I love alternative use. You're probably scratching your head right now asking what does that have to do with giving? Well, let me tell you...you probably already know.
I am a big believer in recycling. I recycle at home. I handle the recycling in my department at work and I even write a recycling piece for the company newsletter called "Living Green". With that said let me explain.
Alternative use is not only the thought of what else can I do with this, but what else can someone other than me do with this. Instead of taking your old books to the bookstore reseller to see how little they will give you for that expense book you paid for, how about gifting them to your local library. I live in a relatively small community and the selection is not as grand as the big city.
If you have old puzzles and games that are in good shape and have all the pieces, instead of just donating these items to an organization for resale, stop by a retirement community or senior citizen center and donate these items for them to enjoy.
Those bottles of shampoo, conditioner, soap and lotion that you pick up in hotels while you are traveling, that generally sit in your toiletry bag until your next trip, donate to a center for battered woman and children. They are often in need of travel size items to help families fleeing from domestic violent situations.
Did you know you can donate your old eyeglasses to the Lion’s Club and they will get them to a person in need?
If your children have outgrown the books they read, skill level I mean, take them to a nearby hospital to be put to good use in a children’s ward.
If you have long hair and drastically change your look, you can donate your hair to a person going through cancer who has lost theirs.
If you have unused stuffed animals lying around just taking up space, offer them to the police department. Some police departments use stuffed animals to calm the children when they are called to an emergency for one reason or another.
This is alternative use. This is giving outside the box. This can change a moment in time, or change someone’s life. There are millions of things like this we all can do. Please, if you have ideas to add I’d love to hear them.