You’ll have to do a little work to see if this is a possibility for you, but three hours is a good chunk of time to donate to your local food bank. Click here to see what’s close to you and what current volunteer needs exist. Feeding America has a network of over 200 food banks serving all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico.
I’m very excited about this one because EVERYBODY can do it, and you’ll benefit as well. Guess what… I’m going to send you to clean out your closet. Or your basement or your attic, or your linen closet…. possibly your garage. What you are doing is looking for items that you don’t need anymore but are something someone else could use (i.e. not junk). That’s Step 1. Step 2 is to bundle these things up and take them to the nearest charity thrift shop. How easy is that? If you need help finding a local charity shop, visit this national directory of charity-driven thrift shops. Dare I say that Step 3 could be doing some shopping there as well?
Do you happen to have a sewing machine or do you like to sew? Enchanted Makeovers has a Doll Adoption Program with a lot of inspiration for sewing a doll to give to a child in a shelter. There are some links and photos to provide inspiration if you need it. And some impact stories as well. There are also many other project options if you happen to be handy, so take your choice!