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Recycle Your Used or Old Holiday Cards to Charity

As you clean up after the holidays, you might have a pile of holiday cards lying around that you received last year. Here is a win-win solution and a challenge for you and one of the easiest ways for you to donate to a good cause! St. Judes Ranch gladly accepts used greeting cards and recycles them to raise money. You will only need an envelope and postage to complete this task.

So go ahead and sort through that stack of cards. As you examine your pile of cards, be honest with yourself and keep only the cards that have significant meaning. Remember this – you are not obligated to keep the cards with your friends and family photos on them! Only save them if you absolutely love them. Remember it is the thought behind the card that counts! You can look at each photo card and say ‘my, how they have grown’ and then recycle it.

Please keep only the cards that have significant meaning to your life.

Over the course of a lifetime, if you dont use discretion and hold onto every greeting card you receive, you will end up storing and taking care of literally thousands of cards. Trust me, I witness these massive collections and get paid to get rid of thousands of cards every year!

So, go ahead, get rid of your clutter and purge the cards that you dont need. Sort through your cards, put the photo cards into your recycle bin and send the rest off to St Judes to repurpose and multiply their value again!

Here are the details about the program:

To Donate Your Cards:

Year round, St. Judes happily accepts used all-occasion greeting cards. Please review the following tips before sending in your donation.

Card Donating Tips:

  • All types of greeting cards, including Christmas are accepted.
  • Only the card front can be used (please check to be sure the backside of the front of the card is clear of any writing, etc.)
  • We can not accept Hallmark, Disney or American Greeting cards
  • 5″ x 7″ size or smaller is preferred
  • To mail large quantities in the least expensive way, use the United States Post Office in a Flat Rate Box (available at the Post Office), which holds up to 70 pounds
  • Mail donations to :
  • St. Jude’s Ranch for Children
  • Recycled Card Program
  • 100 St. Jude’s Street
  • Boulder City, NV 89005
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Tips for Decluttering Your Life and Your Home

Tips for Decluttering Your Life and Your Home

I recently received a question from an addSpace follower. I am certain that many of you also have a similar concern so I wanted to go into detail and provide practical steps to help you declutter your life. This is what she asked:

What questions can I ask myself as I sort through boxes of “stuff” in order to get rid of most of it?

The answer:

For starters, if these boxes have been packed and loaded for a long period of time (over 3 months), before you open them you need to ask yourself – “what exactly is in there?

If you don’t have a (more…)

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Spring Cleaning and Shoe Donations

Hello Kathi,
I did spring cleaning. I filled 5+ bags of clothes, and a bag of shoes for Goodwill :))
But OMG! Those early 90’s leather boots have been sitting for over 15+ years on the (more…)

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Recycling and Donation Centers in San Diego County

