/global/Category.asp?c=156575
BOOKS you have can be donated to:
- local libraries, which may sell them at their fundraisers or put them into circulation.
- Schools- teachers often need books for their classrooms.
- books and magazines–nursing homes and hospitals welcome them. They are read by visitors as well.
- BOOKS FOR KIDS- help your state get 20,000 new books for local kids Click on Cheerios® 100,000 Book Giveaway- the five states receiving the highest number of votes will each receive 20,000 new books for local kids – and we need your help to decide where the books should be donated! Cheerios® and First Book® Challenge
- LITERACY SITE –Click to donate http://www.thehungersite.com/clickToGive/home.faces?siteId=6&link=ctg_lit_home_from_lit_home_sitenav
BOXTOPS for education! Over $300 million already earned for childrens education! http://www.boxtops4education.com/
BUILDING SUPPLIES http://www.habitat-tulsa.org/restore.shtml Habitat for Humanity Restore resells the times you donate. (When you remodel think about donating your lighting fixtures, stove, sinks, etc.)
“The butterfly effect”. Doing something very small can have a far-reaching ripple effect that could ultimately lead to large-scale alterations of events.
CELL PHONES can be recycled as emergency lifelines or converted to phone cards for our troops overseas.
Any working mobile phone can dial a 911 call center (an FCC requirement) even without a wireless service plan.. Your donated cell phone can be recycled as emergency lifelines for:
- senior centers
- senior citizens living alone, who are especially vulnerable to accidents or those with disabilities and limited incomes, who are especially vulnerable to elder abuse (physical abuse, assault, exploitation, or neglect.)
- women’s shelters – an important emergency link as donated cell phones could save a life by enabling victims of domestic violence with instant access to emergency services
CELL PHONES CONVERTED TO PHONE CARDS
- Domestic-violence shelters and relief programs- Verizon Wireless stores collects, refurbishes and sells them donating the money or used to buy airtime and phones for victims. http://aboutus.vzw.com/communityservice/hopeLine.html
- SOLDIERS OVERSEAS-Blue Star Mothers andLiberty Tax service sell them to purchase phone cards for soldiers overseas!
CHILDREN IN NEED (your click today sponsors one child in need. Come back tomorrow to click again) Children International http://www.care2.com/click-to-donate/children/
Those of us who have been out on our own for a few years realize how quickly we accumulate Christmas decorations and really don’t use all of them but they can be a real blessing to those who don’t have much.
John 3:16 Mission http://www.john316mission.org/ will take bags of clothes. Those who do not have anything don’t care if the shirt they are given is the latest style.
COATS FOR KIDS is really for anyone who needs a coat. The late Jim Giles started ours in Tulsa. A local dry cleaners cleans them and the coats are distributed by several agencies. http://www.newson6.com/global/Category.asp?C=152559 (Usually November)
Find one in other areas http://www.onewarmcoat.org
COMPUTER Local schools, after-school programs, and homeless shelters (especially those with children) might like to have them. people with special needs, students at risk, and the economically disadvantaged to public schools and community nonprofits and for kids in developing countries. YOUR OLD COMPUTER
- Helping Tulsa (founder Don Singleton) http://helpingtulsa.org/
- Local schools, after-school programs, and homeless shelters (especially those with children) might like to have them.
- For people with special needs, students at risk, and the economically disadvantaged National Cristina Foundation http://www.cristina.org places refurbished computers in educational and nonprofit organizations \
- The Computer Recycling Center and Computers & Education http://www.crc.org,provides refurbished computers to public schools and community nonprofits.
- Kids in developing countries The World Computer Exchange http://www.worldcomputerexchange.org gives donated techno-goods to kids in developing countries.
EYEGLASSES– Donating your old eyeglasses can save someone in a developing nation from unemployment. With the price of glasses exceeding three months’ average salary in some African countries, donated eyeglasses are the only feasible way to bring sight to many visually impaired.
- Lions Clubs International lionsclubs.org work with the Give the Gift of Sight Foundation . Drop off old specs at LensCrafters, Pearle Vision, Sears Optical, Target Optical, or Goodwill Industries stores.
