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This page contains ideas for living a more simple, frugal, environmentally friendly and enjoyable life.

Hand holding green earth with city, wind turbines, etc. against a grey background Green Living 
Piggy Bank Surrounded by Money Frugal Living 
A child putting coins in a donation bucket. Charity 
Making a Family Time Capsule Family 
Money hidden in a china sugar pot. Safety 
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Bountiful Harvest Community 
Hungry children sitting with empty bowls. Inspirational 
A sign in front of a house welcoming friends to visit. Friendship 
Elderly Housing - Retirement and Independent Living Communities Senior Living 
A row of Hanukkah candles Religion 

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Uses for Bungee Cords

This is a guide about uses for bungee cords. Generally used to help secure a load, these elastic cords can be helpful in many creative ways.

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Ways to Use an Old T-Shirt

I was getting rid of old clothes and I tried several ways to reuse my t-shirts. I cut off the sleeves at the arm hole and now I have a head band. It's really good for keeping hair out of your face when working outside.

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What Kind of Snakes Are These?
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Clean Living is Frugal Living
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Homemade Table Risers
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How Not To Iron A Shirt
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Leaving an Abusive Husband

Since I was on here last I told my husband I wanted him to leave. He laughed at me and said he is on the lease so he doesn't have to. Since then I have been avoiding him as much as possible and only talk to him when it regards the kids. How can I make him see that I want a divorce?

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Store Small Items in Contact Lens Case
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Using Beach Balls
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Donating Trophies in Canada

I am wanting to donate tropies that my daughters have earned through 4-H and local horse shows. Is there anywhere in Canada that takes the donation of trophies? I live in Southern Alberta.

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What Kind of Snake Is This?
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Finding Yarn for Charity Projects

I have a few people here that are wanting to help homeless youth out in Winnipeg. We were hoping to find some donations of wool to knit hats and scarves and possibly some material to make some baby blankets.

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Bungee Cord Suspenders
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Second Life for Deodorizing Beads
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Teaching the Next Generation to be Thrifty
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Baby Food Snack Containers
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Caring for Duck Eggs

About 3 days ago we noticed baby Mallard eggs in our front garden, there are 6-7 eggs. I think 3 or 4 are cracked and 3 are still good, 2 are in the nest under a bush and 1 rolled under some leaves.

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Extra Savings At Goodwill And Craft...
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Kitschy Vintage Decorations
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Relationships and Financial Responsibilities

I have been in a long term relationship with my boyfriend, now fiancé, for over 5 years. When we met I loved my life! I owned my own 5th wheel, which was my home, along with a nice vehicle, some quads, generators, etc. I didn't have any debt and was content with my life.

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Keeping your Purse Safe While Shopping

I like to use purses with an across the body strap while shopping, but sometimes it isn't convenient or I need to use a different purse. Then I just put my purse in the basket part of the cart and loop the child seatbelt through my purse's handle twice.

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Use Pantyliners for Underarm Shields
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Leaving an Abusive Spouse

I am 31 with 5 kids. The oldest is 14 and the youngest is 4. I have been with my husband for 17 years and married for 3. When my oldest son was little my husband used to hit me and call me a lot of names and I left and went to a domestic violence shelter.

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What Kind of Snake Is This?

I have seen several of these snakes on my property. They are dark brown with green/brown blotches on their back with a yellow belly. I always see them swimming in the water at night. I'm about 99% positve it is non-venemous.

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Reusing Plastic Plant Trays

I use those trays for a lot of things. I start my own seeds and place the trays into large clear plastic bags so the seeds will sprout. I also use these when I spray patches on my lawn. I place one of those trays over the area so that my dogs don't walk on the area or try to eat the grass that has been sprayed.

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Ditch Cable with a Digital Antenna

A friend told me to go to Walmart and buy an RCA UHF/VHF/Digital Indoor Antenna antenna for about $10. Then run the program on your Digital TV to program channels.

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Nursing Home Ladies Get Together Ideas

I need to get ideas for the ladies that would like to get together to either talk or knit something that would take their minds off of where they are for awhile.

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How To Appreciate Cobbler Crust
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Living the Best Frugal Life I Can
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Caring for Duck Eggs

How do I take care of duck eggs that were in the water?

