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Think twice before throwing out spring cleaning

Non-profit organizations are asking for donations before people throw items out.

Posted: Mar 27, 2018 10:30 AM

ROCHESTER, Minn. – It’s that time of year again, out with the old and in with the new.

Spring marks a time when many partake in what’s commonly known as “spring cleaning,” where people go through closets and junk drawers, throwing out what they don’t need.

But non-profit organizations are asking people donate items before throwing them out.

“I think a lot of people think about the convenience of throwing things away and they don’t think about the need that is in the community. I think that need in this community is often overlooked,” Rebecca Snapp with Salvation Army in Rochester, said.

While working with the Salvation Army, Snapp sees many people in the community need help when it comes to having every day items like razors, feminine hygiene products, and even socks.

Snapp said the organization gives out about 20 pairs of socks per week, and their running low.

“You think about carrying those things around with you and it’s just not feasible, and something these people can really afford,” Snapp said.

Donating socks or other gently worn clothing helps more people than the one person receiving the item.

“The stores act as a funding mechanism for programs of the Salvation Army,” Snapp said. “So when you’re donating to the stores, you’re not just donating the items that you donate, you’re also contributing funds to all of the programs that we offer here in Olmsted County.”

Here are links to what donations organizations in the area are accepting:

Salvation Army

Dorothy Day House

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