Giving From Your Heart, Not Your Wallet

giving-from-your-heartGiving ‘tis the reason for the season, sharing goodwill with your fellow man and woman. Then, in a time long long ago, the stress of holiday shopping came along to complicate this simple exchange. Our feeling is, less stress. More giving. And spreading a whole lot more joy to the world, without spending a dime. Here’s how:

Give Time. Time is money, right? So any extra time you may have is a very valuable commodity. Local charities and community service organizations desperately need the helping hands of elves eager to volunteer. All it takes is a Google search to see what’s out there. Or, what about in your neighborhood? Checking on an elderly or disabled resident takes only a moment, and can have lasting value.

Give Stuff. Your old stuff is new to somebody else, and you can donate most anything you don’t use anymore, even get a tax deduction from such charities as the Salvation Army and Goodwill*! But, donator beware… those clothing donation bins you see around town, not all are legit. Check the source before you drop off, so you know your stuff is going to someone in need.

Give Blood. Got Type O? Then you’re just the type blood banks need most, though all you Type A’s, B’s and AB’s are always welcome, too. According to the American Red Cross®*, someone in America needs a blood transfusion every two seconds. Your pint can save a life, and since the human body contains 10 to 11 pints of blood, surely, you have one to spare.

Of course, all the charities named here and other worthy causes will gladly accept your money, as well. And whatever you donate, remember, the season of giving doesn’t come to a crashing end after the 12th day of Christmas. Giving is a good thing, in all seasons.

*Grow Financial Federal Credit Union is not an affiliate of the Salvation Army, Goodwill or the American Red Cross.

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