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Sometimes the stuff you already have can be great for charitable giving, Boles says.

If you get the Sunday paper, don't throw away the unused coupons. Clip them and send them to military families overseas who can save money by using them in the commissary on base. The Overseas Coupon Project matches individual coupon clippers with people on military bases who are anxious to receive coupons. All you do is clip and mail them. The only cost is the stamp.

If you have valuables gathering dust, auction them off and donate the proceeds to charity. If you sell via eBay Giving Works, a program that helps sellers list items on eBay to benefit nonprofits, you can donate 10 percent to 100 percent of the sale price to a charity. Or, you can sell the item on a website such as Craigslist.org and donate the money.

Put your veggie garden to better use this spring with Plant a Row for the Hungry. The program -- sponsored by the Garden Writers Association and GWA Foundation -- asks the green-thumbed to donate extra produce from their gardens to local food banks. Since it began in 1995, participants have donated 14 million pounds of vegetables. Demand at local food banks is high and fresh produce is often in short supply.


 

 

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