Cleaning Out & Sharing for the New Year

Monday, December 27, 2010

Next time you are in Wal-Mart, K-mart, Target, any of the Dollar Stores or chain drugstores, spend a few dollars and pick up $10 worth of trial size shampoos, conditioner, liquid soaps, powder, lotions, razors, toothpaste, etc. Then find out where the closest abused women/children or homeless shelter is located.

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


  1. Wow! How thoughtful and informative!

    Do you mind if I repost it on my blog? We have many of the same readers, but I do have a few others!

  2. I've been wanting to get a new set of towels, but haven't because I didn't know what to do with the old ones. Now I do! Thanks for that tip. I'll find a local animal shelter. :)

  3. A beautiful post with some wonderful ideas for helping others. Womens shelters can also use toys, books, and clothing for children, including diapers. Often women and children arrive with only what they have on their backs.

  4. what a great post, Donna! thanks for the good ideas.

  5. Some really great ideas. Thanks for sharing them. Stay safe.

  6. Woohoo! You did a great job, Donna! Now all the people and animal shelters will be swamped with good useful items! And at little cost to your readers. I'm glad we checked in today, as we can do much of the same stuff you are suggesting.

  7. Great ideas! Thanks for the reminder.


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