How To Give Back & Support Charities From Home


Supporting charitable organizations is more important than ever, especially given the recent turn of events with the global pandemic.

 

In many areas, schools and businesses have been ordered to shut down leaving a lot of people out of jobs or too busy with childcare to work. We have amazing friends, neighbors, family, and strangers that are still on the front lines supporting our own and our children’s needs. However, there are still many people that are struggling to stay afloat or even to eat. KABAKI Kenyan Purple Tea has always stood behind the idea of supporting communities and why should now be any different? Please join us in helping any way you can. It’s easy, it doesn't need to be a financial donation and you don’t even need to leave your house. 


Here are some ideas on how you can help:

 

DONATIONS

The easiest and most common way to support charitable organizations is to donate. At times, donating money can be even more beneficial than donating goods. Organizations and nonprofits often know what supplies are and aren’t needed; therefore, by supporting their budget they can allocate where spending goes. 

 

Feeding America

One organization that you can donate to today is Feeding America. $1 can provide up to 10 meals. Not only do they do work on a national level, but you can also find ways to help in a location near you. 

 

American Red Cross

With our hospitals being stretched to the max and the cancellation of blood drives, the American Red Cross is in need of donations to ensure there’s a sufficient supply of blood when needed. If you can, think about making an appointment with the Red Cross to donate blood or even a financial donation. You can find a site near you and schedule an appointment here or call 1-800-RED-CROSS for more information.

 

Feed The Children

During this chaotic time, our communities are in need of food and essential supplies. Consider donating to Feed The Children. They’re working to provide for children and families that are struggling to put food on the table. 

 

No Kid Hungry

For many children, school was the only meal they’d get for the day. Now with schools closed, these families are still struggling to feed their children. Donations to No Kid Hungry are helping to feed kids during this crisis.

 

Meals On Wheels

We all know that seniors are one of the most susceptible to getting sick. It’s important they stay inside and stay healthy. Meals on Wheels helps bring vulnerable seniors hot meals. Consider donating today.

 

SHARE ON SOCIAL MEDIA

Another easy way to get involved without even leaving your couch is to share a charity’s post or page on social media. Bringing awareness to charitable organizations is key to spreading the word about how the organization is helping and how your followers can get involved. 

 

With social distancing, celebrations like birthdays look a little bit different than they used to. Platforms like Facebook and Instagram have made it easy to donate right from the organization's page. In lieu of a party or traditional gifts, use social media to encourage your friends to donate to a good cause instead. Host a fundraiser on Facebook for your favorite charity! Instagram now has a “Donate” button that you can add to your stories. This is a great way to get your friends involved and help charitable organizations in need. 

 

FOOD PANTRY DONATIONS

Got spare time on your hands and tons of pantry items? Go through your kitchen and take inventory of what you need versus what you don’t need. And don’t be afraid to donate expired goods too! You may be thinking you want to toss it but double check with your local food pantry first. Many non perishable items are still safe to consume months past expiration and some food pantries might still accept them. Set these items aside and reach out to your local food pantry to find out the best way to donate.

 

SORT THROUGH YOUR CLOSET

Another great way to get involved is to go through your closet and donate clothes. If you’re torn between certain items, a general rule is, have you worn it within the past year? If not, put it in the donate pile because it’s just another item that will continue to take up closet space. Charities that are in need of clothes include The American Red Cross which donates to those that have been through natural disasters and Dress for Success which helps low income men and women with professional clothing to wear to interviews. Many of these charities will also come to you to pick up donations, make sure to ask. You can find a full list of charities to donate clothes to here.

 

SHOP SMART

You can also support a number of charities just by shopping. How? Look out for brands that are donating a portion of their profits to charities. TOM’s is well known for donating a pair of shoes to a child in need for every pair purchased and during these tough times, they are donating one third of their net profits to the TOMS COVID-19 Global Giving Fund. Similarly, Warby Parker donates a pair of glasses to someone in need for every pair purchased. Many brands ranging from fashion to even pet food have started donating a portion of their proceeds to help support those in need during this pandemic. Do a quick search online to see how you can shop smart with some of your favorite brands.

 

Do you know KABAKI’s social mission? We are committed to working with NGO (nonprofit organizations) in connecting underserved communities with the life-saving resources they need. During this crisis, KABAKI Kenyan Purple Tea is continuing to support underserved communities and donating to several local organizations that are helping to feed our communities.

 

SEND CARDS

When we think of donations, we often think of donating money, food, or essential goods. However, we rarely think of how donating can help bring a smile to someone’s face. Elderly people who live in nursing homes are a huge part of the population that often feel isolated or lonely. Get involved with a local nursing home or senior center...from a distance. Creating cards for seniors is a great way to bring a smile to someone's face. Get your family and friends involved too! Not sure where to start, check out this site.

 

GET CRAFTY

I’m sure you’ve noticed that coming by masks of any type has been challenging. It’s even more challenging for our hospitals and health care workers. You may have heard or seen the term PPE. If you haven’t, it stands for Personal Protective Equipment. This equipment is worn to minimize exposure to hazards and germs and reduce the chance of touching, being exposed to, or spreading germs any further. And masks are one of the essential items needed for our hardworking healthcare workers. 

 

Harvard University Professor Ethan Garner started an organization called #GetUsPPE. On this site you can donate protective gear you may have extra of from work or home. If you know how to sew, you can even get crafty and make masks out of spare fabric you have at home. If you’re interested in making masks, you can find a lot of great sites with how-to’s and information such as the best fabrics to use here

 

Our eyes have been opened to just how important teachers, healthcare workers, retail workers, restaurant staff, EMT's, police officers, fire fighters, small businesses, and so much more are. If you are one of the folk on the front lines, we want to give you a very special THANK YOU! 💜 😍💜 

 

If you know of another great way to give back to our communities, please share it with us. We'd love to add it to our list! You can email us here.  

 


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