I dream of one day having a giant walk in closet. A closet that will help me stay organized and making getting ready for work in the morning a breeze instead of a chore. Of course that will never happen. I have never had anything bigger than a standard size closet and I probably never will. So I just have to work harder and keeping it in some sort of order. And one of the easiest and best ways to keep my closet from being in a complete state of chaos is to make a point of regularly going in and taking out the items that I no longer need or wear.
Not only does cleaning out my closets keep me organized (somewhat) and clutter free but it can also help someone else. Almost all of the items that I am parting with are still in great shape so I get to pass them on to someone else to use. And the truth is I don’t just donate my clothing to organizations that benefit my community, I also shop at them. I’ve always been a thrift store shopper but now that I have a little one that outgrows her clothes at an amazing rate I buy second hand more and more. It just makes sense.
Is it time to clean out your closet? If you need a little incentive I’ve got some for you! Right now GLAD is teaming up with Goodwill in Toronto and the GTA to help drive donations to their Donate4Good program. What does that mean? Well it means that during this campaign your Goodwill donations go further than ever.
Here’s the details:
GLAD will be stationed at 5 select Loblaws locations across Toronto from August through to October. They will be there to give you GLAD bags to fill up and to pick up your donations. For every GLAD bag returned with clothing and other gently used items Glad will donate $1.50 to Goodwill!
Here are the dates and locations:
Not sure what to give? Sure you can just go into your closet and fill up bags and bags with random stuff but its always nice to know what items are actually needed the most. Here are the top 10 most wanted items:
- Clothing for men, women and kids
- Accessories like belts and purses
- Kitchen items like small countertop appliances, dishes, cutlery and cookware
- Shoes and boots
- Outerwear for all ages
- Household decor
- Kids games, puzzles and toys
- Wall art, mirrors and picture frames
What happens when you give? Well your donations of used goods supports Goodwill and their ability to enable work opportunities and provide skills development for people facing barriers to employment. Did you know that over 12,000 people used Goodwill’s employment service last year across Toronto, Eastern, Central and Northern Ontario? And an amazing 73% of those those people successfully obtained employment. That is huge! And not only are your donations helping people but they also keep perfectly good items out of the landfill.
With their donation of 10,000 bags and $10,000 donation, GLAD is the lead sponsor in Goodwill’s Donate4Good program. It does seem like the perfect fit doesn’t it? Not only are GLAD bags strong enough to hold your generous donations but GLAD is also committed to sustainability and strongly believes in the importance of waste diversion.
My Challenge to you!
I don’t live in the Toronto or GTA area so I can’t take part in this campaign, but there is nothing stopping me from filling up a bag or two of gently used items and donating them to my local community organization. And that’s exactly what I’m going to do. And I challenge you to do the same. If you live in the area take a look at the table above to find your date and location to drop off your items. If you’re not in the area don’t let that stop you from cleaning out your closets and giving back to your community!