{World Recycle Week} How To Save On Purchases By Donating Unwanted Clothes

“90% of textile waste is recyclable”

Yesterday after my outdoor yoga class, my friend Dana and I found our way into H&M where the window featured signage about World Recycle Week.  During the campaign period, April 18-24, H&M aims to collect 1,000 tons of unwanted or worn out garments from customers worldwide in its more than 3,600 stores. The initiative is part of H&M’s goal to close the loop in fashion, recycling unwanted garments to create recycled textile fibers for new products.

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The timing could not be more perfect because I have started a Purge, Edit, & Organize (post coming soon) overhaul for my closet.  My plan is to sell the clothes that I no longer wear or fit properly.  Whatever doesn’t sell will be split between the Goodwill and women’s shelters in Atlanta.  Everything else, that I would have normally tossed, will go to H&M for recycling.  I’m not sure if this is the case for all locations, but my local H&M is offering 30% off your entire purchase if you bring in items for recycling.  This could be a win-win situation if you are in the market for a trendy new piece to add to your wardrobe or home.

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{Monday Motivation} Refresh Your Priorities

Happy Monday!!! Today’s Monday Motivation goes out to my family.  This past Saturday, my eight year old cousin Kentric  Stubbs Robinson had a wish granted by Make-A-Wish Mississippi; hours later, he lost his battle to a rare blood cancer.  How lucky we all are to have someone that makes saying goodbye so hard.  He was a fun, curious, and kind child who had a talent for dancing and was not afraid to show off this skills.d139bf05ffd9df77232d7081b6371a1f

Today I motivate you to stop existing in this world and start living! Be like Kentric.  Do something that feeds your soul; that’s where true happiness lies.  If dancing is your passion, then dance.  If reading brings you peace, make time to read.  If your happiness is in the kitchen, cook. If helping others is your thing, go volunteer with an organization you admire.  Just don’t waste the time you have left doing things that don’t feed you mentally, spiritually, or physically.  Starting today, refresh your priorities.  You will be a more fulfilled person for it.  

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{Happy B-day Colin} Lonely Boy Will Get A Bday Surprise That Will Restore Your Faith in Humanity

imagesWhen I think back to my birthdays as a child, I remember having fun with my friends from school, the neighborhood, and summer camp. My parents would throw me awesome parties with cool theme cakes and everyone would have a great time. Colin, a 10-year old boy with a disorder similar to Autism or Asperger Syndrome, has yet to experience the fun times with friends that were customary for birthday’s of most kids experience. When asked by his mom if he wanted to have a birthday party, he told her “there wasn’t a point because he has no friends”.  According to Colin’s mom, “he eats lunch alone in the office everyday because no one will let him sit with them, and and not force someone to be unhappy with his presence, he sits alone in the office”. After hearing this, his mom came up with an idea to create a Facebook page. She thought if she could create a page where people could send him positive thoughts and encouraging words that would be better than any birthday party would. She hoped to get 1,000 likes and since starting the page 15 days ago, she is up to 1.9 million likes and a slew of beautiful wishes to share with her son on March 9th when he turns 11 (it will be a surprise). I am sending him a card with a few goodies and I wanted to share the opportunity to be a part of this beautiful gift with all of you. If you would like to help, you can write on his wall here, or you can send him a card or letter to the PO Box 756 Richland, MI 49083-0756.

Check Out This Picture of Colin’s Parents at the Post Office!

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{Causes We Support} One Day Without Shoes

Put yourself in someone else’s shoes by taking off yours!

One Day Without Shoes is TOMS’ annual day to bring global awareness to children’s health and education by going without shoes. It’s amazing the conversations that can ignite when we come together to create positive change.  I can’t wait to see all the ways people are going without shoes around the world to generate conversations about children’s health and education. Let’s get people talking.  If you are social media, use hashtag #withoutshoes

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More info at www.onedaywithoutshoes.com

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{SMC Change the World Party} Nominate Your Favorite Charity!

Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world. – Harriet Tubman

Love is greater than Money!

Tomorrow March 1, 2013, we will be celebrating the two-year mark for She Makes Cents!  I am asking my friends, family, fellow bloggers, fashionistas, and SMC readers to empty out their pockets, clean between their sofas, and clear out their change trays. Why, you may ask?- to use their “cents” to help change the world, of course.  In honor of our 2nd Blogiversary, we are hosting a “Change the World” party and you can help!   

What is a “Change the World” Party?

