7 Donations Crisis Response Charities Need Most And How You Can Help

7 Donations Crisis Response Charities Need Most And How You Can Help
There are so many crises happening around the world leaving families and lives destroyed, and it’s not uncommon to feel helpless in these scenarios.
However, there are many ways in which you can donate for a crisis response charity of your choice.

However, you need to be aware of a few things, like what do they really need because when you donate for crisis response, you should donate things that are in line with their needs. Looking for helpful tips for donating to a crisis response? Read these top tips below to ensure that you make a meaningful donation.  

- Monetary donations 

The biggest and most useful donation you can give to a charity is money. Yes, during a crisis people do need food to eat, clean clothes and blankets but sending them a monetary donation can be more effective and assist in more ways than one. 

There are always people sending plenty of clothes and tinned food thinking it will help. However, think about what money can do for those people during emergency response planning. 

If you’re unable to send a large donation you shouldn't worry because those small ones also count. Response teams will appreciate the gesture regardless of how small you think it is. Once you have the budget you can make a bigger donation. 

- Pledge instead of accepting gifts 

There might be times where you would love to donate but you’re experiencing financial difficulties or you unable to donate a large amount. But, there is another great alternative. 

Many nonprofit organisations have an option for you to pledge your birthday. You can pledge and have your friends and family donate money towards an organisation for your birthday. This is a great way for you to help your organisation and it could also influence the people around you. 

Having your friends and family pledge for your birthday can show them how important this is to you and they might even consider pledging themselves. Try to educate them on the organisation and why it’s important to you. This can help them understand and maybe making large contributions if they’re able to. 

- Monthly donations are a better option

Although a big single donation is great, you should think about a long term commitment. Many crisis responses take years to resolve so sending money on a monthly basis can be helpful. 

It’s also better for you and you can calculate an amount that you can afford rather than trying to raise a large sum. Many organisations working on long term crises often suffer because people make large payments at the beginning then stop making payments. However, donating every month can assist with problems that can arise during that time and give the charity more consistent and stable donations to work off of. 

- Donate blood 

During a crisis, many people are left wounded and in need of blood. Sadly blood can be quite scarce during those times. Therefore, donating blood can be a great way to give back and it could save someone's life. 

If you plan on donating blood, please make sure you meet the minimum requirements:

lead a safe and healthy lifestyle. 
Weigh 50 kg or more
Be between the ages of 16 and 65. Donors between the ages of 16 - 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

If you have inconsistent blood pressure, low iron, pregnant or recently had surgery, you shouldn’t donate until your health is back on track. If you would like to donate, but are experiencing some health issues, make sure you consult a doctor first.

- Become an organ donor

There are so many people who are losing their lives because they’ve been on the organ list for too long and they haven’t found a donor. Offering to donate your organs after you die is a very noble thing to do as you may save several peoples lives. 

Only 30 percent of people in South Africa are registered as organ donors, which isn’t nearly enough to assist people in need of transplants. 

To be a donor you have to sign a few documents and keep a special card in your wallet so that doctors are able to verify that you are a registered donor. Before registering as a donor, be sure to go through health checks to ensure you are healthy. 

- Donate clothes and tinned food 

Lastly, after you have made either a monetary or blood donations you could donate clean clothes and tinned food. Keep in mind that although food and clothes donations can be helpful, crisis response charities are in desperate need for funding and monetary donations can go a long way. If you would like to donate clothes, toys or food you can, just make sure that you understand what the charity needs in order for them to assist people in need. You can contact donation pickup and arrange the pick up of the goods you want to donate.

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