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Fall is upon us once again in the northern parts of the country. Every year the leaves start changing to brilliant hues of reds and golds. Use the chart above to make sure you don’t miss your opportunity to see nature’s display first hand in your area over the coming weeks.

Like the trees, it’s also time to begin changing our wardrobes to clothing that keep us warm and dry. As we begin changing our wardrobes, consider donating your gently used clothing as opposed to tossing it out in the trash.

It’s easier than ever to clean your closets and receive a tax deductible donation receipt for your clothing and small household donations. Simply visit us online at DonateStuff.com to schedule a FREE donation pick up in your area.

If DonateStuff does not pick up in your local area, you can still get a tax deductible receipt for your good conditioned clothing. Simply request our FREE UPS prepaid shipping bags. Fill them with your good conditioned clothing, jewelry, or small electronics and return the bag to your nearest UPS drop off location.

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We are now mobile friendly!

You now have more ways than ever to schedule your FREE donation pick up of gently used clothing and household items. DonateStuff.com has been made mobile friendly. No more pinching and resizing your smartphone or tablet screen to see everything. Our website has been optimized for you to be easier than ever to use.

DonateStuff.com will continue to offer our donors the most convenient and innovative ways possible to donate their unwanted clothing and household items forFREE. We are proud to support our charity partners nationwide through your kind donations. Go ahead and give it a try today!

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Spring has sprung all around us. May flowers are in full bloom and birds are singing their morning songs. Old man winter seems to have finally fallen asleep giving way to blue skies and warmer weather.

Along with spring comes our yearly rituals of spring cleaning. Sorting through closets and garages determined to bring order back from the clutter. DonateStuff.com can help with your spring cleaning. We will pick up your unwanted clothing and household items from your home for FREE and provide you a tax deductible receipt.

Even if DonateStuff does not pick-up in your area, you can still get a tax deductible receipt for your good conditioned clothing. Simply request our FREE UPS prepaid shipping bags. Fill the bags with your gently used clothing, jewelry, and electronics. Then drop your donation off at the nearest UPS store.

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Your donations of clothing, shoes and accessories support U.S. veterans
 

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7 steps to happiness

Rosenblum: 7 steps to happiness

  • Article by: GAIL ROSENBLUM , Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 3, 2015 – 7:49 PM

Volunteering can bring you (and others) happiness.

Photo: Ryan Blackwell, Public Opinion file

Happy 2015! Is anybody happy?

Apparently not, if the results of a recent Harris Poll are to believed. This being the first week of a new year, I’d like to offer a few ideas to increase our collective happiness immediately.

They’re cheaper than a gym membership and easier than giving up sugar or caffeine, which I won’t do because that would make me very unhappy.

This column began percolating (yes, please, with cream!) a few months ago, when I noticed a little chart illustrating the comforting news that the older we get, the happier we are.

People age 65 and older, according to the survey of more than 2,300 Americans, are happier than any other age group. This is likely a bummer for young people, but, to those regularly making bucket lists, it’s kind of a relief.

The problem is that the deeper and more troubling news was buried. (Oh, bad word choice.)

Yes, older Americans are the happiest demographic, but even those 65 and older aren’t overwhelmingly so. Just 41 percent in this age group report being happy.

People ages 50 to 64 are the second happiest group and they’re just (OK, we’re just) 36 percent happy.

The least happy group, at 28 percent, are people in their 30s.

I’m guessing that the happiness dip here is due, in part, to navigating those enriching but difficult years of marriage-adjusting, budget-keeping, child-rearing, sleep-depriving, job-hunting and friendship-shifting. (Hang in there! The kids grow up!)

7 steps to happiness

This brings me back to my original thesis: We’re not a very happy nation, and I think we should be working on this in 2015.

So, for the price of this newspaper, my list:

Get rid of stuff. Did you know that one of the fastest growing businesses is … storage? My colleague Susan Feyder reported recently that the Twin Cities area storage business is booming, due to our Western habit of accumulating all sorts of things we can’t fit into our homes. This is not making us happier. Call your favorite charity or join millions of green-minded people who get rid of stuff at www.free cycle.org or donatestuff.com.

Volunteer. Read, mentor, drive, cook and serve, and you’ll enter a guaranteed happy factory for the few hours a week you can spare.

Hang out with happy people or people who want to be happier. Join the Twin Cities chapter of the Meetup group I Am Happy Project. The project began in California in 2009 and has expanded to 63 cities and 18 countries, with a mission to “spread happiness globally, one person at a time.”

The group’s website (iamhappyproject.org) will make you happy, with its photos of puppies and little girls in pink tutus. You can find a “happy coach” or buy an official “I Am Happy” Pin and wear it around your most cynical friends. So much happiness for only $5!

