Friday, December 15, 2006
'Tis the season to give and share
If you're cleaning out closets and shelves to make room for all the Christmas loot that will soon find its way to your house, consider donating some of your clean, useable items to local charities who need your help. Some organizations that need donations at this time of year are:
The Salvation Army. The collection boxes at the Transfer Station have been painted a sparkling white and stand ready to receive "soft items" such as clothing, towels, and sheets. Although the boxes say "clothing and shoes only," a member of the Carlisle Household Recycling Committee assures us that "soft items" are also welcome.
Household Goods Recycling Ministries in Acton is a not-for-profit agency that collects, stores, and distributes furniture and household goods to families in need. They are currently in great need of mattresses. 1-978-635-1763 or www.hgrm.org.
Goodwill Industries — trailer at Crosby's in Concord. Goodwill accepts new or gently used items — like clothing, appliances and furniture — and sells them in its retail stores. Sales of donations help fund job training and other career services that help people achieve success in the workplace.
Citizen Action Team (CAT) collects warm clothing, household goods, construction supplies, nonperishable food, toys for the holidays, sporting goods and computers and office supplies and ships them to communities affected by Hurricane Katrina. To donate call Christy Barbee, 1-978-369-4343 or Terra Friedrichs, 1-978-266-2778.
And while you're holiday shopping, remember these organizations that collect new toys and food:
Toys for Tots. Ferns Country Store and Coldwell Banker at 11 Main Street in Concord are locations where you can drop off new, unwrapped gifts appropriate for children, ages one to 16. The collected toys are distributed to children in need within our local region. The collection continues through December 18.
Food Pantry at the Carlisle Post Office. The post office maintains a box at the entrance for non-perishable food donations. Donated items go to Loaves and Fishes, which serves needy families in Ayer, Devens, Groton, Harvard, Littleton and Shirley.
There are a number of local non-profit organizations whose annual appeals are in progress. Please remember them in your end-of-the-year giving, and be as generous as you can.
• The Carlisle Mosquito
• The Carlisle Historical Society
• Friends of the Gleason Library
• Friends of Center Park
• Concord-Carlisle Community Chest.
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