Sprng may be over, but let’s make summer cleaning a thing. Being home for a long period of time, the first time since I left for college, I’ve been on a cleaning binge. I’m going through my childhood bedroom and our cupboards and finding things we definitely don’t need anymore. The best part is that I get to donate it and see it go to people and organizations who will actually put it to good use. Most people acknowledge that donating still usable items instead of just tossing them is the right thing to do, but sometimes it’s difficult to know where exactly to donate. People initially think of homeless shelters and libraries or school, all of which likely receive more donations than they can reasonably sort through every year. I’m not saying that you shouldn’t donate to them, but if you’re looking for really specific recommendations about where to make your donations where they will make a big difference, this is the list for you.
Toiletries: battered women’s shelters
Women who live in or pass through battered women’s shelters are doing so because they had no other choice and likely had to flee their previous situation as soon as they felt it was possible. This often means in the middle of the night, from a public place, or without taking anything with them. Therefore, they need the basics, down to soap, shampoo, and the like. If you, like my family, somehow find yourselves hoarding several bottles of hydrogen peroxide and rubbing alcohol and bars of soap, donate them to a local battered women’s shelter. You’ll need to call ahead to arrange the drop off, but the women, and likely children, there will be eternally grateful for your help in starting their lives again from the shower up.