>Etiquette is what makes the world go around. It’s no secret that manners and politeness go a long, long way, even in the world of charitable donations. Yes, believe it or not, there is a right way and wrong way to helping families in need.
Thanks to the advent of the internet and the prominence of social media, humans are more connected now than ever. Ironically, however, this lack of face-to-face social interaction means that social etiquette and personal manners have begun to slip.
Regardless of the kind of charitable donations you make this year, here are a few pointers to follow to ensure everything goes smoothly, and that you as well as your charity of choice get the most out of the experience.
DO wash and fold any clothing that will be donated
Did you know that 99% of clothing that is thrown away could have been recycled? Unfortunately, the average American household discards 68 pounds of clothing each year. Recycling or donating your unused clothes not only helps others, but helps to reduce landfill waste.
Washing and folding your gently used clothing prior to donating it to charities that pick up donations ensures your clothing will actually be donated as opposed to being used as rags. While charities will still accept dirty clothing, this only makes more work for the charity, or dirty clothes end up as scrap fabric or rags. Washing and folding your clothing donations prior to giving them away is simply a courteous gesture.
DON’T arrive late
If you’re volunteering your time, the worst thing you can do is arrive late. Often times, charities rely on volunteers to keep things running smoothly in order to help others. Not only is arriving late for your volunteer position rude, but it puts an additional burden on the charitable organization. Give yourself plenty of time to get there, and if you are going to be late, call ahead.
DO give back all year round
While it’s common for charitable organizations to receive the majority of their donations during the winter holiday season, those in need still need assistance all year round. Therefore, it’s important to give back when you can throughout the year. Remember, every little bit counts.