Several months ago, I conducted a Photoshop training class at the church where I work. It was something I did for fun, and for free. All I asked is that people bring something to donate to the local food pantry or a thrift store. The photo is of the food that was donated, however there were many more bags with housewares and clothing.
I hosted a Super Bowl party at my house a couple of weeks ago. It was mostly our singles church group, but lots of other good friends as well. Since I’ve been encouraging everyone to clean out their spaces and donate what they don’t need or want, I thought it would be a good idea to have them bring it, and I would get it donated. I can’t believe how much stuff people brought! It was cold, so I put it in my garage, adding it to a pile of coats and blankets, recently donated by a lady at church, whom I think did the same thing, collect stuff during get-togethers or locally in your neighborhood.
On your next evite or get-together, ask people to bring something to donate. This is a great way to build community, get people thinking outside themselves, get some unwanted stuff to people who will be blessed by it, feed some hungry people and have a great time with good friends. It’s a win-win-win-win-win? ;)
[All of the donations have been taken to the appropriate donation destinations, all of the stuff much appreciated! My garage is quickly becoming empty and can now safely be used as an exit.]