Raise your hand if you're due for some decluttering. Yep, us too. Spring is right around the corner (we're crossing our fingers it is), and these late winter weekends are the perfect time to get organized. This year as you go through your extra stuff, think about what you can donate instead of tossing it in the trash.
In Chicago, the non-profit organization RefugeeOne is holding a Kitchen Essentials and Children's Car Seat Drive on March 14th & 16th. Items donated will be given to newly settled refugees and immigrants who are just starting their new lives in the US.
Many organizations throughout the country host donation drives year round for different items depending on the season. If you have extra cold weather gear at the end of this winter, put it aside for winter clothing drives and gain some valuable closet space back while you're at it. We participated in a winter coat drive last October, which helped hundreds of families gear up for the cold months ahead by providing not only coats, but boots, hats and gloves as well.
Habitat for Humanity has ReStore locations throughout the US, and here you can bring bulkier items like furniture, appliances, building materials as well as household goods. They'll even schedule a pick up if you need help getting donations to the store. The money made from items sold at the ReStore goes to help families build safe, affordable homes which give them stability, independence and a bright future for years to come.
Look through your kitchen cabinets and pantry and you're bound to have bought a little too much of this or that. Your local food pantry is a great place to bring any extra non-perishable foods and directly help people in your community on a daily basis.
Take a few minutes and search your local area for shelters, food pantries and donation drives happening near you. DONATE and help others get a few steps closer to building an independent life, while diverting unnecessary waste from our landfills and getting back some much needed space in your home!