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10 Things That Happen When You Donate To Charity

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1. When you donate clothes... automatically turn your unwanted thrift store fodder into invaluable wearables for families who aren't so fortunate. Have a stack of Christmas cardigans collecting dust in the attic? Why not drive 'em down to your local clothing drive?

2. When you donate fresh fruit and vegetables... put nutritious food on the tables of underserved Americans who wouldn't otherwise have access to fresh, healthy groceries. Roughly 2.2 million U.S. households live in areas with limited access to fresh groceries -- a staggering number that you can help reduce.

3. When you donate toys... can brighten up a birthday, holiday, or maybe just bring a smile to someone who really needs it. Remember: just because you've outgrown your action figures doesn't mean they won't spark someone else's imagination someday.

4. When you donate a blanket... can bring some much-needed warmth to a family steeped deep in the winter doldrums.

5. When you donate a book... can transport a burning, yearning mind to a faraway land with something as simple as a dog-eared paperback. It isn't hard to find a book drive that's accepting donations, and it's even easier to send a few books back with those who can use them.

6. When you donate an old cell phone... can give a family a safe, reliable way to communicate. Cell phones, computers, and other unused or unwanted electronic devices can be recycled or donated at a wide selection of charity drives -- and saved an untimely trip to the local dump.

7. When you donate music... can introduce a total stranger to a song, album, or artist that could completely transform their life. Music is one of the most powerful gifts we can give one another, and there are few things more inspirational and empowering than hearing your favorite band for the first time.

8. When you donate kitchenware...'re ensuring that an underserved family has the necessary means to cook a meal in the comfort of their own kitchen.

9. When you donate money...'re funding a number of awesome organizations who make it their prime directive to help those in need. A couple of dollars can go a long, long way towards feeding the hungry, clothing the cold, and housing the homeless.

10. When you donate your time... -- yes, you -- can inspire hope and change. Firsthand. There are a number of incredible programs and not-too-time-consuming options for making a difference that really matters.