Recycling and Donation Centers in San Diego County

Recycling & Donations In San Diego County

1 Automobiles
2 Batteries
3 Books / Greeting Cards / Magazines
4 Building Materials
5 CD’s / Cassettes / DVD’s / LP’s / Videos
6 Cellphones / Telephones
7 Clothing / Shoes (see also Thrift Stores)
8 Computers / Electronics / Televisions
9 Drugs & Medicines / Fireworks / Weapons & Ammunition
10 Food
11 Furniture / Housewares / Office Equipment (see also Thrift Stores)
12 Garden Containers / Living Plants / Trees
13 Hazardous Waste
14 Major Appliances
15 Paper / Ink Cartridges
16 Thrift Stores
17 Tires
18 Other
1.1 America’s Car Donation Charities Center
Fax 916/631-4336
On this easy-to-use site you can research hundreds of respected charities , find answers to frequently asked questions and complete a simple online donation form .  Or, if you prefer to speak with a representative, then please feel free to call us toll-free seven days a week to start our no-hassle donation process.
1.2 Charity Car Donation www.givecars.com You can donate or recycle a car, RV, SUV, pickup truck, motor home, motorcycle, van, boat (large and small), truck, jet ski, snow mobile, fork lift, aircraft almost any type of vehicle.
1.3 Goodwill Industries of San Diego County, Inc.
Donate your working car, truck, motorcycle, or other motor vehicle. Must have current CA registration.
1.4 Interfaith Community Services
550 West Washington Avenue
Escondido, CA
760/489-0837 www.interfaithservices.org
Call or go online for details
1.5 Jewish Family Service of San Diego
Main Office: Leichtag Family Building
3715 6th Avenue
San Diego, CA 92103
Fax: 619/291-2419
Email: jfs@jfssd.org www.jewishfamilyservicesd.org
We pick up cars in most any condition, provided they are towable and have an engine. No smog certificate is required. We offer same day pick-up anywhere in San Diego. You get a tax receipt for your charitable contribution. You are entitled to take a deduction for the fair market value of your vehicle in its present condition. We cannot affix a value . Mon -Thu 8:30am- 5:00pm; Fri 8:30am- 4:00pm
1.6 Partners Mentorship Program
1984 Sunset Cliffs Boulevard
San Diego, CA 92107
Help partners mentor at-risk youth of San Diego County. Accepts any car, running or not – no smog check. Free towing, handles DMV paperwork for tax purposes, provides copies of ownership and transfer documents, a picture of your vehicle and a copy of the Kelly Blue book page showing your car.
TIP: Many churches have car donations programs.
2.1 Battery Solutions, Inc.
734/467-9110 www.batteryrecycling.com
Programs for larger volumes of different types of batteries. (Fee may apply.)
2.2 Rechargeable Battery Recycling, Corp.
800/8-BATTERY www.rbrc.org/consumer/
Recycle rechargeable batteries locally.
TIP: Contact your local recycler, or call local car battery retailers for collection program information.
3.1 The Friends of the Library
4193 Park Boulevard (Main Office)
San Diego, CA
The Friends of the Library will assess whether any of the books should go into the collection or be sold in the booksale. Proceeds from the booksale go to the Public Library and are matched 100% by the City of San Diego. Most all other branches receive contributions.
3.2 Read All Over
contact: Deborah Borza
Created in memory of 20-year-old Deora Bodley, who died on United Flight 93 on Sept. 11, 2001. This program calls for students throughout the world to collect and share gently used books with others in their communities. Call for current book drive information.
3.3 St. Judes Ranch for Children
100 St . Jude’s Street
Boulder City, NV 89005
Mail used cards to the address listed. St. Judes collects holiday, birthday, or any occasion cards and transforms them into recycled greeting cards made with the love of a child. The residents of St. Jude’s Ranch turn used cards into “new” through their Born Again Card Recycling Program and then sell them to make money for savings, college, recreation and spending.
TIP: Check your local phone book for used bookstores in your area, or find out what your local schools can use for their libraries.
4.1 Battles Hardware
Bathroom fixtures, faucets, siding glass and swing shower doors, etc.
4.2  Brea Green
Lumber and wood waste.
4.3 Habitat for Humanity ReStore
10222 San Diego Mission Road
San Diego, CA 92108
The ReStore is a building materials thrift store with a simple premise: by selling donated building materials, we can fund the construction of more Habitat homes in San Diego County.
4.4 IMS Recycling
619/231-2521 www.imsrecyclingservices.com
All types of metals, electronics.
4.5 The ReUSE People
Used construction materials.
4.6 South Coast Materials 760/729-2010 Concrete and asphalts.
5.1 Aural Tech
888/454-3223 www.auraltech.com
For repair and refinishing of CDs, CD-ROMs and DVDs. AuralTech guarantees removal of all scratches from the playing surface of music, audio, game, software and reference compact discs.
