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Giving has mostly been used in the past to help the less privileged enjoy some of the amenities that they cannot get themselves. The technical advancements of this 21st century have made it even easier to donate to charity and have also increased the scope and reach of charities. Gone are the days when generosity could only be extended to those within our backyard. Nowadays, most charities are operating internationally, collecting items from generous donors and ferrying them to wherever they are needed most.

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The rise in the number of charities and the fact that there are millions of people than need aid means that there is also a large number of items that are acceptable as donation items.

The rise in the number of charities and the fact that there are millions of people than need aid means that there is also a large number of items that are acceptable as donation items. Here are six essential items that can benefit the most people.

  1. Cash

Of course, cash would come first.

Although writing a check doesn't feel as gratifying as volunteering or donating noncash items, it would be surprising to find out that most charities across the globe rely on cash donations to stay afloat and continue making an impact.

Think about it, all the non-cash items that are donated need to be ferried across long distances to reach their target areas, and most of the people that work in charities need salaries too. This makes cash one of the most essential donation items to charities.

  1. Food

Millions of people around the globe go to sleep hungry every day because they cannot afford food, and are unable to farm, either due to harsh weather conditions, or because they have nowhere to farm. You can help change that.

There are hundreds, if not thousands of charities working every day to try and feed the people that are almost dying due to malnutrition and hunger. You can make an impact today by donating non-perishable foods like canned meat, juices, rice and so on. It doesn't have to be much, but a meal at the end of the day could be an answered prayer to whoever receives your donation.

  1. Clothing

Not everyone can afford decent clothing. But it breaks my heart to see people suffering during the cold seasons because they cannot afford warm clothes. Very many charity organizations are working across the globe to collect clothes and buy them so that they can clothe the underprivileged.

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The good thing about clothes is that you don't have to donate them new. That coat you wore last December and no longer fits you could help keep another person warm.

  1. Personal hygiene items

Personal hygiene comes at a cost that not everyone can afford. Essential items such as laundry soap, toilet paper, tampons, pads, bathing soap, and toothpaste are a luxury that many people cannot afford.

Furthermore, most charities that handle other problems such as hunger, poverty, and illiteracy require these items. Think about it, how easy is it to convince a child who cannot afford toilet paper or soap to get to school every day.

  1. Blankets and beddings

Blankets are a necessity for the millions of people across the globe that have to survive without proper access to heat. However, not many people remember to donate bedding items.

Most charities, especially those that deal with children such as Yad Ezra Israel desperately need to keep these children warm, especially during the cold season. A donation of blankets and beddings can go a long way in helping them help underprivileged children.

  1. School supplies

Many people question the logic of donating pens and books while people are dying of hunger.

The truth is that not all underprivileged families have the same needs. Some can afford food but not a decent education, while others can afford school, but their little child is suffering from a curable disease but there isn't a hospital near them.

Many charities that help children get formal education need donations such notebooks, markers and pencils from generous donors like you and me.

Subhadip Roy