Once you begin to tackle your downsizing project, you may find a lot of stuff that you no longer want, use or need.
When you decide to be a generous giver, wonderful community agencies are able to share your good, useful, surplus items with people who really need them.
GARAGE SALE FUND-RAISERS
As long as there is spring and fall, there will be community garage sales. Check your local newspaper for advance notice of these sales and contact the group in advance. Chances are they’re looking for more stuff and would be thrilled to receive your donation—they may even pick it up!
NOT-FOR-PROFIT THRIFT STORES
Salvation Army, Goodwill and local charitable organizations sell items at reasonable prices to those in need. Make sure all of your donations are complete, clean and in good repair.
FURNITURE BANKS and FAMILY SHELTERS
Donate surplus items (bed linens, towels, cutlery, dishes, pillows, small appliances, tables and chairs) to a local furniture bank or family shelter. These agencies provide a secure, supportive environment and services may also include counseling, child care, community liaison and referrals, food, transportation, medical assistance, support and advice.
THE END OF YOUR DRIVEWAY!
In many communities, this is the easiest option. It’s amazing how quickly your “trash” becomes someone else’s “treasure”—especially when it’s free!
Here’s to being a generous giver!