Being a Good Samaritan: Places I Like to Donate To

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I have a complex where I have an inexplicable desire to help people, and I recently gave blood for the first time to help fuel my conscience. I also like to donate to various places, and I’m going to list down below where and why. The purpose of this post is to give those areas in need more exposure, so that others may volunteer or donate to them as they see fit. These services have helped so many people in my area of East Sussex and all over the country, even the world, so it seems right that they get the recognition and the exposure they deserve.

Counselling Plus

I had the opportunity to have 16 weeks of talking therapy at Counselling Plus over in Hastings, East Sussex, and found the experience to be so fulfilling and effective that I would recommend them to anyone and everyone thinking about having counselling. It’s run by a large amount of amazing people, some who volunteer their services and time selflessly without payment. In the waiting room, there is a book sale, with books donated and bought by those who pass through, and each book is 50p. All proceeds from the book sale go towards the charity so I like to donate the books I un-haul to the cause.

Bexhill Food Bank

My local Tesco and Sainsbury’s supermarkets offer a service so that you can donate food to the local food bank easily whilst doing your shopping. I like to donate one item a week to those less fortunate than me. I’ve never had to use a food bank myself, but one day I may have too, and I’ll be thankful for everyone donating and allowing me to use the service.

CrashCourse

Crash Course is a YouTube channel that educates its viewers in a range of different subjects, from World History, to Astronomy, to Literature and Politics, and many more. I constantly watch the videos on their channel and find that the way they explain the subjects to be very easy to understand and informative. At the moment, I only donate $1 a month via Patreon but I hope to donate more as the years go on. Crash Course also aim to create study worksheets and content for the underprivileged.

The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army do lots to help out people in need. Although the foundation began primarily linked to the Christian church, they go over and above the call of God with the charitable needs. I love to take the clothes I don’t want or need anymore and donate them to the clothes bank, which are situated in various places throughout the country. The Salvation Army then distribute those clothes to those who need them, sometimes to the homeless, sometimes to children in foster and care homes, or sometimes to third world countries. They do much more than just giving and receiving clothes, so if you’re interested in knowing more, I recommend you check out their website.

So these are my favourite charities to donate to. Do you have ones you love to support? Let me know in the comments.

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Top 10 YouTube Channels

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Having a YouTube channel has become a firm staple in a social media identity, and is the perfect platform for the weird and wonderful to host their ideas, opinions and discussion. Watching YouTube used to just be a place for me to watch videos, but now catching up with my subscriptions has become part of my daily routine, which is why I bring you my top ten favourite YouTube channels that I like to watch regularly.

 These channels are in no particular order.

1

ABookUtopia

(Sasha Alsberg)

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Sasha is one of the biggest book vloggers in the BookTube community with over 250,000 subscribers. Sasha is so enthusiastic about books and every video of hers is like a little ray of sunshine. Sasha has serious bookshelf goals, and frequently updates us with her thoughts on the newest releases. Sasha is also affiliated with EpicReads and rounds up our book-to-movie adaptation news each month.

2

Liza Koshy

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Liza only started her YouTube channel six months ago, but already she has banked a million subscribers in that time. You may recognise her from her Vine account, where she has 4.5 million followers and over one billion loops. To add to her achievements, Liza’s most hilarious series Driving with Liza has earned her over two million views on one video alone. Make sure to check her out for hilarious videos, which are guaranteed to make you laugh out loud!

3

WhittyNovels

(Whitney Atkinson)

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Whitney is another book vlogger from the BookTube community, but also vlogs often about her hobbies, like journal-ing and music. Whitney also hosts the Cram-a-thon every December, speaks German and has just completed her first semester at college. Is there an end to her talents? I don’t think so! Whitney also manages to read a tonne of books each month which she also reviews on her channel.

4

ItsWayPastMyBedtime

(Carrie Hope Fletcher)

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Carrie is another vlogger with endless talents. Not only is she a YouTube-r, she’s a writer, a singer, an actress, a songwriter, a musician and also a Disney lover. Carrie has spent the last two and a half years performing in the West End as Eponine in Les Miserables, and has just published her memoir All I Know Now. Carrie is currently working on her first fiction book On the Other Side, due to be published this July. I’ve been watching Carrie for ten years, and with every video I fall more and more in love with her.

5

HailsHeartsNyc

(Hailey Leblanc)

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Hailey is another book vlogger from Canada, and one of my favourites. She is currently embarking on a creative writing and publishing degree, and frequently uploads videos detailing her book lists each semester. Hailey uploads book reviews, unboxings and discussions, and every year hosts Bookmas!

6

LaurDIY

(Lauren Riihimaki)

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Lauren started out primarily as a DIY channel, and has since included lifestyle and life hacks into her catalogue. She is one of the front runners in her field with almost three million subscribers. My favourites of hers are her organisation hacks, room decor and clothing DIY ideas. Also, check out Lauren’s Instagram page, as she has a serious eye for photography.

7

PadfootandProngs07

(Raeleen Lemay)

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Raeleen is another book vlogger that I frequently watch, who also reviews new releases, old favourites, and participates in reading challenges. Raeleen also provides us with recommendations on topics such as LBGTQIA and uploads a tonne of fun reading tags with her other bookish friends.

8

CrashCourse

(Hank Green, Phil Plait, Craig Benzine, Adriene Hill, Jacob Clifford, John Green)

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Crash Course massages my inner nerd. I frequently watch their playlists on Literature, Psychology, History and Astronomy, which all areas that I find really interesting. The channel has over 4 million subscribers and aims to help educate it’s subscribers with information and knowledge for free. If you are able to donate to help further the work Crash Course does, you can donate here.

9

Vlogbrothers

(John and Hank Green)

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I became a fan of John Green when I first read Looking for Alaska back in 2011, then I realised he had a YouTube account with his brother Hank that stood independently from his life as a writer. Both John and Hank vlog about topics that occur in their daily life, and fund and create projects like Crash Course, Mental Floss and so many more. Their subscribers call themselves Nerdfighters, as we fight to decrease World Suck.

10

Ariel Bissett

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Ariel is another book vlogger that not only uploads reviews of books, but also hosts the yearly YouTube-a-thon. In 2015, Ariel was one of the Man Booker vloggers, and frequently brings her opinions to her channel, as well as her love of George Orwell. Ariel is a writer herself, and documented her progress with NaNoWriMo this year, and her tips to lead a fuller writing filled life.

That concludes ten of my favourite YouTube channels. I hope you’ve found some previously undiscovered gems in this list, and let me know down in the comments of your favourite channels!