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03/18/2010 05:12 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Give Back Painlessly: 50 Ways To Donate Time And Find Spare Cash For Others

So you're working overtime and money's tight, but you still want to give back this holiday season? The Ning network, Happiness Inside has got you covered. In a recent blog post, Gordon Simmons, the founder of Happinesss Inside, put together 50 Ways to Give More This Season. The post is full of simple ways to donate a little bit of time or find money you didn't know you had to give away to those who need it.

Here are just a few:

  • Staff the phones. Many local TV stations or other organizations are publicly owned and funded. Volunteer to take a shift on the phones.
  • Buy two. Every once in a while when you buy toiletry staples at the grocery store, buy two of everything: soap, shampoo, toothpaste, deodorant, etc. On your way home stop at a shelter or church, or other organization that could use the items and donate half of the toiletries you just bought. They are always needed.
  • Regift. Your lovely and well-meaning Aunt Mabel gave you another perfect blouse that just isn't your style. Go ahead and pay it forward. For Example, the YWCA's Working Wardrobe program benefits women entering or re-entering the workplace by providing them with clothes that look professional.

To read all 50 ways to give more, visit Happiness Inside.

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