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How to Plan a Donation Drive for Charity

Right now, everybody is looking for ways to make a difference. Whether it’s small donations or big drives, people want to find a way to help their communities in whatever way they can. If that’s you, then take the step toward big change by starting with some sort of donation drive. Maybe it’s a clothing drive or a food drive for locals. Whatever your idea is, take the steps and run with it! We’ve compiled a guide with tips, tricks, and steps on how to plan a donation drive for charity. Check them out and see what a difference you can make! read more  >>

3 Key Ways Universities Can Encourage Students to Give Back

Generosity is a trait more should aim to have. There are ways parents can encourage generosity and compassion in young children, but college tends to be a turning point for many. Will students continue their generosity, or will they turn their focus to themselves? However, part of the reason students neglect generous giving is that there is no longer the influence encouraging them to give back to their community. That’s where colleges come in. There are plenty of ways universities can encourage students to give back to their community. Who knows, it may even spark giving back to the college in the future! read more  >>

6 Key Tips for Donating Electronics

Did you know that there’s more to donate besides clothes and shoes? In fact, almost every item in your home can be donated somewhere, you just have to know where! Most clothing donation places will also take some home goods, electronics, and even small pieces of furniture. So, that old video game console or stereo system sitting in your basement could be utilized at your local thrift shop. If it’s time to get rid of under-utilized electronics, check out these tips for donating electronics. read more  >>

How to Prepare Your Items for Donation

The world of home goods and clothing donations is changing. Because of the coronavirus pandemic, how we go about packing up and dropping off donations has changed. As individuals, we try to keep everything clean and airtight, and as employees, we strive to uphold standards and practices the government regulates. However, what doesn’t change is the importance of donations. Even more so lately, donations benefit people and organizations on the East Coast and across the nation. Put your spring purging to good use and look here to learn how to prepare your items for donation. Most of these steps are ones you should follow despite the pandemic.

Wash Clothes Before Packing

You may not be able to completely sanitize your clothes before donating, but you can—and should—still clean them. Put any clothes you want to donate in the wash before packing them up. Use bleach when you can, and once they’re washed, try to wear gloves or limit touch when transferring the items to the dryer and the container.

Wipe Down Home Goods Before Packing

Similarly, the home goods and other items you donate should also be wiped down with a disinfectant. Pots and pans, small appliances, electronics—these should all be thoroughly wiped down. If you’re thinking about donating toys, we’d suggest washing when possible. If you don’t think there’s a great way to sanitize the item, hold off on donating for a while! The health of others involved in the donation process is essential.

Store in an Airtight Container

Once you’ve cleaned all the items for donation, try to store them in an airtight container. Though plastic bags are often used, and you still can use them, the ideal route for cleanliness is some sort of airtight container. That said, if you don’t have one, garbage bags and cardboard boxes will also do the trick! Just ensure you’re limiting touch or wearing gloves when you’re packing up.

Wear Gloves

Wearing gloves is key to preparing your items for donation! Though this wasn’t a necessity before COVID-19, it is a big part of cleanliness now. Throughout the process of packing up and dropping off donations, we strongly suggest wearing gloves. The less contact you have with the items you donate, the better.

Look Into Drop-Off Location Regulations

Different charitable organizations have different regulations set in place now when it comes to donating. GreenDrop in particular is not currently picking up donations, but we have a few drop-off locations opened and ready for you. We have precautionary procedures set in place for the safety of our donors and our employees—take a look at these before you drop-off!

At GreenDrop, you can choose to donate your items (which we turn into monetary donations) to four different organizations—the American Red Cross, the Military Order of the Purple Heart, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, and the National Federation of the Blind. We want to support our community, and when you donate to us, that’s what you’ll do as well. Bring your clothing donation to Franklin Mills or one of our other locations now!

Easy Ways to Become a Minimalist

Minimalist living always seems easier when you’re reading about someone else’s success story. But when it comes to purging your own home, you suddenly find a reason to keep anything and everything—even that sweater your grandma gave you ten years ago because she gave it to you. As hard as it may seem, there are actually a few awesome tips you can follow to purge your home and be that much closer to living a freer life. Examine and consider these easy ways to become a minimalist—from donating the items so you know they’ll make a difference, to setting your own rules for what the lifestyle means. Check them out! read more  >>