Tuesday, April 13, 2010
What to do when you've got too much? Donate!
So if you've caught the coupon-shopping bug, you may have a closet or two full of random cold medicines, cleaners, razors and creams. Sometimes when you deal shop, you have to buy things you don't need in order to get items you do need for free. And sometimes you end up buying food in groups of tens or twenties in order to get discounts, even though you could never possibly eat it all yourself!
Don't panic! There is help for your exploding closets and pantries.
What do you do with unwanted or extra food, toothpaste, shampoo, cold medicine, lotions, diapers, etc? Donate them of course! I always drop my extra toiletries at the YWCA, because it's close to where I work so it's convenient for me. Donating is a surefire way to make you feel even better about the way you shop. Helping others while helping yourself is definitely a win-win.
Utah organizations accepting donations:
YWCA of Salt Lake
322 East 300 South, Salt Lake City
In need of: Clothing, haircare, cleaners, toilet paper, body lotions & soaps, over the counter medications, car seats, diapers, baby toiletries, etc. (See full list here.)
Rescue Mission of Salt Lake
463 South 400 West, Salt Lake City
In need of: Clothing, food, razors, shampoo
Salt Lake City Bicycle Collective
2312 South West Temple, Salt Lake City
In need of: Toothbrushes, old t-shirts, bikes and parts. (See full list here.)
Utah Food Bank
3150 South 900 West, Salt Lake City
In need of: All food items, especially peanut butter, tuna, canned fruits & veggies, canned stews/chilis, boxed meals and macaroni and cheese.
*Donations accepted year-round at any Harmons location.
Latter-Day Saint Humanitarian Center
15 East South Temple, Salt Lake City
800-453-3860 ext. 26060
In need of: Emergency items
The Road Home
210 South Rio Grande Street (455 West)
In need of: Clothing, laundry detergent, diapers, paper goods & garbage bags, non-perishable food, haircare, deodorant, lotions, razors, toothbrushes & paste, feminine hygiene products, bodywash, soap, chapstick, toilet paper, etc. (See full list here.)
Crossroads Urban Center
347 South 400 East, Salt Lake City
In need of: Clothing, any nonperishable food and reasonable amounts of perishable food, diapers, formula, personal hygiene supplies.
It's generally a good idea to call an organization first before you plan to make a drop off, to make sure they can use the items you are planning to donate. And remember, these organizations are always in need of monetary donations and volunteers as well!
(*If you live outside Salt Lake City and would like to know where to donate, use Charity Navigator to locate a suitable organization near you.)