Thursday, February 24, 2011

The Fruits Of Our Labor

The Designated Donor
On Monday when I left NY, we packed my car full of as much of the weekend's unpacking as possible - I was the "DD".

Bags of Tricks

Usually that acronym means I'm the alcohol-free driver for the night. Or that I'm in charge of doing the Dunkin' Donuts run for coffee & hot chocolate.

In this case, however, I was the Designated Donor - a title that I'd bestowed upon myself, I must admit. Control freak that I am, I was pretty sure that if I didn't evacuate as much as possible from the house, that it would somehow find its way into M's permanent collection before my next visit.

We'd bagged clothing separately from other items like bedding, pillows, blankets & towels. Then after work on Tuesday evening I did a DD run. "Buddy Dog Humane Shelter" in Sudbury, MA are the proud new owners of 8 huge trash bags filled with the bedding & towels etc. And our local Salvation Army were more than keen to relieve my car of the other 7 bags filled with clothes.

I think it's becoming increasingly uncommon now for people to just throw away clothes - I'm sure I speak for most of us in saying that it's probably a natural thought process to donate unwanted clothing. But it might not be second nature to think that way about old bedding & towels.

As a veterinarian, I know first hand how animal shelters always cherish donations of bedding, towels & the like. So don't throw out your old stuff folks - I guarantee that even if you don't think it's fit for your bed or bathroom any more, it'll be welcomed with open arms by your local shelter.  If you don't have one close by, you could even try your your local veterinarian's office, or "doggy daycare" type establishments too - they'll be put to great use!

Don't you just love the feelgood experience when you donate things that you no longer need?


Jen said...

I do! I do! I love taking anything I don't use anymore to the shelter or the local Goodwill.

Happy Thursday Darling! xo

shelley said...

hi nikki,
nice to meet you! love meeing other sista's! thanks for taking the time to stop by yesterday and say "hi!" i love your photo's! i love taking photo's too but really need to work on them more.. not just point and shoot... anywhoooo love the feeling of "cleaning house" we renovated our home and before we did that i must have bagged up 30 bags of old toys, clothes, housewears ets... it was so freeing! come back and say "hi" anytime! :)
shelley :)

Mowenackie said...

Great idea! Thanks for the tip.

Angela said...

Such a great idea. I'll have to remember that next time I'm ready to get rid of bedding and towels!

Jane said...

Hi Nicky
I stumbled upon your blog after accidentally clicking the wrong link! But, I'm so glad I did! I've just had a browse through and have thoroughly enjoyed it - and I love your photos.
I'm pretty new to blogging, but I'm enjoying it so far. Look forward to checking in again soon.

Heather said...

Nicky I don't know why it has never dawned on me to donate old towels/blankets to the animal shelter! Definitely something that I've always just thrown away. Not anymore! Thanks for the tip!

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