5.2 Green Disk
800/305-DISk www.greendisk.com
GreenDisk’s Personal Electronics Program (PEP) is designed to meet the recycling needs of individuals, businesses and government agencies that have small amounts of electronic waste or a one-time need. Concerns about data security and environmental responsibility are met by our well-defined recycling procedures and comprehensive audit trail.
5.3 The Friends of the Library
4193 Park Boulevard (Main Office)
San Diego, CA
Most all other branches receive contributions.
5.4  Lou’s Records & Tapes
434 North Coast Highway 101
Encinitas CA
92024 888/LOUS-REC www.lousrecords.com
Take your CD’s, old records, cassette tapes, video tapes, etc. and get cash or store credit.(Temporary trade-in policy change: Due to major overstock in the used dept, we are temporarily amending our trade-in policy. We are currently only accepting used items for STORE CREDIT ONLY. Until further notice, we will not be paying cash for used items. Sorry for any inconvenience.)
6.1 NAPO San Diego! Bring cell phones to Liz Corso at any chapter meeting.
6.2 CollectiveGood
770/856-9021 www.collectivegood.com
CollectiveGood is the mobile devices recycling resource. If you have spare mobile phones, pagers or PDAs sitting on a shelf or in a drawer, you can recycle them here in an environmentally and socially responsible manner. You can choose from almost 200 charities that will benefit from your old cell phone donation.
6.3 Donate-A-Phone
888/901-SAFE (7233) www.donateaphone.com
The CALL TO PROTECT campaign collects wireless phones to benefit victims of domestic violence. Proceeds from the sale of phones help fund agencies that fight domestic violence and are also used to support the educational efforts of the Wireless Foundation. Other phones are refurbished and become lifelines for domestic violence victims when faced with an emergency situation.
6.4 Reclamere
For single line phones.
6.5 Technology Training
8817 Production Avenue San Diego, CA
858/547-3992 www.computerstolearnby.org
Donations of fax machines, printers, telephones and cell phones are accepted – drop-off by appointment.
6.6 The Wireless Foundation www.wirelessfoundation.org/ Places your old phone into the hands of domestic violence victims.
6.7 WirelessRecycling www.wirelessrecycling.com If you’d prefer donating and recycling your phone locally.
6.8 Sell Your Old Cell Phone www.oldcellphone.com www.cashmyphone.com www.cellforcash.com If you want a few dollars for your old cell phone, you might try selling it. There are a few sites that’ll buy them, with prices all over the map. For instance, a Nokia 3520 fetches $20 while a 5120 gets you $3.
7.1 Thrift stores See page 18 for a listing of thrift stores, or check your local phone book for locations near you.
7.2 Becky’s House
619/239-0355 Ext. 250
Make all donations to the YWCA . . . they will distribute between several organizations.
7.3 Cold Weather Shelters Warm jackets and sweaters
7.4  Dress for Success
619/420-1488 sandiego@dressforsuccess.org
Our mission is to assist low-income San Diegan women transition into the workforce with confidence, pride, and dignity. Therefore, all donations must be in excellent condition (no obvious tears or missing buttons), clean, and on hangers to preserve the garments in ready-to-wear condition.Business suits (skirts or pants) Beautiful blouses (that will work under a suit jacket)
Nearly new shoes
Unopened hosiery
Day runners, portfolios and brief cases are also gladly accepted
7.5 Interfaith Community Services
550 West Washington Avenue Escondido, CA
760/489-6380 www.interfaithservices.org
Interfaith does not generally accept new clothing, except for the following programs. Veterans program can use donations of dress shirts, suits and ties, jeans, and new underwear & socks. Items must be in good condition. Confia hiring hall greatly appreciates donation of work boots. Babies and children’s clothing (socks and underwear).
8.1 Allan Company
8.2 City of San Diego Recycling Hotline
8.3 County of San Diego Recycling Hotline
8.4 Dell Donation & Trade-In Program
8.5 Electronics Industries Alliance Consumer Education Initiative
8.6 Gateway Rebate Program www.gateway.com/
8.7 Hewlett-Packard
208/472-3494 https://warp1.external.hp.com/
Product take-back and recycling service.
8.8 IBM PC Recycling Service 800/SHOP-IBM
8.9 IMS Recycling Services
619/231-2521 www.imsrecyclingservices.com
8.10 The National Christina Foundation
8.11 Office Depot Accept just about any electronic device for recycling. (With thanks to Joseph Maddison.)
8.12 Phillips Services
North county residents.
8.13 RMD Technologies
8.14 Reclamere
Reclamere Inc. specializes in providing a variety of end-of-life services for electronic equipment, such as: computers, network infrastructure gear, telecommunications equipment, etc. Our team is focused on meeting your specific business needs. We will provide a secure, legal and environmentally sound solution for equipment removal and/or disposal as well as data destruction. We purchase and sell computer equipment on a regular basis.
