Who else could use this?

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    < 1 hour

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    A Little Messy

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    Materials or Fees

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Question and Wonder:

  • Why do your old clothes no longer fit you?
  • What can you do with those clothes?
  • How come you never play with that toy anymore?
  • Do you think someone else might like to play with it?
  • How can we get these things to someone who will use them?

Rummage around for a large box or storage bin. Decorate it any way you like. Put it somewhere handy and whenever you outgrow your clothes or shoes, or find you no linger want to play with a toy, put it in the bin. (Remember to check clothes for holes, stains and other wear and check that the toys still work and have all their pieces.)

Imagine and Design:

  • Where can you take your donations?
  • Who do you think will use them?
  • How do you think it will feel to share what you have with others?

As you go through the things you are going to donate, think about the memories you created with them. Talk about those memories.

Test and Discuss:

  • Are there any stories to go with your clothes? Maybe a t-shirt that you wore a lot or an old pair of shoes that you always wore when outside playing.
  • What about that toy? What adventures did you have with it?
  • Do you think those good memories and feelings travel with the clothes and toys? Why?
  • What new memories do you think will be made by the new owners?
  • What can you do with the clothes or toys that aren’t in good enough shape to give away?
  • Can you make something new with them? What?

Did you Know?

In 1902 a man named Edgar J. Helms saw a need. He would collect items from people who no longer needed them and employ people to mend or repair those items before reselling them. Now, over 100 years later, Goodwill is a $5 billion non-profit company putting thousands of people to work yearly.

Giving back to the community builds empathy and teaches social responsibility. For more ways you can give back, click here:


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