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My elderly neighbor didn't seem to have any family around. I would help her anyway that I could, but there were several things that I was unable to do for her. Her home was not in the best shape and I watched as she struggled to make it up the front stairs to get inside her home. I knew I had to do something more to help her, so I contacted the local humanitarian service. I talked with them about my neighbor and told them about the difficulties she was having. They were wonderful! To find out about what they did to help my sweet elderly neighbor, visit my site.


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Things To Donate To A Local Homeless Shelter

by Bill Beck

Whether you have a loved one who has experienced the challenges of homelessness or you're simply grateful for the blessings that you have in your life, it can be nice to contribute to those in your area who are less fortunate. When you identify a local homeless shelter, you can browse its website or speak to someone to learn how you might be able to help. Financial donations or lending a hand as a volunteer are both options to consider, but you may alternatively wish to donate physical goods. It's very common for homeless shelters to seek donations of this sort from the public, and you can take pride in amassing a selection of things and dropping them off. Here are three types of donations to consider.


Many homeless shelters accept donations of food from members of the public. You might enjoy the process of filling a cart with food at your local supermarket, bagging it up, and visiting the shelter to drop it off. Non-perishable items are often in demand. This list can include canned soups, dried pasta, boxed goods, and more. It's useful to check with the shelter before you go shopping to determine its current needs. For example, around the holidays, the shelter may be seeking donations of turkeys, potatoes, and other such fare.


Another option is to collect clothing that you can donate to the shelter. It's common for shelters to want clothing for men, women, and children. Even if you primarily think of adults using homeless shelters, the reality is that children often have to rely on this service, too. There are several ways that you can gather clothing to donate. Some people may wish to go through their home's closets and dressers to pull out items that no longer fit or that their family members no longer wear. Alternatively, you might visit a secondhand clothing store, buy a selection of items for a low price, and then donate them.


In some cases, you may be able to donate certain electronics to a local homeless shelter. You'll want to contact the shelter to determine what its specific needs are. For example, if you have an old computer that still runs adequately, the shelter may want it to help teach basic computing skills to residents. Some shelters may occasionally want TVs to provide entertainment to their residents. If you're replacing your current TV and aren't sure what to do with it, donating it can be a good option. 

Contact an organization like The Gathering Place to learn more.