‘Being charitable’ and ‘being generous’ – the preserve of last year’s New Year Resolutions that we scribbled down in an effort to feel better. But, like most New Year Resolutions, these aims are quickly forgotten or ignored. It is essential that we, as global citizens, make a constant effort to strive for a better, happier world. But even those with the biggest hearts are struggling nowadays due to the increased cost of living, not to mention the substantial increase in unemployment across the world.

You may be thinking that the only real way to donate to charity is by forking out a load of cash or spending hours of your time volunteering. That is where you are wrong, my friend! Here are a few innovative ideas to put you on track for a more generous, charitable lifestyle – without using up your precious time volunteering and, more importantly, without spending a penny!

It is *clinically* proven that giving makes us happier, so why not give away your unwanted items. This leads us to our first suggestion:

Donate unwanted items to charity

Just because you don’t want it, doesn’t mean other people won’t! Being organised and donating what you no longer want or need can go a long way to be charitable. Think old phones, clothes or toys – you can give anything to a charity shop!

However, if you are donating your items to a global organisation that will distribute them to those in need, be careful, as some items aren’t necessarily needed or wanted. For more information, be sure to read The Dos and Don’ts of giving during a disaster by The Balance!

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Get moving for a good cause!

We all know the pain of getting out of bed in the morning and forcing yourself to go for a quick jog! Change it up a little by running, cycling or even walking your dog for charity! Everyday tasks can be made charitable and its easier than you think.

This year’s Sport Relief has just passed, but charitable activities and races happen all year round and are available for most causes, be it cancer research or counter malaria aid. It’s time to get healthy and do good at the same time!

Give blood

As scary as it sounds, giving blood is a vital procedure and without it, the world would be much worse off. If you are between the age of 17 and 65, you can likely give blood, with men able to donate every three months and women every four months.

You can read more on blood donation through the NHS here. Simply find your local donor centre and get started!

Register as an organ donor

Believe it or not, no one really needs their organs when they’re dead! However, only 29% of us Brits have joined the donor register.

You can apply online for an organ donor card to carry around with you – it won’t do you any harm and will do a lot of good for the future – so make sure you let your close family know your intentions, and what organs you’re willing to part with.

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Raise puppies for guide dog charities

Are you a dog breeder? Or maybe you just like cute animals…whatever the case, raising puppies for charities such as Guide Dogs for the Blind is a great option! “Each puppy lives with a volunteer from six weeks of age until it is 12- to 14-months-old.” The goal is to raise a loving, well behaved furry friend who is ready to go on to specialist training. Undoubtedly, the hardest part is giving up the pup at the end of the 14 months, but if you can get over that, it’s a fun, rewarding and charitable thing to do.

That’s it! Five ways that you can be a more charitable, generous person without actually spending a penny! Despite all the efforts these organisations and charities put in, we need help in order to fight such complex, diverse issues the world faces.

You can also help us, and you don’t need to spend anything either! By writing insightful blogs, sharing our resources and spreading the word, you can make an impact!

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