It’s that time of year again, pumpkin spice lattes are being bought and sold like time travelers buying crypto-currency. The air is crisp and cold, and no one is going to the gym because it is cuddling weather. Truly, this is a time to be thankful for. But that isn’t true for many of us, for some the crisp cold air is a constant companion on the harsh nights. The money wasted on an autumnal beverage reeks of absent charity. Even when you know that there are hungry people nearby, it is hard to know what to. Here are some ways that you can give back this year.
I know you said you were going to do it last year, and the year before that. You were too busy. You didn’t know where to go. “Oh, I’ll go tomorrow,” you thought to yourself while watching season 2 of Stranger Things. In this article, I have linked charities that could really use your help.
Chapman Partnerships: a group dedicated to feeding and providing shelter to those without.
Broward Partnerships: helping homeless Floridians get back on their feet.
Covenant House of Florida: providing aid to young runaways and orphans.
Each of these charities and more are a great place to start giving back.
RUN YOUR OWN FOOD DRIVE
Food drives are simple to organize and do a lot of good year round. Get in contact with a local storage facility to rent a unit and get started. Many facilities offer comped units for charitable giving, so if you partner with a local shelter or food bank you can give back with no cost of entry. If you keep it running year round, all the better. Many food banks and shelters are often flooded with donations during the winter months, but in a drought the remainder of the year. If you are truly intent on giving back, remember those less fortunate every month.
LOOK IN YOUR CLOSET
No, really. Look in your closet, and answer honestly how much of that wardrobe is going to waste? Odds are, you wear maybe 40% of what you having hanging and folded in your closet. Go through and find not just casual clothes that you never wear, but business wear as well. Many shelters are hurting for clothes to offer the homeless to get them back on their feet. That means oxford shirts, polos, khakis, skirts and blouses are in short supply. One of the most requested articles of clothing at shelters is underwear. While I would be hesitant to suggest you donate your old briefs, the next time you are out, buy a pack or two to donate.
It is sometimes hard to wrap your head around what it is like to have nothing, and the sacrifice that takes on a the human psyche. A donation of movie passes, iTunes gift cards, and other such items can often be exactly what was needed. It may not sound like a massive gift, but remember that many of the less fortunate are children. No child doesn’t deserve a toy.
These are just a few places to start when thinking of ways to give back this year. As a closing thought, many people this have only nothing, and there’s a lot to go around.