“No act of kindness, however small, is ever wasted” – Aesop
There are many ways to give back to others and to spread kindness all throughout the world. From giving your personal time, fundraising for charities, donating to charities, to organizing events that help a certain cause, the list is truly endless.
One of the best parts about spreading kindness is that anybody can do it. It doesn’t matter what you do and don’t have available to you, there is always something that you can do that will help to make a positive impact in the lives of others.
Donating For A Good Cause
I think it would be fair to say that I am a bit of a hoarder. Like my room is full of stuff, most of which I haven’t used within the last year. I never really realized how bad it truly was until yesterday.
Yesterday, I spent nearly three hours doing laundry. Load after load, it felt like the cycle was never going to end. There were a few times where I questioned if the piece of clothing even belonged to me because I don’t remember buying or wearing it.
After the second load of laundry, all four of my dresser drawers were stuffed to the brim, there was zero room to hang any additional clothes in my closet, and there was already a pile that was forming on top of my dresser of clean clothes that I just didn’t have any space for. All of this and I still had one load of laundry left to fold.
Well, when a problem presents itself, why not try to find a solution to solve it?
After realizing how many clothes I truly had, I decided to empty out all of my drawers and if I hadn’t worn a piece of clothing in the last two or three months, I was going to donate it. I did the same thing with my closet as well. I took all of the shirts out, laid them on my bed, and put the ones that I hadn’t worn in a few months off to the side.
Lastly, I went through my shoes. Now, this wasn’t as bad as my clothes situation, but I still had far too many to wear.
By the end of it all, I had ten complete outfits of t-shirts, dress shirts, and either shorts or pants. Along with that, I also had five pairs of shoes in my room that I couldn’t tell you the last time I wore.
Today, I took those clothes up to a nearby thrift store and donated them. You can donate anything from clothes, books, electronics, all the way to home goods. The store then sells these items to a consumer and donated a certain portion of the proceeds to various charities within the community.
Honestly, it felt good to donate clothes. Not only did I get rid of a good amount of space in my room, but it was a good feeling knowing that these clothes will help to fund various charities within my own community.
Why Should You Donate?
If you are looking for ways to spread kindness throughout your community, donating is an excellent way. Whether it is money, clothes, or even something as simple as your spare time, donating is not only a good way to feel better about yourself, but it’s also a great way to make a lasting impact.
Still on the verge of whether or not you should donate? Well, here are some reasonings about why you should.
1. It helps people in need. Every time you donate old clothes or stuff you have laying around the house, somebody else out there will almost always see it as useful. From underprivileged families, the homeless, disaster victims, or children in need, there is always somebody who will gladly take the stuff you consider throwing out.
2. It helps save the environment. This one’s a pretty easy concept to understand, but every time you throw something out, it becomes detrimental to the very earth in which you live on. If you donate it instead, somebody else will gladly use it, thus the item not ending in a landfill.
3. A decluttered mind equals a decluttered life. When the space around you is tidy, your mind is able to think easier. And clutter around you makes noise that constantly keeps your mind stirring. One of the best ways to quiet this noise within your mind is to eliminate any unnecessary belongings that you might have… aka donate.
4. It helps you to feel better about the times you do shop. You won’t have to ask yourself “Do I need this?” I mean, let’s face it, the answer is almost always no. But if you want something without feeling guilty about buying it, then just donate something you already have to help justify your spending.
Almost all of us are blessed with more than we know what to do with. Why not help to bless others and give some of the things that we don’t use anymore? It truly is a win-win for everybody involved.
Yesterday’s random act of kindness: Random Acts Of Kindness To Police Officers