5 Common Yard Sale Items You Can Use to Make a Difference!By YouthLink | August 1st, 2012 | Category: Volunteer Stories | No Comments »
Save yourself the hassle of a weekend of yard sales! Here are 5 kinds of common “trash” which can become a homeless young person’s “treasure”.
1. Baby supplies
Are you a parent? Then, you know how many things little ones need as they grow. We would gladly accept your new and gently used clothing, new (unopened) diapers, and new (unopened) formula to support young parents experiencing homelessness.
2. Gently used housewares
In 2011, we served 194 youth in our supportive housing sites. But to turn an apartment into a home, each new tenant could use a well-stocked kitchen. Save yourself the haggling at the curb and bring your gently used pots, pans, flatware, dishes, and housewares to us!
3. Belts, ties, and dress shoes
Imagine preparing for a job interview. Even with a revamped resume, references, and power suit, would you go to that interview without a belt, tie or dress shoes? You can help homeless young people look as qualified as they are and ace that interview.
Our young people use backpacks for more than school supplies. They carry spare clothing, hygiene supplies, even vital documents with them at all times. Your gift of new or gently used backpacks can lighten the load they carry every day.
Jeans are more than fashion accessories to homeless young people. For them, they are pajamas, they are protection from the snow and rain, and they are first day of school clothes. Donating your gently used jeans to YouthLink’s clothing closet helps prepare young people experiencing homelessness for whatever they’ll face on any day.
To donate items, please contact Kathleen Smith, Communications and Volunteer Coordinator at email@example.com or 612-252-1211.