Donating Clothes & Toys After Christmas
You house just became a crazy place again didn’t it? Now you have all these NEW things to find places for! I will be many of you still have new clothes sitting in boxes full of tissue paper, still not put away. The drawers are full, closet is full… where will they go?
Toys sitting on the floor because the toy box or shelf is already over flowing with toys. Right?
Now.. I want you to be totally honest with yourself here. I want you to go look at that closet, those drawers, those toys. How many of those things have been sitting there, untouched for months? Maybe even years. We all do it. We hold onto things. That dress that looked so awesome, 50 pounds ago; that baby toy that we got and loved for your son that is now 10 years old. You know what I mean. It’s difficult to give things up.
Now, I want you to think about that family that has a father who lost his job, or that single mom who is working two jobs to help feed her three kids, that family that had a fire (probably in the news in the last week huh?) and lost everything.
(picture from google picasa)
Look again at your closet…. think about those who can really use those things…. look at those toys…. think about those kids who got absolutely nothing for Christmas. Can’t you make some room in your house?
I know of many people and hear many people who plan to sell everything. I understand that, I get it – but… how long has that plan been in place? Have you ever executed it? Have you gotten that ebay store going like you keep saying you will? When can you have the garage sale? In the summer… 6 months away?
Garage Sales - I have had garage sales in the past, I think they can be great. I can always use the money too. If the time of year is right, you have the motivation and time to do it… great – great… get ‘er done! If you can’t have one for months, then forget it.
I say – donate it and take the tax write off. Help others and clear your house NOW!
Where do you donate?
Check with your Church or a local church
Check with your local Food Pantry
Check online for many resources
This is a food pantry that isn’t far from me. I had a friend who used to work here. Most donate their time. They had food that they gave out to those in need.
They also have a clothing thrift shop. As I remember anyone could come in and purchase the donated clothing & toys at very low cost and for families in need, things were free.
Here was the pile of clothing and items that people had donated that the staff had yet to go through for the day. You can’t see, but that pile was up to about my waist. Awesome!
Please don’t give them broken toys or toys missing pieces
No torn or damaged clothing (if you can’t wear it because of damage, others can’t either)
Donate and feel good, knowing you have just helped yourself and your family (by creating needed space, teaching valuable lessons to your children, helping with taxes, doing the right thing) and also knowing you are helping those in need.