Ways to Pay it Forward This Year February 15, 2018 12:11

You don’t have to spend hundreds of dollars to spread love, happiness, and kindness.

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Sometimes it's the little things that make the biggest impact. We hope you are inspired to try one of these ideas, or share your own!

Become a donor.

You can become a blood donor at any time of year, but what you might not know is that blood banks across the country see a dip in donations during the holidays. So the new year is an excellent opportunity to make an appointment! You can also sign up for the National Marrow Donor program with a simple cheek swab, or even donate your hair to help make wigs for cancer patients. You never know whose life you might change with a donation like these.

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Pay it forward ... literally!

Do you drive on toll roads regularly? Take the cash lane and pay your toll, plus the toll for the driver behind you. They'll be surprised by the gesture, and might even pick up the tab for the driver who's behind them. You could try the same idea at your local coffee house. Who knows how far it will go?

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Be a good neighbor.

Too often, we are so wrapped up in our own busy lives that we barely know our own neighbors. Commit to greeting your neighbors every time you see them. You could offer to walk your neighbor's dog, or shovel their sidewalk as you're out shoveling your own. Maybe bring them a plate of your favorite cookies. A simple gesture of friendship can make all the difference in the world.

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Recycle your stuff.

Instead of letting magazines pile up, why not offer them to your community's senior center or a nursing home? A local library or community center might love to receive your used books. Used towels or blankets are often on the wish list for animal shelters. Before you toss it in the recycling bin (or worse, the trash), consider if your stuff might just brighten someone else's day.

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Craft for a cause.

No matter what type of craft is your specialty, there is probably a charity that can use your skills. Whether it's making a no-sew blanket for an animal,  a superhero cape for a child in a shelter, afghan squares for blankets, paracord bracelets for deployed soldiers, or knitted caps for chemotherapy patients, there's no end to the ideas you can find with a search online. Even if you don't know a craft, many organizations would be thrilled by a donation of materials for their projects.