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Charities should be a no-brainier, it seems everyone who reads ThriftyFun shops or has shopped at thrift stores. It makes you wonder if as many people give back to these charities. I am so blessed by getting clothes of name brands, in great shape, at a price I can afford in most of the thrift stores everywhere I have lived.

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I didn't, however, understand the full importance of them until my son and I were homeless because I was a victim of abuse. I had to leave California for a while (9 months) with nothing except our dog, 2 small bags, and a bag of my son's toys. We had to get out for my safety so I had to leave the big home, friends, church, and everything else I had once thought was important behind.

Now I tend to really want to know more about the charity, because of my story. I love giving back to ones that help battered women and their children, giving them jobs, food, and helping pay to get them up and started on healing. When I had to leave we went where it was cold, super cold, so from 90 degrees to within 3 weeks to a place in the 40s. It was cold by winter, a month later, with snow. As I said, we had no clothes. In that town, you were allowed to go to a charity based thrift store and pick out 3 complete outfits, per person. We could do this 3 times, making up our entire wardrobes.

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When I donate things, I make sure it's clean, ironed, has no holes or doesn't look like anything less then I would wear. I wouldn't throw these items out but rather give to another charity where they may have a 25 cent table, clothes for work, playing outside, etc. I always keep in mind women who are going back to school, work, or starting over. A nice outfit makes all of us feel so much better.

I have had people at church who have had family members who had other problems and they like giving to that charity. Find out what your passion is. Shopping at thrift stores to me is like the mall. Even though I don't shop at them, we all know there are many different stores in every mall. I shop at all of the thrift stores, discount stores, and stores where we all know they have great deals.

When "giving", I choose the one who helped me, they need so much. I know I did. Blankets, shoes (new ones), school supplies, extra dishes, pretty much everything in your house, is what they need. Whatever charity you choose, do it right. Giving back is so rewarding. If you have never been told, let me tell you "thank you" from each and every person who doesn't have a name to you, but who may have a life because of you!

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By Luana M. from San Diego, CA

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September 9, 20110 found this helpful

Thanks for a very good reminder!

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September 9, 20110 found this helpful

I live in Phoenix and have started a yahoo group, ArizonansHelpingArizonans. We pass stuff around, sort of like freecycle but we also give things away to anyone who needs them; some of us shop yard sales for things to give away. One member has a small donation room at her home. We also have lists of resources such as food bank, etc. and are like a small community, giving support and advice. Times are difficult for so many now and we need to help each other.
Pat

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October 28, 20130 found this helpful

You're a lovely person. In all your trouble you didn't forget about the dog.

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Marg from England.

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October 29, 20130 found this helpful

I am so proud of you for saving yourself and your son. You are a hero!

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October 29, 20130 found this helpful

I too choose wisely when donating. Some just say "hey, if they come out to my car when the dinger goes off that's good enough for me". Well, keep some things in mind.

Without naming names, keep away from those who pay their challenged workers just .22 an hour and sometimes less, while their CEO's make sometimes $250,000.00 a year. They might say they are good and bolster people's will, but I don't give them anything especially my money.

I also don't like the ones who pay the ARC or Assoc. for Retired Citizens 40% on what they get for free, then mark it up by 900%.

What I support in Salem OR are: Friends of Felines, The Humane Society Thrift Store, and 3-4 independents. We used to have a really nice St. Vincent's and Salvation Army but they folded.

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Convenience is important but the poster was right, what they do for their workers and the community is more important than what they do for the individual.

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