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A Short Guide to Apartment Donation Pick-Up

When you live in a small space like an apartment, any extra clutter can make your home seem much smaller than it is. To combat that problem, make sure to clean out and donate unused items as often as necessary so that you can fully maximize your space.

Where do I go to donate? Or who’s going to pick it up? These are questions you may be running into once you actually sort through things and made your donation pile.

In the past, donating from an apartment was a bit tougher than donating from a home. Because more often than not, charity organizations that pick-up donations wouldn’t come to apartments. Thankfully, with organizations like GreenDrop, that issue has shifted and started to absolve. So, if you don’t want to take all of your things to a GreenDrop drop-off location, take a look at this short guide to apartment donation pick-up—you won’t want to miss it!

Steps to Take for Apartment Donation Pick-Up

Compile Your Donations

Your first step to an apartment donation pick-up is compiling your items. You should make sure clothes fit nicely in plastic bags and breakables are wrapped in newspapers before placing them in boxes. This will make it easier on those picking up your donations. If you hope to give away furniture, most organizations will only pick up smaller pieces, like lamps and wooden chairs. The easier you make it for someone to pick up your items, the more donations they’ll likely be able to take.

It’s also a good idea to reach out to neighbors and other apartment residents to see if they have anything to donate. A large amount of donations neatly placed in one area makes it more likely for a truck to pick up your things.

Talk to Your Property Manager

That said, you should talk to your property manager before donating. See if they can organize something, or even talk to the donation pick-up organization to see if there’s a specific area they would like to pick up. Better yet, your property manager could end up setting up a monthly pick-up date and time with GreenDrop. This will allow for everyone to place their donations at the designated spot, which makes it easier for the pick-up person.

Schedule a Pick-Up

Finally, once you’ve talked to the property manager, either you or they can call GreenDrop or go online to schedule a donation pick-up. Make sure that all of the donations are out there in a timely manner on the day of pick-up. That way, you’ll know that your donations will be picked up and are on their way to help out national charitable organizations.

If you have any questions about GreenDrop and setting up an apartment donation pick-up, call us now at (888)-944-3767, or email us at Happy donating!

10 Wonderful Ways for Kids to Give Back to Their Community

Parents have to teach their children a lot. They try to get their children to understand the importance of sharing, how to be brave, how to love themselves and those around them—the list goes on. Two traits we think children, parents—everyone—should have are generosity and compassion. Few people would say these are bad traits to have, but they can prove more difficult to teach.

If you want your children to acquire these traits, then teach them about charitable giving. This idea not only grows their generosity muscle, but these acts of charitable giving will also help them become more aware of those in need and their ability to help those in need. If that’s something you’re interested in, take a look at these different ways for kids to give back to their community. These activities and actions will help foster and encourage charitable giving, and it will teach them to support those around them. You’ll probably find these acts will also teach them other important lessons. Read on for more ideas!

Donate Clothes

A great way to teach to your children about charitable giving is from the simple act of donating clothes. Spend some time as a family going through closets and donating clothes you haven’t worn in a while. Better yet, go out to the store and buy some new jackets, hats, scarves, and other essential winter items so that your children also understand the importance of giving new items. Remember, this charitable action can be as simple as leaving your clothes donation box outside for GreenDrop to pick up!

Plant a Tree (or More)

We love the idea of supporting the environment, and so will your kids. Spend some time planting a few trees in your backyard or even on their school’s grounds (if you get permission). This will help your child learn the importance of protecting the environment and show them how it can start with them!

Donate Unused/Unwanted Toys

Another great donation area for kids apart from clothing is in the realm of toys. Just like clothing donations help out those in need and offer a simple way to give back to the community, donating toys will hit a little closer to home for the kiddos. If you tell them that these toys will help those who may not have any toys at all, they’re sure to respond!

Give Books to Local Hospitals or Daycares

Similar to clothing and toy donations, book donations provide another great way to spread kindness and creativity. Have your children go through their books and decide which ones they don’t think they’ll read again. Then you and your children can bring those books to a local hospital or daycare. Letting your kids see the joy that comes to other’s faces will showcase what an impact they have on someone else’s mood!

Start a School Recycling Program

Your kids learn a lot at school, so why not help them teach others by starting a school recycling program. This is a great project to have them do with other kids their age, and it will help them see the power in giving back as a group. Talk with the school to see whether this is okay before they begin!

Hold a Collection Drive

This collection drive can be for a variety of items. You can collect glass bottles for recycling, or you can collect mittens for those in need—the list is seemingly endless. What your kids get from it, however, is what really counts. These drives will teach them about the importance of following through, and it will show them the beauty of giving back to the community with the help of the community.

Make Handmade Cards

A great way for younger kids to give back to the community as well is to create handmade cards. These cards can come in many forms; have them write thank-you cards for local servicemen or get well soon cards for hospital residents. This idea can help show children that even the smallest gestures can make an impact.