8.15 Josh Tays
Takes old computers and updates and fixes them up to donate to the Dress for Success organization. They give them to women that need a leg up to re-enter the working world. If it’s not too far, he’ll even come pick them up.
8.16 Technology Training
8817 Production Avenue San Diego, CA
858/547-3992 www.computerstolearnby.org
Computers Pentium 2 or higher are fixed and donated to schools. Under Pentium 2 are recycled at no charge! Donations of fax machines, printers, telephones and cell phones are accepted – drop-off by appt. Call ahead to confirm that your donation can be accepted.
TIP: For general information from the California Integrated Waste Management Board, visit www.ciwmb.ca.gov/Electronics/colle..
9.1 (Call your local police & sheriff’s department for appropriate disposal of these items.)
10. FOOD Top
10.1 Interfaith Community Services
550 West Washington Avenue
Escondido, CA
760/489-6380 www.interfaithservices.org
Food pantry open until 4:00 M-F Perishable and non-perishable food welcome. Fresh produce particularly appreciated. Catering leftovers, which have not been served, are accepted.
10.2 Mama’s Kitchen
1875 Second Avenue
San Diego, CA 92101
Mama’s Kitchen prepares and delivers three meals a day for every day of the week to nearly 400 men, women, and children affected by AIDS in San Diego County.
10.3 San Diego Food Bank
9850 Distribution Avenue
San Diego, CA 92121
858/527-1419 www.sandiegofoodbank.org
10.4 Senior Gleeners
Contact Ann for program information.
TIP: Check your Yellow Pages under Social & Human Services for food banks or soup kitchens in your area.
(see also THRIFT STORES)
11.1 Interfaith Community Services
550 West Washington Avenue Escondido, CA
760/489-0837 www.interfaithservices.org
Variety of furniture, housewares and household and office supplies accepted for transitional housing apartments. Call or email from website for details.
11.2 Technology Training
8817 Production Avenue
San Diego, CA
858/547-3992 www.computerstolearnby.org
Donations of fax machines, printers, telephones and cell phones are accepted – drop-off by appointment. Call ahead to confirm that your donation can be accepted.
12.1 Armstrong’s (all locations) Accept all flower pots.
12.2 Green Oak Ranch Nursery
1237 Green Oak Road
Vista, CA 92083
Growers of California natives, Herbs and Mediterranean perennials. Open M-F 9:00 am – 4:00 pm, weekends by appointment. For thrift shop tax deductions donations.
Carlsbad – 760/639-6118
Carmel Valley – 619/235-2111
Chula Vista – 800/237-2583 Coronado – 619/522-7382
Del Mar – 858/755-9313
El Cajon – 619/596-5100
Encinitas – 760/633-2837
Escondido – 760/741-4818
Imperial Beach – 800/237-2583
La Mesa – 619/287-5696
Lemon Grove – 800/499-7587
Mira Mesa – 619/235-2111
National City – 800/237-3583
Oceanside – 760/439-2824
Penasquitos – 619/235-2111
Poway – 858/649-5410
San Diego – 619/235-2111
San Diego County (Unincorporated) – 877/713-2784
San Marcos – 760/639-6116
San Ysidro – 619/223-5211
Santee – 619/596-5100
Solana Beach – 800/714-1195
Sorrento Valley – 619-235-2111
Valley Center – 800/714-1195
Vista – 760/639-6118
To find out about Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) collection in your area, choose from the numbers at left or call the Regional HHW program hotline at 800/714-1195.Before taking materials to a drop-off center, be sure to find out about volume limitations and proof of residence requirements.
13.2 HHW Drop Off Center
1145 East Taylor Street
Vista, CA
Open Saturdays, (except holidays) from 9:00 to 3:00. For Del Mar, Encinitas, San Marcos, Solana Beach, Escondido and Vista residents in unicorporated county. Before taking materials to a drop-off center, be sure to find out about volume limitations and proof of residence requirements.
13.3 Poway Materials Handling Yard
12325 Crosthwaite Circle
Poway, CA
Open Saturdays, (except holidays) from 9:00 to 3:00. For Poway and residents in the unincorporated county
14.1 Habitat for Humanity
Working appliances accepted. Call for program details.
14.2 IDEAL
Working refrigerators $50 rebate.
14.3 Pacific Coast Recycling
3055 Commercial (corner of 30th Street)
San Diego, CA
Appliances and Scrap Metal
Refrigerators and air conditioners must have CFC’s and HCFC’s (Freon) removed.
14.4 Pacific Steel
1700 Cleveland
National City, CA
Appliances and Scrap Metal
Refrigerators and air conditioners must have CFC’s and HCFC’s (Freon) removed.
14.5 Paul Brown South Bay Recycling
120 Reed Court
Chula Vista, CA
Appliances and Scrap Metal
Refrigerators and air conditioners must have CFC’s and HCFC’s (Freon) removed.
14.6 State Iron and Metal
981 Heritage Road
San Diego, CA
Appliances and Scrap Metal
