At Krrb, we believe wholeheartedly in the “Want Not, Waste Not” philosophy. Have as much as you need and what you don’t need, you give on to someone else. It’s a great mantra to practice as your tackle your new year’s resolution to unclutter your life. But it’s an even better mantra to have when we talk about giving back to the community. We did a little research on 5 items you probably have at home that you can donate to those in need.
If you got more socks or slippers from Nana this year, hand them over to your local homeless shelter. Whether you’ve only got a few pairs or if you’re up for running a sock drive, this article of clothing is in demand year around.
Let’s be honest, there is only so much room in your linen closet for towels. You need a set for every family member and two spare. Downside your towel collection, save a few of the ruddiest ones for rags and drop off the remainder at an animal shelter. The Animal Humane Society is always requesting wash cloths and bath-size towels for cleaning the animals and even making makeshift beds.
If you buy in bulk, you often don’t use up all your condiments before the expiration date. Pack unopened bottles of ketchup, mustard and the like when you drop off canned foods at the local food pantry. Spices and condiments are necessary in making meals, donating these can eliminate this necessary purchase for strapped food banks. To find out what else your local food bank needs, visit Feeding America.
Old Cell Phones
The majority of people upgrade cell phones every year or so. If you’ve got a spare phone, donate it along with the charger to the nearest women’s shelter. Even without service, phones are set up to make emergency calls. Be sure to reset the phone and clear off your personal information before giving it away. Ehow has a great tutorial on prepping for your phone for donation.
If you travel often, you’ve most likely collected an assortment of travel-size shampoos, soaps and even toothpaste. Check the expiration dates and pack up the good stuff for a homeless shelter. Having their own set of good-smelling soaps can boost spirits of those less fortunate. Thinking globally? The Clean the World project collects bars of soap and sends them to 70 third world countries to help eliminate disease.