So this week, consider giving back to those folks that protect our freedom and keep us safe. Last fall, at a National Association of Professional Organizers, New York chapter meeting, I met Debra Menich, Donations Program Director, with the Vietnam Veterans of America. Debra gave a wonderful presentation about how the charity works. Basically, VVA is a national service organization primarily serving the needs of Vietnam veterans. One source of funding for the organization is through the resale of donated household items, including:
- Clothing of all types and sizes
- Baby items
- Books, toys, bikes
- Stereos, radios, portable televisions
- All bedding, draperies, curtains
- Usable small furniture and rugs
- Small appliances
- Jewelry and cosmetics
- Basically everything!
The only things they don’t accept are large furniture and mattresses. And I love the fact that one hundred percent of everything donated is either re-sold through qualified retailers across the country or recycled.
To find a service area near you, click here. To schedule a pick-up, call 301-585-4000 (nationally) or 212-957-8387 in the New York City area. Or you can schedule a pick-up online here.
I can’t think of a better way to clear some of the clutter in your home or office, and show your appreciation for veterans that have given so much to us.