WHERE TO DONATE?
Now that you've created your 5 piles, what's next? You have everything sorted to purge, sell, donate, keep, and recycle, so who would want or need these items that you have no use for any longer?
Well, I wanted to give you a cheat sheet, sort-of-speak, one that you can refer back to when you need an extra hand on getting rid of some of that clutter.
Over the course of the last 8 years, I've learned a few things about what some charities will take, what's needed the most, and what's best to go to the landfill or recycle. I'll list a few here so you can at least get an idea of what's out there and with the Holidays coming, see where you might be able to help.
Your local food bank is always looking for items and especially when you're cleaning out that pantry, non-perishable are best and always welcomed. One of ours here in Saskatoon is:
The Saskatoon Food Bank & Learning Centre
Located at 202 Ave C S (306-664-6565)
- Food Donations (paired with the Milk for Children program)
- Clothing Depot
- Learning Centre
Most needed items are paper products, hygiene/toiletry items, diapers, etc... and due to Covid, as of November 18th, it is my understanding that there are certain items that they cannot take right now so it's best to call first.
108 103rd st E (1-877-477-2171)
Due to Covid, they are scheduling pickups in Saskatoon and Regina only but fully booked at this time, so call get on the list
Opportunity Shop - YWCA
511 1st Ave N (306-242-8002)
This is a fantastic place to go to drop off books, houseware items, clothing, etc... I've donated time and time again to this shop and also found some gems while shopping in their store as well. Great charity to be apart of.
The Lighthouse Supported Living
304 2nd ave S (306-653-0538)
While I clean and declutter out any space in the home, I love to bring certain items to the lighthouse as it's always welcomed!
- Men's Jackets, and pants
- Gloves and Work Boots
- Toiletries, Hygiene products such as soap, shampoo, tampons, and pads
- Clothing of all types
The Ronald McDonald House
1011 University Dr (306-244-5700)
- New items only and no used
- Gift Cards, coffee, fuel, grocery and (events cards so that they can go out)
- Winter items, re-useable mugs, hygiene products
- Toys, lego, Hotwheels, slippers, baby toys
Saskatoon Crisis Nursery
1020 Victoria Ave (306-242-2433)
** as long as it's a NEW item, not used, there is no need to call ahead**
- toiletries, toilet paper, and kleenex
- crackers, yogurt and cheese, fresh fruit/veggies (snacks for kids)
- cleaning supplies
- hand soap
- laundry soap and dryer sheets
- diapers size 4, 5, and 6
- girls underwear sizes 12, 14, and 16 and boys underwear sized 5 - 8
There are some grey areas as to certain bedding, stuffed animals, and hygiene products due to cross-contamination, but if in doubt and to save you a trip, call ahead.
✨ These are just a few here in Saskatoon, but there are organizations and charities, in every area and city, that if you just give them a quick call, you never know, there could be a pile of things stored up in your home that they are in desperate need of. I promise you that after talking to each and every one of these organizations this past week, and the conversations that I've had with them over the years, the donations are never enough and the littlest item can make a huge difference. ❤️
Some of the items that I would question or call ahead would be bedding, pillows, any undergarments, damaged or stained items, books, candles, and toys, games, or household items that don't have all of their parts or accessories.
If you have any questions please don't ever hesitate to call me.