They will love them because their residents are often short term. Another good donation to shelters is liquid soap, dish detergent, paper towels and toilet paper. A few extra dollars each week goes a long way and at the end of a month you'll have enough to donate.
If in your travels you find some discount or free 2011 Calendars, box them up with your old magazines and books and send them somewhere they will really be appreciated, M/C Mags for the Military. They also appreciate playing cards, puzzles, snack packs, toiletries (even full-size), note cards, stationery, pens, etc. Nothing to send, then mail them a donation to help with mailing costs.
M/C Mags for the Military
829 Avenue M
Council Bluffs, IA 51503
Think of all of these items as you clean out your rig (home) in preparation for the New Year. Diet changes? We donated all our canned and boxed goods to a food bank. Old coats, hats. gloves? Many cities have programs just for this, if not find a shelter. Old towels, blankets and sheets? Find a pet rescue or animal shelter.
Did you acquire a puppy this year? Got an assortment of outgrown collars, leashes, dog beds, crates/kennels. baby gates? Dog rescue facilities and shelters can use them if they are in good condition.
I'm sure there are more items around your home that you no longer need or use. Time to find them a new home!
Till next time - keep on rollin',
Donna and Stu