Give and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap; for the measure you give will be the measure you get back.
Luke 6:38 (NRSVA)
Even if things are “tight” there are lots of free or low cost ways we can help others.
ANIMAL RESCUE– click to help raises funds via advertisers, and you can click a button daily to generate a donation to help feed shelter animals.
- click to help
- FREE KIBBLE (AND/OR CAT FOOD) is given to animal shelters. Play a game and help feed needy animals.
(See also under sheets, towels and blankets for items you can donate to the shelters.) _______________________________________________________________________
Mend Crisis Pregnancy Center – Homeless shelters and Women’s shelters need supplies for infants and children―from diapers (clean) to strollers, baby books and used clothing, etc (Cribs and playpens should comply with all federal and voluntary safety standards.) Check the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s website, (Domestic Violence Intervention Services- DVIS- gives their extras to Goodwill as is noted on the bottom of their receipt.)
BLANKETS HELPING OTHERS TO STAY WARM (PROJECT WARMTH) -. LaMode cleaners, in the Tulsa area mends and cleans blankets, quilts and comforters that are collected and sends them to social agencies. (Usually January) This is a project endorsed by KOTV Channel 6
BOOKS can be donated to:
- local libraries, which may sell them at their fundraisers or put them into circulation.
- Schools- teachers often need books for their classrooms.
- books and magazines–nursing homes and hospitals welcome them. They are read by visitors as well.
- BOOKS FOR KIDS– help your state get 20,000 new books for local kids Click on Cheerios® 100,000 Book Giveaway- the five states receiving the highest number of votes will each receive 20,000 new books for local kids – and we need your help to decide where the books should be donated! Cheerios® and First Book® Challenge
- LITERACY SITE –Click to donate
Books – Textbooks – Books for Africa accepts textbooks published since 1995 and ships to 45 countries. Visit booksforafrica.org
BOXTOPS for education! Over $300 million already earned for childrens education!
BUILDING SUPPLIES – Habitat for Humanity Restore resells the times you donate. (When you remodel think about donating your lighting fixtures, stove, sinks, etc.)
“The Butterfly Effect”. Doing something very small can have a far-reaching ripple effect that could ultimately lead to large-scale alterations of events.
CELL PHONES can be recycled as emergency lifelines or converted to phone cards for our troops overseas.
Any working mobile phone can dial a 911 call center (an FCC requirement) even without a wireless service plan.. Your donated cell phone can be recycled as emergency lifelines for:
- senior centers
- senior citizens living alone, who are especially vulnerable to accidents or those with disabilities and limited incomes, who are especially vulnerable to elder abuse (physical abuse, assault, exploitation, or neglect.)
- women’s shelters – an important emergency link as donated cell phones could save a life by enabling victims of domestic violence with instant access to emergency services
CELL PHONES CONVERTED TO PHONE CARDS
- Domestic-violence shelters and relief programs- Verizon Wireless stores collect, refurbish and sells them donating the money or used to buy airtime and phones for victims.
- SOLDIERS OVERSEAS-Blue Star Mothers and Liberty Tax service sell them to purchase phone cards for soldiers overseas!
- CHILDREN IN NEED (your click today sponsors one child in need. Come back tomorrow to click again) Children International
John 3:16 Mission will take bags of clothes. Those who do not have anything don’t care if the shirt they are given is the latest style.
COATS FOR KIDS is really for anyone who needs a coat. The late Jim Giles started ours in Tulsa. A local dry cleaners cleans them and the coats are distributed by several agencies. (Usually November)
Find one in other areas
COMPUTERS – Local schools, after-school programs, and homeless shelters (especially those with children) might like to have them. people with special needs, students at risk, and the economically disadvantaged to public schools and community nonprofits and for kids in developing countries.
YOUR OLD COMPUTER
- Local schools, after-school programs, and homeless shelters (especially those with children) might like to have them.
- For people with special needs, students at risk, and the economically disadvantaged the National Cristina Foundation places refurbished computers in educational and nonprofit organizations
- The Computer Recycling Center provides refurbished computers to public schools and community nonprofits.
- Kids in developing countries The World Computer Exchange gives donated techno-goods to kids in developing countries.
COUPONS – How and where you can use them to get things for sometimes pennies that you can then donate to Veterans in VA hospitals. (Remember a Veteran can be a 20 year old young lady or man returning from war! Many times their injuries don’t show up until several months after they return home*, long after the welcome home celebration is over. Many times they will feel forgotten. (See www.oavn.org and read the marquee.)
