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Give old stuff a second life

For many people, the holiday season means that new things are coming into the household.

For many people, the holiday season means that new things are coming into the household.

And for others, your newly retired loveseat, microwave and coffee pots mean a fresh beginning.

This year, a holiday gift for you could mean a gift for someone else in need.

The Ottawa Mission is looking for used household items, like microwaves, toaster ovens, cutlery, kitchen gadgets, twin beds, loveseats, small tables and new bed linens to furnish homes of clients who are getting back on their feet.

“It’s wonderful. People get things for Christmas and Hanukkah and now have old stuff,” said spokeswoman Shirley Roy.

If you’re looking to make a holiday donation to a worthy charity, there are dozens of good causes with room under the tree for your gift.

In addition to household items, the Mission also welcomes donations of toiletries, new wool socks and underwear, gently used men’s clothes and outerwear, work boots, shoes and towels.
“Most of these items we get multiple daily requests for,” said Roy.

So far, the Shepherds of Good Hope has gotten a lot of donations from the general public, said spokesman Rob Eady.

“The general public been good to us.”

The shelter currently needs women’s pajamas, non-perishable food, cutlery, coffee mugs, plates and bowls and stocking stuffers.

People wanting to give to the Salvation Army can donate through the Kettle Campaign or drop off a toy for kids up to age 12 through Toy Mountain.

 
 
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