Until very recently, I had not really thought about donating or much less shopping at local thrift stores or adopting pets, but in recent years my husband and I have found it to be lots of fun visiting organizations and stores where we can save money find a treasure and helping others in the process. Below are four organizations that we have used with success in the past years.
PAWFirst, or formerly known as Pets for Life Rescue, is an animal rescue organization located in Ponca City, Oklahoma. The organization specializes in placing animals that have been abandoned, abused or unwanted. The organization’s goal is to involve the community and teach people about the joys and “the benefits of adopting an animal in need”. Almost three years ago, our family adopted a cat from the rescue. Kasper is a snowshoe Siamese and an absolutely beautiful cat. He was just a kitten when we adopted him, but has grown up to be a beautiful cat. He is very affectionate and is very attached to my husband, Travis. Every morning, he gets into bed with my husband and wakes him up. It never fails. They are really a team. PAWFirst does a wonderful job for the animals and for families who are interested in adopting a pet. To learn more about PAWFirst and pet adoption go to:
“Goodwill® inspires hope and self-confidence, helping people from all backgrounds and walks of life to feel successful, valuable and dignified. We help people earn a living, improve their lives, and strengthen their families and their communities.” Isn’t this what we all really want? To feel valued, to feel good about ourselves and to be able to earn a decent living. The above quote is taken directly from the Goodwill Industries website. My husband and I donate toys, clothes and other household items to our local Goodwill when we have no use for it anymore. We really try to sort out what is usable at all instead of throwing it away at all. Goodwill does a great job of helping all of us. Just in their stores alone you can find great unused or gently used items for pennies on the dollar. If you have never visited a Goodwill store take a trip to visit you local store one day. You might be amazed at what you can find.
Outreach Thrift store
Outreach Thrift store is a local thrift store in Norman, Oklahoma that sells gently used clothing and household items. The store teams with local churches to help out people in need of clothes and household goods, but they also have stores locally where they sell these items. They have impressive collections of a variety of items for good prices, definitely worth a visit or your donation.
“It’s a grassroots and entirely nonprofit movement of people who are giving (& getting) stuff for free in their own towns. It’s all about reuse and keeping good stuff out of landfills.” with their reuse and recycle concept, Freecycle really has something great going. I signed up for our local Freecycle group through Yahoo groups and have given stuff away to people who really needed it. It serves so many purposes, you can help out other people in need and you can have a clear conscience about not filling up the landfill. Hit the link and check out you local Freecycle.
My goal for our family is to keep getting better at serving our community by helping out people and pets in need. Take a moment today and thing about what you can do to offer your help in your local community and how you can involve your family in that process.