Have you ever wondered what to do with those ubiquitous plastic grocery bags that seem to accumulate so rapidly? Even though I try to bring tote bags to the store with me, I still end up with the plastic ones entering my apartment and then getting shoved into another bag in my pantry, where they sit until I can use them for packing material or dog clean-up. Wouldn't it be nice if there were a better use for them?
The Salvation Army loves to get donations of plastic grocery bags. Why, you ask? Well, when their clients take away food, clothing, toiletries, and other items, they need something to carry it in. A simple grocery bag can lend dignity to a difficult situation by allowing someone to take necessary items from the Salvation Army without having to display those items to the world.
I have no idea how many people read this or how effective it will be, but I'd be happy to accept plastic bag donations at my office at the church and see them to a place where they will be helpful.
The Salvation Army also needs: hats, gloves, socks, blankets, and of course, volunteers. Talk to me for more information.
Great Idea Stacy, I will pass it on to my environmental Group that we should get the bags to the Salvation Army and remind them to donate other useable items year round. We have Garage Sales a few times a year and bring a large number of things to them but not plastic bags. The group is the North River Friends of Clearwater. It is the Capital region support group for the Hudson River Sloop Clearwater. Kitty and I often forget to bring the canvass tote bags when shopping and like you wind up with a bag of plastic bags at home. We are both very happy to have you with us at 1st Reformed, Schenectady. The church could not have made a better choice. In addition, it is long past due that we have a woman as a full time member of the ministerial staff! – George Trimarco