Some of you may remember my earlier post titled Care in the Community in which I mentioned recycling that could benefit the community. I still take my papers to the Community Centre recycling bank but now I am in an organised frame of mind I wanted to combine decluttering with recycling whilst knowing it is benefiting somebody. Normally, any unwanted clothes go to a local charity shop but I have since joined a local group on Facebook (you may have them in your area too) where you give away your unwanted items and people ask to be added to be in with a chance of winning your item.
I know charity shops do a fantastic job and I do still give to them, but for me, I wanted to know if my things would help somebody within my local community. I would sooner give away stuff to a local family in need of it. Not only that, by doing this, I am getting to meet some fantastic people from all generations who really are truly grateful for what they are given, and likewise, I too have had things that I have needed. This little group has brought a lovely community feel back to the area. This has not happened overnight but the impression I am getting is that people are talking again.
Take Saturday for example, somebody posted that a keyboard was needed asap as her son had to learn a song that week for school. I can fully empathise with children telling you they need things at the last minute. I didn't have one but knew Unthrifty Sis did, and hated it. I told her the story and would she be willing to lend her keyboard to someone whom she had never met. She jumped at the chance. Not only did it benefit the lady needing it, but my sister was able to off load an annoying item and now had an excuse to do so. The lady was very appreciative and promised to return it a week later to which Unthrifty Sis said it didn't matter as she could have it. Two people very happy thanks to this local group.