Around this time of year, when all of the outdoor play moves indoors, we generally realize how much STUFF we accumulate in a year's time. I decided to make a new pre-holiday date every year- a "Donation Date" where my kids and I go through all of our clothes, toys, housewares, books, nick-knacks, electronics, even furniture to see what we can part with. If we haven't used it in the past year, that item is a particularly good candidate to be passed along to another family who can make use of it. I then make a trip to Savers to unload our goods, and pop in to see what holiday gifts they have that I can recycle for my family! A Little Savers Q&A

Q: Where does the money go? 

A: The money generated stays local- they pay local non-profit alliances every time you donate gently used goods to their store.

Q: Where does the stuff go that doesn't sell?  

A: The goods that aren't sold are shipped to developing nations through wholesale and philanthropic efforts.

Q: What do the developing nations do with the items they receive?

A: They can develop a marketplace to sell these items, and their customers now have a resource for used, affordable merchandise.

Q: How much used clothing and textiles are tossed every year?

A: 20 billion pounds- Savers saved more than 600 million pounds of unsold merchandise from ending up in the landfill last year.

 

What Do I Donate?

If you have never donated before, it can be tough to figure out what someone would want from the pile that you have accumulated. Savers has a list on their website, but here is a quick list of Dos and Don'ts for donations:

Dos and Don'ts of what to donate to Savers

Here is some of the stuff we put together during our Donation Date this year:

Types of items to donate to Savers

I dropped off the items then cruised the toy section for amazing deals on gently used toys. Here are the deals I got, all under $4 each! Bryson will be getting a Mack truck from the movie Cars and a helicopter, and Charlotte will receive a magnetic dress up doll kit and a Mrs. Potato Head. What perfect way to save money and support a great cause.

Gently used toys from Savers for holiday gifts

Savers also made it even easier for you to donate. They just launched Donation Drop Spots, which are standalone, donation only spots located throughout Chicagoland area. The locations and charities they supported are listed (Vietnam Veterans of America and the Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Chicago):

Kildeer: 20771 N Rand Rd (EF)

Arlington Heights: 115 W Rand Rd (EF)

Libertyville: 1451 Peterson Rd (EF)

Chicago Ridge: 300 Commons Dr (VVA)

Elk Grove: 980 Elk Grove Town Center (EF)

Crestwood: 13200 Cicero Ave (VVA)

Hanover Park: 7630 Barrington Rd (EF)

Frankfort: 21164 S La Grange Rd (VVA)

Lombard: 581 E Roosevelt Rd (VVA)

Coming soon...Donation Drop Spots in Glen Ellyn, Niles, Wilmette and Highwood!

Help support the cycle of donations and plan a Donation Date with your family before the holidays hit. What items will you include on your Donation Date?

Disclosure: I received gift certificates to Savers in order to purchase items for review. All opinions are honest and my own.

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