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End of summer make a difference ideas

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It’s hot! But after all, it is August, and fall will be here before we know it. With that said, it’s time to think about schools starting and communities becoming more mobile.

This is a great time to catch some terrific bargains on school and office supplies. There are plenty of organizations and individual schools that are very happy to receive donations. You might even consider picking up extra note pads, pens, pencils, etc. for your favorite non-profit organization. Call any group that serves those in need and ask what they are collecting. These organizations often have connections to young children with unfortunate circumstances. You can even sometimes find collection boxes in stores and in places of worship.

Now, for those who are moving in or out – don’t throw away items that someone else can use. Contact groups like The Salvation Army (http://www.salvationarmyusa.org), Goodwill (http://www.goodwill.org), Habitat for Humanity’s Restore (http://www.habitat.org). Think out of the box by contacting local churches that have thrift stores, homeless shelters, domestic violence centers, free clinics, etc.

Clothing can be dropped off at many of the aforementioned establishments or look for the yellow Planet Aid (http://www.planetaid.org) receptacles that even take shoes. Third world countries are more than happy to take discarded items. And of course, never throw away food in cans or unopened boxes that are still within date of sale. Simply search for “donate food” in your browser and it will bring up many options.

If you are in a hurry, see if a neighbor could use unwanted food or cleaning items. Even opened cleaning items are welcomed by most people. Just remember that one man’s trash may be another man’s treasure.
Just remember that re-purposing, donating and recycling what you don’t want will do good in two ways: it will keep the items out of landfills and may just be what is wanted or needed by your fellowman.

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