You Give, You Get

February 6, 2009

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I have the pleasure of regularly making donations to a number of charities on behalf of my clients.  Unwanted household and clothing items are donated in the process of de-cluttering a home or office.

This week I went behind the scenes with some fellow organizers to a Boston children’s charity Cradles to Crayons. Cradles to Crayons works to provides, free of charge, low-income and homeless children from birth to pre-teen the basic essentials they need to be safe, warm, ready to learn, and valued. They also set a foundation for lasting change through the meaningful, tangible volunteer opportunities  provided to thousands of youth and adults each year.

Here are some great take-aways from my experience:

  • Requests for assistance have DOUBLED since the economy tanked.  They generally service 300 children per week.  They are currently getting requests from 600!
  • They spend $50,000 (yes thousand) in trash disposal every year.  Rule of thumb –if you would not put in on your own child or have your own child play with it, do not donate it.
  • When donating toys, games and puzzles make sure they have all the parts.  They check!
  • Charities such as Salvation Army are partners.  Attempting to “trash” as little as possible they work to find other charities for items that may not fit their criteria.

These can be translated to any in-kind donation organization.  In the Boston or Philly area?  Learn more about Cradles to Crayons.  In other areas,  find a charity that is close to you.  What is no longer serving a purpose in your life can make a meaningful difference in someone else’s.

Remember….”you give, you get.”

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One Response to “You Give, You Get”

  1. marysarapipia Says:

    Love the picture and suggestions!


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