Goodwill – Donate Stuff Create Jobs

Ever look in your closet only to find the dress you thought you would love for one more season no longer being your style? Between those moments occurring and my love for the KonMari method over the last two years, I have done frequent closet purges.

If my friends stop by while I’m tossing clothes from seasons past in bags they get to chose whatever they like otherwise it goes to my local Goodwill. I’ve been a huge fan of donating my wardrobe to Goodwill every season because the revenue from the sale of my donated clothing helps fund job training and placement opportunities for people with disabilities in the community. Works for me.

I also tend to clean out my kitchen and living room of items I no longer need and those items also count towards helping others. In 2013, more than 261,000 people earned jobs thanks to the programs and support services made possible by donations of clothes and household items.Goodwill #DonateStuffCreateJobsWant to see how much your donation will help your local community? There is a Goodwill Donation Impact Calculator where you put the items your donating and it will show how many hours of career counseling, on-the-job training, resume preparation, financial planning classes and other services you’ve helped provide someone facing challenges to finding employment. 

Spring is finally here so get rid of some clutter and help others! You’ll feel great and your home would look it!

Celebrating My Sister for Nurses Week

When I was a little girl, I stayed up late with my sister and chatted about the silliest things. We would create songs because we clearly thought we were Debbie Gibson and get excited when we heard the ice cream truck heading our way. She was my lookout when I was trying to reach the top cabinet in the kitchen that was home to candy. And when one of us had a secret, it was the other one who kept it. Today, I have the opportunity to tell you a bit more about my sister as an adult because of a sponsored partnership with Dignity Health.

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My sister is two years younger than me. But you would never know that from how many times I’ve called her for advice. Big sisters are supposed to be the ones who give advice, aren’t they? Well, in my case she’s my confident and also my champion. When I have great news to share or need a different point of view she is the one I turn to because she won’t hold her opinion even for me.

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When my sister decided to go into the nursing profession it didn’t surprise me. Sure she has three children and is maternal and loving but she has always been such a caring person that helping others day in and day out just seemed to fit with her perfectly. I was so proud of her when she started nursing school. And when she started working nights at the hospital near her home I really couldn’t have been more delighted. She was the compassionate person many of the patients needed to have around.

She has a career where she would happily go above and beyond what was expected of her. My sister is constantly giving of herself to friends, family and people she meets. While I look at her and see an independent, strong woman who thought nothing of working nights and then taking care of her children when not working, she thinks nothing of it. She’s selfless and I admire her so much.

This week is Nurses Week (May 6-12) and Dignity Health is showing how grateful they are for the dedication, care and service nurses provide day in and out. It takes exceptional people to be a nurse and my hardworking sister is one of them. Today is Nurses Day. Follow the hashtag #NursesDay for @DignityHealth to read other posts by people who are nurses or are sharing about a special nurse in their life. You can also use #NursesWeek to share your own stories about a nurse who has helped you.

This blog post is part of a paid SocialMoms and Dignity Health blogging program. The opinions and ideas expressed here are my own.

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