Refrigerators and air conditioners must have CFC’s and HCFC’s (Freon) removed.
14.7 Universal Recycling
14494 Mast Boulevard (Corner of Hwy 52)
Santee, CA
Appliances and Scrap Metal
Refrigerators and air conditioners must have CFC’s and HCFC’s (Freon) removed.
15.1 NAPO San Diego!
Bring used ink cartridges to Liz Corso at any chapter meeting.
15.2 Staples (all locations)
Take used ink cartridges to any location & receive $5 off your next ink cartridge purchase.
15.3 Office Depot (all locations) Take used ink cartridges to any location & receive a ream of paper.
www.sandiegobizmart.com/ To find a thrift store near you, check your local phone book, or cut and paste the link on the right for an extensive directory of San Diego thrift stores.
16.1 Amvets
Call for store locations and pick-up information.
16.2 Baras Non-Profit Thrift Shops
Clairemont – 4792 Clairemont Mesa
College/City Heights – 54 th & El Cajon
Downtown – 1455 Market Street
El Cajon–1770 E. Main St. 8-Greenfield Exit
Hillcrest – 1455 University Avenue
Imperial Beach – 761 Palm Avenue
Pt. Loma/Sport Arena – 4030 Sports Arena
Tax deductible donations accepted at all stores during business hours. Open 7 days, 9:00 am – 9:00 pm. For large pick-ups call: 619/291-5252.
16.3 Children’s Hospital Thrift Stores
Children’s Hospital Thrift Stores accept donations for all kinds of items, including clothes, computers, toys, furniture – even cars and boats
16.4 The Elizabeth Hospice
Kathleen Horwath –Thrift Shoppe Manager
1005 South Escondido Boulevard
Escondido, CA 92025
760/747-33161845 East Valley Parkway Escondido, CA 92027
Compassion in Services. Will pick up. (Many senior volunteers keep it humming.)
16.5 Goodwill Industries of San Diego County, Inc. – Donation Centers
For information on Goodwill’s programs and services:
San Diego 619/225-2200
North County 760/722-8582
Bonita – Park & Ride, 805 & Sweetwater
Del Mar – Park & Ride, Sorrento Valley Road (I-5 & Carmel Valley Road)
El Cajon – Park & Ride, Washington at Jamacha
El Cajon – Trolley Station, Main & Marshall
Escondido – Park & Ride, I-15 & Via Rancho Parkway (on Del Lago Boulevard)
La Costa – Park & Ride, I-5 & La Costa Ave.
Lakeside – Park & Ride, Mapleview & Route 67
La Mesa – EDCO 8184 Commercial
La Mesa – Trolley Station, Grossmont Center Fletcher Parkway
La Mesa – Trolley Station, Amaya Street
Mission Valley – Hotel Circle North, (Church Parking W. of Handlery Hotel)
Mira Mesa – Park & Ride, I-15 & Mira Mesa
Oceanside – Park & Ride, Route 78 &
Oceanside – Park & Ride, I-5 & 78
Point Loma – On sports Arena at Rosecrans
Sorrento Valley – Park & Ride, 805 & Vista Sorrento Parkway (North onramp to Route 805 at Mira Mesa Boulevard)
16 convenient locations in San Diego County. Staffed 7 days a week from 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Some locations open later. Goodwill is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. The resale of clean, reusable donations provides job training and paid work experience to San Diegans with disabilities and other barriers to employment that are working to become self-supporting, and to provide a brighter future for themselves and their families. Goodwill programs include: state-certified vocational training, free job search and employment services for the community, community employment for people with more severe disabilities, assembly and packing services for business, e-boutique and more! Good will is also an employer of almost 600 people in our community year-round.Organize a donation drive for your neighborhood, community, club, or church. We can help you with all the details.To protect your donation from vandalism or theft, we suggest that you donate during posted hours.
16.6 My Sister’s Closet
Gail J. Polk – Director of Retail Operations
3590 Fifth Avenue
San Diego, CA 92103
Fax 619/299-7285
Proceeds from the store help the YWCA provide Domestic Violence and Self-Sufficiency programs for women in need. You can help by “opening up” your closet and your heart! Purchase items from the store. Donate your high quality clothing and accessories, furniture and collectibles to sell in the store. Volunteer your time and energy for YW programs.
16.7 Purple Heart Veterans
Salvation Army
800/433-7453 www.salvationarmy.org
St. Vincent de Paul Village 619/687-1050 www.svdpv.org/thrift.html
17. TIRES Top
17.1 Big O Tires (Check your local white pages for location nearest you.)
17.2 Discount Tires (Check your local white pages for location nearest you.)
17.3 Reliable Tires (Check your local white pages for location nearest you.)
17.4 So Cal Tire Company (Check your local white pages for location nearest you.)
17.5 Winston Tires (Check your local white pages for location nearest you.)
18. OTHER Top
18.1 Alliance of Foam Packaging Recyclers
The Alliance compiles a list of Styrofoam block collection sites across the country.
18.2 American Petroleum Institute (API)
CA Integrated Waste Management Board

