If you’re interested in donating to charities, but don’t know the best way to get involved, consider purchasing an item from their Amazon Wishlist.
I don’t think that I’m a particularly selfish person, but I could definitely do more for people. As an introvert who much prefers being at home with the door closed, this isn’t going to manifest itself in volunteering, or marching, but I can give to charity, and I’ve started trying to do that a bit more.
I’m all for setting up standing orders and donating one-off amounts to charities you believe in, and I’m also very much of the opinion that everyone should be allowed to give as much or as little to the charities they feel passionate about. You shouldn’t let anyone make you feel bad about the choices you make when it comes to charity giving; everyone has a reason for wanting to give, and that’s a personal choice.
But, with larger charities especially, it’s not always obvious where your money is going, and as much as altruism for altruism’s sake is nice, it’s also heartwarming when you see how your donations are being used.
That’s where Amazon wishlists come in. Many smaller charities have them, as they are in need of specific items, and people wishing to donate can choose to purchase them directly. I know Amazon is not everyone’s cup of tea, but when it comes to charitable giving, it’s worth putting all that big bad corporation stuff to the back of your mind, surely?
With that in mind, here are a few charities you can help by purchasing something from their wishlist.
This is a children’s hospice who help children and young people who have life-threatening, or life-limiting conditions. Many of the children under their care can’t play with regular toys, so they have an Amazon wishlist comprised of items that are suitable. Find their wishlist here.
Wood Green Animal Charity
Animal charities benefit hugely from physical donations; if you have old duvets and blankets, animal sanctuaries and rescue centres are a good place to take them. Wood Green is one of the leading animal welfare organisations in the UK, and you can find their wishlist here.
BHT First Base is a resource, training and health centre for people who are street homeless or vulnerably housed in Brighton & Hove. Their wishlist asks for basic items that most people buy for themselves without a thought. Find their wishlist here.
This is a family and children’s charity working in Glasgow and Edinburgh, which aims to build self-esteem and resilience in children. They are asking for games and toys; you can find their wishlist here.
SIFA Fireside are a Birmingham-based charity working with vulnerable adults who are experiencing homelessness or are vulnerably-housed. They ask for clothing, razors, and other everyday items. Find their wishlist here.
I’m thinking about making this a regular feature, as I really do think it’s a great way to help out charities that you want to support. Let me know if there are any charities close to your heart who could do with a shoutout!