I was reminded by a music friend of mine (Wil Maring) by a post she did this morning on Facebook. It was a simple little mention to recycle using previously used gift bags for presents. I thought wow this would be a good topic for a post, so here it is. Please check out her music and videos on You Tube. She is a great talent. Thanks Wil!
For those of you who have not heard Wil sing and play her music, you need to go to the You Tube site I listed in the first paragraph and listen to the words of her songs. Real words from real life. Easy melodic music and harmonies to listen to. I have many song favorites and even though I like some of her new songs, a couple of her older tunes I really like. She does a rendition of “Arkansas Traveler” with her own lyrics. When I watch the video I try to play along..but I can’t yet. 😉 Another of my favorite songs is her “Dance to the St. Anne’s Reel” that is a must listen. A lot of her music is on Wil Maring’s Facebook page.
Recycling – Donating and Purchasing Used Goods
When I grew up, my parents were very thrifty. Having grown up during the great depression, they learned to use and re-use EVERYTHING. They did not throw anything away. As a matter of fact, when I visited back home, dad would have projects for me to do for him and many times we did not have to buy any thing at the store. We just shopped in dad’s garage. 😉
I grew up with 5 other siblings and I was in the middle. Needless to say I did not get very many new clothes, shoes, toys, etc. I guess it never bothered us as kids and even now I’m a big proponent of re-using everything and donating “lightly used” items to charity.
When both of my parents passed away last year, five weeks apart (together for 63 years), it was a difficult thing going through all the clothes, tools, windows, lumber, lawn mowers, and furniture from our home that we all grew up in (only home I knew) and from the cabin at the lake. I wish I would have rented a moving van for all that good stuff I could create projects from. All of us chose items we could use or that we had sentimental attachment to. But most of it we recycled by donating to various charitable organizations.
Charitable Organizations use thrift stores to obtain funding to help others. These recycling centers are often forgotten. Donations to these 501.c.3 organizations can provide tax credit receipts for deductions when you file your taxes. By donating or purchasing items you help the organization help others. You can’t go wrong by helping them out.
I support Red Cross, Salvation Army, local food banks, and animal organizations. All of them accomplish recycling items to help others. However, I help out a local charity in Harrison, Arkansas where I plan to move to this coming year.
Children’s Charity Ministry is a faith based community supported organization dedicated to teach children to help other children. This is my favorite Recycling center. Two mothers started this organization only a couple years ago by starting a clothes closet for school children. It has now grown to providing needed clothing for the under privileged children, single mothers, families that have gone through tough times such as a home fire. They provide special items for kids going to prom who would not have the chance to go normally.
The one thing they need all the time is food for a back pack program for which they put meals together for students who would otherwise not get to eat over the weekends. In one year they’ve grown from around 800 meals per month to close to 10,000 meals per month….that is not a typo, 10K meals per month. They do so much good for the entire community. Please think of them this season, go to the site and click the PayPal button to donate to their cause.
I support them with monthly monetary donations, I built and run their website and I donate items for the Thrift Store. That reminds me, I have a riding lawn mower to clean up and put a battery in for them….
Children’s Charity Ministry Interview
Recycling – Using Previously Used Wrapping Paper
Be your own Recycling Center. Getting back to what I learned growing up, at Christmas our gifts normally were gifts of items we needed, like socks and underwear, pajamas and such. But even as children we were thought to open our packages with care (no just ripping them open for us) and fold the paper up for next year. Normally when we wrapped gifts for the following years we used the old paper for a bit smaller items. All the gifts looked just perfect under the tree. Of course there were always some bigger items that we had to use brand new paper for and that paper could be used for several more years on other gifts.
Recycling Using and Re-using Gift Bags for Presents
Utilizing decorated gift bags for “wrapping” your gifts to others is a good idea to save time and money as well as help the environment. The invention of using these decorated gift bags for presents at Christmas, Birthdays, etc. was a terrific idea. Even better, if you purchase solidly built gift bags, they can be used over and over again.
My mother started recycling these bags almost immediately. Over the years our family grew and now mom and dad had their own kids, grand kid, great grand kids and great great grand kids. They always had gifts of some sort for each of us and most of them came in bags from recycling over the years. As a matter of fact two years ago I got a gift from mom and dad in a bag that I used for a gift to one of my sisters several years prior. Mom made ceramic items for many years which all of us hold dear to our hearts, especially now that both of them are gone. I look forward to passing these down to my son when I die. I have a great collection of Santa Clause’s she made from all parts of the world. It always amazed me that all of the packages the Santa’s were carrying had been painted with individual patterns as paper. Such detail for an 89 year old to accomplish. I’d go blind trying to do that.
With all of us kids wrapping for each other, can you imagine how much money we saved over the years by recycling our wrapping paper?