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ThuRsday Recycle and Reuse: Fabric, Sewing Supplies

Thursday, April 14th, 2011

ThuRs Recycle and Reuse

I like the bumper sticker that reads, “She who dies with the most fabric wins!”  I want to do more quilting in my golden years. Quilters, embroidery artists, and fabric crafters know you have to have a good “stash” for your palette.

But, what do you do when you have moved on to another passion (organizing, grandchildren, coaching, etc.) and want to let someone else benefit from your bounty? To whom can you donate such a wonderful collection of fabric and sewing notions?

These are three worthy organizations that will use donations of fabric to make quilts for injured, hurting or needy folks:

Columbus Area Linus Project

This organization’s mission is “to provide love, a sense of security, warmth and comfort to children who are seriously ill, traumatized, or otherwise in need through the gifts of new, handmade blankets and afghans, lovingly created by volunteer ‘blanketeers’.”

The Peanuts cartoon creator Charles Schulz approved the use of his lovable character in the cause of providing security blankets for needy children. Each blanket is marked with a Linus tag before it is given to a child.

Donations welcomed include:  washable cotton fabric, flannel or polar fleece, batting, yarn, thread, stamps, cash and gift certificates to fabric and craft stores.

Contact: Amy                         Chapter Website
(614) 327-1041                  [email protected]

Columbus Metropolitan Quilters

CMP members donate their time in the program “Kids Quilts”, by making and distributing baby quilts for the Columbus Board of Health. The CBH provides these “blankets of love” to a visiting nurse program and to the Ohio Health Community Outreach, a mobile unit that goes to schools to provide obstetric care for teenage mothers.

The quilts also make their way to infants who are considered at risk due to HIV infection, a mother’s alcohol or drug abuse while pregnant, or abandonment.

For more information about Kid Quilts or to donate your time or fabric, please contact Rita Herzberger, 614-213-3893.

Quintessential Quilters Guild

QQ has an ongoing relationship with “Choices“, a local women’s domestic abuse shelter. Since 1995, over 130 quilts have been made and given to individuals who seek this shelter’s assistance.

QQ also participates in the Quilt of Valor (QOV) program.  “The mission of the QOV Foundation is to cover ALL war wounded and injured service members and veterans from the War on Terror whether physical and/or psychological wounds with Wartime Quilts called Quilts of Valor.”

Email Quintessential Quilters with questions about how to help.

Donating your extra fabric and/or sewing supplies to any of these Central Ohio groups is a great use of the resources you no longer need or use.

Mama Mia! A Job Well Done

Friday, January 28th, 2011

The report from Ellen Limes, project coordinator:

Job Well Done by a fantastic team of Professional Organizers!

We completed the organizing project for the McGhee family of sextuplets. 6 Organizers and 4 1/2 hrs. later, it was done. Check out the Go Month 2011 photo album on this site for the “before and afters”.

The McGhee’s were very pleased with the project and even let us pose for a photo op with the darling babies. A huge thank you to: Terry Cowans, Melanie Dennis, Mary Donovan, Ellen Limes, and now seasoned organizers Deb McRae and Susan Sugar.

My hat is off to you gals. I wish I could have helped, but grandma duties called. My own 6 day old grandson, Benjamin Sawyer Yakel, is just too cute!

Mama Mia GO Month Project

Tuesday, January 25th, 2011

As a way to encourage folks in their organizing projects, the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO) has designated January as Get Organized Month (GO Month.)  Each January, local NAPO chapters choose a non-profit organization or a deserving individual to receive complimentary organizing services.

This Wednesday, January 26th, The NAPO-Ohio chapter will be organizing for the McGhee family.

Photo by Peters Photography

Mia and Rozonno McGhee of Columbus, became the proud parents of sextuplets on June 10, 2010. There was an outpouring of help and needed donations throughout the Columbus area.

Now that their household has settled down somewhat, Mia reached out to the professional organizing community to help her make order of the diapers, formula, and other supplies she currently has piled in her attic. A team of six pro organizers – Ellen Limes, Terry Cowans, Mary Donovan, Debbie LaRae, Susan Sugar, and Julie Riber – are donating their time and expertise. Stay tuned for “before” and “after” pictures.

Related news articles:

Woman Has Sextuplets: Mia McGhee Second In Ohio History To Do So

Rozonno and Mia McGhee Debut Their Sextuplets

Sextuplet parents return the favor

ThuRsday Recycle and Reuse: Fur

Thursday, May 6th, 2010
ThuRs Recycle and Reuse

ThuRs Recycle and Reuse

If you have an old fur collar, coat or wrap that you will never wear, why not donate it to help orphaned wildlife? The Humane Society of the Unites States (HSUS) will collect your donations and send them on to wildlife rehabilitation centers.

