What happens to what you donate

Seriously, you don’t want it any more and you hope it goes to good use… but once it is out of your house, garage, storage unit – where does it go?

Find out before you donate. When I worked at LAMP Community, someone donated 200 boxes of Calgone Bubble bath. Wonderful, if there were a single bathtub anywhere on skid row or one of the shelters or apartments LAMP was associated with.

I am a big fan of The Goodwill. I did not think I would be once I let the baby crawl around in white pants that came up black a few moments later… but my teenager spent all of $10 and bought two formal dresses. One was a Halloween costume and the other went to Winter Formal.

Do ask your charity of choice if they share donations with other orgs that can put them to good use.

Discover that some places, like Goodwill have a Thrift store Model and others, like MEND have a department store model.  Both are great and I invite you to check both out. It will also give you a good idea of where your donations should go. Another favorite of mine is Out of the Closet Thrift Stores.

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