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Essential Household Items You Should Donate

Now more than ever, people from all walks of life need to come together to help each other out. While the idea of going outside your house to physically help has become more of an issue, there are still plenty of things you can do while keeping yourself safe. One of the best ways you can help is by donating essential household items. Some of these items have become much harder to find recently, and they are needed now more than ever. Here are the essential household items you should donate that can really make an impact on someone’s life. read more  >>

Top Tips for Donating Old Books

Making some more room in your home? Refining your bookcase space? Going through your parents’ old books? You don’t have to hold onto the books that don’t have a place in your space anymore. Though we love books, they can take up quite a bit of space. So, if you aren’t interested in them, donate them. Someone else will get way more excited about the story and get to experience its twists and turns for the very first time. read more  >>

6 Ways to Teach Your Kids the Importance of Giving Back

As the school year finally rears its head, there’s a lot we think about teaching our children. We want them to do well in school, and even though the classroom may look different this year, their education is still important. Though you may not be as in-the-know about the curriculum as the teachers, that doesn’t mean your kids can’t learn from you as well.

For example, as a parent, you can teach your kids about important character-building traits. Consider things like empathy, compassion, and generosity—these are the sort of things that you can help your child learn. Generosity is a great place to start, as it touches on quite a few other key traits as well. To help build this trait in your children, follow these ways to teach your kids the importance of giving back.

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How To Support Your Local Veterans

Just because it’s not Veteran’s Day doesn’t mean you can’t support the veterans in your community. In fact, supporting veterans is something your family should strive to do regularly—not just because it’ll help those who sacrificed for you, but because it’ll help you get into the habit of helping those in need. When you take the time to support veterans in your community, you’ll see first-hand the power of giving back. Learn more about how to support your local veterans below!

Provide Transportation

This one is pretty simple and doesn’t ask too much of you. With COVID-19, you may not feel safe doing this quite yet, but when you do, reach out to your local (Veterans Affairs) VA organization to see if they have a volunteer transportation network. It allows volunteers to donate their time and the use of their vehicles to veterans in need.

If not that, you can reach out to the local veterans in your neighborhood and let them know that you’re available if they need anything! Even that simple gesture can make a difference.

Visit a VA Facility

When you’re able and allowed to do so, try to visit your local VA facility. Better yet, when you can, visit them regularly so that you can create a relationship with the veterans. They may not have many visitors to help brighten their days, so the time you spend with them will make an impact.

Make sure to contact the staff before you go. They’ll be able to identify the veterans that would benefit most from a visit.

Donate Time to a Veteran Organization

In a similar sense, start volunteering with a veteran organization when you can. Depending on the organization you partner with, you could do anything from clerical work to organizing events to helping veterans get through their day-to-day activities. Research local veteran organizations, and then see in what capacity they accept volunteers.

Volunteer Your Services

If you have a more specific skillset that you’d like to provide, see whether these can help local veterans. These skills can range from IT skills, tax preparation, medical training, therapy, business start-up advice, and so much more. One of the best ways to support your local veterans is by offering your skills free of charge. Most won’t have the capability or resources to pay for this type of assistance, so you could make a big difference.

Donate to Organizations That Support Veterans

One of our favorite support tactics is one that you can do year-round, no matter how busy you are. You can turn to GreenDrop. Donate clothes and home goods, and we’ll turn those into a monetary payment to the Military Order of the Purple Heart. Your quick clothing donation makes a direct impact!

Start helping local veterans now, and schedule a clothing donation pick-up in NJ. Feel confident knowing your donation makes an impact!