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Honoring a Deceased Parent's Birthday

My mom has died. We want to do something for her birthday, she has six kids. Please suggest something to do for her birthday.

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Recycling Bowling Trophies

How would I sell old bowling trophies or recycle for profit?

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Frugal Queen in Process
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Recycle Silica Gel Packets

I save all those little packets of silica gel. You can find them in purses, shoes, etc. They are used to soak up the moisture. I throw them into a jar and save them and use them to mix into my soil, as they tend to soak up the moisture and slowly release it.

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What Kind of Snake Is This?
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What Kind of Snake Is This?
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Finding Free Yarn Donations for Charity Projects

I just started a group that gives elderly women yarn to crochet hats and blankets for the homeless. I am trying to get scrap yarn via Facebook, but no luck so far. Anyone know of a place to get scraps?

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Baby Pastels and Prints

I am beginning a church group to supply a local hospital with clothes for parents to choose from who have had a stillborn child. These can be used to dress the child for viewing and even burial. We are a small congregation so we do not have a lot of funding for this.

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What Kind of Snake Is This?
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Use Alternate Caps to Seal Liquids

I lost the cap to my mouthwash. I didn't want to put it in a soda or flavored water bottle because moving being what it is, I couldn't find a felt pen to mark it with. So I found the next best thing. A water bottle cap worked perfectly. Being the frugal person that I am, I didn't want to waste the bottle or have it spill. I hope this helps.

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Duck Laid Egg in Garden
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Removing the Lettering from Plastic Containers

I read online how to remove the lettering from the containers, but nothing worked. Any suggestions?

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Turning Off Circuit Breakers While Away

I am leaving my condo for 9 months, what breakers do I shut down?

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Making Friends in a Small Town

I have lived in a small town, less then 300, for 10 years now. I still do not feel I fit in with the women that live here. My husband got sick almost soon as we moved here and died soon after. A few ladies did try to make friends with me at that time, out of their christian duty I suppose.

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Shelf Liner Doubles as Jar Opener
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Don't Waste Anything
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Tracing a Relative in Spain

I am trying to locate the whereabouts of my grandson who is of Spanish/British nationality. He was last seen in Granada.

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Being Healthy is Frugal
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Home Repair Assistance for Low Income Family

I live in San Lorenzo, California. I am looking for some type of help to fix up the house I am living in. It is not mine, it is my fiance's grandmother's. She is 81 years old and lives here as well. I have a 3 year old and one on the way and I cannot stand the thought of us living in this house anymore.

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Home Repair Assistance for Seniors

I just discovered today that my hot water heater metal pipe has been leaking. It is located in one of my bedrooms used as storage. This may have been happening for awhile, as there is mold smell in room.

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Finding Yarn for Charity Craft Projects

I work for the National MS society. We have a group in our office that get together weekly to crochet or knit projects for people with multiple sclerosis. We are in need of yarn donations.

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Finding Help to Rebuild After a Fire

Where do you go for help to rebuild a home that burned down in a storm. We live in Dallas Texas and my mom is 81 and had no insurance.

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Finding Yarn for Charity Projects

I am starting to crochet hats, scarves, and blankets for our disabled and homeless vets. I am disabled myself and on a fixed income. I am having trouble getting started because I can't find any one to donate any yarn. How can I get the word out better?

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Painless Ways to Save
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Bulk Buy Used Clothing

Some eBay sellers offer bulk secondhand items very cheaply. What I do is to choose the items I want to keep, and designate others to be offered to other family members, given to charity shops, or upcycled.

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Hook Keychain Ring to Zipper

If you have kids, you know their zippers are always coming down on certain pants. Hook a keychain ring on the part with the little hole on the zipper pull. Zip it up and hook it over the button and do up the button. No more flying low.

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Donating CD Jewel Cases

I have about 700 empty CD jewel cases left over from a software business. Do you know of anyone who can use them?

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Vinegar Life Hacks

Here are several clever ideas for using vinegar around the house. Post your own favorite vinegar uses.

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Donating Trophies

My daughter has many old girl's basketball trophies that are in good condition and I am hoping an organization can use them. I live in the Pasadena, California area.

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Reusing Pringles Cans

I wondered how you can use it for school?

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Donating Fabric

We have our mother's fabric to donate. There are 15 boxes. There are some nice pieces; as we are from Pennsylvania we have wool, knit jersey, and some cottons. We are looking to donate in the Atlanta, Georgia area.

