Carolina Refugee Resettlement Agency…

CRRA embraces refugees who arrive in Charlotte, recognizes their troubling experiences, tries to ease their transition into a new country, and respects their need to remember where they came from.

I was approached by a friend whose mom works for the CRRA.  They are looking for help in the form of donations {furniture & household goods}.

If you have any gently used items, and want to donate to a good cause, then email or call.  Not to mention, they will come and pick up your donations!

  • Twin & full beds
    • Mattresses & box springs
  • Bed & bath linens
  • Dressers and chests of drawers
  • Sofas & chairs
  • Televisions
  • Coffee tables
  • End tables
  • Lamps
  • Kitchen table & chairs
  • Kitchen items
  • Baby gear
    • High chairs
    • Cribs
    • Strollers
    • Playpens
    • Car & booster seats
  • *Note: no clothing items except winter coats & jackets of all sizes, hats, gloves, and scarves.

HOW TO DONATE

  • Email Ellen Dubin
    • ellen.dubin@carolinarefugee.org
  • Call (704-535-8803)

If you would like help sorting through items to donate, then Pure & Simple Organizing would be happy to help!

Call or email us!

  • 704-879-1526
  • jennifer@pureandsimpleorganizing.com

Until next time…

{Guest Post} Why Donating to Goodwill is a Good Thing…

Check out my guest post over at Goodwill Industries of the Southern Piedmont’s blog! 🙂

Here is a little teaser:

Wake up call #1:  We all have a little too much “stuff” lingering in our lives.

Wake up call #2:  Just because you paid $100 for that lamp doesn’t mean you should keep it … Especially since you don’t even like it.

Wake up call #3:  Recouping your “investment” in anything is highly unlikely unless it is uber-name brand!

Wake up call #4:  It is much easier to donate than sell.

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Check it out! 🙂

Until next time…

What to do with all your stuff…

I get asked this a lot — I have all this stuff I don’t want — now what!

First, congratulations for clearing out the unwanted items.  Second, this should be the easy part.  Third, don’t make this into several projects for yourself.

The mistake I see most people make is getting bogged down with what to do with their stuff.  If you think something has value, then research it on eBay.  If it is worth more than $50, sell it; if not, then donate it.  Pick 2-3 charities/places that you would like to donate and be done with it.

Don’t fret over finding the perfect match for everything.  Why?  Because that stuff will never leave your house!  You will have wasted all that precious time and energy clearing it out — to sit in the floor “waiting” for a home.  Get it out — now! 🙂

With that said — here are some suggestions on what to do with all your unwanted stuff.

*Computers:  Erase personal data before selling or donating.  Try the Eraser software (eraser.heidi.ie).

SELL IT

  • Ebay
  • Craigslist
  • Amazon (great for books)
  • Gazelle (buy used electronics)
  • Consignment stores
    • Name brand clothing (yes, Talbots. no, Target)
    • Home goods in excellent condition

TRADE IT IN

  • Best Buy
    • Electronic devices (computers, cameras, Blu-ray players)
    • Start the process online
    • Drop off: prepaid mailer or in-store.
    • Receive an electronic gift card for value.
    • Best Buy erases your data before disposing of it.
  • Target
    • Electronic devices (phones, cameras, tablets, iPods, GPS units, etc)
    • Drop off: prepaid mailer or in-store
    • Receive Target gift card for value.
  • RadioShack
    • Electronic devices (similar to above)
    • Drop off: in-store
    • Apply value to a purchase or receive a gift card.
  • Apple
    • iPads, iPhones, iPods, computers (any brand)
    • Receive a gift card for value (only for items that can be reused).
    • If item cannot be reused, then Apple recycles.
  • Kodak
    • Cameras (all brands), camera accessories, printers
    • Drop off: prepaid mailer
    • Receive check for value
    • Will give you recycling options

DONATE IT

  • Goodwill
  • Salvation Army
  • National Cristina Foundation
    • Will find an organization that can use your computer, printer, cameras, fax machine, etc
    • Group will arrange pickup or drop off with you
  • The Kidney Foundation
  • Classroom Central
    • Charlotte, NC
    • Paper supplies, pens, pencils, stickers, etc
    • Teachers purchase these supplies at a deep discount.
  • Humane Society/Dog Rescues
    • Gently used blankets, towels, comforters
    • Use them for dog bedding
  • The National Furniture Bank Association
    • Gently used beds, dressers, tables, chairs, couches, lamps
  • Dress for Success
    • Larger skirts, pant suits, blouses, blazers, jackets, shoes
    • No men’s clothing, accessories, sportswear, or casual items
  • Soles4Souls
    • New or gently used shoes
    • Will even take singles
  • iLoveSchools
    • New or gently used notebooks, binders, art supplies, and backpacks
  • Bags4Kids
    • Backpacks, duffels, and tote bags

I know this list is long and probably overwhelming — so pick 2 to 3! 🙂