- Donate to a local Homeless, or Women’s Shelter.
- Check with the Home Economics or Health instructor at the local school, to see if they can utilize them in their curriculum.
- Talk to the counselor at the school to see if they could be sent home in “goody bags” for students that may need assistance.
- If you purchase a pair of shoes, buy an additional pair exactly the same as yours, then donate them to an appropriate shelter, or job placement program (often people don’t have necessary shoes to wear for job interviews, construction job sites, or office work. This is perfect to do during the “Buy One-Get One” promotional offers.
- When your children outgrow their sports shoes, if they are still in excellent condition, donate them to the coach to share with another child coming in the program who may not be able to afford even a pair of used shoes.
- As a church ministry, arrange to sponsor a night of laundry on a regular basis at a local laundromat. A church team or small group can bring in donated quarters to feed machines, laundry soap and fabric softener, and even dinner to share with those who are doing laundry at a specified location.
- After discovering that “nothing clean to wear” was a reason children from impoverished homes didn’t come to school, a church raised money to purchase a washer and drier for a local school (with the school’s permission). Church volunteers attended the machines, and school children were invited to bring their personal clothing (not the families) for laundering, dropping them off on their way to class in the morning, and picking them up after classes in the afternoon. Truancy was reduced, and the children built mentor-relationships with those serving them, encouraging them to attend school more regularly.
- Crochet or knit winter hats, scarves or mittens, and donate them to a school program or shelter that has a need for them. Be sure to make them age-appropriate in sizes, colors, and textures of yarn.
- Quilting and sewing can be done to create quilts of different sizes and stocked in the trunks of Emergency workers to be used during appropriate situations. If there are policies against them carrying them, ask the local Family Services office how they could be donated for children taken into foster care, or to the families that receive them.