When I woke up today I fully intended to clean out my closet and switch out my summer clothes for my fall clothes. I desperately need to get rid of some clothes I don't wear to fit everything in the closets! I did a massive donation when I moved from NYC to Chicago, but I still have a lot to donate. I think I am a borderline hoarder...I have such a hard time letting things go. I swear I still have things from high school that are two sizes too small.
I took one look at my closet and my drawers and decided to procrastinate by looking up some donation centers online. Usually I give to the Salvation Army but this time I wanted to give to a women's shelter of some sort. I came across an organization called Sarah's Circle which is a refuge for women who are homeless. The more I read about what they do the more I was sure I wanted to help! They not only provide indispensable services to women in need...they help women empower themselves and rebuild their lives. I called and asked about their clothing donation guidelines and found out that they didn't really need clothing, but badly needed travel sized toiletries, blankets, sheets and pillows among other things.
|A mural on a wall at Sara's Circle|
So the task for today was quite simple. I gladly put off my clothing donation and headed to the drug store and Bed Bath and Beyond. I actually had fun shopping for all kinds of toiletries, sheets and blankets! I realized how easy it is to take little things like soap and your pillow for granted. I gathered what I could on the list and headed uptown to the shelter. On the way into Sarah's Circle I saw at least three women coming and going, and a lot of women in there using computers. It was a good feeling to see some of the women that I will be directly helping with my donation!
Cleaning out my closet and donating the clothes is still on my short to-do list...maybe next week?! And next time I travel I will be sure to stock up on toiletries from the hotels I stay in. You should do the same and donate to your local homeless shelter!