In the United States, many people have been hit hard by the recession. On top of that, we also have many men and women who have served in the military, and there is much that we can all do to start helping military families a bit more. If you’re interested in helping families in need in the United States, there’s one very simple thing that you can do: donate. Donations of clothing, food, household items, and other goods are all simple ways to help others in your area.
Want to get started helping families in need where they need it most? Here are some ideas for potential donations.
1. Clothing: Clothing donations are easy to give because they help you out, too. By keeping your family members’ closets clear of clothing you no longer use, you can provide clothing for families who need it instead. After all, if it’s collecting dust on the hanger, it could probably go to a better home!
2. Food: Food donations of canned goods and other items with a long shelf life are always welcomed by food cupboards or pantries. These items are useful because they can help families make mealtime easy with staples like canned vegetables, beans, rice, pasta, and other foods. If you have any extras sitting in your pantry, be sure to donate them instead.
3. Household goods: In addition to clothing and food, many families also need help furnishing their homes and having the necessary supplies to make meals. Plates, utensils, and glasses are great for helping families in need have home mealtimes. Pots and pans and small kitchen appliances are also great to donate; if you aren’t using that blender or coffee maker, perhaps someone else will!
4. Toys: These types of donations are especially useful around the holiday seasons. Donating new or gently used toys can brighten any child’s day. It also helps parents so they don’t have to say that Santa skipped their house or that they won’t be able to give their child the birthday presents they hoped for.
Want more information on donating to families in need? Find a charitable organization in your area and leave your comments below for more advice.