Wildlife rehabilitators cut the fur into an appropriate size for the animal, whether a chipmunk, raccoon, squirrel or opossum, and put it inside the animal’s enclosure. The furry blanket becomes a “surrogate mother” to the orphaned or injured animal, reducing stress and giving comfort. (

Items to be donated include: fur and fur trimmed coats, hats, gloves, scarves and muffs. Simply package your fur in a sturdy box and mail to:

Fur-Free Century
2100 L Street, NW
Washington, DC 20037

The current fair market value of your donation is tax-deductible. The HSUS will send you a letter acknowledging receipt to keep for your records.

You can also check here to see if there is a wildlife rehabilitator in your area.

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ThuRsday Recycle and Reuse: The Waste Not Center

Thursday, April 22nd, 2010
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ThuRs Recycle and Reuse

What do 14″ green, 10″ blue and 8″ orange plastic balls, bins of odd Styrofoam shapes and hundreds of black porcelain bowls have in common? These are just a few of the objects donated to and available at the Waste Not Center, on the west side of Columbus, OH.

This center is a wonderful opportunity for Franklin County residents to help teachers while keeping tons of materials from becoming solid waste. The program is a win-win-win for environmentally conscious residents, students/teachers/artists, and the Department of Sanitation.

The Waste Not Center (WNC) receives donations from individuals and businesses of supplies that would otherwise be discarded and makes them available to teachers, artists and non-profit organizations at no charge other than a small annual membership fee.

Students pay $35-45, the teachers/artists’ fee is $75, while entire schools can register for $295 for the year.

Some of the more common items that can be found at the center are paper products, art supplies, decorating samples, office supplies, silk flowers, fabric, carpet samples, and Styrofoam. Then there are the surprises like a 6′ tall faux orchid tree, dozens of safety vests, and a 40″ faux moss wreath. Photos of current inventory items can be viewed here.

The Waste Not Center is open:

  • Every Thursday, 2:00pm – 6:00pm.
  • 2nd Saturday of each month, 9:00 am – 11:30am

It is located at 2830B Fisher Rd, Columbus OH 43204 (map).

To make donating easy and accessible to all, there are bins for Neighborhood Drop Offs at 10 locations around Columbus.

Now you can feel good about letting go of those craft supplies that you will never use, knowing that a teacher will be thrilled to have them. All donations are tax deductible.

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ThuRsday Recycle and Reuse: Shoes

Thursday, April 1st, 2010
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ThuRs Recycle and Reuse

My husband and I laugh as we are driving down the road and there is one shoe thrown out on the highway. Sometimes we see sneakers tied together over wires. There are better ways to dispose of those shoes that no longer fit or have lost their pizazz.

“Changing the world one pair at a time.” Is the slogan for Soles4Souls, a non-profit that began its mission in the aftermath of the tsunami in Southeast Asia in 2004. To date the group has found new owners for over 8 million shoes.

Donate “gently worn” footwear to people in need instead of throwing them in the trash. With the locator and your zip code, It is easy to find shoe retailers who have agreed to be permanent collection sites. We have five locations here in the Columbus, OH area alone.

Formed in 1990, Nike’s Reuse A Shoe program takes apart athletic shoes and reuses the materials to make three kinds of athletic surfaces. There are a few locations in each state that will take individual shoe donations. Group donations can be organized and dropped off at Nike retailers, but you must get approval BEFORE you start collecting!

Nike says “More than 1.5 million pairs of post-consumer shoes are collected for recycling each year. This is in addition to thousands of tons of manufacturing scrap material that is recycled. Since the program began, we’ve collected more than 24 million pairs of used athletic shoes. See the recycling process in action.

Keep your old shoes off the highways and give them new life on another pair of feet or as an athletic surface.

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ThuRsday Recycle and Reuse: Bicycles

Thursday, March 25th, 2010
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ThuRs Recycle and Reuse

My daughters (who shall remain nameless) loved her pink banana-seat bike with the huge handlebars. She named the bike “Rosie” and couldn’t bear to part with it. We stored it for her until she moved into her first apartment upon college graduation. I have no clue where it is now.

A better idea might be to donate the bike while it is still fairly rust-free. Charitable thrift stores are a good place to start. Even bikes that are not serviceable can be used to scavenge parts. New parts add up quickly for a non-profit organization.

Several other agencies that accept bikes to refurbish are:

  • Bikes for TykesBikes for Tykes is dedicated to providing a pre-loved bicycle to every deserving child in America. There are over 25 Bikes For Tykes chapters around the U.S. and in Canada.
  • The International Bicycle FundIBike’s mission is to promote bicycle transportation and international understanding. Recognizing that sending a bicycle to another country is not particularly feasible, IBike has three lists filled with organizations to help you find a local donation center for bikes, parts and accessories.

Think of donating these bicycle related items also: helmets, tools, parts, shoes, reflectors, flaps, tires, pumps and locks.

When I lived in Manassas, VA, there was an artistic gardener who spray painted over 15 bicycles white and used them as a kind of picket fence. I don’t think the neighbors appreciated it. It was an original idea! All the same, it still might be a better idea to donate the bike.

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