API provides a listing of used motor oil hotlines. CIWMB site can be searched for a certified used oil-recycling center. Most service stations, repair facilities and oil change centers will accept used oil and filters. Try calling your local automotive supply store for program information.
Boomerang Cardboard Boxes
To recycle cardboard boxes, or purchase used cardboard boxes for moving. They also rent Rubbermaid Storage Bins for moving.
Christmas Trees
Green and flocked trees are accepted at a large number of drop off locations. The trees will be recycled into high quality mulch and compost.
The Lion’s Club collects used eyeglasses for redistribution in developing countries throughout the world.Collection centers can be found in local libraries, and at Lenscrafters, For Eyes and Pearle Vision locations
18.6 Grocery Bags Plastic grocery bags are accepted at most grocery store chains including VONS, Albertsons, Major Market and Jimbos.(Better yet, bring your own cloth bags when you shop!)
18.7 IMS Cardboard Boxes
National City
Small reimbursement for recycling of cardboard boxes.
18.8 Plastic Loose Fill Producers Council
Call to find the business nearest you that reuses Styrofoam packing peanuts.
NO-3540 Nesbyen, Norway or to
Helga Moore – President, Sons of Norway
San Diego Chapter
2429 Marilouise Way
San Diego, CA 92103
hsmoore@cox.net www.tubfrim.no/
Please, never throw away canceled postage stamps and phonecards. Stamps and phonecards from any country in the world can be used. Tubfrim collects and sells used stamps and telephone cards, and uses the proceeds to aid the eradication of tuberculosis among Norwegian children.
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Recycling Your Old Computers

