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How to donate your time this season if budgets are tight

If you're looking to give back this holiday season, but don't have extra money for a donation, there are things you can do with your time to make a difference.

INDIANAPOLIS — It's a good time of year to give back to those in need.

But if you can't afford a donation, there are other things you can do.

An opportunity that takes just 20 minutes is donating blood. Right now, there's a shortage and people's lives depend on it. Just be sure to double check the donor requirements before you sign up. 

On Dec. 14 and Dec. 28 at the Central Library in downtown Indianapolis, you can volunteer at a naturalization ceremony for new American citizens. A shift is around four hours and you'll greet the families and show them where to sit.

To check out other volunteer opportunities, you can head to Indy Hub or United Way of Central Indiana. On United Way's site, you can filter opportunities based on the day of the week, even age if you want your child to help out.

While some shifts may be reoccurring, there are one-off opportunities. 

The goal is to find something you're passionate about so that it doesn't become a chore.

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