Doing Good Together July 2010 Newsletter

DGT Family Service Night
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Helping strengthen kids and communities through family volunteerism... July 2010
in this issue
  • Get into the Loop of Recycling
  • Think Before you Toss
  • Inspiration
  • News From DGT

  • Summer is a great time to gather your family to scour your house for items you no longer need. You probably already donate used clothing to charity, but you may be surprised at the other things folks would love to take off your hands. What about those old books and old cell phones, or the toys and sports equipment you've outgrown? Not only will your home get a nice cleaning, but you'll also have the chance to talk to your kids about the importance of recycling, reducing and reusing --
    and about sharing what we have with others.



    Jenny Friedman, Executive Director

    Get into the Loop of Recycling
    freecycle.com

    Make a Difference...

    A variety of places would be thrilled to receive your unwanted items. Here are a few resources worth checking out:

  • Earth911.org is an amazing website that helps you find a place near you to donate almost anything. Simply fill in the item you wish to recycle or donate and your zip code.
  • Freecycle.org lets you to post by location things you want to give away, or are looking for.
  • Clothing and household goods donations:
    • Goodwill Industries www.goodwill.org
    • Vietnam Veterans www.clothingdonations.org
    • The Salvation Army The Salvation Army
    • Other donation options:
      • Books: Since 1988, Books for Africa has shipped over 22 million books to 45 Africa countries. Go to www.booksforafrica.org to learn more.
      • Unwanted eyeglasses: Drop them off at LensCrafters, ILORI, Optical Shop of Aspen, Pearle Vision, Sears Optical, Target Optical or participating local practitioner. Find the donation location nearest you.
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  • For other items, use your imagination! A local nursing home or Boys and Girls club would probably appreciate craft supply donations. A family shelter might like gently used toys, and a local school would dearly love your no-longer-played musical instruments

    Photo: freecycle.org

    Think Before you Toss
    Ecoart!: Earth-Friendly Art and Craft Experiences for 3- to 9-Year-Olds

    Talk About It...

    Get your kids thinking about where their food, toys and clothes come from - and what happens to them when they are no longer useful. Discuss the three R's (recycle reduce, reuse) before you purchase a product, and before you throw things away. Here are some other questions to stimulate conversation.

  • Why is it important that we reduce waste? What damage is being done to the earth due to all the waste we create?
  • Why is it good to donate our used items instead of tossing them out?
  • What are specific ways our family can reduce our waste and be gentler to the environment?
  • Learn About It...

    Ecoart!: Earth-Friendly Art and Craft Experiences for 3- to 9-Year-Olds by Laurie Carlson (Williamson Publishing, 1992). This bright, cheerful book is chock full of environmentally friendly art projects.

    Explore these websites to learn fun facts and play games about recycling, reducing and reusing.

  • National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences Kids Pages
  • Fact Monster: Science: Recycling Facts
  • Kids Be Green
  • All Free Crafts
  • Photo: EcoArt

    Inspiration

    "Continually give, continually gain."

    -Chinese proverb

    News From DGT

    Good news! We have a new and improved blog on our website! Follow along and join in discussions with Sarah as she and her daughters explore ways they can give back to their community and learn to be more compassionate and engaged citizens.

    SAVE THE DATE! Our annual DGT gala is Friday, November 12, 2010. More details to come.

    Quick Links...

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