My hope for the SMC Change the World party is that guests will bring their extra change, cash, and checks to go into a piggy bank to be donated to a non-profit of your (SMC readers) choosing.  That’s right, for the entire month of March, you can send suggestions of worthy non-profits and the SMC team will pick the top 3!  Once the top three choices are selected, SMC readers will vote on the recipient of whatever funds are raised at the Change the World Party.  Remember, you don’t have to be rich to give back.  I think about it like this.  In high school, my competition cheer team did a fundraiser asking people to give the change in their pockets to help us pay for travel to our State competition.  We raised $3,000 in one week!  That just goes to show that even small amounts add up to big payoffs…especially for someone in need. Only submissions meeting the following criteria will be considered:

Entries must be submitted in the comments section of this post and must be no longer than 350 words. It must be original, authentic, unpublished, the sole property of the entrant, and not previously submitted in any other contest.  The submission must include the name of the charity, information about the cause (i.e. how it helps others) and why you feel strongly about it.  Entries must be received by Monday, April 1, 2013 at midnight (EST).  No duplicate submissions from the same email account will be selected. 

The Fine Print: By submitting an entry, an entrant agrees to allow She Makes Cents (SMC) to use his or her name to post on the She Makes Cents site and other social media networks.. All entries and all rights of ownership in and to the entries, including all rights to use, reproduce, publish, modify, edit, and distribute the same will become the exclusive property of SMC. SMC reserves the right to edit, modify, adapt, copyright, publish, use, and reproduce any and all entries.  Contest void where prohibited or restricted by law.

We Can Wait for the World to Change or We Can Change it Ourselves!

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Old Navy and Operation Care and Comfort (OCC)

Operation: Care & Comfort


In honor of military troops and their families and to celebrate the 2011 Independence Day, Old Navy announced that its entire U.S. fleet of about 1,000 stores will host Operation Troop Donation: a donation drive from July 1 – 4 to collect essential items needed by the men and women serving our country, away and at home. Shop in stores and donate suggested items like basic tees, underwear, socks and flip flops, or make a cash donation with Old Navy matching up to a total of $100,000. Items such as unused personal care items (e.g. hand sanitizer, lip balm, sun screen, soap) are also being collected by armed services volunteers at all Old Navy locations, which will then be sorted, packaged and shipped to troops by Operation: Care and Comfort.


You Can Help:

Most Requested Items:

Food:

Beef jerky, microwavable meals, soups (no pork please)

Hygiene:
Mach III Razor and cartridges, dental supplies

Entertainment:
DVDs, CDs

Miscellaneous:
AA and AAA Batteries, AT&T Phone Cards

Items may be shipped to, or dropped off at either of our two main locations below:

Operation: Care and Comfort
2392 Walden Square
San Jose, CA 95124

Hours: Any

American Red Cross
Operation: Care and Comfort
2731 North First Street
San Jose, CA 95134

Office Hours:
9am-5pm, Monday through Friday


You Can Help:
Donating Money

Our program accepts cash donations to cover the cost of shipping packages overseas.

All donations are tax deductible and will be used specifically for this program.

At over $1 a pound, donations to cover shipping costs is our greatest need.

Please make checks payable to:

Operation: Care and Comfort

Please mail checks to:

Operation: Care and Comfort
2392 Walden Square
San Jose, CA 95124

Credit card donations are accepted online.

 Old Navy customers who participate by making a donation whether in product or cash will receive a 10 percent discount off their entire purchase in-store that day. “Operation: Care and Comfort is thrilled to continue ‘Operation Troop Donation’ with Old Navy in 2011,” stated President and Co-founder Julie DeMaria. “The enthusiastic support by the public to our cause is humbling, and the outpouring of gratitude from our military personnel abroad and at home has been tremendous. We can’t wait to do it again, and thank Old Navy for their ongoing support of our service members, Veterans and their families.” Tom Wyatt, President of Old Navy adds, “Old Navy is proud to continue our support of the men and women who serve our country. Operation Troop Donation is a great way to allow our customers to show their support as well.”

For more information, visit the Operation: Care and Comfort website, or the Old Navy Facebook page. Also, find the Old Navy store nearest you at www.oldnavy.com.


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Gap 30% Off Offer: Donate to Save

The Donate Movement

Gap Inc. and Goodwill® are encouraging consumers to clean out their closets for a cause. From May 19-29, Gap stores in the United States and Canada will accept clothing donations in support of the Donate Movement. The clothing donations will be given to Goodwill Industries® and then sold in Goodwill’s more than 2,500 stores.

Bring your Goodwill® clothing donation to any Gap, GapKids, babyGap, or GapBody store from May 19 – 29 and to thank customers for their generous donations, donors will receive 30-percent off their entire Gap purchase, including regularly priced and sale items, just in time for Memorial Day shopping!

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