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5 Ways to Give (that don't cost a dime)

The holiday season tends to invoke the spirit of giving but we don't always have a ton of extra cash. That's ok, there are plenty of ways to have a positive impact on the community without spending a dime...

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5 Ways to Give this Season (that don't cost a dime)

Tracy Reynes
Feb 8 3 minutes read

1. Smile

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Smiling may seem like an involuntary response to something cute or funny, but it is much more than that. Studies suggest that smiling, forced or not, can have a positive effect on your mood, decrease stress levels, and even make everyone around you feel better. And it's FREE. What happy news! Read 9 Surprising Reasons You Should Smile More.

2. Give Blood

Approximately 40,000 pints of blood are used each day in the United States. Approximately 1 out of every 7 people entering the hospital needs blood. 1 donation has the potential to save as many as 3 lives. Giving blood is easy and free. Visit United Blood Services for a donation center near you. 

3. Clean out your closet. 

We all have things hanging in the back of our closet that we haven't worn in years. The fact is there are many people who would put great use to those things. In the Wine Country area, you can connect with Redwood Empire Goodwill, The Church Mouse, the Salvation Army or Republic of Thrift to drop off your used shoes and clothing.

4. Give Time

It's the sad truth that Wine Country has a growing homeless population and despite our beautiful climate, our nights are cold and wet. Give time at a local warming center. Organizations such as Sonoma Overnight Support and Community Action of Napa Valley are just a couple of the organizations that need people to help serve meals, set up beds, etc.

5. Clean out your pantry

Just like an overflowing closet, we all have canned goods and non-perishables that have been sitting in the back of the pantry collecting dust. Give that stuff away! See F.I.S.H., Napa Storehouse Food Pantry, or the Napa Valley Food Bank for drop off locations and details on how you can help. 

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