Donated Magazines to the Emergency room.
You know when you're at the doctor's office and all the magazines there are five years old and hold zero interest to you? Yeah I hate that. I've long given up on waiting rooms to provide me with entertainment. Thank you Steve Job's and your amazing invention the i-Pod.
Do you know what's worse? Waiting in the Emergency room. No one is ever there for a good or fun reason.
When I was going to Borders to place happy notes in books, I bought a bunch of magazines.
When I got home I went through some more I had lying around, cut off my address and stuck them in a bag.
I drove to Howard County General Hospital where I delivered my daughter and dropped them off.
There were a few Scientific America, an Everyday with Rachel Ray, Motor Trend, Entertainment Weekly, and a Self.
When I walked into the waiting room there was no one waiting (Note to readers: if you get hurt the best time is a Monday @ 8am. Please plan your injuries accordingly) but there was also no magazines.
This might be because of Flu season.
I walked over to the receptionist who was on the phone. She put the call on hold, "How can I help you."
"I have these magazines I'd like to donate."
"Great, you can give them to me. Thanks."
I handed them to her and that was it.
All in all a pretty underwhelming experience but I hope it makes someone's day a little brighter.
Would I do it again? Sure, it was easy and I hope it helped someone.
Cost: $10 for magazines
Effort: Not too much
Time: 1 minute to cut off my address, 10 minutes picking out magazines, 5 minute drive to the hospital.