Not all needs are financial. Many charities collect and distribute clothing or homemade items for a variety of services. Some make blankets or clothing for sheltered or injured animals. Others accept blankets, caps, and clothing for people that have various medical issues. Mental Floss has a great collection of charities that accept all manner of home made items.P
If you're not well versed in the arts of knitting or crocheting, you can donate hair to Locks of Love, a charity that makes hairpieces for patients that experience hair loss from any medical treatment. This one might be easier for women or men who have long hair, as they require a minimum length of 10 inches to accept donations.P
Volunteer Your Time Instead of MoneyP
Donating money isn't the only way to benefit your long-term health and happiness while helping others. One study showed that people who volunteered their time tended to live longer than those who didn't—it even showed that doing so because you want to help others has a greater effect than doing so to benefit yourself. Of course, while you're there, you’ll likely learn some great DIY skills for free, as well as get a reference letter out of the deal.