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Our View: Donating older items keeps the giving going

Published: Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012 5:30 a.m. CDT

It’s the day after Christmas.

The presents are opened. The excitement of the day has passed. The children are occupying their time with their new toys. Boxes are, well, everywhere.

It’s time to at least start thinking about getting your home back into some semblance of order.

Between you and the rest of your family, you’ve probably received quite a number of new things as gifts from others – new clothes, new toys, new electronic gadgets. You have only so much space for the new things, so you’ll need to discard some of the old.

But rather than trashing these older items, consider donating them to a worthy cause.

There are a couple of thrift stores in DeKalb County that benefit local nonprofits.

The Salvation Army in DeKalb, which provides emergency assistance to local people in need, accepts donations of clothing, toys and electronics (but no old tube-TVs or computer monitors, please.) Goodwill Industries, which has a location in DeKalb, also accepts used items for its resale store. Goodwill uses 85 percent of the proceeds to help the nonprofit organization provide jobs, training, and placement services for people with barriers to achieve meaningful employment.

And there are organizations that benefit veterans’ groups that will pick up your discarded items at your home.

Also remember that electronic devices – TVs, mobile phones, DVD players, etc. – should not be discarded in the trash. For environmental reasons, they need to be recycled through special electronic recycling programs. Beginning in 2013, the DeKalb County Health Department will be collecting electronics in local towns almost each week.

A detailed schedule is available online at dekalbcounty.org/health/environmental/waste.html or by calling 815-758-6673.

Christmas is over, but that doesn’t mean you should lose the Christmas spirit.

Decide to help others when looking to discard certain items, and keep the environment in mind as well.

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