Monthly Archives: August 2015

Donating Used Toys and Clothing Helps Those in Need

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As you prepare to send your children back to school this fall, have you taken time to think about those people less fortunate than your family? While your children are heading out the door in new clothes with new backpacks filled with every possible school supply, there are children in your community much less fortunate.

Before you attack the kids’ closets, shelves and cupboards with a trash bag in hand, consider carefully sorting through the unused items and consider the option to donate toys and clothing to those in need. While you r son left school today in a brand new pair of brand name athletic shoes, there is likely some boy not too far from you that is still wearing his outgrown shoes from last year. So old that they are impossible to get clean, the shoes make his feet smell in spite of a bath. (more…)

29 Aug 2015

The Truth About Hunting in North America May Surprise You

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The recent Cecil the lion controversy has every PETA members and conservationist up in arms. Many of the rhetoric surrounding this discussion seeks to ban hunting altogether. While hunting endangered species for sport is indeed a product of privilege, that is not always the nature of killing game. For those who understand the importance of hunting, the Cecil the lion and anti-hunting dialogue was missing many important points.
Did you know that with the rate of growth our population is seeing, our world will require 70% more food production by the year 2050? That’s a significant increase. Given the already scarce nature of many of our resources, finding these sources of food can be a worrisome thought for many.
But in the United States, many well practiced hunters are taking action, through the (more…)

28 Aug 2015

Don’t Waste Old Clothes in Landfills When They Could be Changing Lives

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Between many years of holiday gifts and back to school shopping most people usually have closets full of clothes that either don’t fit or have just been discarded to make way for the new. Rather than sitting on the floor collecting dust organizations looking for charitable clothing donations would be more than happy to take them and put them to good use in the hands of those in need, such as veterans and the blind. Many Americans have already joined the cause to offer them what they deserve with around 4.7 billion pounds of clothes donations given each year.

Even further incentive to donate is fueled by the environmental impact that recycling clothes holds. The clothes sold in this country are n (more…)

28 Aug 2015

Spread Holiday Cheer This Winter By Donating Used Clothes

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The essence of the holiday season, no matter your religious background, is to provide assistance to your neighbors in need. When you give back to your community, you’ve giving much more than clothing or toys; you’ve giving people a sense of hope.

There is no better time of the year to get into the giving spirit than right before the holidays. According to a recent survey, 42.7% of people donate more during the holidays than the rest of the year. There is an endless number of charities to support in your area who ramp up their donation efforts during the fall and winter to provide less-fortunate families the opportunity to exchange gifts and celebrate like every family should.

When you donate used clothes to people in need, your “trash” (more…)

28 Aug 2015

What Assisted Living Facility Is the Right One?

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Most Americans will need long-term care. In fact 70% of people over age 65 need it. As we are living longer, people who read age 65 today can expect to live more than 18 more years up from just four in 1960.  All of this means that many of us will have to help our parents and other loved ones research assisted living facilities.

When looking at assisted living
facilities, it is important to do the research. Senior housing options vary considerably from community to community in the services they provide and the overall atmosphere. Many seniors live in facilities that a (more…)

18 Aug 2015

The Surprising Benefits of Enrolling Your Child in Preschool

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It’s just about that time of year again for children, teenagers, and even some adults who are looking to sharpen their skills as well as their pencils. School will soon be session much to the excitement and chagrin of students across the country. The dog days of summer camp in cabins will soon be over, only to be replaced by school days in the classroom.

For young children ages 2.5 and older, school is a little different. In fact, many children this age have yet to step foot into a classroom, let alone do any homework! Public and private preschools for kids are excellent ways to prepare children for their K- 12 (kindergarten through senior year in high school) education, if not for the rest of their careers (more…)

15 Aug 2015

Planning a Big Party on a Small Budget? 3 Money Saving Tips

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In the United States, party planning is big business. The average wedding costs in excess of $30,000, but that’s hardly the only celebration that inspires Americans to break out the big guns. The average Bat Mitzvah can cost between $15,000 and $30,000, while Sweet Sixteen celebrations run up to $25,000.

Of course, not everyone wants to spend their life savings on a single party, especially a children’s party. So how can you save money when planning a party on a tight budget?

1. Rent a Tent Instead of a Venue

The most sought after party and event venues can have long, long waiting lists and high, high deposits. But renting a tent for your backyard provides a much more affordable (more…)

14 Aug 2015

Happy Retirement! (Now What Do I Do?)

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If you’re a Baby Boomer and you’re reading this, chances are you’re either already retired, thinking seriously about retiring or quickly approaching that age. Baby Boomers are making moves. Many have sold their homes and downsized after all the children moved away, opting for something in a community that offers more choices when it comes to how they spend their retirement years. They want activities, culture and stimulation, and, as always, they want value for their dollar. As they approach this transitional time in their lives, many may be anxious to sell their homes, but they’re not necessarily excited about looking for houses for sale.

Venturing into the real estate market can be daunting for some. Many Boomers who are s (more…)

13 Aug 2015

3 Household Items You Should be Recycling

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When most of us think of recycling, we think of collecting cans and bottles in bins and putting them out in front of the house for pick up or dropping them at a local recycling center. While recycling cans, bottles, and other things that might otherwise get thrown in the trash is great, there are other things in your home that you may not have known you can recycle. And, many of these items can be used as donations for non profit organizations to help those in need. So, if you have any of these things laying around the house, don’t throw them out! Find out how and where you can recycle them, you’ll be glad you did!

Common Recyclable Items in Your Home:

Clothing

Did you know that 12 million tons of clothing and textile waste is thrown in the tr (more…)

12 Aug 2015

Why You Should Use Donation Pickup Services

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Did you know local charities will come to your home and pickup your unwanted items? Most local charities now offer donation pickup services to take care of your clothing, household items, and other miscellaneous items around your home. This keeps these items out of the trash and are provided to people who can use them. Millions of Americans are helped by donations every year. Furthermore, 2.5 billion pounds of fabric was kept out of the landfills by used-clothing purchases in 2006, making donation pickup services ecofriendly as well. Most good will donation are tax deductible, so check with your local tax preparer to see what you can write off.

A survey found that 50% of people making donations prefer door-to-door pickup, while the other (more…)

12 Aug 2015