Stop trying to get rich. Yes, money is crucial for lower income groups, enabling them to find a home and stop worrying about where their next meal is coming from. But the high from cash is fleeting. While people who make $100,000 or more annually are the happiest group, they’re not that much happier than people who make $35,000 to $49,999 (38 percent vs. 32 percent).

Be nicer to people. Being right won’t make you as happy in the long run as being kind. I share this philosophy with a happy friend and loyal reader, Betsy Peak, who tackled this very concept in her “Musings and Hopes for 2015” newsletter:

“Being right takes up too much energy, causes anxiety, causes losses of friends sometimes (however, if they’re toxic people, you’re lucky),” Peak writes. “And immediately taking out their smartphone to see who’s right is tacky!”

Speaking of smartphones, take a deep breath and store them on occasion. I just watched a woman talk mindlessly on her iPhone as two young men behind a coffee counter tried valiantly to get her order, and her attention. She missed an opportunity for happy banter with those two neat young men and the fascinating (and increasingly unhappy) people behind her in line. Ahem.

Refocus on relationships. It is worth noting that, while the Harris happiness survey revealed quite the contrary, there was one clear exception. Fully 90 percent of respondents agreed that, “My relationships with friends bring me happiness.” So call them. Visit them, and I don’t mean in cyberspace. Forgive them their imperfections. Send them a handwritten letter. And make sure that you do the same for relatives, those people who look like us whom we too often take for granted or allow to become estranged.

I recently witnessed a reconciliation in my own extended clan that no one predicted. The weird thing isn’t that each party was exquisitely (albeit guardedly) happy at having reached this unpredicted detente.

It’s that the rest of us also were filled to the brim with happiness.

 

gail.rosenblum@startribune.com

612-673-7350 • Twitter: @grosenblum

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Christmas is only a couple days away now. Many have prepared over the last several months for this special day. From tree trimming and house decorating to Christmas parties and gift wrapping. Through all our preparation however, there is still one thing left to consider. -The cleanup.The good news is that DonateStuff.com can help. We are partnered with wonderful charities that can benefit from your generous donations of used clothing and household items. Charities like The Military Order of the Purple HeartAmvets, andThe City Mission.We can help by picking up your unwanted clothing and household donations. And the best part is that your kind donation goes to benefit our wonderful charity partners this holiday season and you receive a tax deductible donation receipt. Simply visit us online at DonateStuff.com to schedule a FREE donation pick up in your area.

Even if DonateStuff does not pick-up in your local area, you can still get a tax deductible receipt for your good conditioned clothing. Simply request our FREE UPS prepaid shipping bags.

From all of us at DonateStuff.com have a very merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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Thanksgiving preparation made easier this year | DonateStuff.com

Thanksgiving is upon us once again. That special time of year that fills our hearts and homes with family, football, and food. Preparing to travel or receive friends and family this holiday can be a daunting task. We can help!DonateStuff can help by picking up your unwanted clothing and household donations. And the best part is that your kind donation goes to benefit our wonderful charity partners this holiday season and you receive a tax deductible donation receipt. Simply visit us online at DonateStuff.com to schedule a FREE donation pick up in your area.Even if DonateStuff does not pick-up in your local area, you can still get a tax deductible receipt for your good conditioned clothing. Simply request our FREE UPS prepaid shipping bags.From all of us at DonateStuff.com have a happy Thanksgiving!
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Your donations of clothing, shoes and accessories support U.S. veterans
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Halloween is that one time of the year that we get to dress up and be someone or something completely different for one night. Children get to dress up and pretend to be scary ghouls, ghosts, and other ghastly creatures while receiving candy from friends and family throughout our neighborhoods.

Once Halloween is over and all of the candy has been counted what are we to do with our costumes? The good news is that those costumes do not have to go in the trash, never to be worn again. You can simply donate your used halloween costumes and other clothing through DonateStuff.com.

Now it’s easier than ever to help others and receive a tax deductible donation receipt for your clothing and small household donations. Simply visit us online at DonateStuff.com to schedule a FREE donation pick up in your area.

Even if DonateStuff does not pick-up in your local area, you can still get a tax deductible receipt for your good conditioned clothing. Simply request our FREE UPS prepaid shipping bags.

From all of us at DonateStuff.com have a safe and happy Halloween! 

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Turn Stuff You Don’t Need, Into a Good Deed. 

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From everyone at DonateStuff.com, we sincerely appreciate your continued support.

Please consider donating your unwanted:

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Your donations of clothing, shoes and accessories support U.S. veterans 


The City Mission is our newest charity partner.  We are proud to support this 100+ year old organization dedicated to helping those in need. 


The Military Order of the Purple is our longest partnership, dating back over 50 years!  

