Five things to donate to your local women’s shelter instead of your old undies!

June 4, 2012

I am gearing up for our family’s annual summer simplify extravaganza!  Sounds fun huh?!@?!

A few times a year I go through the house drawer by drawer, nook by cranny, and room by room clearing the clutter.  Sheesh I feel even lighter just writing this.  We decide what to donate and have a huge garage sale and try not to buy so much crap stuff the next time.

You may be doing some summer cleaning and clearing as well and I wanted to share a few tips on what to donate to your local women’s shelter instead of your old undies or socks. (I know, I know you have never thrown your old undies into the donate pile… really, I was just writing that for dramatic effect).

Did you know…..Women’s shelters rely heavily on donations, but often people don’t even know what to do to help.  Here is a list of some much needed items that sometimes do not come to mind when you are in the midst of a summer simplify extravaganza.

Pro tip:  Call ahead… Get on the phone with your local shelter and find out what type of donations they are accepting.  Some women’s shelters do not have the staff to handle clothing donations.  So call ahead cause you are a pro like that!

Five things you can donate now:

  1. Your old cell phones– These are given to women in order for them to dial 911 in an emergency, such as their intimate partner harassing them. Even though not activated, the phones can still call 911. Be sure to erase your personal information and deactivate the phone from your service.
  2. Feminine Hygiene Products-   Pads & tampons…. You get the drift.
  3. Bedding and towels– Clean bedding is something everyone can use. Consider children’s bedding as well.  Also, something as simple as towels sometimes get overlooked when people are donating. 
  4. Baby items- Diapers & Pull Up’s, wipes, blankets.  There is rarely time to pack a diaper bag in an emergency situation. A wonderful donation is a “basket” filled with age specific items. You could assemble a newborn basket, 3 month old basket, etc…  Add in clothes for that age/size, small toys, teethers, etc… And don’t forget your breastfeeding mama. Have a breastfeeding pillow, breastpads and nursing bras? Send them along too!
  5. Books and magazines– Once you are done with your reading materials, consider donating them for other women to read. Also consider donating children’s books.

Motivate to clean and clear yet?  Please share in the comments below any other less thought of items that can be donated?

{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

linda August 24, 2012 at 5:00 pm

school supplies

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lindy August 24, 2012 at 6:55 pm

Hi Linda! Thank you!

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Cathy August 24, 2012 at 5:18 pm

I think what you are doing is Awesome. I usually go threw my clothes and my childrens clothes to bring to the womens shelter.Shoes,boots that have little wear,we bring those to.

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lindy August 24, 2012 at 6:57 pm

That is awesome Cathy. Our area shelter does not take clothes because they do not have the room to store them. So they ask us to donate to the thrift stores that allow their clients to shop for free.

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Heather H August 24, 2012 at 6:38 pm

cloth diapers and cloth feminine hygiene products. 🙂

These centers are so important. Thank you so much for posting about it 🙂

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lindy August 24, 2012 at 6:57 pm

Thank you for reading Heather! Have a wonderful Friday 🙂

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Kathryn August 30, 2012 at 8:07 pm

This is so amazing that you are doing this! I love that you are teaching your son how to live healthily and holistically through your gorgeous soap, how to be a hard worker, creative, and most of all, how to invest into your community because it’s the right thing to do.

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devra August 31, 2012 at 2:40 am

i’m glad i read this … it reminded me that i have some cell phones that i can donate. and lots of nice magazines.

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Bea August 31, 2012 at 5:12 am

Wonderful soaps!

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Rodi September 3, 2012 at 12:07 am

You can also donate your time! The Women’s Shelter provides trainings to be an Intimate Partner Abuse Counselor.

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Carole Herzog September 5, 2012 at 6:13 pm

I absolutely love the soap, and the altruistic nature of the company’s owner! What an amazing combination of good for the planet, body and soul!

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