No matter your financial situation, there are always ways we can give more to those in need.
Maybe giving money to your church or charity is a regular item in your budget. Or maybe your money is tight and there isn’t much left to donate.
Here are some ideas for donating to others without spending money. You’re all able to do the first item, and many are able to do the second.
1. Donate by clicking your mouse
These sites work by generating advertisements when you click. You view the ad, the site gets a small bit of advertising revenue and the ad money goes to the charity. Pick a few of your favorite causes and bookmark them and visit daily.
- FreeRice.com lets you take a one-question quiz. For every answer you get correct, they’ll donate 10 grains of rice to the UN World Food Programme. How many grains of rice can you have donated for just a minute of your time? You can choose various subjects, including foreign language (I’m brushing up on my Spanish); mathematics, geography, chemistry, anatomy. Create an account to keep track of your long-term impact.
- The Hunger Site — click once daily to donate 1.1 cups of food. Partner sites along the top also allow you to click to donate for breast cancer, animal shelters, veterans, the rain forest, autism research, children’s health, and literacy.
- Care2 — Click daily to support various causes including breast cancer research, hunger, and children in need. You can create an account to log your clicks over time.
- Click To Give — more clicking for various causes
2. Donate blood
If you’re an eligible blood donor, you can give whole blood every 56 days. Or, you can opt to donate platelets and give more frequently. Last week I gave platelets and over the weekend, my husband gave whole blood. It’s a way to literally save someone’s life. Search for a blood drive near you via the American Red Cross, or find a blood bank. I went to the Indiana Blood Center. I enjoyed the quiet time with my Kindle and of course the free juice and cookies afterward :).
3. Donate your baby’s cord blood
Cord blood is collected immediately after your baby is born. You can elect to delay this collection until after your umbilical cord stops pulsating, and if your donation isn’t enough for a transplant to a patient, they can still use it for research. Cord blood donations can help people with leukemia, lymphoma and other illnesses.
4. Donate hair for Locks of Love
Have 10 inches or more of hair that you’re planning on cutting sometime soon? Donate it! I did this as a teenager. You do have to pay for postage, so this isn’t entirely free but it’s close. Some salons will give you a free or discounted haircut for donating but you’ll need to call around.
What else can you add?