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Season of Giving

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By BookRenter Briana

With Thanksgiving behind us, we’ve entered the season of giving. At this time of year I like to think about the different things people can do to help their local communities. So I did a little research, found some ways to help my local community, and decided to share them with you.

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First, think about how you want to help – What is it that you are passionate about? Animals? Cure foundations? Kids? Old People? Homeless? From there you can narrow down the most important and research accordingly. Check out serve.gov, where you can explore different charities and find ones that you might like in your area.

Keep your community clean – You do live there so try and keep it nice. If you see trash, try and throw it away. Your mom would be proud. Ehow.com has provided instructions on how to gather people together to help clean up your community.

Donate blood to your local hospital – This is ridiculously easy to do, it’s free, it takes very little time, and the reward is huge! Visit Redcross.org to learn about blood donations and see if you are eligible.

Clean out your clothes and kitchen – I know there are some perishable items in the back of your pantry that you could probably spare for someone in need. Same goes for the closet (those items aren’t as perishable). Check out TheGivingEffect.com,  TheGivingEffect is a site that helps you donate your “food and gently used goods” – it’ll also help find organizations near you that will take your donations.

Buy locally – Help out your community by shopping in your favorite local stores. Normally a small portion of the sales tax that you pay will be given back to your local community. Also, try to support your local farmers by shopping at the farmers market. You can get delicious produce AND help your community!

Gather friends and family together and create your own project – Getting people you care about together is an even richer experience when the group is doing some good for the community.

Check out Jumo:  Chris Hughes, a co-founder of Facebook, created Jumo as a “social network for social activism”. It could help you find a charity you’re truly passionate about.

And remember, even if you don’t have much time or money, doing something very small like baking a meal for a family or just a random act of kindness can bring joy to some peoples’ lives.

Have any other suggestions on how to help your local community? Please share!

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