Set Up a Blessing Box

Pulling the idea from the mother and son pair that created a blessing box in Kansas, this is a powerful way to give back to the community, and it’s also quite simple. Similar to the free little libraries where people can take a book and leave a book, these boxes offer necessities to those in need. These can include anything from free food to hygiene products and anything else. It’s a great way to help out those in need without the pressure of heading to a soup kitchen.

Do Chores or Yard Work for Neighbors

Helping out the community can be as easy as walking over to the neighbors and asking if they need help with anything. Growing that generosity muscle often means starting small with something that won’t intimidate your children—helping out the neighbors is just that. Your children can assist with simple chores neighbors may need help completing. During the winter, shoveling snow is another great way to give back to the community.

Be a Buddy

Finally, our last way for kids to give back to their community is simply by being a friend. School is tough for a lot of people, so help foster your child’s compassion by encouraging them to sit with those who sit alone or by befriending a child with special needs. Just being a buddy to someone else in class is a way to give back, spread joy, and foster compassion. If you can show them that these steps will help the community, and fill their hearts, the better chance you have of them following through on these activities.

Now, these are just a few ways to give back to the community and foster your child’s generosity and compassion. However, there are tons of other acts that can bring that same feeling of joy and accomplishment—try some out with your kids as well! When you finish up those collection drives and compiled donations, turn to GreenDrop. We’ll make sure that your donations turn into necessary support for your chosen charity. One step, and one act, at a time will help generosity flourish in your children!

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Understanding the Free White Cane Program

One of the four main charities we support is the wonderful National Federation of the Blind. As we discussed in a previous blog, this organization answered the need for a national organization to support blind people across the country. And just like they answered that need, they also answered the call for programs and services the blind needed. We delve into understanding the Free White Cane Program—one of the Federation’s most necessary services. Learn more below!

What It Is

In its most simple sense, many people who are blind or visually impaired use the white canes that the NFB provides. The canes help the user to scan their current surroundings for any obstacles or orientation marks. But even deeper than that, these canes allow blind people to achieve a life as full and independent as possible.

The NFB created this program in hopes that no blind person would ever be without a white cane—no matter their financial abilities. Due to this program, NFB has distributed more than 64,000 free white canes.

How to Receive a Cane

Better yet, requesting a free white cane is quite simple. All you need to do is fill out the Federations application and email it to their office. The application includes some basic personal information, such as name and address, but also requires you to figure out your cane sizing. Basic starter canes should measure from armpit-to-floor, where seasoned travelers should measure chin-to-floor. Since the cane needs to reach out about two steps in front of where you’re stepping, these measurements ensure you receive the best sizing—here’s the application!

How to Support

If you want to support the Federation’s goals to help blind people across the country, there are a few different ways you can do so. For the NFB to continue to distribute these free white canes, provide Braille instruction, and more, they rely on the generosity of their supporters. You can support by donating online, by phone or by mail. You can also partner with GreenDrop and turn your clothing donations in Delaware into monetary donations to the Federation.

At GreenDrop, we strive to support our four chosen charities in the best way possible. When you schedule clothing donation pick-ups and drop-offs, you’ll help the National Federation of the Blind continue to provide for those who need it. Donate today!

Season of Giving: Important Items to Donate This Winter

The winter is a harsh time for people with money to spare, let alone for those who struggle. This year, help out those in need by donating essential items to those in need. Whether you donate your time or some of the items on the list below, your donation positively impacts those in your community. Take a look at these important items to donate this winter—compassion during this time of year will help both you and those in need.

Winter Clothing and Accessories

The first thing that comes to mind when coming up with items to donate is clothing. For good reason, clothes are one of the main things charities and organizations want donated. Donate your unused or winter clothing and accessories. A lot of people need these items for survival, so do your part and donate what you can! A few examples of great items to donate include the following:

  • Winter coats
  • Heavy jackets
  • Scarves, hats, and mittens
  • Sweaters
  • Snow pants

School Supplies

Another very important thing to donate that many people forget about this time of year is school supplies. Most people donate their school supplies at the beginning of the year, and they forget about how vital it is to have these supplies all year long. Donate for both children and adults who need these supplies—a few key items include:

  • Pens and pencils
  • Notebooks
  • Folders
  • Binders

Blankets, Sheets, And Towels

Don’t forget about how nice it is to have a nice bed to come home to after a long, cold day. Make the chill easier on those in need by donating blankets, comforters, sheets, and towels. When you don’t know what to donate in the winter, think about the basics of keeping warm. Donate these items as soon and as often as you can.

Socks and Boots

Other great options for donations are your socks and boots. We recommend donating new socks so that those in need have something nice and fresh to step into, but if not, just try to make sure that the socks are in good condition. Socks and boots are fantastic donate during the winter, and sadly people don’t donate them very often. So, when you can, try to donate your socks and shoes whenever possible—especially kid’s shoes.

Baby Clothing

Last on our list is baby clothing. Just like it’s important to donate winter clothing for adults and children, don’t forget about the little ones this year. Baby and newborn clothing are particularly important during the winter. Their little bodies need as much warmth as they can get, so donate items like jackets, onesies, hats, gloves, thick pants, and more items suitable for this age range.