Recycling Your Old Computers

You just purchased a new computer but might be in a quandary because you still have 2-3 old computers stuffed into your closet and have no idea where to take them. First of all, (more…)

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Get Organized – Go Green – Support Your Local School System

Get Organized – Go Green – Support Your Local School System

Your local school art and music programs need your clutter!

Clear your clutter and send it off to a good cause! Your muck becomes useful in the hands of creative resourceful teachers. They need anything and everything!

With the decrease in school budgets for art and music programs, there is an ever-increasing need for art and music supplies.

Your junk is an art and music department’s treasure. They will take it apart and repurpose.

You would not believe how creative teachers can be with your old, musty dusty clutter.

For example:

1. Clothing, fabric end product to bolts and scraps was turned into Puppets of Greek mythology dressed exquisitely in satins and velvet.

2. Your old box of transparencies that are seemingly obsolete: SD School system recently received 26 cases of overhead transparencies worth thousands of dollars.

These transparencies were used for Art projects to include:

Stained glass art from paper, Super impose art onto black background.

A project called “Trigalicious”: Super imposed trigonomic conventions overlayed onto art backgounds of other mediums – Used to turn 2D into 3D artwork.

3. Artwork from other artists are scavenged and turned into other original designs by students.

4. Technical theatre dept – received a box of old costumes. One of the projects was take pile of costumes and create new costumes from them.

Spring clean and turn your muck into valuable resources to help your school system. You will probably get a write-off on your taxes based on local laws.

Not sure who to call? There is a Visual and Performing Arts Dept in almost every school district. Start there. If not, call your  individual schools, they will  know what they need. You might also have a Materials Control Dept in your school district. They are a great place to start, as they usually have a wish list for all schools in their district.

Every Theatre, Dance, Science, Music and Math Department needs your support so get started clearing your life and going green!

If you are in the San Diego area, contact Karen Childress-Evans, Ed.S., Director VAPA Telephone: (858) 539-5349 E-mail: kchildressevans@sandi.net

Still not sure what you have this might be useful? Check out this wish list:

musical instruments, equipment and supplies

music stands and cases

sheet music

scripts, plays

CD’s, DVD’s, music




fabric and notions


light metals



wire cutters



clothing, hats, costume jewelry

paint, tools, nails


office supplies

glass, tile, wood

upholstery samples, paint chips

art supplies

picture frames, hangers, hardware


just about anything…these folks are pretty creative!

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Deep Bathroom Shelves Can Become a Black Hole

Bathroom Shelves


I have a challenge for you:
I have built-in shelving in my bathroom.  It is behind the door and goes from the floor to the ceiling.  Only thing is, they are very, very deep.  The dimensions are 15″ wide x 23″ tall x 35″ deep.  There are 4 shelves.

We would like to organize this space with all of our bathroom stuff (towels, hair stuff, lotions, shaving, bath toys, etc.).  How in the world do we do this?

I had considered just buying some pretty wicker baskets to make it pretty, but still, our stuff would just be thrown into each basket without any order.

