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It’s better to give than to receive, or so we’re often told, and giving to charity is something that a lot of us want to do. However, when money is already tight it can be difficult find any spare cash to donate when you’re covering household bills and day to day expenses. But you can think out of the box a little and still do your bit:

It doesn’t have to be money – if you’ve not got much money in your pockets, cash isn’t the only way you can make a difference to a charity – you can donate goods too. Have a clear out of your wardrobe and drop your old clothes off at a charity shop. You can also donate any old toys, books, CDs, DVDs or crockery and furniture too.

Give to a foodbank –why not look at giving to a foodbank – just buy a few extra tins of tomatoes, packets of pasta, boxes of teabags or jars of coffee on your next shop (they can be the supermarket’s budget branded stuff) and check the Trussell Trust website to find your nearest foodbank.

Donate your time – you could look at giving your time and volunteering for a local charity. See if the charity shops near you need someone to work a few hours on a weekend, or check with a nearby dog sanctuary and volunteer to walk their dogs.

Help the older generation – in a similar vein to the suggestion above, your local Age UK can put you in touch with an older person who could do with a helping hand around their home – mowing the lawn, or doing a bit of gardening for someone who can’t do it themselves it a great way to give back without spending a penny, plus you’ll be providing them with some company too.

Giving in your name – when it’s coming up to your birthday and you’re not after any specific presents, encourage your friends or family members to make a donation to a charity in your name instead.

Give blood – you can register to give blood if you’re aged between 17 and 65, you’ve not had a blood transfusion, a piercing or tattoo, or had an infection recently. As well as giving blood, you can also sign up as an organ donor to help out injured or sick people once you’re gone.

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