There are plenty of Charitable actions people do throughout the year to help those in need. Whether it is volunteering time or donating food and clothing, giving to a worthy cause is always a win-win for everyone.

The University of California, Barkley did an extensive study that found people who perform Acts of Kindness, whether small or big, those people are overall happier than those who do not. So which United States residents are the most charitable?

The research team at surveyed thousands of Americans in each state to determine the most charitable. They asked the following questions:

-What skills they've donated
-How much time do they volunteer
-What types of charitable acts they've done this year

Where Does New Jersey Rank Among America's Most Charitable States?

The results of the study by found that New Jersey is the fourth most charitable in the United States. According to their research, 56 percent of New Jersey residents say they help a stranger at least once a month and 62 percent are or plan to be an organ donor.

The new study also reveals that 50 percent of New Jersey residents say they donate money at least once a month to a worthy cause. This is higher than the National Average of 42 percent.

New Jersey received the highest Charitable Score of any state located in the Northeastern United States. The Garden State is one of only three states in the top ten with states like Pennsylvania tied for 14th overall.

Here Are The Top Ten Most Charitable States In America:

1. Idaho
2. Utah
3. Louisiana
4. New Jersey
5. Connecticut
6. New York
7. North Carolina
8. South Carolina
9. Minnesota
10. West Virginia

You may feel inspired after reading these survey results to donate to a local charitable organization.  But there are specific goods that your local Goodwill and Thrift Store will not accept.  Check out all the details below:

15 Items New Jersey Goodwills Wont Accept As Donations

Bringing donations to New Jersey Goodwill locations and Local Thrift Stores is a great way to help the less fortunate in your community get items like clothing and furniture. But there is a long list of items you should NOT donate.
These are some of the items that are generally not accepted at your local Goodwill or Thrift store, but you should always check with the people in-store before submitting an item for donation.

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