A new year brings on the “urge to purge”. Here are some ways to clean out your closet, for a cause.
Out with the old…
Saint’s Place – Providing refugees who are new to Rochester with necessary resources and support to allow them to rebuild hopeful lives in their adopted homeland.
Donate furniture, lamps, small appliances, linens, pots and pans, dishes, toys for the children, and other household items. Donated items should be clean and in good working/usable condition. http://www.saintsplace.org/donate.html
House of Mercy – Providing an array of personal care items as well as clothing, household items and more to those in need as a way for them to maintain their dignity.
Dress for Success – Promoting the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, a network of support and the career development tools to help women thrive in work and in life.
Their greatest needs include suits (sizes 0-4 and 14-30), closed-toe shoes (sizes 7 to 13), professional handbags/totes and hosiery/trouser socks. https://rochester.dressforsuccess.org/get-involved/donate/
Willow Domestic Violence Center – Willow Center provides basic needs and supplies to domestic violence survivors in. A simple gesture of providing clothes and personal care items can give a family in crisis a sense of normalcy and hope.
Donate Women’s winter coats (M, L, XL), Men’s winter coats (M, L), and clothing for infants and young children (Newborn-4T). https://willowcenterny.org/help-out/wish-list/
Open Door Mission – Restoring hope and changing lives in Rochester NY. Providing clothing for women and children in need, free of charge.
Donate any size men’s, women’s and children’s clothing (in-season clothing being best due to limited storage space), shoes/boots of all sizes and styles, new undergarments, twin bed sheets, pillowcases, blankets and towels. http://www.opendoormissionrocny.org/donate-clothing
Now that you’ve opened up space in your closet, it’s time to get rid of those excess hangers. Prestoe Cleaners of Rochester (located on East Avenue near Wegmans) will take your wire hangers that are in good condition and reuse them for their dry cleaning orders.
Check the websites listed for each organization above every so often as the priority items they are in need of change with season and demand.
It’s about time I practice what I preach and get sorting since I typically live out of a basket of clean laundry. Purge baby, purge!