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Cleaning Up? Don’t Trash These Items!

By: Huntsville Real Estate Expert Mike Manosky On February 1, 2019


Thanks to the current trend to tidy up and declutter, chances are there are piles forming in your home of items to donate and items to throw away.  But before you take that throw away pile out to the garbage bin, you may want to look at this list of items that can surprisingly be given a second life…if you know where to donate them:

  1. Towels and Blankets – You may think that nobody would ever want your old, ripped and faded towels and blankets, but the truth is they still have life in them. Animal shelters, like The Huntsville Animal Services Foundation, often have these types of items on their donation wish lists. Animal shelters use towels and blankets in bedding to keep animals warm and comfy while they are waiting for their forever home.
  2. Bras – If you are getting rid of bras that are in good condition, I Support the Girls, takes donations and ships them to women in domestic violence and homeless shelters.
  3. Sports Equipment – Do you have a closet full of equipment from sports and activities that are no longer being used? Whether it’s gear that has been outgrown or it’s a sport/activity nobody in your family does anymore, it can be passed on to someone who needs it!  Check with local sports leagues to see if they can use the gear for local families.  There are also charities that will accept donations of sports equipment:
  • Bicycles Bicycle Angels is a nonprofit organization that accepts old bikes, tools, parts, and maintenance equipment. They lend bikes to people to ride in charity events, among other many good works.
  • Soccer Equipment The US Soccer Foundation welcomes donations of soccer balls, cleats, shin guards, and other soccer related items.
  • Baseball and softball gear Pitch In Baseball takes used bats, balls, and more. Items can be shipped to their Harleysville, PA or Los Angeles warehouses.
  1. Glasses – Don’t trash your glasses just because your prescription changed. Many Optometrists in the Huntsville area will accept donations of used eyeglasses and you can also donate to the Lions Club, a nonprofit that recycles glasses and distributes them to people who can’t afford costly prescriptions.
  2. Cellphones, tablets, and other electronics – If you have outdated electronic equipment to get rid of, you don’t have to throw it away. Just because it’s not useful to you, doesn’t mean it’s not useful to someone else. Consider these options for your older cellphone, tablet, or computer:
  • Troops overseas Cell Phones for Soldiers will send your gadget overseas to a member of the United States armed forces, providing them with a lifeline back home.
  • Birders The Birders’ Exchange Program is always looking for electronics like digital cameras, iPods and other types of MP3 players.
  • Victims of domestic violenceSecure the Call is an organization that will give your smartphone over to a domestic violence shelter so that people in need can contact 911.

So, when you are cleaning out your drawers and closets, don’t fill the trash bin…donate instead!!

If you are thinking of buying or selling a home in the Huntsville area, let professional Realtor Mike Manosky help you with all your real estate needs! Give him a call today at 256-508-0211!

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