- New Eyes for the Needy- recycles for distribution to indigent people in developing nations worldwide-Metal or plastic eyeglasses, reading glasses and sunglasses in good condition are sent to medical missions and international charitable organizations for distribution to the poor in developing nations. http://www.neweyesfortheneedy.org
FOOD (FEEDING AMERICA) CLICK ON THE BUTTON AND SPONSORS WILL DONATE!!
- The Hunger Site (sponsors pay for food, just go in and click) http://www.thehungersite.com/clickToGive/home.faces?siteId=1
- 10 grains of rice is donated for each answer you get right! (I do NOT speak Spanish but chose that anyway and I am surprised how I can actually figure out the word, most of the time. And I am learning Spanish!)http://www.freerice.com/subjects.php?t=222314107448
“…I was hungry and you gave me food; I was thirsty and you gave me drink; I was a stranger and you took me in; I was naked and you clothed me; I was in prison and you came to me.” Matthew 25:35 NKJV
Those items in your gift closet that you had grabbed when you found a great deal may have been awaiting an occasion such as this.
HAIR – donate yours when you get it cut, for wigs for kids who have lost their hair.
- LOCKS OF LOVE provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children under age 18 suffering from long-term medical hair loss from any diagnosis. http://www.locksoflove.org
HOUSING-Free “on job training” learn skills from “on job training” that you can use for your own home by volunteering at Habitat for Humanity! http://www.habitat-tulsa.org/ You have the opportunity to learn skills that you can use for your own home, which can boost your confidence and come in handy to help save you money!!
- FREE MAMMOGRAMS-Click and sponsors will pay for mammograms http://www.thebreastcancersite.com/clickToGive/home.faces?siteId=2
- FREE CHILD HEALTHCARE simply click to help http://www.thehungersite.com/clickToGive/home.faces?siteId=5&link=ctg_chs_home_from_ths_home_sitenav
Paperback books http://www.operationpaperback.org/ Operation Paperback collects gently used books and sends them to American troops deployed overseas. Since 1999, we have shipped over 950,000 books to locations around the globe.
Many of our troops are serving far from home and living in facilities that provide few of the comforts of home. At the end of the duty day, the opportunity to escape into a good book is welcomed. Every week we receive thanks from troops who are glad to be appreciated and remembered.
Prom Dress – Prom Wishes, http://prom-wishes-inc.org/ started by a 15 year old Sperry OK girl New or gently used clean prom and bridesmaid dresses: in sizes 2 to Plus. Accessories:wraps, prom jewelry, evening handbags, gloves and prom shoes
RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS IDEAS
- Individuals http://www.actsofkindness.org/images/downloads/original/RAK_group_and_individual_ideas.pdf
- Operation Beautiful www.operationbeautiful.com
What tiny random act of kindness can you do to help someone today who has no way of repaying you…something that you do for no reason…doing something no one else knows about simply because it makes you feel good? Pay it forward…
“RE-GIFT” (See Gifts)
SHEETS, TOWELS and BLANKETS for bedding, old newspapers to line enclosures or donate your time to an animal shelter
SHOES– (GENTLY WORN SHOES) can help others
Shoeman Water Projects donate used and new shoes year round from businesses, churches, schools, special events and shoe drives are sent to retailers in the developing world. The resale of shoes provides jobs and affordable footwear. Affordable shoes are a life saving tool as they protect the new owner’s feet and overall health from foot abrasions, parasites and mites. Funds generated from the export of shoes provides well drilling rigs, water purification systems, and hand pump repair micro businesses bringing clean, fresh water to those who thirst.
Shoeman began to focus on clean drinking water after discerning that without clean water, all other aid is only a momentary stop-gap. From August of 2008 through June of 2011 Shoeman Water Projects has collected over 1.5 million pairs of shoes that have become affordable shoes for those in need of projection from abrasions and deadly parasites as well as clean drinking water. Shoeman Water Projects money has purchased of 4 water-well drilling rigs, more than 250 wells drilled serving more than 200,000 people, as well as water purification system installations and well pump repairs serving clinics, schools and villages across the globe.
