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Celebrate Earth Day: The Green Generation – Give to Charity

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Green Generation

Hard to believe, (well maybe it isn’t) but I was around for the very first Earth Day in 1970. I actually made mention of it here. Your mission today is to save the planet. You see the term “go green” everywhere. Helping the environment helps us all since we all inhabit planet Earth.

Earth Day 2009, April 22, will mark the beginning of The Green Generation CampaignTM which will also be the focus of the 40th Anniversary of Earth Day in 2010. With negotiations for a new global climate agreement coming up in December, Earth Day 2009 must be a day of action and civic participation, to defend The Green GenerationTM’s core principles: Family with windmills: Renewable energy for future generations. http://www.earthday.net/earthday2009

Plenty of events are going on. I started the ball rolling with my post about family swap meets, but if you need another idea about how to help, consider give to charity.

You’ll all be Baby Boomer’s like me some day, and there will come a day when some of your favorite clothes won’t fit. It’s just a fact of life. Instead of turning your closet into a war zone by keeping all those clothes, give them to someone who could use them.

Since I’ve downsized by Bonanzle booth and closed my eBay store, I’ve been making plenty of trips to Goodwill lately. The economy also is driving more folks to do their shopping at such charitable organizations and church thrift shops rather than the Local Upscale Mall.

Here’s some tips to keep in mind while you’re decluttering:

  • Clothes – Local charities always need clothes in good condition. They sell them to people who need them or provide them to shelters. By donating your clothes, you are helping to clothe a fellow human being. Before you send anything, make sure it is freshly laundered and completely intact.

  • Reading Material – What about your books? Donate children’s books and others to your local library or church. Give another person the gift of reading a good book instead of throwing them away or storing them in boxes. You get to clean out your garage and free up space.

  • Furniture, Computers & More – You can donate virtually anything. There are groups that will accept furniture (in good condition), computers and some equipment. They, in turn, fix up these items and give or sell them to others for a much lower price that they can afford. Instead of adding to the garbage pile in the landfills, make better use of items in your home that you no longer need or want. They can find a good home with a new owner.

Try doing this as a family project. I’ve found it’s easy to become a packrat when you have a home, especially after 30 years. You (or in my case, the Hubster) could be the type of person who never throws anything away. That’s good in many ways but your family is probably tired of navigating their way around piles of books, papers and clothes.

Take a day and gather together everything that you don’t want or need into one area such as the garage. You’ll need to go through it all and find out what’s useless and what can be saved. Be ruthless! If it’s broken or truthfully useless, you can get JUST.GET.RID.OF.IT! Make sure if it can be recycled that you do so.

Keep in mind that what you perceive as junk or past its time, might be easily put to good use by someone else. Bag it up for delivery or collection by various agencies. You can find the names of local charities and branch offices for national charities in the Smart Pages. Contact them to learn about their specific policies and procedures for donating. Then, help save the environment by giving to charity! You also might be able to take a tax deduction for your contributions!

Giving to charity teaches many valuable lessons to each and every member of the family. You’ll feel good and be able to sleep at night knowing that you gave back to your community and helped another less fortunate person.

Photo Credit – Seagull: Geff Rossi

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About Cindi Moomettes

New England blogger and influencer from Connecticut and author of the multi-generational Moomettes Magnificents where she writes about Family, Grandparents and Grandchildren, home decor, Crochet, Knitting, DIY, crafts, family travel familiarization trips (FAMs), photography, social media and reviews. You can also find her at Moomettes Crochet Shop for the latest Handmade Fashion trends, Home Decor, Handmade Crochet Wash Cloths & Accessories. For food and recipes visit at her blog Frugal New England Kitchen ***Products and/or companies featured on Moomettes Magnificents may have provided product samples and/or compensation for consideration. All opinions are my own. Posts may contain affiliate links. See also Disclosure***

7 comments

  1. Donating is one of my favorite things to do. If my friends can’t use it, then it goes to a specific charity that I know does good work locally. Another thing I’ve done is sell items on eBay and donate 100% to a charity.

  2. I do need to be more ruthless! We have so much stuff that we don’t even use or have a need for anymore!

  3. When I was growing up, saving the earth was not the big movement it is today. My kid learn about it in school and the little ones work on projects every year with ideas to help save the earth.

  4. Blogging Mama Andrea

    This is a great post and while I’ve done some of these things it never hurts to hear them again to be remind just how much we can do.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog today!

  5. I have started donating my unusable things too and i’m trying to encourage my mother who is a certfied packrat:) This is really a good post. Happy Mother Earth Day!

  6. Kidcessory Haven

    Hi Cindi –

    I loved this post as I, like you, have a husband who is the ‘ultimate’ pack rat…I mean, what else would you call someone who STILL has a pair of leather adorned jeans from his ‘disco’ days??

    Love your blog and hope you can check mine out too at http://kids-accessories-by-kidcessory-haven.blogspot.com

  7. Ana l Parquet Wood Floor Designs

    Love this post! Really informative and interesting!I love the thought, giving others is the most fulfilling and satisfying feeling in the world.

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