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Paper Clip as Masking Tape Marker
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Save Marker Caps as Replacements
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Sharing Living Expenses

My boyfriend and I have been together for 18 months. He is 37 and I am 46. He was separated when we met and is now nearing the end of a very expensive divorce. He is from India and I am American.

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Car Frostbite Prevention Kit
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Yarn Donations for Charity Projects

We have a couple of resources for kids on the streets in Portland, Oregon: p:ear (spelled correctly), and Outside In. My sister was able to get help from both organizations and now volunteers. I would like to find donated yarn.

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Donating Fabric to Charity

My sister, in Iowa, has 15 large bags of fabric to donate. These are yardages, mostly for making clothing. She is unable to sew any longer due to illness. I am helping her find a place where she can donate it.

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Donating Old Trophies

Where can I donate my old trophies, so that they can be recycled for good use?

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Donating Fabric

Any ideas of charities in Portland, Oregon that could use fabrics in crazy prints in lycra and stretch velvet? I'm closing my dance shorts business and want these 10-60 yards of about 15 prints to go to a good cause.

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Selling Pop Can Taps

Is there a place in the Thomson, Georgia area near by that buys the taps off cans? If so what is the address of the place and the name of it?

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Making a Friendship Gift Package
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Fabric for Quilts for Cancer Patients

Are there any quilting non-profit organizations in the Rochester, NY area who make quilts for cancer patients? My client, a patient herself, has a large stash of fabric she wants to donate to make quilts.

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Last Drop of Lotion
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Old Mattress Upcycle

Remove the mattress covers by carefully cutting away along the sides. You may have to use pliers to remove staples holding the top and bottom onto the springs. Using scissors, cut away all of the side panels; leaving a cleanly cut top and bottom.

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Rubber Band To Tighten Paper Towel Holder
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Traveling with Jewelry
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Agencies That Help After a House Fire

My home was burnt down. My family lost everything and now we're staying in a hotel. The funding is running out and it's very cold. The Red Cross helped along with another organization. I live on SCSI and don't receive that until next month. What else can I do in the short term?

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Big Family on The Farm
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Free Yarn and Knitting Needles for Charity Projects

I do this thing with my friends where we make scarfs and hats to give to homeless shelters and children in need. But we can't afford to get too much yarn and it's a really big shelter. So if anyone can tell me where to get free yarn, I would be so grateful.

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Save Containers for Leftovers

Save containers from: Chinese Won-Ton Soup, frozen dinners, cold cut meats, to go meals, whipped topping tubs, dollar store plastic ware, etc. Perfect for packing leftover dinner for lunches the next day.

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Plant A Row For The Hungry
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Shop First at Dollar Stores

Before you set out to do your shopping, stop at your local Dollar Store. I have had to become very frugal, due to sudden changes in my life.

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Help for Uninsured Homeowner to Rebuild After a Fire

My mother's house burned down this past Saturday morning. We found out she was not insured. She is 83 years old and the widow of a Korean war veteran. She is coming home with me. Is there anyway we can get help to rebuild?

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Selling Pop Can Tabs

Where can I sell the tabs at in Daytona Beach Florida?

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Donating Old Greeting Cards

Do you collect only the front part of the card or the entire card with writing?

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Donations to Animal Rescue
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Save Money with Digital Books

We love books but our book collection required bookshelves which required wall space and that means more square footage, which meant a larger house. That larger house required larger payments for mortgage and taxes.

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Selling Aluminum Pop Tabs

Where can I sell my pop can tabs. I have quite a lot.

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Uses for Petroleum Jelly
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Keep Chore List for Helpers

Eighteen months ago I lost my husband of 42 years. Ever since, my children have me use one of those magnetic chore pads that stick to my refrigerator and as I see a light bulb out, a leaky faucet, etc. I write it down.

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Tissues and a Trash Can
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Uses for Large Print Encyclopedias

My mom has a complete set of World Book large print dated in the 50s. What can she do with them?

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Leaving an Abusive Long Term Partner

I have been with my partner for 14 years. We have a 10 year age gap between us and 6 children combined. The first time he yelled at me I was terrified and ran for the hills. Being young and desperate for someone to love me I took him back. My partner has never hit me and for some years it got better.