Green Country Podiatry Center 3627 S Harvard Ave in Tulsa has a shoe drive every November and December. These gently worn (some people actually buy new) shoes are given to the DAY CENTER FOR THE HOMELESS here in Tulsa, where our Drs volunteer. The shoes collected will be taken to the Center on December 24th. If you know of anyone wishing to donate. they can drop their shoes off at the collection box , in the waiting room of our office. 918-747-4855
- Soles4Souls http://www.soles4souls.org/donate/your_shoes.html Foot Solutions (103rd and Memorial Dr. in Tulsa ) is collecting.
- Share your Soles http://www.shareyoursoles.org (locations in California, Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Nevada, Connecticut, and Idaho. ) Nice story on it http://www.reuters.com/article/lifestyleMolt/idUSTRE5AC44L20091113
STUFFED TOYS Some local fire and police station take “like new” stuffed animals in their police cars and fire trucks to give a frightened child for comfort in difficult times.
SURFING THE INTERNET Support your favorite charity every time you do an internet search. A great way to support your favorite charity!
- GOODSEARCH. Every time you do an internet search GoodSearch http://www.goodsearch.com will donate a penny to your organization (doesn’t sound like much but adds up quickly if a lot of people participate). Choose from thousands of different charities or one of your own. Some set their church up on it so that all the money goes towards a particular thing such as mission trips (local and international). Plus you can search for a store (like ebay) and if you click on the highlighted link a portion of all you purchase goes to your charity as well.
- Dogreatgood.com http://www.dogreatgood.com search engine also donates to charity for each search.
Doing something small may not save a life, but it can change someone’s life.
- Older folks might need an errand run, an item or two from the grocery, something from the pharmacy, a ride somewhere, a light bulb changed that is too high for them to reach standing on an chair, shoveling snow, lighting a pilot light, caulking around windows so they stay a little warmer or maybe just a quick call to make sure they are ok, etc.
- work at a soup kitchen or help deliver meals to elderly shut-ins.
- Read books at the wing of a children’s hospital once or twice a month
- Visit a nursing home resident whose family lives in another state. Veterans, especially those hospitalized or in care centers love a visit or a Christmas card. Just having someone to visit and talk to, maybe read a book to or to help them with something they can’t do any longer for themselves can mean so much.
- Be a volunteer. Look at your schedule and see how much time you can give. It may be an hour a month, it may be more. You do not have to travel far to do this. It may be your neighbor who needs someone to babysit, walk their dog, visit for a cup of coffee.
Sometimes all people need is someone to visit and talk to, maybe read a book to or help with something they may need help with. Everywhere you turn, your time is not only needed, but wanted and appreciated.
Your time is also valuable to a charity, a community-service organization and many individuals.
On Christmas Day, volunteering at the local homeless shelter doing whatever you can, then later dining with some of the guests and other volunteers will give more meaning to the day than a mega-meal at home that you have stressed out over.
The River Principle– Our life is like a river, not a reservoir. God will give to us what He knows will flow through us.
VETERANS AND MILITARY- Ways to thank them that cost nothing
- A SIMPLE THANK YOU TO VETERANS-THE GRATITUDE CAMPAIGN-Even kids too small to talk can do this, to convey thanks to our Veterans. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MSfFYxSdKdo
- SEND A THANK YOU CARD for free! Go to www.LetsSayThanks.com pick out a card and Xerox will print and send it to a soldier who is currently serving in Iraq You can’t pick out who gets it, but it will go to a member of the armed services.
- ASK YOUR BOSS IF YOUR COMPANY CAN GIVE A SMALL DISCOUNT TO A VETERAN SHOWING A VETERANS CARD OR A SERVICE PERSON WITH A MILITARY ID …or if you are a business owner be sure to advertise any Veterans discount you offer. Veterans support those who support them.
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES– http://www.idealist.org/if/as/vol
WOMEN- STOP VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN http://www.care2.com/click-to-donate/violence-against-women/
Here are lots of places to donate items you don’t want that others really need.
SOMEONE ASKED THAT THIS BE INCLUDED AS IT IS A GREAT SITE www.givesmehope.com
UPDATE TO ORIGINAL LIST: List complied November 2009 and originally posted on several forums on the internet
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