Let It Go

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It took at least four trips with the car to drop off all my bags of clothes, shoes, boots, and household items I no longer needed—and it took much longer for me to be convinced that I could (and should) let go of the items that were just gathering dust in my basement.

I spent an entire day with my mom and a friend going through boxes of old clothes I was sure I'd wear again, (which of course, I wouldn't) and putting clothes my children had outgrown into bags. (Sniff, sniff...)

I love doing what I can to give back, and going through items in my home to donate to worthwhile charities like Goodwill is an easy way to do that.

I also went through my closet to make room for new items I bought for summer. I always do a closet re-org at the start of each season; I go through all my clothes and give away what I know I won't be wearing again. This way, my closet has some breathing room and gives me the perfect excuse to go shopping!

GLAD Canada is teaming up with Goodwill in Toronto this summer, encouraging communities to clean out their closets and donate their gently used items to those in need through Goodwill.

All you have to do is... let it go. Seriously, go through your closet and go through all those boxes of old clothes you've been holding on to. It might be tricky at first, but once you get started, it'll be such a great feeling and you won't regret it at all. While you're at it, de-clutter all the rooms in your house; get rid of old frames or mirrors you don't need anymore, shoes and boots that no longer fit, and of course, coats and winter gear you won't be wearing again.

Here are some suggestions of items to donate:

1. Clothing for men, women, and children
2. Accessories (bags, purses, backpacks, scarves, belts)
3. Kitchen items (small appliances, dishes, cutlery, pots and pans)
4. Shoes and boots for men, women, and children
5. Lines (blankets, sheets, pillowcases)
6. Outerwear for all ages (boots, shoes, coats, hats)
7. Household decor (lamps, decorative objects)
8. Kids games, puzzles, toys and books
9. Wall art, mirrors and picture frames
10. Towels

As the lead sponsor in Goodwill's Donate4Good program, GLAD will be donating $10,000 to help encourage community support and participation across Toronto and the G.T.A, plus 10,000 black plastic bags.

GLAD will be stationed at five Loblaws stores across Toronto on weekends from August to October to pick up your donations. (Loblaws Yonge Street, Loblaws Leslie Street, Loblaws Musgrave Street, Loblaws Dundas Street Weest, Loblaws McLaughlin)

Select neighbourhoods will also have door-to-door bag deliveries to help you prepare before your local Loblaws drop-off date.

For every GLAD bag returned with clothing and other gently used items, GLAD will donate $1.50 to Goodwill, up to $8,000. The GLAD bags will greatly benefit the Donate4Good program, as they will provide an avenue for people in the local community to easily clean out their closets and bring their donations to Goodwill, as well as act as a reminder for people to support a local charity. The Donate4Good program allows people to keep items out of the landfill, while helping Goodwill fulfill its mission of enabling work opportunities and providing skills development for people facing barriers to employment.

Your used goods donations will help other people, so you should feel really good about getting rid of the things you don't need. All you have to do is let it go.

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post. All views and opinions are my own. 
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