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Agencies That Help After a Fire

Is there any help for a single parent whose house burnt to the ground with no insurance?

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Eating Dinner as a Family
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Finding Help for Family After House Fire

I need advice on where else to look for help for my daughter and her family. They are victims of their home burning down 2 days before Christmas. We have tried gov.ag and web sites to raise money where do we turn to for help? We have gone to every ag we could think of. Can you or someone tell me what to do?

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Emergency Screwdriver Ideas
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Donating Race Car Trophies

Where can I donate them where they can be used as a trophy again, not end up in a recycle bin? I would be willing to drop them off.

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Selling Pop Can Tabs

I have an unknown number of cans, and I would like to know is it worth the trouble of removing the tabs and selling them separately, and where in Lake City, Florida? Would I sell them for top dollar, if they're worth more than just scrapping the whole cans?

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Selling Pop Can Tabs

Where in southern California, Riverside county can I cash in tabs?

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Applying for a Babysitting Job

I am 15 and have been trying to get a job for a while. I finally got a job opportunity, I'm meeting her and her two children tomorrow. How should I act, and how do I deal with nervousness?

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Help After a House Fire

We had a housefire and have reached out to the Red Cross and that helped for 5 days, but they couldn't help past that. We are going to be out of our house for another 3-4 weeks and are needing assistance on where to stay and what we can do for some temp housing.

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Use Hair Clip for Curtain Decorations
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Uses for Shortening
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Verbally and Physically Abusive Husband

I have been married for one and a half years and I just gave birth to a beautiful baby girl a month ago. My first marriage ended in divorce. I married a second time and it is worse than the first time.

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Finding Free Roof Repair Assistance

I had a very bad leak in the kitchen and submitted a claim to my house insurance. My insurance company is about to cancel my house insurance due to the fact they say our roof needs to be replaced. We are all disabled here and are living month to month.

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Donating to Natural Disaster Aid
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Spending Time with Grandchildren
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Finding Help After a House Fire

I have four children ages 9, 2, and twin girls age one. Our home burnt down and we are homeless. Is there any assistance for getting us a home?

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Looking for Fabric Donations

I work with the Neighborhood Youth Association (NYA), a non-profit organization serving underprivileged youth. We are currently working on a few community-building projects requiring fabric. Does anyone have suggestions as to where I could reach out to get some of our materials filled?

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Finding Help After a House Fire

I need help getting a motel room or somewhere to stay.

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Finding Yarn Donations for Youth Project

We are a small group of ministry women who need yarn and needles to teach kids from age 6 up to knit and crochet.

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Selling Pop Tops

Where can I sell my pop tops in Miami?

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Agencies That Help After a Fire

I'm a single mom with two small kids. Our house burned down. Where can I get help to start all over? We're from Ozona, Texas. It is a small town.

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Donating Single Sample Shoes

I have some single left or right shoes that are samples. In Melbourne, where can I send them?

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Donating Used Christmas Cards

Where can I take my used Christmas cards locally in the London NW3 area?

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Donating Fabric
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Help With Heating Repair

My heater has gone out, and I can't afford the amount other companies will charge me. I lost my business in this economy, and my credit is shot. It's cold in my house.

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Need Help With Plumbing Repair

I am a single mother of two and have a bad sewage leak under my house in need of repair. There is a lot of water under my house that is on the ground. It has caused my floors to rot out that are now caving in in two bedrooms and the kitchen.

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Using Laundry Detergent Bottles For Water Jugs

Has anyone successfully removed the fragrance from liquid laundry detergent bottles so that they can be used as drinking water containers?

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Donating High School Academic Trophies

We have several trophies which were packed away in our attic. These were from our childrens' high school days in the late 70s, early 80s. They do not want them, nor do we. Is there a place in the Lehigh Valley Pennsylvania area that accepts these for recycling purposes?

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Fabric Donations for Charity Pillow Cases

Where can I get quilting fabric donations for pillow cases I am making for charity? I need bright colors and prints. I live in Elba, New York.

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Help With House Rebuild After Fire

I had a fire in my home Dec 1st in PA. I lost everything. I am single, all alone and on disability. Can't afford to rebuild. Can I get any help? I am reaching out as the house was not insured. Please help. Is there any assistance available?

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