Ah, ’tis the season for giving. For many people that means giving gifts to family members. Sure, many will drop some loose change into a red kettle somewhere if they are not in too much of hurry and, assuredly, those coins are appreciated, but…could you be doing more and still stick to a budget? Please allow me to step on a small soap box and testify for a few hundred words. Most local charities have specific needs throughout the year. Since frugal people revel in only buying items that are needed, here are several items that you can donate.
Canned goods seem to be a staple when people think of donating food. Have you ever thought about donating rice or noodle dinners? Even those cheap Ramen noodle packs would be greatly appreciated. Meat is usually in short supply at food banks, as well.
Kudos to those of you who donate your outgrown clothing. Outerwear is always a good item to donate, but have you ever wondered how many people are struggling to afford underwear, socks, t-shirts, or bras? The last time I bought all of these items for one child I spent nearly $30. That is not always an easy amount to come up with if you are fighting to put food on the table.
The word ‘miscellaneous” may make something seem trivial, but these items are essential for those in need. How would you like to have to choose between eating and buying your child diapers? If you are elderly, would you like to need food and incontinence products and have to choose which to buy? Many charities are in need of both. Do not forget that the children and the elderly use diaper wipes to prevent skin irritation.
In order to give a gift that is needed, call a local charity to see if they have any immediate needs. I will step down from the soapbox now. Happy holidays.