· VETERANS (COUPONS). Some Veterans are admitted to the VA hospital with nothing– not even a toothbrush. Others are there for so long they begin to run out of products they brought with them. For a complete list of items they need click here.
Check Tulsa store ads online:See which store has the lowest price on an item and it will even find you a coupon!!
EYEGLASSES- Donating your old eyeglasses can save someone in a developing nation from unemployment. With the price of glasses exceeding three months’ average salary in some African countries, donated eyeglasses are the only feasible way to bring sight to many visually impaired.
· Lions Clubs International lionsclubs.org work with the Give the Gift of Sight Foundation . Drop off old specs at LensCrafters, Pearle Vision, Sears Optical, Target Optical, or Goodwill Industries stores.
· New Eyes for the Needy– recycles for distribution to indigent people in developing nations worldwide-Metal or plastic eyeglasses, reading glasses and sunglasses in good condition are sent to medical missions and international charitable organizations for distribution to the poor in developing nations.
FEEDING HUNGRY LITTLE TUMMIESproject (expired grocery coupons sent to US military families serving overseas). People also donate current coupons, telling us to use them however we can to help Vets and others who need them.
FURNITURE AND OTHER ITEMS YOU THAT YOU WANT TO DONATE (EVEN CARS AND BOATS)
Disabled American Veterans (DAV) a non-profit located up on Pine helps Veterans with their claims and pensions, widows to get the DIC and children to sign up for school. THEY DON’T CALL YOU!
They pick up donated items then sell them at a yard sale held once a month, raising money for the food pantry, gasoline for the truck that picks up donations, gas to help Vets find a job, food baskets, and for the general fund to operate (utilities and for the one paid employee who works 3 days a week).
3131 E. Pine Tulsa, OK 74110 (CALL FOR PICK UP 918 834-4643
Please note: DAV is not one of the ones that call you at home saying they” will have a truck on your street” . Some of those are in fact, really a FOR PROFIT thrift store and may actually give as little as 5% of the money generated, to the charity under whose name the donation was collected.
FOOD (FEEDING AMERICA) CLICK ON THE BUTTON AND SPONSORS WILL DONATE!!
· Welchs will donate a glass of juice when you go to their website and click
· The Hunger Site (sponsors pay for food, just go in and click)
· 10 grains of rice are donated for each answer you get right! (I do NOT speak Spanish but chose that anyway and I am surprised how I can actually figure out the word, most of the time. And I am learning Spanish!)
“…I was hungry and you gave me food; I was thirsty and you gave me drink; I was a stranger and you took me in; I was naked and you clothed me; I was in prison and you came to me.” Matthew 25:35 NKJV
GIFTS- Ever thought about re-gifting the gift from your boss or mother-in-law that wasn’t your taste? A HOSPITALIZED AMERICAN VETERAN or a Veteran in a Care Center who is unable to go shopping can find the holidays depressing when they have no gift to give a loved one. Your donated gift will be delivered to the Jack C. Montgomery Veterans Hospital. Thanks to generous people like you , Veterans can choose a gift to give from “The Christmas Store” where the price tags read “Paid in Full!”
Items can be dropped off at Sportclips in Tulsa 7 days a week, through December 20th. (Located across from Abuelos at 71st St. and HWY 169 in Tulsa; in Owasso at Smith Farm Market Place.)
Those items in your gift closet that you had grabbed when you found a great deal may have been waiting for an occasion such as this.
HAIR – donate yours when you get it cut, for wigs kids who have lost their hair.
· LOCKS OF LOVE provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children under age 18 suffering from long-term medical hair loss from any diagnosis.
HOUSING-Free “on job training” learn skills from “on job training” that you can use for your own home by volunteering at Habitat for Humanity! You have the opportunity to learn skills that you can use for your own home, which can boost your confidence and come in handy to help save you money!!
· FREE MAMMOGRAMS-Click and sponsors will pay for mammograms
· FREE CHILD HEALTHCARE simply click to help
Paperback books Operation Paperback collects gently used books and sends them to American troops deployed overseas. Since 1999, we have shipped over 950,000 books to locations around the globe.
Many of our troops are serving far from home and living in facilities that provide few of the comforts of home. At the end of the duty day, the opportunity to escape into a good book is welcomed. Every week we receive thanks from troops who are glad to be appreciated and remembered.
