Thursday, August 06, 2015

Donate4Good with Goodwill and Glad

This summer has become the summer of decluttering. I haven't been spending as much time outside as I would like this past month (and my poor garden is ample evidence of that) because we've been focused on renovations and clearing out our crawlspace of years worth of accumulated "stuff." It's pretty amazing the volume of old electronics and toddler toys we found in there. Plus books, household items, and more. We sold a fair bit in our garage sale, and have put a few items that didn't sell on, but the vast majority of items that didn't sell went straight to charitable donation. Remember my prime rule of the garage sale - nothing comes back in the house!

When we donate our gently-used items, they stay out of landfill and gain new life with other families who need them, plus proceeds from their sale help the charity to continue to provide services to their communities. And we get space back in our homes. It's a win all around!

So, now that I have my living room, dining room, kitchen, and crawlspace purged and tidied up, I'm switching focus to the bedrooms. Which means not only knick-knacks and toiletries, but lots of clothes. I try to keep on top of the clothes by having a donation bag at the ready near the top of our stairs - as something is put on and doesn't fit, or just makes me cringe, in it goes - but things get so easily out of hand. My husband just recently went through his closet(s) and dresser and came up with 5 big garbage bags of casual and dress clothes to donate. FIVE BAGS! He had gone through a weight gain period, and then lost lots of it, so he had a bunch of nice clothes that no longer fit, and he has no intention of growing back into them. I am super proud of him.

I find a good time to go through the clothes is with the change of seasons, so I did a good vetting of my closet as I switched over from winter to summer, and I got a big bag out of that. I usually do Boo's clothing purge just before back to school as I prepare to refresh his cold weather wardrobe. This year I got him involved in the process and had him try on a bunch of tops and pants to verify fit. He was a surprisingly good sport about it all, and we came up with a big bag full.

This whole bag came from Boo's dresser.
Gaining some organisation from the chaos. And some drawer space too.
Have you cleaned out your closets or kitchens lately? This summer, GLAD® is teaming up with Goodwill in Toronto and the G.T.A. to help drive donations for their Donate4Good program. GLAD® will be donating $10,000 + 10,000 black plastic bags for collecting your gently used items, and will donate $1.50 to Goodwill for every Glad® bag returned with clothing and other donated items (up to a maximum $8,000). Super, right?! So, how do you get these special donation bags?

GLAD® will be stationed at 5 select Loblaws locations across Toronto on weekends from August through to October to pick up your donations. Select neighbourhoods will also have door-to-door bag deliveries to help you prepare before your local Loblaws drop-off date. Here are the details:

LOBLAWS  YONGE ST. - 3501 Yonge St, North York
Friday August 14th
Saturday August 15th
LOBLAWS LESLIE ST. - 17 Leslie St, Toronto                                        
Friday August 28th 
Saturday August 29th
LOBLAWS MUSGRAVE ST. -50 Musgrave St., Toronto                                
Friday Sept 18th
Saturday Sept 19th
LOBLAWS DUNDAS ST. W. - 2280 Dundas St. West, Toronto        
Friday Oct 2nd
Saturday Oct 3rd
LOBLAWS MCLAUGHLIN - 5970 McLaughlin Rd, Mississauga   
Friday Oct 23rd
Saturday Oct 24th

"The GLAD® bags will greatly benefit our Donate4Good program, as they will provide an avenue for people in the local community to easily clean out their closets and bring their donations to Goodwill, as well as act as a reminder for people to support a local charity. The Donate4Good program allows people to keep items out of the landfill, while helping Goodwill fulfill its mission of enabling work opportunities and providing skills development for people facing barriers to employment" - MATHEW VARGHESE Manager, Donated Goods
And it's not just clothing that you can donate to Goodwill. Check out this list of the Top 10 most needed items:

1. Clothing for men, women and children
2. Accessories (belts, purses and scarves)
3. Kitchen items (small countertop appliances, dishes, cutlery, pots and pans)
4. Shoes and boots
5. Linens (blankets, sheets and pillowcases)
6. Outerwear for all ages
7. Household d├ęcor (figurines and other decorative objects
8. Kids games, puzzles and toys
9. Wall art, mirrors and picture frames
10. Towels

Have a look around your home to see what you have to donate. Reclaim some space, and contribute to bettering the lives of others in your community.

Did you know?
  • Goodwill employs over 600 people in 15 Community Stores and 11 Attended Donation Centres across Toronto, Eastern, Central and Northern Ontario. 
  • Over 1.4 million people shopped at Goodwill last year.
  • Over 12,000 people used Goodwill’s Employment Services last year. 
  • 73% of individuals who used Goodwill’s employment services last year successfully obtained employment.
  • Thanks to your donations, millions of pounds of used goods are kept out of landfills each year. Last year, Goodwill diverted over 38 million pounds from landfills.

Disclosure: This post is brought to you by Glad. All opinions on this blog, as always, remain my own.

1 comment:

  1. I just did a big purge for good will of our kiddies clothes. It feel so good!! :)


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