Tuesday, May 3, 2011

USA! USA! USA!

If you’re anything like me, you’re feeling a bit more patriotic than usual right about now.  I’m so in awe of the Navy SEALS and other members of the military and CIA that had a hand in bringing down Osama bin Laden. Somehow, I just didn’t feel like writing the usual post about organizing your sock drawer (only half kidding).

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
  • Shoes
  • Baby items
  • Glassware
  • Books, toys, bikes
  • Stereos, radios, portable televisions
  • All bedding, draperies, curtains
  • Kitchenware
  • Usable small furniture and rugs
  • Small appliances
  • Tools
  • 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.

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