We all have it... stuff... everywhere! We entered this world with absolutely nothing but the bodies we were born in and we leave it with a large footprint of history, stories, and things we've collected our whole lives. Our first homes are typically small, starting out with the essentials, and as we grow older & build our families, we collect more & more, creating the need for bigger and bigger homes. Eventually, if we haven't made it a point to purge as we took new things into our homes, we end up with a mound of things that are owning us vs. us owning them.
The Lakeland Habitat for Humanity ReStore has a no-cost program to help seniors and others downsize or liquidate. If you are interested in donating your remaining household goods when you declutter, organize, or move, call Becky Bywater- ReStore Development Director @ 863.838.1079. All donations are tax deductible. All proceeds go to benefit the Lakeland community. Your donation also helps the environment by keeping usable goods out of our landfills.
Women's Resource Center:
The Winter Haven Women's Resource Center helps hundreds of women with varying needs and backgrounds looking for basic necessities. A food pantry and toiletry station is stocked with non-perishable food, bath items, baby products, etc. The center also appreciates donations of pens, office paper, file folders, staples, paper clips, etc. Call the WRC @ 863.294.5318 to donate.
Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida:
Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida is a non-profit organization, located in Orlando, working to return families and individuals to self-sufficiency. They rely exclusively on donations to supply men, women, and children with the items that will make their stay with them as comfortable as possible. They accept donations Monday through Saturday from 9 AM - 5 PM or by appointment, by drop off only. If you have questions, call this non-profit organization at 407.849.2757.
Lighthouse Ministries' Family Stores are located throughout West-Central Florida. These stores operate completely on donations from the community and your donation is vital to keep these stores functioning. Your donations help to provide the homeless and at risk population with meals, shelter, clothing, job training, recovery programs, spiritual training, nutritious meals, transportation, domestic violence safe haven, adult education, addiction recovery, counseling, child care and so much more! Items they accept: modern televisions, household items, electronics, mattresses, furniture, clothing, shoes, linens, and books. What they do not accept: cribs, weapons, car seats, encyclopedias, computer equipment, old style televisions, stained or torn furniture, and damaged or broken electronics. Call the Lakeland Family Store at 863.637.4076 to donate.
There are some other donation resources here on my website if you want more options. Have another I should add to the list? Simply leave a reply below. You may otherwise email me your suggestion at Nicole@OrganizedByNicole.com.
Are you ready to get rid of some "stuff", but not willing to just give it away? I get it! Stay tuned for my next blog post on how to sell your unwanted belongings!
Your local Professional Organizer & now "Certified" Senior Move Manager,
Nicole Ramer :)