Giving has been proven to increase happiness, teach you about gratitude and open up possibilities. So, why aren’t you doing it?

Here are 8 Charitable items to add to your Bucket List today:

1. Grow Your Locks & Donate Them
Locks of Love will use your hair to create hairpieces for underprivileged children who are suffering from any medical condition. According to their guidelines, hair must be at least 10″ long and cut in a pony tail or braid.

2. Give Blood
Even though donating one pint of blood can save up to three lives, only 3 out of every 100 Americans donate. I know what you are thinking…I hate needles too. But we are talking about saving lives here. If you can fight through the fear, research donation locations at the American Red Cross.

3. Donate Clothes
The rule of thumb is that if you haven’t worn it in a year, give it to someone who will. Yes, that includes your “skinny” jeans that you haven’t fit into since high school!

4. Gift Toys
The holidays are the perfect time to give a less fortunate child a toy. Toys for Tots makes it easy by providing drop off locations around the United States. Last year, with the help of our generous customers, my restaurant collected over 100 toys to donate to Toys for Tots. It was an amazing feeling to know that we were able to help make the holidays for children special. Read the story…

5. Adopt an Animal
Nothing gives you more unconditional love than a furry little friend. Petfinder allows you to search through hundreds of adoptable animals so you are able to find the perfect addition to your family.

6. Plant a Tree 
Planting a tree is a wonderful way to contribute to the future of the environment. Trees filter pollution, create homes for animals, provide food for humans and so much more.

7. Mentor a Child
Mentoring a child is a chance to make a difference that will last a lifetime. A child can grow when it has a caring adult to discuss all matters of their lives. The Big Brothers Big Sisters is a fantastic organization that helps children realize their potential and build their futures.

8. Be an Organ Donor
Thousands of people in the country are waiting for life-saving organ transplants. You will have a chance to give life to another person by taking the time to sign your donor card.