We’re moving house again, such is the joy of renting, and this is a great time to go through your things and chuck out stuff you don’t use, clothes you don’t wear and all the other crap you’ve accumulated. But what do you do with all this stuff? You could eBay it and make a quick buck, put it up on Gumtree or Craigslist or just leave it outside your place with a note stuck to it which says “free to a good home”.
Or, you could donate it. I’m very lucky in that I’m working for a great company and earn a decent wage. I have a roof over my head and I can afford to eat. It’s taken a while to get here but nonetheless here I am. There are, however, less fortunate souls out there who need a helping hand every now and again and donating your stuff is a great way to reach out and help. One such organisation is Freecycle and as far as I know they’re worldwide. Go look them up.
If you’ve got some old technology kicking around then please consider donating it. If you’ve got old computer parts lying around and they could make up a working system then take the time to put it together, install Linux on it and donate that. You could even go a little bit further and offer to show whoever you donate to around the OS. A little bit of knowledge goes a long way.
Same goes for any screens, peripherals and GFX cards. Even old sticks of RAM can help someone. Not using your Xbox or PS3? Give it away. You’d be amazed at the amount of people out there who are scouring sites like Freecycle looking for something as simple as a keyboard and don’t have the money to buy one.
So, if you’re wondering how you can make a small but significant difference in the world then this is it.