How your unwanted stuff can help disadvantaged people ...
I spent a couple of weeks over the Christmas break having a bit of a clear out at home. We have a small house, which is a good thing, but it means that we really need to keep on top of all the 'stuff' at home.
I donated a heap of stuff to our local charity shops, but there's always a few things that I'm not sure whether or not you can donate. Hence the pile of outgrown children's shoes in our hall cupboard - they're too good to throw away, but can you donate them to charity shops?
Thankfully, I've just come across a great list of websites where you can donate everyday items.
Send your old shoes to Shoes for Planet Earth for children in need in Australia and overseas. A few tips on donating shoes:
- Give them a clean, either by hand or by popping them into the washing machine;
- Tie them together in matching pairs so that they stay together;
- No holes and good soles, please - the shoes need to last a whole winter;
- Send any spare shoelaces and inner soles, too, as many shoes come without these;
- Why not pop in a couple of dollars when you send your shoes to help get the shoes to those in need?
Leap on to the website for info on where to send them.
Send your unwanted bras (especially nursing bras!) to disadvantaged women in Fiji, the Phillipines and Vanuatu. Find out why bras are important to women's and infants' health by hopping on to their website. You'll also be able to find out where to send the bras to.
Recycle your old mobile and help fight youth cancer. CanTeen are raising $15 million to establish a network of specialised cancer facilities for young people across Australia.
Print a label from the website, and post it to Youth Cancer free of charge.
OPSM recycle glasses for people in need, both here in Australia and in developing countries. Old glasses are cleaned and repaired, then fitted to someone who needs them. Give the gift of sight, just by dropping your old glasses into an OPSM store.
If your child's drum kit was a one hit wonder, why not donate it to the Australian Children's Music Foundation? The ACMF helps disadvantaged children access music programmes and helps out with free musical instruments. It's music to my ears!
Taken from The Week, 17-23rd February 2012.