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Back to school time! | Let DonateStuff.com help you clean your closets

It’s back to school time again! That wonderful time of the year when sanity returns for a few hours each day to the house. That sacred time of quiet and contemplation. This is also the time of year when we can take time to clean out our closets to make room for our fall and winter wardrobes.Now it’s easier than ever to clean those closets and receive a tax deductible donation receipt for your clothing and small household donations. Simply visit us online at DonateStuff.com to schedule a FREE donation pick up in your area.Even if DonateStuff does not pick-up in your local area, you can still get a tax deductible receipt for your good conditioned clothing. Simply request our FREE UPS prepaid shipping bags. Now it’s easier than ever to get organized during back to school time.
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Turn Stuff You Don’t Need, Into a Good Deed.

Your support helps veterans and families in need.

From everyone at DonateStuff.com, we sincerely appreciate your continued support.

Please consider donating your unwanted:

 

Your donations of clothing, shoes and accessories support U.S. veterans
The City Mission is our newest charity partner.  We are proud to support this 100+ year old organization dedicated to helping those in need.
The Military Order of the Purple is our longest partnership, dating back over 50 years!

Charity Spotlight | Amvets Service Foundation



 



Charity Spotlight | Amvets Service Foundation
 

DonateStuff.com is proud to be partnered with The Amvets Service Foundation. We are partnered with Amvets offering FREE donation pick up services locally to Indianapolis residents and surrounding areas.On July 23, 1947, President Harry S. Truman signed Public Law 216, making AMVETS the first World War II organization to be chartered by Congress. Amvets mission is to enhance and safeguard the entitlements for all American Veterans who have served honorably and to improve the quality of life for them, their families, and the communities where they live through leadership, advocacy and services.

Our free donation pick up services provide a way for you to support Amvets and ensure your donations go to good use. In addition, your passion for good can actually be good for your wallet and the Earth, too. Your donation is tax deductible and green; we’ve kept 25 million pounds of stuff out of the landfills in the last 12 months.

Supporting your veterans is as easy as clicking the button below to schedule a free donation pick up in your area. Even if you live in another location throughout the country, you can still support Amvets by requesting our FREE prepaid shipping UPS bags. Fill them with your good conditioned clothing, jewelry, or small electronics and drop them off at your nearest UPS store location.

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Your support helps veterans and families in need.

From everyone at DonateStuff.com, we sincerely appreciate your continued support.

Please consider donating your unwanted:

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Your donations of clothing, shoes and accessories support U.S. veterans
 

The City Mission is our newest charity partner.  We are proud to support this 100+ year old organization dedicated to helping those in need.
 

The Military Order of the Purple Heart is our longest partnership, dating back over 50 years!

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DonateStuff.com Partners with The City Mission – Cleveland

THE CITY MISSION ANNOUNCES NEW PARTNERSHIP WITH WWW.DONATESTUFF.COM
April 1, 2014

Beginning April 1, The City Mission in Cleveland will be a new charity partner of www.DonateStuff.com. Through an agreement with the parent company Lakes Management, Inc., The City Mission will receive financial support when an individual donates clothing and/or household items either by arranging a pickup of the items through www.DonateStuff.com or responding positively when called by a Lakes Management solicitor on behalf of the Mission.

The donation program accomplishes four important objectives simultaneously:
1. Provides needed support for The City Mission, a privately-funded crisis center/urban ministry which last year provided nearly 114,000 meals and 73,000 nights of lodging to 1,950 men, women and children in crisis in Northeast Ohio.
2. Provides access to gently used clothing and household items available at bargain prices through local thrift stores, in the Greater Cleveland area. Creates local job through the collection, processing and resale of materials that would otherwise create no value in the landfill.
3. Keeps clothing and household items out of landfill and positively impacts the environment. Americans throw away 20 billion pounds of clothing each year, and virtually all of it can be repurposed or recycled.

City Mission CEO, Rev. Rich Trickel stated “We’re delighted to partner with DonateStuff.com on the clothing/household item donation program. The partnership will help us meet basic human needs of food, clothing, and shelter for men, women and children in crisis as we stabilize this population and ultimately empower them to become self-sufficient.”

The new partnership with The City Mission by DonateStuff.com follows another community partnership with Discount Drug Mart that began last year. On July 1, 2013, Discount Drug Mart shopping bags began featuring the DonateStuff.com logo and clothing donation program information in an effort to bring greater exposure to their charitable and eco-friendly efforts in the community. “We are extremely appreciative of Discount Drug Mart’s partnership to let the Northern Ohio Community know about our free and easy clothing donation program. When people donate clothing on DonateStuff.com, they are helping charities in need, creating local jobs and benefiting the environment,” said Jason Burke, Manager at Donatestuff.com.

To learn more or to arrange a pickup of donated items go to www.DonateStuff.com or call (216) 662-4483. For more information about The City Mission, visit www.thecitymission.org or call 216-431-3510.

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