As they say,

"It's better to give than to receive."

Many of you out there have a huge heart, but you're living paycheck to paycheck. It's hard to come up with the money to give.

What Can I Afford To Donate?

Fear not, there are many alternatives to giving money. Start with cleaning out your house. Here are a few suggestions for things lying around the house: 

  • Old furniture that needs to replaced. The Salvation Army will take it, repair it, and give it to someone who can make good use of it. You can receive a tax write off.
  • Clothes that you haven't worn in years. They're just taking up valuable space in your closet. Why not give them to your religious organization so they can give them to someone in need?

Volunteering: Have You Thought About Time?

My sister volunteers at a soup kitchen in Dallas. She gets the satisfaction of knowing she's helped someone in need. I used to coach swimming for Special Olympics. Knowing that I've made a difference in someone's life who might otherwise be neglected makes me feel good about myself and gives me self confidence.

Perhaps driving an elderly person around once a week so they can run their errands or simply get out of the house would be something you'd consider. It breaks up your routine, and will certainly do a world of good for them.

Charity: What's In It For Me?

You'll come away from volunteering knowing you've made a difference, a big difference at that. Memories are something that can never be taken away, and you'll always have them to take with you.

What's something you'd like to do in your community to help those who need a talent you have?