3 posts categorized "Pass it on"

Back-to-School Clothing Swaps: 08.21.2010

August 09, 2010

I hate to say it: our first days of school are right around the corner. The weather will turn, and we'll go from afternoon air of warmth to air with a cooler bite. And, we'll have to dig through our bins to rotate weather appropriate garb, from the flimsy to the more substantive. Do you have your coats, socks, jackets, rain ponchos, pants, long-sleeve shirts in order? Sneakers, boots, galoshes? Lunch boxes, thermoses, reusable lunch containers? Start purging!

urbanMamas is teaming up with folks to hold Back-to-School Clothing swaps on Saturday, August 21, 2010. We have locations lined up in each of the five quadrants, so hopefully you can find a time and place that works for you. Emphasis will be on school-aged kid gear, but there will be a section for preschoolers as well. Some snacks and drink will probably be available at each location. Swap school clothes and gear, and maybe make a few new friends, too. Thank you muchly to all of our co-hosts! Let us know if you have questions & we will try to get them answered.

N PDX: St. Johns Swap 'n' Play, 7535 N Chicago Ave, 9-11am

NE PDX: Milagros Boutique, 5433 NE 30th Ave (near Killingsworth), 10am-12n

NW PDX: Isobel's Clubhouse, 300 block of NW 10th Ave, between Hanna Andersen & Cupcake Jones, 11am-1pm

SE PDX: Know thy Food, 3434 SE Milwaukie (entrance on Haig Street), 1-3pm

SW PDX: Westside Academy of Kung Fu, 1509 SW Sunset Blvd Suite B1, 3-5pm.

Plastic Toys Everywhere: What to Do?

January 04, 2008

Rae's got a similar problem to many of us who celebrate Christmas and participate in gift exchanges.  Now that the the holidays are over, there's some purging to be had.  She writes:

Santa (aka: Grandma) was extra "generous" this Christmas and we really aren't interested in the massive amount of toys.  They're very plastic and not very high quality.  I'd like to donate them instead of sending them to a landfill, but am not sure where I can drop them off.  A shelter would be awesome or even a church or daycare.  Some are brand new and in the box and others are toys that we've pulled out of our toy basket in an effort to clean out our small house. The question plaguing me is why I would donate them when we don't even want them?  Part of me feels bad passing these toys off on to someone else since they don't meet our personal standards for quality. Thoughts?  Ideas?  Help!

Where to donate barely used/new nursing bras?

November 23, 2007

Donations of lingerie are probably atypical, but what do you do with items that could go to good use?  Jessie asks:

I am wondering if anyone knows of a place where clean, seldom (or never) worn bras can be donated? I was diagnosed with breast cancer at the end of my pregnancy last year and have just finished reconstruction. As a result of this, I have some-never worn nursing bras (that I took out of the package to wash) and a number of seldom worn regular bras that fit only late in pregnancy or while going through reconstruction. I think that donations of lingerie are generally frowned-upon, but gosh, I do hate to through these away. Any suggestions?