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Goodwill Industries, Salvation Army, Deseret Industries: It's The Season To Donate!

Updated on December 11, 2012

Soon the winter winds will blow and blow.

Nice and cozey, right?
Nice and cozey, right? | Source

"He answereth and saith unto them, He that hath two coats, let him impart to him that hath none...." (Luke 3:11)

This is one of the seasons when the admonition to take one of our two coats and give it to him or to her who has none, has easily apparent importance.

If you have been looking for the actual person who needs it, call the Voluntary Action Center, Goodwill Industries, the Salvation Army, or Deseret Industries. Don't wait to hand it out yourself. If the cold hasn't already arrived in your locale, it will be shivering someone's bones soon enough.

Someone will bless you for the donation, and while you are at it, a quick look around will likely disclose some other items gathering dust in a closet, attic, basement, or corner that can be turned from your "junk stuff" into someone else's "treasure".

Such donations are tax deductible for you, and irreplaceable for those in need. Keep someone warm this holiday season and you too will feel the warm glow within.

Every year you can hear someone saying something like: "It doesn't feel like the holidays, yet." Jump start yours by being the cheerful giver and allowing charity to take over and make every twinkling light and candle's glow just that much brighter.

"Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: Naked, and ye clothed me; I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison and ye came unto me." (Matthew 25:34-36)


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A dime, a dollar, just your change, any amount can make a difference for someone who is hurting and just wants a hand up.
A dime, a dollar, just your change, any amount can make a difference for someone who is hurting and just wants a hand up. | Source


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    • Perspycacious profile image

      Demas W Jasper 3 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      ptosis - That's a gift of self many of us can still donate. Good thought.

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      ptosis 5 years ago from Arizona

      If can't give time, money or things, give blood to the Amercian Red Cross - when they come to town in front of Walmart. My blood is still good ( no tattoos)

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      Demas W Jasper 5 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      What if you have nothing to donate? Donate your time. The rest of the scripture above speaks of donating food, a beverage, the ability for someone to find shelter, or simply visiting someone who is sick or lonely, even a prisoner whose hours, days, weeks, and months of serving a sentence can be so difficult. Some donations may take a donation of money. The Good Samaritan donated his time, his healing assistance, shelter, food, and compassion with no expectation of being reimbursed or rewarded in this life.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 5 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Yes it is that time for goodwill. We have churches here where people donate their old clothes and others can get what they need and of course we also have the good ole Salvation Army. Yes, they have arrived in Riga.

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      b. Malin 5 years ago

      Hi Perspy,

      We actually Donate a few times a year to the Salvation Army. I'm also planning to give to Big Brother's & Big Sister's. They are also in need of Furniture as well as clothing.

      Good Timely Hub, thanks for sharing.

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      Deborah 5 years ago from Las Vegas

      Nice hub, Perspycacious, excellent for this time of year and very useful. Everyone can dontate in some way, and everyone should.

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      Demas W Jasper 5 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      All three are worthy places to donate, and there are others too. Their services to the community cannot be overestimated.

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      Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

      A great read leaving much food for thought.


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      TSAD 5 years ago from https:// online/ hubpages. html

      Right on! And don't forget to shop at Goodwill. You will save more money than the value of everything you donate if you shop there regularly. And what you spend goes to make jobs for the handicapped. The trick is to stop in and look around at least once a week because people do snatch up things of value when they are putout because they are priced so cheap. Right now flat screen computer monitors that sell for $100 and up even at used prices show up every week and are usually priced at $9 - $15.00 in my area.

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      Demas W Jasper 5 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      I think we are all on the right track, especially with a holiday season which is bound to have special challenges for so many of this country's under-employed, and unemployed who can use all he help they can get....and we are the helpers.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Having volunteered in an assistance ministry for many years, I have seen the good that donated items can do. It takes such little effort to donate gently used items to charities. It is sinful in my opinion to put them out for garbage pickup rather than donating. I have actually picked things up from the curbs on garbage days and taken them to donation spots. They not only furnish much needed supplies and clothing to those in need, but the sales of these items pay for things such as prescriptions, food and in some cases even a month's rent for those with documented cases of some type of crisis. Thanks for this hub. The need is there all year long! Up and useful votes.

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      Martin Kloess 5 years ago from San Francisco

      This time of the year I used to work for Toys For Tots in 2009, I crossed 42,000 toys. Point: there is no stopping 1 motivated person.

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      Sinea Pies 5 years ago from Northeastern United States

      It is so important to give. Many of us plan to give but life can get in the way and we don't do it. Thank you so much for the reminder!

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      Rebecca Mealey 5 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      Thanks for the friendly reminder, and I am telling others! There is no cause to throw good stuff in the trash. There is a huge Goodwill donation truck parked at our local shopping center! Voted awesome and shared!