>Wrapping paper, bows. The jingling of Salvation Army’s bells and there bright red pots. Christmas is a time of generosity.
It’s also the time of year non-profits receive the bulk of the donations they will for the year. And for most people, it’s the time cash is the tightest.
So if you want to contribute to good will to all, here’s a few things I’ve seen you can do without breaking the bank.
* Donate items instead of cash. Homeless shelters can always use hats, gloves, scarves, blankets. Women’s shelters that allow children can always use art supplies and children’s books.
* Call to ask if there are any items on the agencies wish list. Something simple like a new coffee pot for $30 is probably way down on the priority list to buy if someone donates $30, but would be much appreciated.
* Donate gift cards. Gas gift cards are great for agencies whose workers drive a lot. Or a Starbucks card to a college student minister who takes people out for coffee often.
* Donate to JVC Northwest. Okay, so this isn’t a shameless plug for JVC. Really, the money you donate there will go far. Through recruiting and placing volunteers, they save agencies throughout the northwest thousands of dollars each year. It’s one way for a few bucks to make an even bigger difference.
http://www.adventconspiracy.org for more inspiration.