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Home > Garage Sales General > What to Do With All That Left Over Stuff - Donating to Charity and Helping Others

What to Do With All That Left Over Stuff - Donating to Charity and Helping Others
By John Romaine
Tuesday, 21 October 2008
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Have you ever held a garage sale and not sold everything? You've sold the majority of items, and made some decent money, but there's a heap of stuff left over, some of it small, some of it quite large. What to do with it? You sure dont want to drag it all back into the house. Besides, the whole point of having the garage sale in the first place was to reduce some of the house hold clutter and get rid of all that stuff lying around. The shed is full, the spare room is chockers and both cars are parked outside because the garage is simply out of the question.

Ok so you've sold most of it, but you simply need to get rid of the rest.

What are your options? Dump it? Have another garage sale? Maybe not enough time, especially if you are moving. What about giving it to the neighbours? Doubt it. Their garage is just as full as yours!

So what are the best options here?

Donating to charity -- thats what!

What may be clutter to you, may infact be something that some else desperately needs. Especially those who are less fortunate or maybe experiencing difficult times.

So who do I donate to?

There are numerous organisations out there - many of which will actually pick up and collect your items free of charge, eliminating any costs which is fantastic! So here they are - here's a list of charity organisations which may be helpful to those who have stuff left over on their sale day.

Please let me know of any that I may have missed or overlooked!

Salvation Army

One of the more distinctive denominations of the Christian Church, The Salvation Army operates as both a church and a network of social services, stemming from its worship of God and its Christian values. There are currently 1,650,000 Salvationists (members) in over 113 countries.

The Salvation Army is one of the largest and most diverse social welfare providers in the world. Our philosophy is that we can best express our love for God by compassionately reaching out to help people.

In a typical week, The Salvation Army will provide people in need with an estimated 100,000 meals. It provides beds to 5,000 homeless people, rehabilitation to 500 addicted and refuge to 400 victims of domestic abuse. It also provides counselling to several thousand people.

St Vincents de Paul

The Mission of the St Vincent de Paul Society in Australia is to deepen the Catholic faith of its members - to go out into our nation to heighten the awareness of Jesus Christ. We do this by sharing ourselves - who we are and what we have - with the poor on a person to person basis. We seek to co-operate in shaping a more just and compassionate Australian community, and to share our resources with our twinned countries.

Our preferred option in this mission of service is to work with the poor in development, by respecting their dignity, sharing our hope, and encouraging them to take control of their destiny.

Red Cross

Red Cross is always there for people in need, providing relief in times of crisis and care for the most vulnerable in Australia and around the world. In times of conflict or natural disaster our volunteers are committed to putting our humanitarian values to work, offering practical assistance and support at any time of the day or night - no questions asked. With more than 100 million volunteers worldwide and 60,000 members and volunteers in Australia we can reach people and places like nobody else.

Red Cross cares for people whose lives have been touched by tragedy or disaster. A fire destroys a family home ... A bus carrying young children overturns on a winding road ... Floodwaters threaten a nursing home.

These are just some of the charity organisations out there - be sure to let me know by posting a comment below of any others you might know of.

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