Dear Help,

You are so lucky to have floor to ceiling built in cabinets in your bathroom. The only real challenge as I see it is that the cabinets are deep and probably act as a black hole with minimal effort.

Here is what you do to keep items form disappearing into the deep recesses:

Separate and organize all items by type of use. Your categories might include toiletries, bathing, makeup, towels, medicine etc.

Segregate each collection into containers.

Towels might be able to fit into large plastic bins that will act as drawers that you can pull in and out of the shelf as needed.

Bottles can swirl joyously on a very large (perhaps 24”) lazy susan

Bath toys can be hung in a hammock within the shower area or relegated again to another plastic bin of appropriate size.

Smaller items can be separated and stored in plastic Sterilite drawers

The items that are rarely used wil be tucked into the back of each shelf in separate bins so you can pull them out as needed after you pull out the items in front.

Consider your frequency of use for each ‘type’ of item

This will determine which items are stored at eye level and which are stored below or in the back of the shelf behind other more important categories.

I am assuming that you have already purged and donated the excess items that you no longer need or use. By the way, for all readers, women’s shelters and shelters of all kinds absolutely LOVE the small travel and sample bottles of shampoos and soaps that we bring back from our hotel stays. Please donate these to your local shelters; they are a valuable commodity to these organizations!

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NAPO Shoe Drive is Happening Now! Support Soles for Souls and Help Disadvantaged Kids Attend School!

This is the perfect time to clean out your closets. Get those dust bunnies and old shoes out of your closet and your life this month!

Why now – you might ask? Because NAPO San Diego is collecting shoes for Soles for Souls October 15, 2011 from 10 am until 2 pm.

All shoes welcome! Any size, style or condition. Believe it or not, even shoes without a match can be donated.

Drop off any amount of shoes to be donated and you can enter to win great prizes!

Why shoes, you might ask. Here is the skinny on how one pair of shoes can help transform a life:

The reality of life for many individuals in developing nations is that having a pair of shoes is a rarity. It is not uncommon for children to grow up in these areas without ever having had a pair of shoes at all.

The number of barefoot orphaned children, in Sub-Saharan Africa alone, is estimated to be above 20 million.

Over 300 million children worldwide are without shoes.

Shoes are very often considered a required part of the school uniform in developing countries, and without shoes, many children are unable to attend school.

Many serious health conditions can be absorbed through the feet, even through the toughest soles. As the skin on the bottom of the feet toughens and thickens, large cracks can form, which allows parasitic infections such as hookworm and threadworm to penetrate the skin. In addition, constant cuts and scrapes to the feet and ankles frequently become infected and many of these infections can lead to ulcers and worse.

Some of the most dangerous conditions of going barefoot is the risk of puncture wounds, cuts, scrapes and burns to the feet. These injuries are almost never treated and can lead to serious infections, amputations and even death. With the number of children living in abject poverty and therefore surviving at a scavenger’s existence, the feet are at tremendous risk as the child hunts for food or household items in garbage dumps, abandoned housing/construction areas, or while crossing through open sewer trenches and contaminated areas.

In addition to infections brought on by external injuries, a child’s bare foot is particularly at risk of infection by hookworm. Especially at risk are children living in African and Southeast Asian countries, where hookworm infections are about 60 times more common.


SO – grab your old shoes and bring them to NAPO Saturday October 15 between 10-2 pm. If you cant make it, please email me and I will try to arrange getting them to our club so that we can move them forward and change a few lives in the process!

Please forward this and tell your friends, neighbors, classmates and family.

We hope to see you there and thanks in advance for your help!

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How to Master the Muck in Your Kitchen

This weekend television news interview was filmed in 2009 on CBS / WTSP in Tampa Bay. When it comes to kitchen clutter and organizing tactics, this might help you let go of (more…)

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The Story of Stuff

Although the excess stuff in our homes and offices help me stay busy in business, I would like to spread to word about this video, the Story of Stuff.

If you have not watched it yet, it will open (more…)

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