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Thursday, April 1, 2010

Green/Reuse Easter Baskets; Donations

How to make Easter Baskets fun but earth friendly...

Reuse! Don't buy new plastic "easter grass", instead shred old comics or sketch papers. Or don't use grass, use a piece of fabric or no filler at all!

Reuse! Buy or pass down used items: books, pens, summer hats, toys, skates, costumes, etc.

Reuse! Keep those baskets for annual hiding. Use a capped shoe box that's been decorated. Make a basket from an oatmeal container or a fancy fabric gift bag.

Reuse! Keep those plastic eggs for annual hiding. Use decorated jewelry boxes, small fabric bags, bottles, etc.

If you don't have the items to reuse in the first place, just ask someone if they have extras or if they are done with theirs! I have supplies I've been using for years and everything is still in great shape....and the kids so far don't question that they're seeing the same items! Of course, were they to question I'd let them know that the Easter Bunny has always been "green"!

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We have been filling our donation containers on a consistent basis recently. Going through last year's clothing for Spring and Summer some stains have shown up while the items were stored. Great job getting the items clean for the racks but unfortunately over time the pieces no longer look bright & new. Another reason for us to not stock-pile but to stay current. The donations are being spread across this county and reaching into others, always received with gratitude! When you see "donated" on your Item List Report please know that while the items could not be sold they are going to be used by someone in need and hopefully that's "payment" enough. Our sincere gratitude for your drop offs!

Note: We are looking for a volunteer to assist with our donations. From assessing and sorting to contacting for pick up or dropping off. One - two days a week for 1-2 hours. Just call Stephanie at the store, 415-456-4943 and thanks again!

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