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Studies show that spending money on others can have a better effect on our own happiness than spending money on ourselves. The act of donating to charity is one of the many great pleasures of life. However, most people don’t have much to give which can put a wrench in their efforts. On the bright side, money isn’t be the be all and end all for you and your charitable giving. There are plenty of ways to give back without breaking your bank. Here are three unique ways to participate in charitable giving without spending any money.

 

Donate Your Skills

Many charities and organizations are more than willing to collect homemade items for a variety of services. So if you have any skills in knitting or crocheting, this would be the perfect opportunity to put your skills to great use and make something that you can donate. You can make a blanket or clothing that charities can use for sheltered or injured animals. Another option would be caps and other pieces of clothing for those with different medical issues. Take a look at this site that has a list of charities that accept all kinds of homemade items.

 

Donate Your Possessions

We all have some old items lying around our house that we no longer need. These things would be so beneficial for a struggling family in your community. You can donate an old couch, clothes, or toys to places like the Salvation Army and Goodwill. They accept a wide array of goods that are then given away or sold at lower than retail prices to make them more affordable to those in the community who need them. You might even be in the process of clearing out the old items to make space for new ones, so what better way to do so than by allowing someone else to benefit from them. As the saying goes, “one person’s junk is another person’s treasure.”

 

Donate Your Time

Donating money or possessions aren’t the only ways to participate in charitable giving. In fact, one of the simplest ways to do it is by merely giving your time and volunteering with an organization or a cause that you are passionate about. A study showed that people who volunteered their time had a higher chance of living longer. It also showed that volunteering because you want to help others has a much more significant effect than doing it to benefit your personal happiness. Sites such as VolunteerMatch are great to find organizations in your area that are doing the work you are interested in. You can also go the old-fashioned route and volunteer at a church or local soup kitchen or animal shelter. These places are always looking for more volunteers willing to give up their time to benefit the lives of others.