Get Rid of Clutter and Recycle at the SAME TIME!

By Jacqui Flaherty, Program Manager

Want to get rid of clutter for good, but make sure it goes to a great cause? Check out these ways to get rid of items and send them off to people in need:

1) Video Games- The Get-Well Gamers Foundation believes that playing Madden NFL 13 can help hospitalized children forget their pain. Send new and used games to its California HQ.

A young child plays video games after a procedure at a children’s hospital.

2) Running Shoes- One World Running promotes health in the United States and the developing world by sending new or nearly new athletic shoes to American shelters as well as Africa, Central America and Haiti. If your shoes aren’t quite “nearly new,” they’ll be recycled into material for tracks and playgrounds.

3) Prom Dresses- Get rid of unwanted tulle at Donate My Dress, which distributes prom, Sweet 16 and quinceañera frocks to girls who can’t afford them.

4) Onesies- If your infant has outgrown his teensy wardrobe, pass it on to Newborns In Need, which provides essentials for a child’s first weeks of life to hospitals serving ill and impoverished babies. The nearest chapter of Newborns In Need to Akron, Ohio, is the Hudson Chapter.

Here is a photo of onesies and sleepers donated to “Newborns In Need”

5) Teddy Bears- If your kids rooms are filled with practically new stuffed animals, consider donating them to Loving Hugs, which offers children in war zones, refugee camps and orphanages a cuddly new friend.

Pictured here are children in an orphanage with the teddy bears they received from “Loving Hugs”.

6) Eyeglasses- New Eyes for the Needy sends your old eyeglasses abroad, bringing the gift of sight to places like Bolivia, Ghana, and Cambodia.

7) Men’s Suits- Have you finally gotten a suit that fits? Donate old ones to Career Gear, which offers unemployed men interview clothing and career counseling.


An unemployed man looks for the perfect suit to wear to his upcoming job interview.

All of these options are a great way to get rid of unwanted items from your home– a great way to re-purpose!

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Akron Residents Appreciate Community Improvement Efforts of Keep Akron Beautiful

By Cindy Pantea

Keep Akron Beautiful cash donation and note for beautification

“Just a note” from a proud Akron resident.

As an Administrative Assistant for Keep Akron Beautiful, one of my jobs is to record monies received from fundraising, donations, and grants. One thing I know is that Akron residents like the community improvement efforts of Keep Akron Beautiful and want to help.

From the Overwood Triangles Group  who is “happy to be a part of beautifying our city,” to the single water bill donor, Susan, who added “Love the flowers,” with an accompanying smiley face, you all make this job of mine more awesome every day!

And to Timothy, Wendy, Stephen, Judith, Renee, and anyone else who has written notes to thank the program and crews for the beautification work, your words have been forwarded on…most definitely.

Last but not least, although the words of thanks are a little added “fun” in the donation envelope, we cannot stress enough that everyone’s donations throughout the year, in a tough economy, is much appreciated and allows us to Keep Akron Beautiful for YOU as well as out-of-town visitors you may want to brag to by showing our wonderful Akron city Flowerscapes.

On behalf of Keep Akron Beautiful, thank you, and we look forward to more of your notes.

If you want to say more, reply to this post. We would love to read your comments!