April 29, 2008

Spring Cleaning? What to give; what to toss

The article below describes the places that in one area are in need of items. However, this is a nation wide issue. Domestic Violence shelters can always use "gently" used items. Especially household things such as furniture, pots and pans, other dishes, kitchen utensils and gadgets of all sorts.

Families that must go through a shelter situation to be safe and get back on their feet generally have nothing when they enter the shelter and very little extra when they leave. Some state have shelters that provide a transitional housing program to help these people get back on their feet. But, most don't have a program to help with the transition into a safe and healthy environment.

That means that most are in a shelter for a few weeks and during that time they are expected to "get over it", get a job, find a place to live, furnish that place, possibly get transportation and provide for their children all that is needed.

So during your spring cleaning this year, please take the time to consider giving things away that could be used by people who must seek the services of a non-profit shelter organization to get on their feet.
What to give; what to toss | News-Leader.com | Springfield News-Leader

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