Prom Dress – Prom Wishes, started by a 15 year old Sperry OK girl New or gently used clean prom and bridesmaid dresses: in sizes 2 to Plus. Accessories:wraps, prom jewelry, evening handbags, gloves and prom shoes
RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS IDEAS
· Individuals (.pdf book for download)
· In the workplace (.pdf book for download)
· Operation Beautiful
What tiny random act of kindness can you do to help someone today who has no way of repaying you…something that you do for no reason…something no one else knows about done simply because it makes you feel good? Pay it forward…
“RE-GIFT” (See Gifts)
SHEETS, TOWELS and BLANKETS for bedding, old newspapers to line enclosures or donate your time to an animal shelter
SHOES- (GENTLY WORN SHOES) can help others
Green Country Podiatry Center 3627 S Harvard Ave has a shoe drive every November and December. These gently worn (some people actually buy new) shoes are given to the DAY CENTER FOR THE HOMELESS here in Tulsa, where our Drs volunteer. The shoes collected will be taken to the Center on December 24th. IF you know of anyone wishing to donate. they can drop their shoes off at the collection box ,in the waiting room of our office.
· Soles4Souls Foot Solutions (103rd and Memorial Dr. in Tulsa ) is collecting.
STUFFED TOYS Some local fire and police station take “like new” stuffed animals in their police cars and fire trucks to give a frightened child for comfort in difficult times.
SURFING THE INTERNET Support your favorite charity every time you do an internet search. A great way to support your favorite charity!
· GOODSEARCH. Every time you do an internet search GoodSearch will donate a penny to your organization (doesn’t sound like much but adds up quickly if a lot of people participate). Choose from thousands of different charities or one of your own. Some set their church up on it so that all the money goes towards a particular thing such as mission trips (local and international). Plus you can search for a store (like ebay) and if you click on the highlighted link a portion of all you purchase goes to your charity as well.
Doing something small may not save a life, but it can change someone’s life.
TIME Giving of our time is something that can make a big difference for so many, especially the elderly. You are limited only by your imagination and the size of your compassion for others.
- Older folks might need an errand run, an item or two from the grocery, something from the pharmacy, a ride somewhere, a light bulb changed that is too high for them to reach standing on an chair, shoveling snow, lighting a pilot light, caulking around windows so they stay a little warmer , maybe just a quick call to make sure they are ok, etc.
- work at a soup kitchen or help deliver meals to elderly shut-ins.
- Read books at the wing of a children’s hospital once or twice a month
- Visit a nursing home resident whose family lives in another state. Veterans, especially those hospitalized or in care centers love a visit or a Christmas card. Just having someone to visit and talk to, maybe read a book to or to help them with something they can’t do any longer for themselves can mean so much.
- Be a volunteer. Look at your schedule and see how much time you can give. It may be an hour a month, it may be more. You do not have to travel far to do this. It may be your neighbor who needs someone to babysit, walk their dog, visit for a cup of coffee.
- The local school-might need help with a book fair, chaperone for a field trip, recess duty, etc.. It may be the local nursing home, the local hospital, the local VA–where all people need is someone to visit and talk to, maybe read a book to or help with something they may need help with. Everywhere you turn, your time is not only needed, but wanted and appreciated.
Your time is also valuable to a charity, a community-service organization and many individuals.
On Christmas Day, volunteering at the local homeless shelter doing whatever you can, then later dining with some of the guests and other volunteers will give more meaning to the day than a mega-meal at home that you have stressed out over.
The River Principle- Our life is like a river, not a reservoir. God will give to us what He knows will flow through us.
VETERANS AND MILITARY- Ways to thank them that cost nothing
· Oklahoma American Veterans News – This is a local organization, in Tulsa, committed to making a positive difference in the lives of Veterans by providing ongoing support. OAVN, provides for a Veterans “greatest need”. At any time that need might be a bus ticket to the hospital, a meal for an outpatient who doesn’t have the funds or personal care items for someone in the VA hospital.
· A SIMPLE THANK YOU TO VETERANS-THE GRATITUDE CAMPAIGN-Even kids too small to talk can do this, to convey thanks to our Veterans.
· SEND A THANK YOU CARD for free! Pick out a card and Xerox will print and send it to a soldier who is currently serving in Iraq You can’t pick out who gets it, but it will go to a member of the armed services.
· ASK YOUR BOSS IF YOUR COMPANY CAN GIVE A SMALL DISCOUNT TO A VETERAN SHOWING A VETERANS CARD OR A SERVICE PERSON WITH A MILITARY ID …or if you are a business owner be sure to advertise any Veterans discount you offer. Veterans support those who support them.
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UPDATE TO ORIGINAL LIST: List complied November 2009 and originally posted on several forums on the internet It is easier to update here than to go to each individual forum as something new is added. Please e-mail me at GRMTulsa at gmail.com with any additions, corrections or suggestions.