‘Tis the season of giving, and what better way to spread the joy than to share with others items that no longer serve a purpose in your own home, but may in theirs? Making way for a New Year is a great time to revisit closets and cupboards (and even the garage!) for unwanted gently-used items. Amidst the hustle and bustle of the holidays, gifting what you have to those who may enjoy or benefit from them can make the season merry and bright.
Are you looking to donate books? Page Ahead collects books to further their goal of improving literacy in Washington. Friends of Seattle Public Library accepts donations for their annual book sales, which benefit the Library. Barnes and Noble is also accepting books for their holiday book drive.
InterConnection accepts laptops, tablets, cellphones, desktops, printers, TVs, peripherals, LCD monitors, CRT monitors, hard drives, and ink/toner. Your donation helps non-governmental organizations around the world by providing high-quality refurbished desktop and laptop computers and creating opportunity through computer reuse. There are many nine drop-off locations located throughout King County, including the CleanScapes Store in Issaquah.
Clothing is a desirable item for donations during the holidays. Dress for Success accepts work-place appropriate women’s clothing for low-income professionals. For their current needs and drop off locations, check here. Men's clothing is appreciated at the Millionair Club and St. Vincent de Paul.
Bring joy to a child by donating your gently used toys. Toys4Tots is a non-profit that collects toys via a long list of donation drop-off sites and gives them to children in need. Do you have an unused bike in your storage? Bike Works takes old bicycles and refurbishes them to be resold and to benefit their many youth and adult programs. CleanScapes partners with this organization allowing customers to drop-off their unwanted bikes at the CleanScapes Store in Issaquah. There are other more drop-off locations throughout King County.
Every year the Shoreline PTA creates holiday baskets for families in need. For this holiday season they are in need of donations for 9-12 year old children. However, food, toys and teen gifts are all accepted at these drop-off locations.
Eastside Baby Corner accepts a long list of gently used items from baby clothes to stollers, Pack-n-Plays to changing tables, even newer car seats and cribs.
DonateSeattle helps connect donors with non-profit wish lists, allowing you to search by the particular item you want to donate.
By giving what you no longer want to those less fortunate, you are reducing, reusing and recycling, while sharing the holiday spirit in your community.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency, Americans generated approximately 250 million tons of waste in 2010. While 34% of this was recycled and composted, the rest - 165 million tons - was buried in landfills nationwide.
How much of what we throw away is actually garbage? Before throwing anything away, pause and think if your trash could be someone else’s treasure.