September 5th marks International World Charity Day and giving is a great way to celebrate. Have you put a list together for your gives on World Charity Day? The purpose of International Day of Charity is to raise awareness and provide a common platform for charity related activities all over the world for individuals, charitable, philanthropic and volunteer organizations for their own purposes on the local, national, regional and international level.
There are hundreds of thousands of charities (including 365give) all over the world both small and large that work tirelessly around the clock to help provide serves that are so needed for people, animals and the planet to literally survive. We also understand that many people do not have extra money to make a cash donation. We have created a list of easy ways you CAN participate and donate for International Day of Charity that won’t cost you a dime.
To play the Free Rice Game all you need is a computer or phone, access to wi-fi and 5 minutes or less of your time and you can make a donation every day of the year. The World Food Program created this online free game and all you have to do is answer Trivia Pursuit style questions to donate rice. Each correct answer makes a donation on your behalf (10 grain of rice) and it quickly adds up every day. Spend just 5 minutes playing and you start feeding those in need all over the world. If you are at work, why not start a competition and see who can donate the most rice in 5 minutes, or even start Free Rice Teams.
Reward Programs and points are a great way to make a donation to your favorite charity. Use your air miles for good and make a donation to Make-a-Wish Foundation. Use your credit card points for others and donate to the charity of your choice. Most rewards programs give you this option so take a look at the ones you are using and make an easy donation.
This is for the gardeners out there. Plant an extra row or two of fruits and vegetables and donate to a local fresh food program in your area or and an organization like Food Gatherers. They have weekly drop off centers and your food will get to the people that need it most. Fresh food feeds the soul, and your extra row will feed your heart using this as a daily give.
One of our favorite ways to donate is collecting recycling that we can take in for cash! Plastic drink bottles, beer cans, wine bottles, juice containers are all worth 5 – 10 per bottle at our local recycling depot. We work with Hanks Christmas Glitter n Vancouver that collects recycled materials for cash. They collected over $30,000 worth of recyclables last year alone. They turned that money into gift cards for people in need so they can purchase food and basic life necessities.
You can get your whole family and neighbourhood involved in this one. VSP Global collects gently used eyes glasses and sunglasses for millions of people around the world that cannot afford a pair of their own. Last year they collected and distributed over 12,000 pairs of glasses. It super easy just go to their website and they will send you a box to fill with glasses, along with a UPS slip to send them back to the organization. It’s an easy way to get everyone involved and do a lot of good. That is a wonderful community daily give if I ever saw one.
We hope these ideas get you motivated and inspired to find you own way to donate on International Charity Day. There are so many all over the world doing their part to do a lot of good. Today is your chance to join in and change the world together.
Sign up today to become a member of 365give along with thousands of other daily givers from all over the world. It doesn’t cost a dime, only a little time and together we can change the world 1 give, 1 day at a time.