My arthritic knees have got me sidelined, so I am taking advantage of this opportunity to go through some of my saved notes to see what I can make use of. I came across a newspaper clipping saved from December 20, regarding the most effective ways of helping the homeless. The gist of the article is that one-time donations of goods, unless you are contributing to a specific clothing drive, aren’t usually very helpful. The charity typically finds themselves with an item that they aren’t sure what to do with. Your best bet would be to either research the organization online or by phone to determine what their specific needs are. When in doubt, money is always needed. However, that being said, in some areas the local news stations collect coats for kids at this time of year, and their Toys 4 Tots will be collecting new, unwrapped toys to distribute at the holiday season.
But if you have a particular item in good condition that you think someone could use, try dropping it off at Goodwill, Salvation Army, or possibly a non-profit thrift shop in your area. I recommend checking online to see if it is something they are taking. According to the Goodwill website, first ask yourself if it is something you would give a friend.
“It is not enough merely to exist. It’s not enough to say. . . ‘I do my work well . . . I’m a good churchgoer.’ That’s all very well, but one must do something more. Seek always to do some good somewhere.” -Albert Schweitzer