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Spreading the Wealth Without Spending a Dime: Donate sports equipment and bicycles

Here's another installment of our periodic feature on how to be generous, even during a recession. It might be a casualty of a fitness resolution unkept, or maybe stuff outgrown by your kids, but if you have sports equipment gathering dust in your basement, you can donate it to charity. Hauling...

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Tags: Bicycle, Charity, Recession, Shoes, Sports
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Donating from the Bounty in Your Backyard

Recently we wrote about those that have a backyard you're not cultivating, asking you to consider sharing your backyard with someone who has a green thumb but no where to plant. What about those of you who are growing fruits and vegetables on your land, but are unable to use everything you grow?...

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Tags: Charity, Donation, Food pantry, Fruit, Gardening, Vegetable, Yard
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Spreading the Wealth Without Spending a Dime: Computers

The next installment in our series on spreading the wealth without spending a dime is about donating electronics to charities around the world. The National Cristina Foundation distributes certain kinds of computers and business equipment to a list of pre-screened charitable organizations that u...

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Tags: Charity, Computer, Electronics, Giving, Mac, Pc, Volunteer
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The Economy and Homeless Kids: Donate Old Toys to Help

Did the State of the Union speech last night make you think even more about our precarious economy? Consider that the economic crisis is causing a rising wave of homelessness among children. These vulnerable kids need something to hold on to. As I posted earlier this week, there may be a way to h...

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Tags: Charity, Children, Giving, Homelessness, Kids, Stuffed animals., Toys
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Giving Clutter a New Life: How to donate used stuff to charity

New Dream is always looking for win-win situations: ways to help the environment while not breaking your budget; ways to help you get more of what matters while consuming less. Knowing that economic downturns tend to mean a downturn in charitable giving, I started looking for ways to connect peop...

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Tags: Charity, Donation, School
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Update on Sale of Recycled Clothing

An earlier post discussed the coming regulations for children's clothing and toys, designed to protect them from lead and phthalates. See this update from the Consumer Product Safety Commission: Sellers of used children’s products, such as thrift stores and consignment stores, are not required ...

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Tags: Charity, Kids, Second-hand, Shopping, Thrift
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Sales of Used Clothing for Kids to Hit a Snag After Feb. 9

Children outgrow clothes and even toys so quickly that many parents either buy clothing used, donate their gently-used togs and toys to thrift stores, or sell them on consignment. When the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act goes into effect on February 10, however, these used articles upon w...

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Tags: Add new tag, Charity, Contaminants, Kids, Second-hand, Shopping, Thrift
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Regift for charity and other year-end donations

Once the gifts were all opened, right in the middle of holiday thankfulness, you may have experienced a twinge: "Where am I going to put all this stuff?" Or perhaps certain items made you want to say, "You shouldn't have." With more stuff coming in the door during the holidays, it's only natural ...

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Tags: Charity, Holiday, Regifting, Thrift
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The Give List

Now is time of truth. The last few days before the holidays are when simplicity is most likely to be tested. Unexpected last-minute gifts may arrive, forcing us to make fast decisions about expectations for reciprocity from family and friends. Parties that have been planned for are now taking pla...

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Tags: Charity, Community, Generosity, Givelist, Giving, Shopping, Volunteer
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