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Labor (day) for a cause

Most people will spend Labor Day weekend as an end of summer event. That means picnics, family events and maybe even volunteering for a good cause. But no matter your plans, here are a few suggestions to do something good that doesn’t take much (or any) money, or a great deal of effort.

  • As you prepare for a food fest, pick up a few extra items for a local food bank when you shop. You might even prepare some extra entrees or dishes to share with a neighbor or others whom you know would be appreciative.
  • Check out end of summer sales and buy extra items that can be used by someone year round such as plates with a summer motif, table cloths, summer themed pot holders, etc. Don’t forget the clothing aisle, too for some great bargains on light weight jackets that can be used well into the fall.
  • As an end of summer event, look at your closet and chest of drawers. How many things of the season did you not use or wear? Are there handbags or shoes that you no longer use? Are there pieces of clothing that you no longer want or wear? Just because it’s no longer summer here, it doesn’t mean that it isn’t hot somewhere else – not just in the U.S. but in third world countries. Donate those items to Goodwill, the Salvation Army or drop in one of the Planet Aid yellow receptacle bins.

Just think – if you donate these extra items, you don’t have to find room for them when you substitute your fall apparel in their place. And, most importantly, you are doing something very worthwhile. So this Labor Day, why not labor for a cause? It’s kind of like spring cleaning in reverse and will make you feel good in the process.

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