When you donate these items this year, turn to GreenDrop. We pick up a myriad of things, from household donations pick up to clothing donation drop off. We’ll make sure your donations turn into money that supports your favorite charities—donate now!

10 Ways to Give Back During the Holidays

The magic of the holidays is something people crave throughout the year. The genuine happiness on faces, the beauty of the season, and the constant support from friends, family, and strangers is something the world could use year-round. This year, whether you’re baking Christmas cookies, decorating the house with your favorite menorah, or just doing your best to get through the season, take some time to give back. Taking the time to do a good deed will revitalize your soul and grant a stranger a day, week, month, or year of happiness. Try out a few of the special ways to give back during the holidays—you won’t regret it!

Bake for the Neighborhood

If you’re already planning on baking, think about doubling the recipe and sharing it. Baking isn’t just a fun activity for your family to reap the rewards from. In fact, it’s a great way to give back and spread some holiday cheer! Once you decorate the goodies, walk around to different homes in your neighborhood and leave some holiday cheer at the door. You could also bring the cookies into work, give them to your kids for teacher’s presents, and take them to the homeless. Baked goods do wonders for bringing joy to the world.

Sign Up for a Holiday 5K

If you didn’t get to participate in your town’s Turkey Trot 5K, sign up for one during the upcoming holidays. See if your favorite charities and organizations are hosting any runs nearby. Whether it’s a Santa-themed dress-up run or a color run on New Year’s Eve, there’s something so enthralling about giving back and getting healthy.

Pack Stockings for the Homeless

Especially for those who live in towns where homelessness is an issue, think about packing stockings to hand out. Something you can do with your family, a group of friends, or your coworkers, consider filling stockings to give back to those in need. Grab a pair of stockings and fill them up with all of the necessities. Some typical items you could include are as follows:

  • Toiletries: toothbrush and paste, deodorant, soap
  • Accessories: warm gloves, scarves, and hats
  • Food: granola bars, fruits, water bottles, and more

Declutter and Donate

If you need to clean up your home for the holidays, then take what you don’t need and donate it. A lot of people stress about cleaning up and decluttering their home for the holidays, especially if they’re hosting. This year, make the most of what you’re getting rid of and donate some of those items to charity. For example, you probably need to clean out your coat closet, but you’ll likely forget about it until right before the guests arrive. This time around, clean out the closet and donate those coats, gloves, scarves, and hats that no one has worn in over a year. If you plan ahead, you can schedule a donation pick up with GreenDrop or you drop it off at one of their convenient locations! Either way, you’ll be benefitting yourself and all those who need help staying warm during the winter.

Visit a Nursing Home

As a family, group of employees, friends group, or alone, visit a local nursing home. A lot of residents aren’t able to go home for the holidays, so visitors can make the season that much easier and enjoyable for them. Call ahead to schedule a visit, and beforehand, grab some supplies. Take cards, decorations, baked goods, instruments, or anything else you may have to spread holiday cheer. Brighten up someone else’s day and your own by volunteering and spending time with those who will truly appreciate it.

Donate Blood

Donating blood is important throughout the year, but it’s even more important during the holiday season. There are more accidents on the road, injuries, and crimes, and that means hospitals need more blood. Contact your nearest American Red Cross center and go there as a family to donate blood and save a life (or more).

Pay it Forward

The holidays are a season of gratitude, and paying kindness forward is just one way to show your appreciation. Lucky for you, there are many different ways to pay it forward during the holidays. From buying the coffee for the person behind you to scraping off a few windshields when the ice gets thick, there are plenty of ways to show your gratitude.

Write Letters to Veterans and Deployed Military Members

Don’t forget about our servicemen and women this holiday season. It’s important to support and give back to those who are risking or have risked their lives for our country. Take some time to compose handwritten letters or create care packages for veterans and active-duty members. Drop them off at your local VA station or deliver them to any military members you know personally.

Make Breakfast for Local Police and Firefighters

Another group of servicemen and women you need to make sure to support during the holidays are your local police, firefighters, and EMTs. Most of them won’t get the day off to enjoy the holidays, so do what you can to bring the holidays to them. Show your support and gratitude for their constant sacrifice by calling them a few days in advance and query whether you could bring in breakfast. You could even set it up as a neighborhood event, where everyone can honor those who protect your families every day. This kindness is something they—and you—will never forget.

Volunteer at a Soup Kitchen

Last on our list of ways to give back during the holidays is to volunteer. In general, volunteering is an important thing to do for your community and your soul. During the holidays in particular, however, it’s even more important to spend some time volunteering. Local shelters and soup kitchens need even more help during this time of year, so do what you can to help out. Better yet, we challenge you to continue volunteering throughout the coming year. Giving back is easy when you think about it!

GreenDrop can help you give back to your favorite charities and organizations this year. From donation pick-ups to drop-offs, we can make sure your donations help your chosen charity. We hope that the holiday season is full of light, love, and gratitude for you this year!

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