The truth is that many people prefer giving money to charity. However, in tough economic times, you can get creative and still contribute to charity without necessarily giving money. Find out in the list below other ways to help and support other people.

Donate Old Items

Just look around your house and garage, and you’ll find lots of items that are of not of use currently. They may be old but still in good condition and can be of help to other people, especially those less privileged and in charity homes. You can gather your old clothes, say, those you’ve worn for six or more months. Blankets, duvets, and other bedding can also be given to charity. Have an old Mac or PC? Find someone who needs one, whether locally or abroad and send it to them. Furniture, utensils, music systems, TVs, consoles, and even tyres can all be of use.

Time

Charity homes are so busy and demanding that they even lack enough human resources to help them complete simple tasks. Why not volunteer your time and help out? If there’s a charity home in your community, arrange with them in advance to help with certain tasks on a specific day. You can help wash and iron clothes and bedding, clean utensils, vacuum the house and sweep the compound, and help cook and serve food. Alternatively, be sure to share your knowledge by teaching certain subjects or aspects of life or even preaching.

Donate Blood

You qualify to give blood if you’re aged between 16 and 65 and have no life-threatening complications. There are many blood donor centres in every town. And admittedly, they’re always in need of blood, considering that there’s a shortage of this life-saving fluid in hospitals. The nice thing about donating blood is that it takes less than 10 minutes to actually pump out a pint of blood. Men can give blood every three months, while women can do the same three times a year.

Did you know that you can also donate platelets? Many people have blood disorders and life-threatening bleeds, especially during operations. A cell separator is used to separate platelets from your blood, and then the blood is pumped back to your body. You can donate platelets up to 15 times a year. Be it blood or platelets, be sure to save a life today.

Save Tigers

This involves spending money but in a different way. Tigers are fast becoming extinct, and the Indian government and non-governmental associations have given the go-ahead to contribute towardS saving the Bengal tiger. There’s an annual programme known as Save the Bengal Tiger week, which runs from 14 to 17 May. People are encouraged to eat their favourite meals at Indian restaurants, and 25 per cent of the total amount they spend in these restaurants goes to this programme. With only an estimated 500 tigers still surviving in the wild area of Sundarbans in Bangladesh and in India), participating in this annual charity event might be a good cause.

As seen above, there are many ways you can give to charity without even using money. Just remember that contributing to charity is optional and takes sacrifice. But there’s so much you can do to help someone somewhere. Many people around the world don’t have everything that you have and are keeping their hands open to receive what you have to offer.