More than 550,000 individuals live in a state of homelessness in the United States. Some of the most common reasons include mental illness, substance abuse, and unemployment.
While it’s not something that we can solve overnight, there are things that we can do to help those in need. For example, you can always donate new and gently used items.
Interested in doing that? Wondering what some of the best things to donate are? If so, you’re at the right place—we’ll be going over some of the most needed items below.
Keep reading to learn more!
- Used or New Clothing
There are many places to donate things such as clothes. Some examples include American Red Cross, Room to Grow, Dress for Success, and One Warm Coat.
The only requirement is that the clothes must be in good condition (no holes, tears, or stains). For example, you can donate items that no longer fit, or no longer fit your style.
Don’t hesitate to include ‘high-end’ items such as dresses or suits. Most donation centers will set them aside for those who are going to job interviews and other professional events.
And if you can, wash the clothes before donating—that way, they’ll be fresh and clean for their new owner.
Consider donating food to your local food bank (you can search around for a list of charities). It’s estimated that 1 in 4 people depend on these non-profit organizations for regular meals.
For example, you can donate non-perishable foods such as canned fish, canned meat, peanut butter, rice, pasta, and cereals. Milk alternatives such as almond milk, powdered milk, and rice milk are also great choices. For one thing, they have long shelf lives and don’t require refrigeration.
Another option is to make a monetary donation to the organization, which will allow them to buy fresh perishables for their hampers.
Have an old car that’s just sitting around? You can always sell it and donate the money to a charity. Another option is to donate the vehicle itself.
Most organizations offer free towing or you can drop off the car at a local facility. They may use it for a charity program like Meals On Wheels or give it to a needy family (lack of transportation is the number one barrier to employment for those living in poverty).
Not only will you save yourself the hassle of getting rid of the car, but you’ll also get a tax receipt, which you can use to claim a deduction on next year’s taxes.
The Best Things to Donate to Those in Need
Don’t hesitate to reach out to a local charity if you have things to donate. If anything, it can make a big difference to those who are in need. Why not do some good instead of throwing out the items, right?
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