To some, nothing is trash. That doesn’t mean you should hoard everything that comes into your possession. Still, those with no access to a device or time to read this article rely on donations to support them throughout the year. There are many reasons why you should donate your stuff to charity. Here are some of the best opportunities to keep in mind.
Give During the Winter Holidays
One of the best reasons to donate is to spread love. It not only helps a person in need but increases altruism. Selfless acts make you feel good about yourself, and the holidays are the best time to give yourself that gift. Further, it’s the time of year when kids expect toys and people need extra coats, mittens, boots, and other winter weather attire. Donate your extras.
Declutter Your Home
Though spring is a popular time of year to declutter, you can donate items you don’t need anymore whenever you clear out a space in your home. Try not to throw away gently used items you don’t need. Especially if you don’t know anyone who could use clothing, furniture, or linens, put them in a box or bag to drop off.
While packing to move, make three piles and take just one with you, throw one away, and donate items from the last pile. Especially if you’re trying to figure out how to pack in a hurry, it helps to downsize your items. Put gently used items you don’t use in a special pile you can drop off at a donation center.
Throwing away items you don’t use anymore fills up landfills. When you place items in the garbage that someone can use, it is a waste of resources. Donating clothing, blankets, vehicles, and electronics is the ultimate form of upcycling.
Help Your Community
All sorts of groups in your community need donations. With school in session, there are many reasons why teachers need you to donate. Hospitals, shelters, libraries, churches, foster care organizations, and more are willing to take donations any time of the year.
It’s tempting to sell your items to make money, but that can also lead to more stress in your life. Pay it forward when you donate items you bought and can’t use anymore. The reasons why you should donate your stuff to charity are to be sustainable and help your community. Find a drop-off location near you.