The holidays aren’t the only time to think about charitable giving! It’s summer and that means your local animal shelters are probably overrun with too many kittens. If you can’t give money or be a foster house, try cleaning out your closets. Humane societies often love donations of cat food, old clean towels, sheets, rags, paper towels, maybe office equipment, etc.
Does your local library need help with its book sale, its summer reading programs, or donations? If you want to encourage a love of reading, try Literacy Volunteers of America. They help with adult literacy throughout the country. Toys for Tots takes books, in case you were wondering if it had to be toys only. Other organizations for summer giving (time, money) include Reach Out And Read (ROAR), which promotes literacy at young ages and where you can donate a book online. There’s also Reading is Fundamental, which gives new books to kids (some in Spanish). Child’s Play also runs year-round, though their fundraising focus is the holidays. They bring toys to kids in hospitals, and many hospitals have wishlists on amazon. Even a box or two of crayons is a nice treat.
#2 gives to her alma mater in the summer. :) She’s also been giving to political campaigns, but perhaps that shouldn’t count.
Got more summer givin’ ideas? Tell us in the comments.