Goodbye, Clutter and Hello, Good Will on Earth! Pre-Holiday Purge Helps People in Need

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The children are writing their Santa letters and it's pretty clear that your mom is planning some big surprise for your family come Christmas or Hanukkah or Kwanzaa. Even during hard economic times, people will continue to give and get presents this holiday time. Are you looking around and wondering where you are going to store the toys and gifts that on their inevitable way? If you have a house filled with things that people have outgrown--clothes, toys, gadgets--and you don't know what to do with them, read on! Here are some suggestions about helping extend the life of those things you no longer need but which someone else might. From cell phones to computers to that fancy velvet holiday dress your daughter wore once for a photo opportunity and never wore again, there are people and places who would welcome your  like-new goods and will put them to excellent use, while you wait for the arrival of Santa and relatives and bright shiny things to come to your home throughout this giving (and receiving) season. 

HOW TO RECYCLE ANYTHING

Real Simple Magazine has the ultimate list. Check it once, check it twice--and decrease your carbon footprint by finding innovative ways to keep usable materials from ending up in a landfill:

 

http://www.realsimple.com/realsimple/content/0,21770,1835098,00.html

 

 

DONATE!

These organizations are looking for the donation of clean, unblemished but used clothing and toys and linens for distribution to the needy:

 

OLD BUSINESS ATTIRE FOR A NEW LEASE ON WORKING LIFE
The mission of Dress for Success is to promote the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, a network of support and the career development tools to help women thrive in work and in life. 

Offices and boutique are located at:
9 Lamont Avenue
Hamilton, NJ 08619
phone: 609-587-8298
fax:     609-587-8294
E-mail:  mercercounty@dressforsuccess.org

Debbie Bronfeld, Executive Director

http://www.dressforsuccess.org/

 

YOUR OLD CAR IS SOMEONE'S NEW START

The fastest, easiest, free way to donate your car, truck, SUV, van, motorcycle, pickup, boat, plane or snowmobile. Simply complete the wizard below or call us and we'll come out to pick up your vehicle ASAP. By donating your car you not only can support the important work of many fine organizations but you also do something good for the environment and ensure a better future.

http://www.donationwizard.com/NJ_Middlesex_county.htm

 

DONATE OLD CLOTHES

American Red Cross

http://www.njredcross.org/clothingDrive.asp

Call for Free Home Pick-Up at
1-866-4 OUR CAUSE (1-866-468-7228)

 

We Collect Clothes for a Cause

Schedule a Pick-Up Online:
wecollectclothes.com

 

 

DONATE FURNITURE AND HOUSEHOLD GOODS

http://www.donate-furniture.com/

 

TRADE AND SWAP!

SWAP YOUR OLD STUFF FOR SOMETHING YOU NEED NOW

http://www.care2.com/c2c/groups/disc.html?gpp=7927&pst=580546

 

 

CONSIGN YOUR THINGS AND MAKE A LITTLE MONEY OFF THEM

This is a very organized and complete listing of all the thrift and consignment shops in New Jersey that are presently in operation.

http://new-jersey.uscity.net/Thrift_Stores/

 

Here's a great one close to home--The Closet Shop in New Brunswick, NJ

http://www.stepupinthecloset.com/

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