I am posting this on behalf of the Non-Profits everywhere and especially the ones I support. They can not say this without people being offended. I will say it for them.
Rule 1- GIVE NEW
Give NEW UNOPENED ITEMS. People who need clothes have dignity too. No one wants your jordache jeans or your slightly worn clothes that you found when you cleaned your closet. New toys, still wrapped, not used toys. It’s healthier and cleaner for the person receiving it. Buying used items is a choice the shopper makes, when people are in need, this is not the best thing for the charity or a person. It is not the same thing as you choosing to shop at a resale store. In some cases, the non-profit is prohibited by law from taking used items. Also, please don’t bring ( or ask to bring) LEFT OVER FOOD. The best bet is to give the Non-Profit Cash so they can get what is needed, not just what YOU want to give.
Rule 2- IT’S NOT A PETTING ZOO
Do not ask to see the people who are the recipients of your charity. Dropping off your donation should not become a petting zoo or a coffee date. Refrain from saying AWWW look at the ( FILL IN THE BLANK). If you want people in need to fall to their knees and thank you, you are in it for the wrong reason. If you are concerned that the charity will not give the items to the needy, you need to find another charity to support.
Rule 3- OLDER THAN 2015 IS TOO OLD.
Do not donate old books for “education” purposes. Everyone who is in school needs an up to date book. Your math book from 1988 is just junk that the Non-profit has to PAY a staff member to throw away. And Yes, that goes for Libraries too. You need to check with them to see if they will accept it, not drop off a box of junk they now have to pay money to get rid of it.
Bonus Rule: No means NO
When they say they can not accept your “donation” (translate as junk) be gracious and get off the phone. Have a 15-minute conversation about why they should take your items when they already told you they could not accept it, is a waste of time and emotionally exhausting.
Who do I support? Bob Lucas Library and Literacy Center (Altadena, CA, USA), Celebrate Life Cancer Ministry ( Los Angeles, CA), Los Angeles Youth Network (Los Angeles, CA)
BE A BLESSING WHEN YOU GIVE.
There are only a few blogs that have the type of prestige that the Huffington Post offers. Now that I am a regular contributor, I plan to give people materials that will make them thoughtful, hopeful and motivated to reach their goals.
Being a blogger for the “Huff-Post” has been a long time goal of mine. When I say a long time, I mean that for the last few years, it has been a goal of mine. I had another goal reached this year that took four years to achieve. It’s been a long time since I did something that took me years to accomplish. And, it’s close to my birthday, I feel like celebrations are in order.
The main this is, I have another platform in which to serve my tribe and keep them informed, engaged and motivated. The wait is worth it!
I’ll let you know as soon as a post the first article or video, and
if you are on the email list, you will always get a heads-up!
The 100 Days 100 Books giveaway is a summer campaign. In the United State Nearly half of the US adults who are in the lowest level on the literacy scale are living in poverty (between 41% and 44%). In addition to poverty so many other challenges in life can be directly correlated to literacy.
In an effort to contribute to the solution we are launching the 100 Days 100 Books Summer Reading Campaign and giving away a free book to a child in need for every book that is purchased at Ladoneya.com The workshops, Book Readings and Events are geared towards exciting the imagination and inspiring children to dream and create through reading and writing. Constance Dixon is the author and creator of this project
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